Executive Council

Executive Council

The Society is governed by an Executive Council who are elected from the membership, by the membership.

The duties of a Council Member are as follows:

  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its stated objects (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy
  • Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document (i.e. its trust deed, constitution or memorandum and articles of association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensuring that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (i.e. the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are) for the benefit of the public
  • Ensuring that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensuring the financial stability of the organisation
  • Protecting and managing the property of the charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds
  • Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the Executive Director

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Council member should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Council reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the council member has special expertise.


  • President Elect – an opportunity to spend a year deciding what elements of the PESGB you would like to add, change, or improve. Action your ideas as President and maintain the change and support your successor as Past President. The amount of time you devote to this over and above the Council meeting depends on the individual. This role will maintain a balanced interest in Community, Technical Excellence and Charity
  • Outreach – If you enjoy the social aspect of the PESGB but would like to see more, alternatives, a more national focus, get in touch and help us provide the members with the kind of events they want to attend. This role has Community and Charity as its focus
  • Aberdeen Elect – Aberdeen is a regional area that’s ripe for ideas around membership engagement. The downturn has hit Aberdeen very hard but this means there is the biggest potential for positive change for the members in this area.  If you want to influence the ‘offer’ for Aberdeen and are willing to play an active part in the staging of DEVEX then this is a great role.  The PESGB office are committed to supporting those members in Aberdeen and we started the Aberdeen Stoneley Lecture in 2017, so those based in the region could participate without significant travel. This role will maintain a balanced interest in Community, Technical Excellence and Charity
  • YP Director – The YPs are the future of the industry, their experience of the oil and energy industries will be significantly different than those from a decade ago. This is a wonderful opportunity for an individual with passion, to galvanise the YPs to produce some seminal events that add to the current YP portfolio and harness the energy and willingness of those at the beginning of their careers. This role will maintain a balanced interest in Community, Technical Excellence and Charity
  • Education and Training – This role is ideal for a passionate Geologist as the selection and scheduling of training and field trips is always a discussion topic for the membership. The schedule of activity for the next 2 years must be engaging and diverse with the widest appeal to the majority of our members.  This role serves the PESGB Community and sets the bar for Technical Excellence.
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