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Meet the Committee

Chair

Matt Sharp
Senior Geologist - CGeol, CSci
Hotspur Geothermal (Energy)
2018 - pres.

Matt is currently the Senior Geologist at Hotspur Geothermal, having joined in 2015 after graduating from Durham University. Specialising in early-stage geothermal exploration and development, Matt has worked extensively in Ethiopia and East Africa more broadly, as well as Indonesia and the United Kingdom. He is accredited as a Chartered Geologist and a Chartered Scientist with the Geological Society of London.

Matt is a strong advocate for greater professional development opportunities for early careers geoscientists and when not trying to visit obscure parts of the world, Matt can often be found on the golf course. He joined the founding ECN Committee in 2018 and chaired the group in 2020 and 2021.

Secretary

Alex Christopher
Multi-Commodity Analyst
CRU International (Exploration & Mining)
2020 - pres.

Alex joined CRU International as a Multi-Commodity Analyst in 2021, before which he worked as an Exploration Geologist for a private equity group with global interests. In this role he gained over 2.5 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry. He has worked on projects across multiple jurisdictions including Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Montenegro and Arizona, and was exposed to several different deposit types and commodities including gold, zinc, lead, silver, nickel, copper and cobalt.

Alex holds an MSc in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter and an MSci in Geoscience with A Year of International Study from Royal Holloway, University of London. His International Year was spent at the University of Toronto. Alex is a keen traveler and enjoys tennis, football and formula one. He joined the ECN Committee in 2020, also serving as the group's Secretary.

Treasurer

Deborah Thomas
Principal Hydrogeologist
Envireau Water (Hydrogeology)
2018 - pres.

Deborah is a Principal Hydrogeologist at Envireau Water and has worked in Environmental Consultancy for seven years, predominantly in quarrying and water resourcing, including for Wardell Armstrong and Atkins. Her work has involved feasibility studies for mining projects in Kazakhstan, Burkina Faso and Russia, as well as contributing to UK-based projects of varying sizes, including landfills, large-scale infrastructure developments and quarries.

Having competed her BSc in Geology at Leicester University, Deborah undertook an MSc in Hydrogeology at the Birmingham University. She is a keen baker (a previous Geobakeoff winner!), walker and the proud owner of two rescue cats. She joined the founding ECN Committee in 2018, also serving as the group's Treasurer.

Group Liaison

Dan Hope
Consultant
Arcadis (Geotechnics)
2020 - pres.

Dan is a Consultant at Arcadis working in the Ground Investigation team. He completed an MGeol at the University of Leicester in Applied Geology, with a focus on characterisation of metalliferous deposits. On graduation in 2019, Dan started his career in the site investigation industry as a Geotechnician before quickly progressing to a new role as an Engineering Geologist. 

Dan has since worked on a range of geotechnical projects for private industry, construction, and railway, and spent several months working at HS2 in the Colne Valley, Buckinghamshire before moving to Arcadis. Dan’s interests include hiking (especially on geological trails!), board games and visits to the pub… often all within the same day! He joined the ECN Committee in 2020, taking on the role of Regional and Specialist Group Liaison.

Ordinary Committee Members

Serdar Aldanmazlar
Geological Engineer
TRR Consultancy (Geotechnics)
2020 - pres.

Serdar is an Geological Engineer with 12 years of experience in natural construction materials research, testing and performance evaluation of built environments experience. He holds a BSc from Ankara University in Turkey and is established as a consultant in London since 2019, becoming a Fellow of Geological Society in April 2020. He is currently working as a materials and quality consultant for multiple clients from different sectors including construction, mining, and manufacturing.

His professional interests include the use of recycled aggregates, physical and chemical interactions between naturally occurring and industrial byproduct aggregates and binders such as bitumen and Portland Cement, as well as short and long-term damage mitigation caused by minerals in built environments. He joined the ECN Committee in 2020.


Dr. Simon Groom
Geological Engineer
Fugro (Geotechnics)
2020 - pres.

Simon joined the ECN in the Christmas party season of 2019 and was elected to the committee by March 2020. He comes quite late to the site investigation industry (August 2021), where his time is currently dominated by the HS2 project, having had previous careers in laboratory instrumentation, academic research and teaching, and most recently independent research. He doesn’t like to limit himself to one applied specialism, having worked in field volcanology, petrology, material characterisation and archaeology.

