Organisational structure

The Executive

The Executive is the main decision-making body of the BGS and has responsibility for the corporate governance of the Survey. The responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the science programmes lies with the senior Science, Digital and Innovation group.

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.

Prof Mike Stephenson
Director of science and technology

Prof Mike Stephenson

Mike's role is to ensure the effective delivery and monitoring of BGS science programmes, aligning BGS strategy with NERC strategy. Mike is focused on deploying cutting-edge technologies, such as subsurface sensor networks and real-time monitoring, and establishing a clear path from data to science using 'big data'. Mike is also tasked with improving links between the BGS, HEIs and industry. Mike is a national spokesperson for BGS science, most recently on shale gas and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

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Dr Mike Patterson
Chief operating officer

Dr Mike Patterson

Mike's role is to ensure effective deployment of BGS resources. His responsibilities include communications, global business development, health and safety, finance, HR, IT, IPR and publications. Mike's focus is on developing overseas work and delivering a change to BGS governance/ownership.

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Dr Tracy Shimmield | Director, Lyell Centre

Dr Tracy Shimmield

Tracy is the BGS Director of the Lyell Centre, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The purpose-built £21 m Lyell Centre facilities will enable the British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University (HWU) to build on their individual and combined interdisciplinary expertise in land and marine conservation, geology and geoscience. As well as contributing to the BGS Executive team, Tracy's role is to ensure effective delivery of the Lyell Strategy, including collaboration with HWU and Scottish Government colleagues to build the Lyell Centre as a Centre for Excellence.

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