Professor Allan Rogers BSc FGS


  • District then County Councillor 1965-1979
  • MEP SE Wales 1979-1984
    • Vice-President, European Parliament 1979-1982
  • MP Rhondda 1983-2001
    • Served on Public Accounts Committee and Select Committee for Welsh Affairs
    • Shadow Minister for Defence 1987-1992
    • Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 1992-1994
    • Member, Intelligence and Security Committee 1994-2001
    • Established All Party Parliamentary Group for Earth Sciences 2000, was Chairman now Professional Advisor to the Group

Earth Sciences/Education

  • Worked as a Geologist in UK, Canada, US and Australia
  • District Secretary, Workers Educational Association 1970-1979
  • Chairman, Polytechnic of Wales 1973-1979
  • Appointed External Professor, University of Glamorgan 1996
  • Board Member, British Geological Survey 2001-2005
  • Council Member, Geological Society 2000 - 2003
  • Chairman, Earth Science Education Forum
  • Chairman, Earth Science Education Forum Cymru
  • Member, Health Authority, Education Authority
  • Member, National Advisory Council for Adult and Continuing Education


  • Past Chair, Pontypridd RFC Rugby Academy
  • President of two rugby clubs
  • Hobbies – all sports
Mike Bassett

Professor Michael Bassett

Mike Bassett is the Head of the Department of Geology (Keeper) at the National Museum of Wales, and is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences at Cardiff University, where he teaches courses within the palaeontology module.  He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University, Sweden.  He has authored/edited over 150 scientific articles and books and is involved in a number of national and international geological organisations.  Mike is the current President of The Palaeontological Association, and is a Coke Medallist of the Geological Society of London (2006).  Research interests are mainly into Lower Palaeozoic brachiopod faunas and palaeobiogeography.  Current projects involve fieldwork in Sweden, Kazakhstan, Iran and Bolivia.

At the National Museum Mike has been involved in the planning and implementation of a number of extremely successful major exhibitions, including the permanent galleries depicting the Evolution of Wales.  Highly popular temporary exhibitions included Dinosaurs from China (1986-88), Dinosaurs Past and Present (1990), Mammoths and the The Ice Age (1991-93) and Prehistoric Sea Monsters (1993-94).


Professor Dianne Edwards CBE FRS

Professor Dianne Edwards is a botanist and a palaeobotanist. She is Head of the School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences at Cardiff University and a Trustee of the Natural History Museum.

Dianne is distinguished for her investigations into the nature of the earliest land plant fossils.

She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1996 and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She has recently been on the boards of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Countryside Council for Wales and as a trustee of the National Botanical Garden of Wales has also been heavily involved in the foundation and survival of this important scientific and cultural resource.

Cally Oldershaw

Executive Secretary:
Cally Oldershaw

Cally Oldershaw is the Executive Secretary for the Earth Science Education Forum Cymru. Cally is also the Administrative Secretary for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Earth Sciences. Cally works part-time for the Association for Science Education as their Curriculum Development Manager. She is an Earth Science Education consultant, author and gemmologist and an examiner for the Gemmological Association and Gem Testing Laboratory of Great Britain.


Paula Knapman

Departmental Administrator
Department of Geology
National Museum Wales
Cathays Park
Cardiff CF10 3NP

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