Katherine Royse

Prof Katherine Royse

BGS Chief Digital Officer
BGS Keyworth


Katherine is responsible for the development of BGS digital data and data technology strategies, ensuring organisational evolution and efficient and effective exploitation of BGS digital assets to create science and business value. Her research focuses on the development of novel methods and techniques to gain added-value from BGS’s data holdings. Most recently Katherine has lead on the implementation of lean management processes to data product and service development. In 2017 she was recognised by the Praxisunico/RCUK Impact awards for her novel approach to innovation and commercialisation of geoscience information. Katherine is Secretary for professional matters of the Geological Society of London responsible for the promotion of professional excellence and ethical standards in earth sciences




Katherine Royse’s Biography

  • 2019 – ongoing : Chief Digital Officer
  • 2017 – ongoing : Honorary Professor Nottingham University
  • 2017 – ongoing : Secretary Professional Matters Geological Society of London
  • 2016 –2018 : Member of the NERC Innovation Advisory Board
  • 2014 –2019 : Science Director GeoAnalytics and Modelling
  • 2010 –2014 : NERC KE Fellow: Probability Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment
  • 2008 –2013 : Team Leader Derived Products
  • 2006 –2008 : Team Leader Urban Development

Research interests

  • Data and Technology Innovation and Commercialisation
  • Digital Leadership
  • Digital Transformation
  • Geospatial Analytics and Machine Learning


Key papers

  • Royse, K R, Hillier, J K, Hughes, A, Kingdon, A, Singh, A, and Wang, L. 2017. The potential for the use of model fusion techniques in building and developing catastrophe models. In: Riddick, A T, Kessler, H, and Giles, J R A. (eds) Integrated Environmental Modelling to Solve Real World Problems: Methods, Vision and Challenges. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 408: 89-99
  • Royse, K R. 2017. The Role of Geological Data in the SMART city Agenda. GIS Professional, V74: 25-27
  • Banks, V J, Bricker, S H, Royse, K R, and Collins, P E F. 2015. Development of a Hazard Susceptibility Map for Drift-filled hollows in London. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, v. 48, no. 1, p. 55-70.
  • Royse, K R. 2015. Key Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Geospatial Information Industry. AGI Foresight Report 2020. The Association for Geographic Information. p. 217-219
  • Hughes, R, Murray, V, and Royse, K R. 2012. Data Sharing. Report produced for the Government Office for Science, Foresight project: Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers. , Foresight, p. 26.
  • Royse, K R, de Freitas, M, Burgess, W G, Cosgrove, J, Ghail, R C, Gibbard, P, King, C, Lawrence, U, Mortimore, R N, Owen, H, and Skipper, J. 2012. Geology of London, UK: Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, v. 123, p. 22-45.
  • Royse, K R. 2011. The Handling of Hazard Data on a National Scale: A Case Study from the British Geological Survey, Surveys in Geophysics, 32, 753-776.
  • Royse, K R. 2010. Combining numerical and cognitive 3D modelling approaches in order to determine the structure of the Chalk in the London Basin, Computers and Geosciences 36, 500-511.
  • Dearden, R A, Marchant, A, and Royse, K R. 2013, Development of a suitability map for infiltration sustainatlbe drainage systems Environmental Earth Sciences.

Published outputs



  • 2017 : Impact Award : KEC Team of the Year PraxisUnico
  • 2011 : Open MI Award 2011: Development of a simple catatrophe model for groundwater Flooding in the Berkshire Downs

Professional associations

  • 2009 : Geological Society Chartered Scrutineer
  • 2004 : Science and Engineering Ambassador
  • 2002 : European Geologist (EurGeol)
  • 2001 : Chartered Geologist


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