Organisational structure

The BGS Executive

The Executive is the main decision-making body of the BGS and has responsibility for the corporate governance of the BGS. The responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the science programmes lies with John Ludden, Mike Stephenson and the Science Directors (SDs).

Prof. John Ludden | Executive Director

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John has overall responsibility for the scientific direction and operational management of the BGS. John's focus for 2013-14 is to: lead the review of the BGS ownership and governance model, develop and implement UK earth sector national capability plans, further integrate BGS science with higher education institutions (HEIs) and overhaul BGS project/finance systems.

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Prof. Mike Stephenson | Director of Science and Technology

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Mike’s role is to ensure the effective delivery and monitoring of BGS science programmes; aligning BGS strategy with NERC strategy. Mike is focused on deploying cutting-edge technologies, such as subsurface sensor networks and real time monitoring, and establishing a clear path from data to science — using ‘big data’. Mike is also tasked with improving links between the BGS, HEIs and industry. Mike is a national spokesperson for BGS science; most recently on shale gas and carbon capture and storage.

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Dr Mike Patterson | Chief Operating Officer

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Mike’s role is to ensure effective deployment of BGS resources. His responsibilities include: communications, global business development, health and safety, finance, HR, IT, IPR and publications. Mike's focus for 2013-14 is on: developing overseas work, reviewing BGS governance/ownership, the BGS Edinburgh relocation to Heriot-Watt and overhauling our project/finance systems.

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Marion Squires | Head of Human Resources

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Marion works with the BGS Executive to produce staffing plans/forecasts, advises on NERC policy and UK employment legislation, and considers the implications to staff of any major change proposals. Marion is also the BGS senior representative on several NERC HR committees.

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Amanda Clewes | Head of Finance

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Amanda works with the BGS Executive to produce our strategic financial plans/forecasts to ensure that they are accurate and compliant with NERC policy, government (BIS) and EU guidelines. Amanda also works with BGS science directors to achieve business and strategic objectives, whilst evaluating the risk and consequence of any major change proposals. Amanda is also the BGS senior representative on NERC Finance committees and the NERC EC finance coordinator.

Energy, Minerals and Waste Programme

Energy and Marine Geoscience

Robert Gatliff, Science Director of Energy and Marine Geoscience

Bob Gatliff

Robert Gatliff leads BGS Energy and Marine Geoscience research. The BGS provides a service to DECC and the Falkland Islands Government supporting exploration and development of oil and gas. Other current research includes major programmes in carbon capture and storage and advanced seismic techniques. Our continental margin research is supported by two Joint Infrastructure Funds. The marine geology programme (MGP) is developing high resolution maps and models of the offshore, coast and lakes, based on multibeam data. The MGP works closely with many UK marine government and research groups, and the offshore renewables industry, in resources, habitats and geohazards. The BGS is a leader in developing remotely operated drilling technology and is lead organisation in European operations for IODP.

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Minerals and Waste

Andrew Bloodworth

Andrew Bloodworth, Science Director of Minerals and Waste

Andrew is responsible for BGS research related to mineral and metal resource management and security, the future safe geological disposal of radioactive waste, as well as energy topics related to renewables, energy storage and clean coal.

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Geohazards Programme

Engineering Geology

Helen Reeves, Science Director of Engineering Geology

Helen Reeves

Helen leads research into engineering geology, which includes studies on the properties and behaviour of rocks and how they impact on transport and building infrastructure. Ongoing studies and monitoring help improve our understanding of ‘shallow geohazards’ such as landslides, flooding and subsidence and how best to reduce their risks to society. Helen also works with the UK Natural Hazards Partnership, which includes advising the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat on geohazards to inform the National Risk Assessment. Research focus also includes ‘urban geoscience’ which aims to improve our understanding of the complex processes that occur under our cities and towns.

Earth Hazards and Observatories

David Kerridge, Science Director of Earth Hazards and Observatories

Dave Kerridge

David is Director of Earth Hazards and Observatories with responsibility for the BGS science teams in Earth and planetary observation and monitoring, earthquake seismology, geomagnetism, Space Geodesy, and volcanology. He works with the Met Office and other agencies on the UK Natural Hazards Partnership, which includes advising the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat on geohazards to inform the National Risk Assessment. In his BGS career David has worked on global geomagnetic field modelling, space weather forecasting and new methods for surveying wellbores applied by the hydrocarbons industry in drilling worldwide.

Environmental Change and Impacts Programme

Climate and Landscape Change

Michael Ellis, Science Director of Climate and Landscape Change

Michael Ellis

Mike is the Director of Climate and Landscape Change with responsibility for the BGS science teams that study environmental observations and change, palaeoclimate, palaeoenvironment, palaeontology, soils and landscape processes.

Research areas

Groundwater

Rob Ward, Science Director of Groundwater

Rob Ward

Rob is responsible for leading BGS groundwater science and research. This programme addresses issues related to the sustainability of groundwater resources and quality, the impacts of environmental change on the water cycle, natural hazards, and human health. Rob’s focus is on ensuring innovation and outcomes that support the effective management and protection of groundwater in the UK, Europe and the developing world.

