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New BGS board formed to meet future challenges

The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have announced the line-up of a new group that will assist the BGS in meeting future challenges and ensuring it continues to be a global leader in its field.

BGS Board chairman Sir Keith O’Nions has said he has appointed a high-quality board of non-executive directors to support the new board and BGS executive team in shaping the organisation’s strategy and business plans.

The new chair and board will work closely with the BGS director John Ludden and the NERC chief executive Duncan Wingham to shape BGS’s future and enable the organisation to deliver its mission, manage commercial risk and diversify its funding

O’Nions said: “I am delighted to announce the make-up of the first BGS Board. I am very pleased that we have attracted a high-calibre and diverse range of people who will all, bringing their specific skills and experience, enhance the strong reputation of the BGS.

“I look forward to working with my new board and all of those at BGS to build on the fine history and experience of BGS, the wider geoscience community and NERC to ensure a collaborative and coherent approach to maximise BGS’s future capability and capacity.”

NERC and BGS have agreed that BGS will operate at arm’s length from NERC, with a structure that mirrors that of a wholly owned incorporated subsidiary within the single legal entity. From 1 April 2018, that legal entity will be UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).


The new board members are:

  • Sir Keith O’Nions (chair)
  • Natural History Museum director Sir Michael Dixon
  • Natural Resources Canada chief scientist Donna Kirkwood
  • Schlumberger France chairman and CEO Olivier Peyret
  • Shell International vice president corporate and UK company controller Joanne Wilson
  • Cardiff University council member David Simpson
  • Heriot-Watt University vice-chancellor and principal Richard Williams
  • NERC CEO Paul Fox
  • BGS executive director John Ludden
  • BGS CEO Mike Patterson

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