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Appointment of new Chief Executive

simon thompsonWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Thompson as the next Chief Executive of the Geological Society, following the retirement of our present Executive Secretary, Richard Hughes on 31 October 2022.

Simon is currently the Chief Executive of the British Institute of Radiology, a learned and professional organisation serving a multi-faceted community. Prior to that he held senior private-sector roles in publishing and online information. Simon will be take up the post on 1 November 2022. He joins a Society already making excellent progress on the strategic plan agreed in 2020 and implementing the mission, vision, and values identified in 2021.

Simon said “I am honoured to be joining the team at such an important time. Geoscience is as crucial as ever in addressing the challenges and opportunities of our changing world. I look forward to putting the Society’s strategy into action and supporting the geoscience community to thrive and succeed."

Society President Ruth Allington commented "On behalf of the Society, I am delighted that Simon will be joining us in November. He is a worthy successor to Richard, bringing a great deal of highly relevant experience and expertise, as well as energy and enthusiasm to build on what has already been achieved during Richard’s tenure. I, the Council and the staff are very much looking forward to working with him."