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Geological and Geophysical Survey Programme

Geology and Regional Geophysics

Andy Howard, Science Director of Geology and Regional Geophysics

Andy Howard

Andy is responsible for direction and delivery of the BGS national programmes of onshore geological and geophysical surveys, and for development of skills and capability in geology and regional geophysics. Since 2005, Andy has led BGS programmes to deliver national information on the geology, resources and properties of the subsurface environment in the UK, deploying the latest geological mapping, 3D modelling and geophysical techniques, and focusing on providing information and knowledge to support development decisions, regulation and management of this complex environment.

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Geological Survey of Northern Ireland

Marie Cowan, Director of the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland

Marie Cowan

In June 2014 Marie was appointed Director of the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI), an office of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI). Marie is leading the team at GSNI, who together with stakeholder support, are delivering expert geoscience data, information, services and advice required for a spectrum of economic, environmental, health and societal issues which impact upon every single citizen in Northern Ireland.

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Geochemistry Facilities

Science Director Geochronology & Tracers Facility

Dan Condon, Science Director Geochronology & Tracers Facility

Dan Condon
Research areas
  • Science Director Geochronology & Tracers Facility
    Dan Condon

Director Centre for Environmental Geochemistry

Melanie Leng, Director Centre for Environmental Geochemistry

Melanie Leng

Professor Melanie Leng is the Director of the Centre of Environmental Geochemistry (a collaboration between the BGS and the University of Nottingham) and a Science Director at the British Geological Survey where she manages the Stable Isotope Facility, part of the family of National Facilities, a role which involves a collaborative service role for the UK academic geosciences community. The Centre for Environmental Geochemistry combines the British Geological Survey's and University of Nottingham's strengths in geochemistry, focusing on the use of geochemistry in research, training and teaching around reconstructing past environmental and climate change, biogeochemical cycling including pollution typing/provenance and the use of geochemical tools for research into the subsurface. Melanie is also Professor of Isotope Geosciences at the University of Nottingham.

Information and Environmental Modelling Programme

Informatics

Matt Harrison, Science Director of Informatics

Matt Harrison

Matt leads Informatics, a new team, managing the wealth of geoscience data, information and other materials for the long-term benefit of the UK. Informatics will focus on curation and making data widely available, integrating with new technologies for its collection and assimilation.

Matt’s past research has focused on the application of international spatial information best practice mainly in the natural hazards and marine areas, leading the GeoSure project and chairing the Natural Risk Zones working group drafting the EU INSPIRE Directive. Matt’s recent roles include co-chairing the UK Government Natural Hazards Partnership.

Environmental Modelling

Katherine Royse, Science Director of Environmental Modelling

Kate Royse

Katherine is responsible for Environmental modelling research and development in BGS. This program area applies a multidisciplinary approach to explaining, exploring and predicting the earth’s response to natural and human-induced environmental change.

The Environmental Modelling Directorate undertakes research into a variety of areas: the development of 3D modelling systems, the parameterisation of models; the development of numerical process modelling techniques including groundwater, debris flow, multiphase flow and coupled process modelling; uncertainty analysis; geostatistics and model and data integration, where we apply integrated models to the analysis of a range of environmental problems. We also specialize in the development of immersive 3D visualization techniques, online decision support systems and the development of novel Geoscience products that deliver geoscientific information in an assessable form to a range of data users.

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Operations

Business Development

Julian Trick, Head of Business Development

Julian Trick

Julian heads up the Business Development team which is responsible for promoting BGS's services, data and information products to a wide range of current and prospective clients. This is achieved through exhibitions, seminars, and one-to-one meetings and the provision of promotional material targeted at a wide variety of sectors. Clients include central, devolved and local government, government agencies, the EU, policy makers, insurers, environmental industries, homebuyers, value-added resellers, utilities and companies directly involved with water, energy, minerals and waste.

Marketing Managers in the team are responsible for key areas of external work including, energy, water, minerals and data products. They also act as client managers to key customers within both the public and private sectors.

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Research areas
  • Events Manager
    Linda Hetherington
  • Commercialisation & data resellers
    Mike Ackroyd
  • Business Development & BGS International Travel Co-ordinator
    Wendy Masterson
  • Business managers
    Jennifer Forster, Jo Booth (Keyworth)
  • Business managers
    Hugh Barron, Howard Johnson (Edinburgh)
  • Science Grants Coordinator
    Vicky Hards
  • Senior Hydrogeologist, Groundwater
    Sean Burke

Corporate Communications and Publications

Clive Mitchell, Head of Corporate Communications and Publications

Clive Mitchell

Clive is responsible for the BGS press office, web delivery, outreach, internal communications and publications. In addition, he is also an industrial minerals specialist with over 24 years experience of capacity building, resource assessment and industrial mineral evaluation in the UK and overseas.

