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Duncan HawleyDuncan Hawley (Chair)

Duncan first encountered the ‘greats’ of the heroic age of geology at school, He studied geology at UCL and recalls lectures featuring tales of early pioneers, and drawing rocks and fossils collected by Greenough in ‘practicals’. 

He has subsequently enjoyed a career as a geography and geoscience educator; working in schools, inspection services, fieldwork, teacher education and curriculum development. 

He is a past chair of the Earth Science Teachers’ Association and a Geographical Association Award winner.

Duncan has worked and published on the Old Red Sandstone and contributed to the BGS maps for Brecon, Talgarth and Hay-on-Wye. He has explored the work of geological pioneers in mid-Wales and traced the footsteps of Murchison to establish the site of ‘The first true Silurian’ in the Wye Valley.

He has a particular interest in the development of geological maps.

John HenryJohn Henry (Secretary)

Originally from Ontario, Canada, John came to Europe to study at ITC (Institute of Aerial Survey and Earth Sciences), Netherlands in 1972. He worked for Ove Arup and Partners, London, where he established the Air Photo Interpretation section. 

During his 30 years with Ove Arup, he travelled extensively, mainly in Africa and the Middle and Far East. In the UK, his work on ground conditions frequently involved historical research into mining, past industries and land reclamation, and strayed into archaeology.

In retirement, John combines geological consultancy services and his online business (Nineteenth Century Geological Maps), dealing in early geological maps, sections, figures and books and has written authoritatively on geological maps. 

He was Chair of HOGG 2011-2014.

Nina MorganNina Morgan

Following a DPhil in Geology from Oxford University and work as an exploration geologist/geophysicist in the oil industry for seven years Nina turned to writing about all branches of science and technology in a lively, interesting and relevant way for non-specialist audiences of all ages. 

She maintains a strong interest in geology, so leap at the chance to write about freelance science writing and editing in 1986. She is keen to use geology as a way of introducing science to non-scientists and has co-authored a book on gravestones.

Nina writes the monthly Distant Thunder column for Geoscientist which covers a wide range of historical topics. She served on the HOGG committee beginning in 2008 - 2011

Cherry LewisCherry Lewis

Cherry has an academic background in geology and geochemistry and for many years worked in the exploration side of the oil industry, but now her interests now lie in the history of geology. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol.

Cherry has written popular science books, ‘The Dating Game: One Man's Search for the Age of the Earth’ (2000) and) ‘The Enlightened Mr Parkinson’ (2017) which is a biography of James Parkinson (1755-1824) who gave his name to Parkinson's Disease. 

Cherry co-edited ‘The Making of the Geological Society of London’ SP 371 (2000) She has also researched the geological work of David Mushet (1772-1847) who, well known for his experiments on the manufacture of iron and steel, also demonstrated considerable geological expertise. Cherry was Chair of HOGG from 2004-2007.

Peter RichesPeter Riches

Peter is interested in the development and history of geology within and about Norfolk and Suffolk, particularly during the Nineteenth Century. He spent most of his career working in the oil and gas industry. He has an MSc in Quaternary Science and a PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London) for research on the Crags of East Anglia. 

He is a Fellow of the Geological Society, former Vice President of the Geologists’ Association and past editor of the Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association.

Cythia BurkeCynthia Burek

Cynthia is Professor of Geoconservation at the University of Chester. Her interests include many aspects of conservation, sustainable development, science communication and the history of geoconservation, the history of women in geology and the roles they have played.

In 2005 Cynthia organized the conference “The Role of Women in the History of Geology” and co-edited the subsequent Geological Society Special Publication, SP281 (2007). 

Her interest in the contribution of women to the development of geology continues as co-convenor of the 2019 conference celebrating the centenary of the first female Fellows of the Geological Society. This is Cynthia’s second term on the HOGG committee.