Rachel Dearden

Dr Rachel Dearden

Senior project manager
BGS Keyworth


Rachel is the Senior Project Manager for the £31m UK Geoenergy Observatories Project, which is delivering complex, instrumented boreholes arrays in Glasgow and Cheshire for geothermal research. Rachel has been involved with the project since 2016 from the initial stages of requirements gathering through to land acquisition, design and construction and benefit realisation.

Rachel has a PhD in hydrogeology and in previous roles has worked in research and in project management and development of geoscience data products and data delivery software. Rachel has successfully won a number of grants relating to knowledge exchange and innovative geospatial product development.

Rachel Dearden’s Biography

  • 2020 – ongoing : Senior Project Manager, UK Geoenergy Observatories Project
  • 2016 – 2020 : Project Manager, UK Geoenergy Observatories Project
  • 2011 – 2016 : Project Manager and geospatial product developer
  • 2008 – 2011 : Hydrogeologist, British Geological Survey
  • 2006 –2007 : Post-doctoral researcher, University of Birmingham
  • 2003 –2007 : PhD University of Birmingham
  • 1999 –2003 : BSc (Hons), University of Wales, Bangor, Environmental Science

Current projects and collaborations

  • 2016 – ongoing : UK Geoenergy Observatories Project – a £31m capital project funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • 2015 –2017 : ‘BIM for the subsurface’ funded under the Technology Strategy Board’s ‘Digitising the Construction Industry call’
  • 2014 –2015 : “Modelling the geological factors in pipe failure for better infrastructure management” in collaboration with Yorkshire Water. Funded by NERC’s ‘Environmental Risks to Infrastructure call’
  • 2013 –2017 : Delivery of geological data and information from 3D geological models (BGS Groundhog)
  • 2013 –2014 : ‘Ground information for the house-building industry’ funded by NERC’s ‘Environmental Data call’
  • 2011 –2014 : ‘Sustainable Infiltration knowledge exchange fellowship, funded by NERC’s Knowledge Exchange Fellowship scheme
  • 2010 –2016 : Development of Infiltration SuDS Map funded by BGS National Capability funding

Key papers

  • 2014 –2014 : Mathers, S J, Burke, H F, Terrington, R L, Thorpe, S, Dearden, R A, Williamson, J P, and Ford, J R. 2014. A geological model of London and the Thames Valley, southeast England. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 125 (4), pp 373-382 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016787814000662)
  • 2014 –2014 : Miller, J D, Kim, H, Kjeldsen, T R, Packman, J, Grebby, S, and Dearden, R A. 2014. Assessing the impact of urbanization on storm runoff in a peri-urban catchment using historical change in impervious cover. Journal of Hydrology. 515, pp59-70
  • 2014 –2014 : Rivett, M O, Dearden, R A, and Wealthall, G P. 2014. Architecture, persistence and dissolution of a 20 to 45 year old trichloroethene DNAPL source zone. J. Contaminant Hydrogeology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jconhyd.2014.09.008
  • 2013 : Dearden, R A, Marchant, A, and Royse, K. 2013. Development of a suitability map for infiltration sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). Environmental Earth Sciences, DOI 10.1007/s12665-013-2301-7
  • 2011 : Dearden, R A, and Price, S. 2011. A national suitability dataset for infiltration-based sustainable drainage systems. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Computing and Control for the Water Industry, September 2011, Volume 1, pp 253-258
  • 2011 : Rivett, M O, Wealthall, G P, Dearden, R A, and McAlary, T A. 2011. Review of unsaturated-zone transport and attenuation of volatile organic compound (VOC) plumes leached from shallow source zones, Journal of Contaminant Hydrogeology, 123 (3-4), pp 130-156
  • 2010 : Chambers, J E, Wilkinson, P B, Wealthall, G P, Loke, M H, Dearden, R A, Wilson, R, Allen, D, and Ogilvy, R D. 2010. Hydrogeophysical imaging of deposit heterogeneity and groundwater chemistry changes during DNAPL source zone bioremediation. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2010.07.001
  • 2010 : Dearden, R A, Chambers, J, Allen, D, and Wealthall, G. 2010. Site investigation techniques for DNAPL source and plume zone characterisation, Sabre Bulletin SAB2, September 2010, Published by CL:aire (Contaminated Land: Application in Real Environments)
  • 2010 : Dearden, R A, and Price, S. 2010. Surface Water Flooding: Sustainable drainage to the ground. UK Groundwater Forum.

Published outputs

Publication downloads


  • PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner, 2019
  • Project Management Qualification, Association of Project Managers (APM), 2020
  • NEC4 ECC PM accreditation, 2021
  • Managing Successful Programmes Foundation and Practitioner, 2022


  • 2013 : Sustainable Drainage & Flood Management Initiative of the Year at the Water Industry Achievement Awards

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