BGS Board

Dr. Karen Hanghøj | BGS Director

Dr. Karen Hanghøj

Karen brings extensive experience to the British Geological Survey, including previous roles at Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, as an academic researcher and in business. Karen is a member of a range of international advisory. Karen joins BGS from EIT RawMaterials, a knowledge and innovation community supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. Karen's expertise will ensure the BGS is well-placed to meet future challenges and ensure it continues as a globally-leading survey, delivering services and providing infrastructure support nationally and globally.

Sir Keith O'Nions | BGS Board Chair

Sir Keith O'Nions

Sir Keith O'Nions was president and rector of Imperial College until 1 September 2014 and has been Chair of Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge, since 2014. Sir Keith has previously held the positions of professor of geology at Columbia University, Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Cambridge and head of earth sciences at the University of Oxford.

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Sir Michael Dixon | Director of the Natural History Museum

Sir Michael Dixon

Sir Michael Dixon trained as a zoologist at Imperial College, London, and then completed doctoral studies at the University of York. In 2000 he was appointed director general of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), with responsibility for the organisation's two zoos, its research facility the Institute of Zoology, and the field conservation programmes division.

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Paul Fox | Pro–vice chancellor – Finance and Infrastructure, Bath Spa University

Paul Fox

Paul Fox joined NERC as the director of finance and operations in 2010. He became NERC chief operating officer in 2014. He joined Bath Spa University in September 2019 and remains on the BGS board as the NERC appointed non-executive director.

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Dr Donna Kirkwood | Former Chief scientist, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Dr Donna Kirkwood

Natural Resources Canada is a federal science department conducting research and development in geosciences, geomatics, forestry, mining and petroleum research, and advanced materials and technological developments for energy efficiency.

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Dr Mike Patterson | Chief operating officer, BGS

Dr Mike Patterson

Mike joined the BGS as chief operating officer on 1 April 2011. He has a variety of skills in business and operations at a senior level and at the same time understands the environmental sciences sector through his involvement with Golder Associates.

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Olivier Peyret | President and CEO, Schlumberger France

Olivier Peyret

Olivier Peyret has been with Schlumberger for over 35 years and has been in his current role since January 2017. He has held assignments in all segments of the oil and gas service industry, from exploration to development and production, which has led to a vast knowledge of the entire industry.

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David Simpson

David Simpson

David Simpson is a qualified solicitor and was a partner at KPMG for 15 years until 2013, culminating as global head of mergers and acquisitions. Before that he spent 15 years in investment banking, latterly at Barclays de Zoete Wedd Ltd.

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Prof Richard A Williams, OBE | Principal and vice chancellor, Heriot-Watt University

Professor Richard A. Williams

Prof Richard A Williams is the principal and vice chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. His background is as an academic and entrepreneur working in mineral engineering, metallurgy, energy storage systems and environmental technologies.

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Joanne Wilson | VP Finance Group Controller, AstraZeneca

Joanne Wilson

Joanne Wilson has 25 years of finance experience spanning a wide range of specialisms focused on growing businesses through strategic change and business development, underpinned by a focus on operational excellence and development of people.

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