All-Party Parliamentary Group 

for Earth Science


Biographies

Mike Bassett

Chair:
Martin Caton MP


Martin Caton was elected as MP for the safe Labour seat of Gower in 1997 after working as a political assistant/researcher to a South Wales West MEP for ten years. He has a science background and was previously a Scientific Officer at the Welsh plant breeding station, Aberystwyth. He has a strong interest in both health and the environment issues. As well as being Chair for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Earth and Environmental Sciences, Martin is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

 

Kevin Barron

Vice Chair:
Roger Williams MP


Roger Williams was elected as MP for Brecon and Radnorshire since in June 2001. He was Liberal Democrat: Spokesperson/Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs (2002-05, 2006-10), Whip (2004-07), Shadow Secretary of State for Wales (2007-10,) and Whip (2008-10). Also a Member of Welsh Affairs Select Committee (2001-05), Environment Select Committee, Food and Rural Affairs (2005-10) and has been a Member of the Science and Technology Select Committee since 2010.

He has served as a Councillor, Powys County Council (1981-2001); Member, Development Board for Rural Wales (1989-97); Chair: Mid Wales Agri-Food Partnership, Brecon Beacons National Park (1991-95); and lay school inspector.

His political interests include agriculture, education, economic development and countries of interest include Afghanistan and Egypt.

Kevin Barron Vice-Chair:
The Duke of Montrose

The Duke of Montrose is the Shadow Minister for Scotland and for the Department for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). He has an interest in the local environment and as Patron of the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment Campaign (SCENE) is well aware of the importance of the scientific study in order to continue to remain at the cutting edge of research and to be able to train future generations to tackle the environmental problems that face society.
Kevin Barron

Secretary:
Kevin Barron MP


Kevin was born 26/10/46 in Hazlewood Castle, Tadcaster. His family moved to Maltby, Rotherham, when he was 8 years old. He was educated at Maltby Hall Secondary School and began his working life as an underground electrician at Maltby Colliery. After studying social sciences at Sheffield University on a day release course he went on to Ruskin College, Oxford, as a mature student.

He was elected as Member of Parliament for the Rother Valley in 1983 when the constituency was divided into two. On entering Parliament, Kevin was a member of the Select Committee on Energy. In 1985 he became PPS to the then leader of the Labour Party Neil Kinnock and during the late eighties and nineties served as Shadow Minister for Energy, Employment and later Health. He also became chair of the Group of Yorkshire MPs

Kevin’s interest in Public Health was well known and in 1993 he was the originator of a Private Members Bill to ban the advertising and promotion of tobacco products. In July 1996 he was duly appointed to the newly created position of Shadow Minister for Public Health. He also chaired the PLP Health Committee.

In 1997 Kevin was selected to sit on the highly influential Intelligence and Security Committee which oversees the Intelligence Services and is the only committee to report directly to the Prime Minister. He also chaired several All-Party Parliamentary Groups, including the Pharmaceutical Industry, Smoking and Health and Infertility. These he has subsequently relinquished but still chairs the Earth Sciences Group and those of the Film Industry, Connecting Communities and British/Bulgaria. In 2001 Kevin was appointed as a Privy Councillor an honour not often awarded to backbenchers.

After winning his sixth election for Member of Parliament for the Rother Valley, Kevin became chair of the Health Select Committee. He is also a lay member of the GMC.

Lord Oxburgh

Treasurer:
Lord Oxburgh


Lord Oxburgh trained as a geologist/geophysicist, graduating from Oxford University and gaining a doctorate from Princeton University in the US. He worked as Chief Scientific Adviser at the Ministry of Defence and Rector of Imperial College London and as Chairman of Shell Transport & Trading plc. He is currently Chairman of D1 Oils. He is now a crossbench peer in the House of Lords and has chaired its Science and Technology Select Committee. His interests include Earth science issues such as climate change, energy and water futures, and global development.

Contact: Lord Oxburgh, The House of Lords, Westminster, London SW1A 0PW

Cally Oldershaw Adminstrative Secretary:
Cally Oldershaw FGA, DGA, FGS, C.Geol., EurGeol

Cally Oldershaw has been the Administrative Secretary for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Earth Science and Envionmental Sciences since its inauguration in 2000. She is co-founder of the Earth Science Education Form for England and Wales (ESEF(EW)), also an Earth Science Education consultant, author, Geologist and Gemmologist and an examiner for the Gemmological Association and Gem Testing Laboratory of Great Britain (Gem-A). Cally was the Curator of Gemstones at the Natural History Museum, Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the Geological Society and Curriculum Development Manager at the Association for Science Education. Cally is a former Chair of the Earth Science Teachers’ Association (ESTA) and is the present Chair of the Gem-A.


 

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