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Decarbonisation Working Group

Frances Wall

Raw materials, rare-earth elements, critical metals.

Frances Wall is Professor of Applied Mineralogy at Camborne School of Mines (CSM), University of Exeter and specialises in technology raw materials, especially the rare earth elements, lithium and cobalt needed for decarbonisation, with interests in geology, processing, responsible sourcing and circular economy. A former Head of CSM, Frances leads a new UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre in Technology Metals, and takes part in a variety of research, teaching and public outreach.  Frances was named one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2016 and awarded the William Smith medal of the Geological Society of London for applied and economic aspects of geology in 2019.

Gareth Johnson

Carbon capture and storage, geothermal energy, energy storage, resources. 

Dr Gareth Johnson is a Research Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He is geologist with broad interests in energy geosciences and enjoys inter-disciplinary research where he brings subsurface expertise and knowledge to wider research engaging with energy and associated waste production in a carbon constrained world. He has experience from both industry and academia in the fields of geochemistry and structural geology applied to CCUS and GGRs, geothermal energy, energy storage and oil, gas and mineral production. Before his current role Gareth was International Research Associate at Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage for 5 years and has designed and deployed monitoring technologies at a number of CCUS sites internationally. At the University of Strathclyde, he was seconded to the Centre for Energy Policy for 6 months in 2019 to bring engineering and science expertise to policy work centred on decarbonisation. As well as active academic dissemination, he has provided input to the Scottish and UK Government on CCUS and GGRs. He is also a member of the External Relations Committee of the Geological Society of London. Gareth hopes to bring much of this experience to the working group in an effort to help advance the role of geosciences in decarbonisation. 

Kirstie Wright

Energy geoscience, resources, communication and outreach.

Dr. Kirstie Wright is a Geoscientist with an interest in volcanic and sedimentary systems, subsurface data and how we communicate scientific ideas. She previously worked in the oil and gas industry, before returning to academia as a researcher. She is also the Communications Officer for Energy Group of the Geological Society of London and a Director of North Sea Core CIC. 


Andrew Bloodworth MSc, C.Geol 

Critical minerals, resource security, geoscience policy.

As Policy Director of the British Geological Survey (BGS), Andrew’s role is to lead and co-ordinate BGS interaction with policy- and decision-makers in the public sector. He is also Deputy Chief Scientist for the BGS Decarbonisation and Resource Management challenge area. His own interests include UK resource security, critical minerals and the impact of mining on developing countries. He has worked extensively in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world and was formerly Mining Advisor to the then UK Department for International Development (FCDO).  

Andrew is a Chartered Geologist and a Council Member and Trustee of the Geological Society of London. He is also a member of the UK Minerals Forum, the Confederation of British Industry Minerals Group and the Mineral Resources Expert Group of EuroGeosurveys. 

Clair Gough

Bioenergy and carbon capture and storage, greenhouse gas removal.

Clair Gough is a senior research fellow at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. Clair is a specialist in Integrated Assessment (IA) and approaches for the inclusion of stakeholders and lay publics in the IA process; her research has integrated technical and social science analyses in the context of energy and climate change. She has particular experience in carbon capture storage (CCS) and bioenergy and CCS (BECCS). Clair’s current research interests address the challenges of delivering net zero emissions, including the role of greenhouse gas removal approaches (GGR). Reaching net zero depends on ambitious efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as close to zero as possible, in all sectors; but where this cannot be achieved, the feasibility of net zero depends on the feasibility of GGR.  Geological storage of CO2 could play a critical role in both decarbonising energy systems and delivering greenhouse gas removal – opening up the discussion around the contribution of approaches involving CO2 storage is crucial to develop a better understanding of the social, technical and environmental implications. 


Mike Stephenson

Energy geoscience, resources, carbon capture and storage. 

Mike Stephenson is Executive Chief Scientist at the British Geological Survey. He has done research in the Middle East and Asia, including highlights in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan, Iran, Israel and Iraq.  He has honorary professorships at Nottingham and Leicester universities in the UK and is a visiting professor at the University of Milan, Italy and the University of Nanjing, China. He has published three books and over 100 peer-reviewed papers. His book ‘Shale gas and fracking: the science behind the controversy’ won an ‘honourable mention’ at the Association of American Publishers PROSE awards in Washington DC’. His most recent book ‘Energy and Climate Change: An Introduction to Geological Controls, Interventions and Mitigations’ examines the Earth system science context of the formation and use of fossil fuel resources, and the implications for climate change. Mike regularly represents UK science interests in energy, as well as providing advice to the UK Government. For example in October 2013 he was shale gas and carbon capture and storage (CCS) advisor to Sir Mark Walport, then Chief UK Government Scientific Advisor, on a fact-finding mission to Texas and Alberta. He gave verbal evidence to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs inquiry into shale gas in Oct 2013.


Philip Ringrose

Carbon capture and storage, resources, energy geoscience.

Philip Ringrose is Adjunct Professor in CO2 Storage at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Specialist in Geoscience at the Equinor Research Centre in Trondheim, Norway.

He has BSc and PhD degrees in geology from Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde, Scotland, UK. He has published widely on reservoir geoscience and flow in rock media, and has recently published the textbook ‘Reservoir Model Design’ together with Mark Bentley and short textbook ‘How to store CO2’. He is Chief Editor for the journal Petroleum Geoscience and was elected as the 2014-2015 President of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). In 2018 he was appointed as Honorary Professor (Sustainable Geoenergy) at the University of Edinburgh, School of Geosciences, Edinburgh, UK.


Seamus Garvey

Energy storage, renewable energy, compressed air energy storage systems.

Seamus graduated in 1984 from University College Dublin with a 1st Class Hons Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for GEC Large Electrical Machines Ltd. from 1984-1990, then joined Aston University as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. By 1998, he was promoted to Reader in Mechanical Engineering. Seamus joined Nottingham University in 2000 as Professor of Dynamics and is a member of the Gas Turbine and Transmissions Research Centre (G2TRC) research group.


Charlotte Adams

Geothermal energy, hydrogeology, renewable energy.

Charlotte’s interests include hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry, geothermal energy and ground source heat and microgeneration. Charlotte gained a PhD from Newcastle University while researching the removal of ecotoxic metals from abandoned mine drainage and has had a long interest in geothermal energy, which began while working at Newcastle University on Coal Authority funded research that included temperature logging at several deep mineshafts in the UK. Charlotte has both industrial and academic experience having joined industry on secondment to investigate the potential of abandoned mine workings for exploitation by ground source heat pumps and having worked subsequently for several years in the renewable energy industry.