Our Team


Geology for Global Development (GfGD) is a registered charity and currently has no paid members of staff. 
Day-to-day responsibility for the running of the charity is delegated to our Executive Director, working alongside a wider leadership team.
  • Dr Joel Gill (Executive Director)Joel has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of Geology for Global Development, overseeing the implementation of our strategy and day-to-day operations. Core responsibilities include: external relations, internal team development, financial management, project development, and communications.
  • Dr Emily White (University Groups Lead, and Deputy Director). Emily has responsibility for the management and development of our network of University Groups, acting as the link between these groups and the Geology for Global Development leadership (Executive and Trustees). Core responsibilities include: external relations (universities), supporting Geology for Global Development Ambassadors, resourcing groups, and communicating their work to a wider audience.  
  • Dr Laura Roberts-Artal (Communications Lead). Laura has responsibility for the development and management of our diverse portfolio of communications, ensuring our vision, activities and impact are clearly communicated to existing and new stakeholders. 
  • Laura Hunt (Administration Lead) Laura supports our administration, with diverse engagement in our fundraising, conferences and project management. Core responsibilities include: reporting, preparing for meetings and conference, and supporting the wider leadership team. 
  • Allie Mitchell (Industry Lead). Allie leads our engagement with industry. Core responsibilities include: building links with geoscientists across all industries, advising the GfGD leadership team on how they can better engage with professionals, and developing new activities to involve professionals in our work.
We are also supported by a team of 'project support volunteers' helping to deliver key areas of our strategy.

Board of Trustees

A Board of Trustees has been appointed to oversee and guide our work, facilitating the organisation to operate in an effective and accountable manner.
  • Nic Bilham (University of Exeter). Nic is currently undertaking a PhD on responsible sourcing of minerals at the University of Exeter, before which he worked at the Geological Society of London, leading delivery of its policy, education, media, public engagement and other communications work, and coordinating its strategic planning.  Nic is European Continental Coordinator for the International Association for Promoting Geoethics.
  • Marie Fleming (Arup). Marie is an Engineering Geologist at Arup, based in Ireland.
  • Florence Bullough (Geological Society of London). Flo has an MSci in Geology from Imperial College London and has a background in geochemistry research and contaminated land and groundwater. She has been at the Geological Society of London since 2012 and leads the policy and government engagement work as part of their External Relations team. She has also authored a children's book on rocks and minerals, published in 2019.
  • Kirsty Dawkes. Kirsty has an MSc in Geological Sciences and is a Chartered Geologist through the Geological Society. 
  • Dr Joel Gill (British Geological Survey). Joel has an interdisciplinary PhD in geography (natural hazards) from King’s College London. In November 2016, he joined the British Geological Survey, contributing to their overseas development work. Joel founded Geology for Global Development in 2011 after working in Tanzania, and continues to coordinate its work.