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2021 PESGB Council Elections

Thu 27 August 2020

Category: Community, Council, Elections

Have you ever thought about joining the PESGB Council? It could be because you think we do a great job and you would like to help us do more, or it could be that you think we are doing it all wrong and we need your guidance with the direction of the society.

Whatever your motivation, why not join the Council? They are a great group of people, who bring not only their knowledge of their industry, but also their insight into the wants and needs of the membership. Their support for the office team is invaluable and their networks ever useful in supplying advise as well as speakers for a variety of activity.

Our ‘mission’ is:


Our members are our community and we use this ‘ethos’ to inform all our decision-making.  The changes we have made with regard to rolling membership, the new database, increased engagement with the regional groups etc. have all been to increase the strength and engagement of the PESGB petroleum geoscience community.  

  • There is still much work to do, gender diversity needs further research as the gender split is 23% women and 77% men and we would be interested how this would be played out across the other Societies. Similarly, the PESGB membership welcomes people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds as continue our efforts to grow as an inclusive community.
  • Opportunities to continue and build on the partnerships between PESGB and other Societies that lead to an increase in benefits to our members.
  • The Council have the capacity to influence and inform the PESGB’s activities and the membership communications.

Technical Excellence

Technical Excellence informs all the elements of education that the Society provides for the membership.  We are not an academic Society like the Geological Society of London, we are here for the people who work, have worked, or want to work in the Petroleum industries and arguably the technical content for this group will be the very best as there is tangible investment in knowledge within this industry.  The technical content is not just for work for the members but also for leisure as we offer field trips and events with highly knowledgeable leaders who encourage discussion and enjoy passionate exchange on the given topic.

  • The PESGB office team look to the Council to make decisions based on the technical value of topics, presentations and courses.
  • New initiatives developed as part of the partnership agreements and making use of our training space. Visiting lecturers from other Societies and debates around issues and theories.


The PESGB is a charity and it eschews profits for the benefits of the membership. Over the last 3 years the PESGB has funded 44 MSc students and consideration will be given to this scheme when the funds are available to make it happen again.  Currently, the focus is on grassroots activity, through schools, and the building of a population that has at least a basic understanding of geology.  The disappearance of geology as a subject from the national curriculum is a big concern for the PESGB and its members, so the little funding available is going to the Earth Science Teachers Association to train teachers how to teach Geology at A Level and to engage and inspire both geologists and geologists working within schools with resources, tools and a network. The PESGB would like to be instrumental in ensuring the public can join in the big debates about energy and climate with at least a basic level of understanding.

  • The PESGB’s GEOLiteracy activities that are built around the flagship Stoneley Lecture have been successful and this is set to get bigger and be an inspiration for the other Societies.
  • We want to get sponsorship for the events in 2020 with an initial aim of breaking even.

Current opportunities:

President Elect

The role of President Elect is to support the President during their year in office in anticipation of the president elect taking on the role.

  • The President Elect is responsible for chairing the PROSPEX committee and takes the lead in ensures PROSPEX success.
  • The President Elect is responsible for organising the annual elections that fill the rotating positions on the Council. Ensuring the election is viewed positively and the roles available are contested.
  • The President Elect represents the member’s interests to the council and ensures their views are always considered.
  • When the President is not available the President Elect will chair the meetings of the Council.
  • President Elect will attend the Outreach and SCID Committee

Aberdeen Elect

The role of Director Elect of Aberdeen is to be a representative for the PESGB in Aberdeen and will be the Aberdeen Director the following year. The society has a large cohort of members in the city and they require representation.

  • Organising the Aberdeen Christmas party for the membership. Sourcing the venue and working with the office team on the logistics.
  • Acts as Chair at the monthly lectures if the Aberdeen Director is not present.
  • Act as a advocate for unemployed members and develop initiatives that support them, particularly in a downturn.


The role of the Secretary is to support the President by ensuring the council functions smoothly.

  • Receiving agenda items from other trustees/staff.
  • Checking that a quorum is present.
  • Taking minutes (or being responsible for them being taken) and circulating draft minutes to all trustees.
  • Ensuring that the minutes are signed by the chair once they have been approved.
  • Checking that council members and staff have carried out actions agreed at a previous meeting.
  • Circulating agendas and minutes of the annual general meeting and any special or extraordinary general meetings (where required).

Vice President

  • Organises and chairs the London Evening Lectures, introduces speakers and facilitates the evening.
  • Organises the Stoneley lecture as a way of engaging the public in the excitement of geology.
  • Events liaison and support for the London based Young Professionals. Engaging with the group to support the new talent within Petroleum Geology.
  • Vice President will attend the SCID Committee.


If you have a passion for the PESGB and would like to contribute to the success of the society then do please get in touch with Maria: by Monday 21 September 2020. 

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