Originally an Electronics graduate from University of Edinburgh in 1972, I had the opportunity to pursue my other passion of Geology when I semi-retired from the subsea technology industry in 1996. I was encouraged to study for a geology degree at Aberdeen, as a (very) mature student, and graduated with honours in 2003. I was then Secretary to AGS for four years, during which time I was instrumental in revitalising the organisation. I remain very committed to sustaining our society and broadening its reach to both professional and amateur geologists. I have an interest in most aspects of geology, but I’m particularly interested in Scottish Geology, especially the Dalradian.
Alan Holmes President
BSc Mech Eng Glasgow 1981, with a particular interest in engineering uses & properties of Scottish stone. After coming to offshore industry & Aberdeen, granite history has become of special interest. Delighted to discover AGS about 1998, with its experts & enthusiasts, all sharing a common delight in matters geological. AGS - a fertile ground for growing the seeds of interest & making some great friends, what a combination ! Hail to the founding fathers of AGS & my educators, many thanks.
Alex Fordham Secretary
Born in London, starved of anything resembling an outcrop, Alex Fordham got talked into this geology lark while living amongst the gills and crags of the Millstone Grit as a teenager in Yorkshire and as been hooked ever since. Two degrees later she is now lucky enough to be a geologist for a living. She firmly believes that you should never stop being curious; Geology and the physical sciences open your eyes to a completely different way to read landscapes and the environment around you. Alex also believes there's almost nothing you can't teach about clastic sedimentology on a walk on a sandy beach (as her daughter can now testify...).
Hugh Morel Treasurer
Having graduated in the 1970s I first worked as a hydrogeologist, but migrated to the oil industry, where I’ve worked mainly in the UK with a variety of oil companies. The AGS provides a welcome breath of fresh air as it covers a very wide range of topics in its lectures and field visits.
Sidney Johnston Field Trip Coordinator
Sidney is an amateur geologist who likes to mix the intellectual and the outdoors. He is keen to promote the AGS as a centre of geological knowledge and expertise. Sidney is responsible for the AGS field trips, which cover local and more remote Scottish geological sites.
Ken Glennie Honorary President
Ken Glennie, Edinburgh University 1949-1954 (BSc, MSc). Shell International Exploration 1954-1987, serving in New Zealand, Canada, Middle East as well as London & The Hague. DSc Edinburgh (1984). Honorary Lecturer at Aberdeen 1990-1996, Honorary Professor 1996- Member of AGS since 1987. Main interests: Deserts, present & past, North Sea & Middle East (mainly Oman) geology.
Nigel Trewin Honorary Vice-President
A founder member of the Society, and resident of the Aberdeen area since 1968. Current post is Professor of Geology in Aberdeen University. My main Scottish research interests are in the ancient environments of the Old Red Sandstone of Scotland, particularly the Rhynie chert, and the fossil fish beds of the Orcadian Basin. General geological interest is reflected in editorship and contributions to the 4th Edition of 'The Geology of Scotland' (published 2002). Work with the petroleum industry has concentrated on sedimentology and diagenesis of reservoir sandstones. I serve on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Scottish Natural Heritage, and on a Regional Advisory Panel of the British Geological Survey. I am keen to promote geological science to both professionals and the general public.
Jeremy Preston Webmaster
Software Tester with Aberdeen-based geological service company, HRH Geology. However, now lives and works from home in York. Geological interests include the magmatism of the British Tertiary Igneous Province, the Appinite suite of NW Scotland and 'hard rocks' in general!