Simon has been based in and around London and the South East for most of his career, working out of Birkbeck, University of London, University College London, and now Fugro in Wallingford. He joined the ECN because while London has several diverse and active geoscience communities, in economic geology, site investigation, outreach and recreational geoscience, they appeared to him quite disparate, and it remains difficult for an early career geoscientist to lock into these communities, contribute to them and see and build on their options. He believes the ECN can provide key forum in this space, joining the ECN Committee in 2020.


Ayesha Landon-Browne
PhD Student
Cambridge University (Academia)
2021 - pres.

Ayesha currently splits her time as a PhD Student at the University of Cambridge and working as an Exploration Geologist in northern Canada. Her academic research is focusing on the use of Pt and Fe stable isotopes on Archean komatiites to further understand early Earth processes including core formation, the late veneer and the delivery of siderophile elements to Earth and the early mantle. Her work as an exploration geologist has taken her to remote parts of British Columbia where she has worked on a porphyry gold deposit and most recently in the Yukon at a Ag-Pb-Zn deposit.

Prior to starting her PhD, Ayesha completed a BSc in Chemistry and Earth Sciences at Carleton University and an MSc in Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa. When she is not in the field or the lab Ayesha likes to go backcountry hiking, probably has a knitting project on the go and making plans to explore the UK, and hopefully Europe. She joined the ECN Committee in 2021.


Huw Richards
Exploration Geologist - CGeol, EurGeol
Nordgold (Exploration & Mining)
2018 - pres.

Huw is a UK-based Chartered Geologist with 7 years' experience in mining, exploration and data analytics, currently working on the Bissa-Bouly open pit gold mine in northern Burkina Faso as part of Nordgold's leadership development programme. In his previous role, he worked for Altus Strategies, an Africa-focused multi-commodity exploration company, providing support for and directly managing a variety of projects within the company's diversified portfolio across Ethiopia, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Morocco and Mali.

Huw holds an MSci in Geoscience from Royal Holloway, University of London, and an MSc in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines. In 2017, he was presented with the Early Career Geologist of the Year award by the Geological Society and has been involved in both the Early Career Professionals Committee of the Society of Economic Geologists and Young Mining Professionals Committee in London. Outside of geology, Huw is a national league hockey umpire officiating within the top domestic tier and was appointed to the 2018 Masters World Cup in Spain. He joined the founding ECN Committee in 2018.


Thomas Skiggs
Project Geologist
Rio Tinto (Exploration & Mining)
2018 - pres.

Tom currently works for Rio Tinto as a Project Geologist with a focus on exploring for magmatic Ni-Cu sulphide deposits in Finland, but previous roles have also taken him to both Kazakhstan and Serbia exploring for Cu-porphyries. This previous experience also includes working as a Geologist in Bosnia & Herzegovina with Adriatic Metals as well as for Altus Strategies, supporting various exploration campaigns across north, central and west Africa.

Before starting a career as an Exploration Geologist, Tom graduated from the University of Southampton with an MSci in Geology. He is a keen traveler, amateur photographer and looking to inspire the next generation of geologists! He joined the founding ECN Committee in 2018.


Matt Webster
GIS Consultant
WSP (Remote Sensing)
2020 - pres.

Matt is GIS Consultant and UAV operator at WSP in the United Kingdom, responsible for delivering GIS and drone support to multiple large-scale infrastructure projects. with mapping, analysis and quality assurances for technical project requirements. Prior to this role, he also worked as a GIS Quality Control Technician for Cyient and spent time studying Remote Sensing and Glaciology at the University of Southampton.

He holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Southampton and an MSc in Environmental Mapping from University College London. Matthew also sits on the committee of the Geological Remote Sensing Group and the Association for Geographic Information Early Career Network, and in his spare time can usually be found walking in the countryside or mountains! He joined the founding ECN Committee in 2018 and, after a temporary withdrawal, re-joined in 2020.


Join the ECN Committee

The ECN’s Committee is made up of 10 elected members who serve 3-year terms, including a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Committee members are expected to actively participate in and promote the group’s activities through the attendance of meetings, organising events, and advertising the ECN and its undertakings.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please submit an expression of interest along with your CV to:

GeolSocECN@gmail.com