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Research areas
  • Press Office
    Clive Mitchell
  • Web delivery
    Gemma Nash
  • Public engagement
    John Stevenson
  • Internal communications
    Sarah Nice
  • Publishing
    Joanna Thomas
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Data & Science Services

Gerry Wildman, Head of Data & Science Services


Data Services

Gerry Wildman, Head of Data Services

Gerry Wildman

Gerry is responsible for managing the route by which BGS delivers and provides access to its data. She oversees a broad range of commercial and open access activities including the data helpdesk for BGS' data partners and licensees, GeoReports and OpenGeoscience. Constantly looking to improve access to BGS' data holdings, she investigates new and innovative ways of delivering data in a wide range of formats including web services, smartphone devices plus more traditional routes.

Research areas
  • Data helpdesk
    Jane Smalley
  • Data presentation
    Henry Holbrook
  • FOI/EIR requests
    Rachel Mackenzie

Science Services

Jim Rayner, Head of Science Services

Jim Rayner

Jim Rayner is responsible for overseeing and delivering a range of charged internal and external services that are divided into two main areas, graphics and customer services, across the BGS offices in Keyworth, Edinburgh and London.

Research areas
  • London Information Office
    Clare Tombleson
  • Enquiry Service
    Rachel MacKenzie
  • Shops & Visitor Services
    Ivan Page\Lisa Fitch
  • Photography & Imaging
    Fergus Mactaggart
  • Graphic Design
    Debbie Rayner
  • Reprographics & Print Management
    Jim Rayner

Estates and Facilities

Gaynor Delaney, Head of Estates and Facilities

Gaynor Delaney

In my current role for BGS, I manage all aspects of the property and Facilities Management for a mixed office, laboratory and workshop estate, comprising 12 sites throughout the UK. The role of the team is to develop an infrastructure to fit the needs of our developing organisation and meet the priorities of the work that we do. The remit includes responsibility for hard and soft services, Project management, Health & Safety, Environmental Management and Business Assurance / Risk. I am a member of both the British Institute for Facilities Management (BIFM) and the Public Sector Sustainability Association (PSSA).

Research areas
  • Business Assurance
    Janet Bauder
  • Health & Safety
    Stewart Adams
  • Facilities North
    Malcolm Laird

Finance

Amanda Clewes, Head of Finance

Amanda Clewes

Amanda works with the BGS Executive to produce our strategic financial plans/forecasts to ensure that they are accurate and compliant with NERC policy, government (BIS) and EU guidelines. Amanda also works with BGS science directors to achieve business and strategic objectives, whilst evaluating the risk and consequence of any major change proposals. Amanda is also the BGS senior representative on NERC Finance committees and the NERC EC finance coordinator.

Research areas
  • Project Support
    Alison Loveland
  • Contracts
    Lynne Riley

Human Resources

Marion Squires, Head of Human Resources

Marion Squires

Marion works with the BGS Executive to produce staffing plans/forecasts, advises on NERC policy and UK employment legislation, and considers the implications to staff of any major change proposals. Marion is also the BGS senior representative on several NERC HR committees.

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Intellectual Property and Legal Services (IPLS)

Chris Luton, Head of IPLS

Chris Luton

Chris manages BGS's the overall strategy and policy concerning intellectual property and legal issues, ensuring the digital and copyright licensing activities and opportunities are developed, expanded and delivered in line with present UK and European law. This includes ensuring that data use and re-use are managed within an appropriate legal framework and meet Government guidelines, taking account of protection issues for the owners and providers of the data itself. Chris also provides academic and research staff with timely and accurate legal/IPR support and advice.

Research areas
  • IP & Legal Section
    Chris Luton
  • Data Licencing & Digital Rights
    Rob Smith
  • Copyright
    Gillian Dredge

Science Director BGS Global

Martin Smith, Head of BGS Global

Martin Smith

Martin Smith was appointed in 2013 to lead the newly formed BGS Global Geoscience. He joined BGS in 1981 and has extensive experience in UK and African geology and in the leadership and management of research.

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Research areas

Special Projects

John Murray

John Murray

Since 2012, John has been responsible for three major concurrent projects: the upgrade of the NERC Resource Management System (RMS), the development of a new joint centre with Heriot-Watt at their Riccarton campus in Edinburgh, which will involve the relocation of the existing Murchison House facility in late 2015, and latterly John is leading the review process to look at alternative ownership and governance for BGS outside of NERC and the public sector.

John is deputy to the Mike Patterson, Chief Operating Officer.

Systems and Network Support (SNS)

Pete Lyons-Lewis (South)

Pete Lyons-Lewis

Peter Lyons-Lewis leads a Keyworth-based team that is responsible for provision of IT infrastructure and services to all science areas and service groups.

Systems and Network Support (SNS)

Hugh Gough (North)

Hugh Gough

Hugh Gough leads a Edinburgh-based team that is responsible for provision of IT infrastructure and services to all science areas and service groups.

Research areas
  • Applications support (scientific and desktop)
  • Hardware & software procurement
  • Software licencing
  • Desktop & server operating systems
  • Server virtualisation
  • Desktop & mobile, ruggedised hardware
  • Database support
  • IT security
  • Storage management
  • Backup & archiving
  • Networks
  • Remote access services
  • VOIP & mobile telephony
  • IT business continuity
  • Computer room services, including third-party hosting
  • Email services