Chief Geologist for Scotland

Helen Bonsor
I am delighted to announce that Helen Bonsor has been appointed as our new Chief Geologist for Scotland from 1 September 2018. The post of Chief Geologist for Scotland has recently been reformed to focus more heavily on developing strategic relationships with the relevant parts of the Scottish Government and its regional initiatives, such as the National Planning Framework and Energy and Climate Change Directorate, as well as improving relationships with key regional partnerships and local councils across Scotland.

Helen joined the BGS in 2008 as a hydrogeologist, and over the last 10 years her groundwater science has been focused on developing understanding of groundwater resources in Africa and Asia. In recent years, she has been focusing on improving understanding behind poor functionality of hand-pump supplies in Africa, as part of the DFID–NERC–ESRC-funded UPGro research programme (Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor). Within Scotland, Helen has contributed to regional surveys, such as the Groundwater Baseline Scotland project, and the large, cross-cutting Clyde Urban Super Project led by the former Chief Geologist for Scotland Diarmad Campbell. Helen will embrace this key strategic role with determination, and she has committed to bringing together our science and expertise across our disciplines in Scotland in new ways, building on our key external relationships in order for our science to directly inform new regional research and spatial approaches.

In this interim period please direct all enquires to the co-director of the Lyell Centre, Tracy Shimmield. Helen officially takes up the post on 1 September 2018.

Professor John Ludden, BGS Chief Executive.


10 August 2018