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Professional and Chartership Committee

The Professional and Chartership Committee reports to Council.


To promote professional excellence and ethical standards in the Earth sciences for the public good.

These aims are achieved through:

  • Defining, maintaining and developing high professional standards for geoscientists
  • Promoting career development for geoscientists

Terms of reference (subject to approval by Council)

  • The establishment and validation of criteria for election to Fellowship
  • The establishment of criteria and validation for election to Chartership
  • The establishment and maintenance of procedures to examine and affirm the standing of Fellows in the profession and practice of geology for the purpose of validation as Chartered Geologists and/or Chartered Scientists
  • To ensure that the application, validation and election process for Chartered Geologists and Chartered Scientists is carried out in accordance with regulations R/FP/2 Criteria and Procedure for Validation as a Chartered Geologist, and R/FP/11 Criteria and Procedure for Validation as a Chartered Scientist
  • To ratify attainment of Chartership and performance of CPD for those seeking election by the European Federation of Geologists to become European Geologists
  • To have an overview of the Society’s involvement of Chartered members of the Society in a ground engineering specialism seeking election to the UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (RoGEP)
  • To have an overview of the Society’s involvement of Chartered members of the Society in a contaminated land specialism seeking election to the Land Condition Register Ltd (SiLC)
  • To support and develop programmes of training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) that are endorsed by the Society
  • The establishment, maintenance and adherence to a Code of Conduct
  • The investigation of alleged breaches of Code of Conduct and advising Council accordingly
  • Maintenance of close links with the Society's Regional Groups with the VP Regional Groups
  • Maintenance of close links with the Society's Early Career Network
  • Liaison with comparable organisations in the UK and overseas to further the professionalism of geoscientists
  • The optimising of services provided to Fellows through periodic review of the adequacy of existing services and the scope for new ones


The P&CC will be chaired by the Secretary (Professional & Chartership Matters) who should be a Chartered Geologist. At least six other members of Council will serve on the P&CC. Non-Council members will be appointed onto the P&CC as necessary, and will generally serve as members of the P&CC for not more than three years. The majority of the P&CC will be Chartered Geologists.

The Executive Secretary and the Director of Operations will attend meetings of the P&CC. The secretariat will be provided by the Fellowship Services Manager.

Method of working

The PCC will meet at least four times annually.

Committee members


  • James Griffiths

Council members

  • Neil Frewin
  • Martin Griffin
  • Ben Lepley
  • John Perry
  • Gemma Sherwood
  • Lucy Williams

Other members

  • John Talbot (Professional Accreditation Panel)
  • Dave Giles (RoGEP Rep)
  • Chris Eccles (EFG Rep)
  • Andy Smith (Academic Accreditation Panel)
  • Alex Carbray
  • Roni Savage
  • Simon Norris
  • Simon Dominy
  • Nick Koor
  • Matt Sharp


  • Simon Thompson (Chief Executive)
  • Michael Clayton (Director of Finance & Operations)
  • Mohammed Jahangir (Head of Fellowship Services)
  • Eleanor Williams (Chartership Officer)
  • George Jameson (D&I Project Lead)
  • Becky Goddard (Senior Training Courses and Events Manager)

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