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.
  • Emily White (University Groups Lead). 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) In 2018, we appointed Laura to support our administration, with diverse engagement in our fundraising, conferences and project management. Core responsibilities include: accounting and reporting, preparing for meetings and conference, and supporting the wider leadership team. 
  • Allie Mitchell (Industry Lead). In 2018, we appointed Allie to help us develop 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.
  • Dr Joel Gill (International Development Geoscientist, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, UK). 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.
  • Nic Bilham (University of Exeter). Nic recently started a PhD in ethical mining at the University of Exexter, before which he worked at the Geological Society, leading its delivery of policy, education, media and wider communications. Nic is European Continental Coordinator for the International Association for Promoting Geoethics..
  • Julia Hall (Client Manager, Risk Management Solutions, Zurich, Switzerland). Julia is Client Manager at RMS where she advises on the use of catastrophe modelling techniques and solutions. Based in Zurich, she has worked with many global (re)insurance companies and public and academic partners on disaster risk management.

Get Involved

To help deliver our strategy we’re looking to expand our team of trustees. A particular priority is to appoint a trustee with knowledge and experience of fundraising, particularly from grant-making bodies and commercial sponsorship. We are keen to develop appropriate partnerships with other organisations, including private sector companies wishing to support sustainable development efforts, while ensuring that our purpose, values and activities are not compromised. Other priority areas include international development and NGO experience/links, and financial, income generation, marketing, legal and employment/HR knowledge and experience, especially in a charity setting. Expressions of interest are welcome from all specialisms and sectors of geoscience, international development and beyond. 

Find out more about this opportunity in the 1-page overview document here.

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2019 (all information submitted is handled as outlined in our privacy notice)