Monday, March 26, 2018

Ruth Allington
is the new member of the IAPG Board of Experts
on Geoscience Professionalism

The IAPG Board of Experts has a new member (Corresponding Citizen Scientist  - CCS): Ruth Allington. Her topic is "Geoscience Professionalism".

Joint Senior Partner of GWP Consultants LLP, the firm she joined in 1981 immediately after graduating. She has a joint honours BSc from King’s College London in geology and geography and an MSc in engineering geology from Durham University. In the mid 1990s she completed an MBA through the Open University. She is an experienced expert witness and a qualified commercial mediator. Ruth applies her engineering geology and geomorphology in the UK and internationally to mineral resource evaluation, geological modelling, and the detailed design and scheduling of quarries, landfills and open pit mines for construction materials, industrial minerals and solid fuel minerals. This includes the design of pit geometries as well as optimising economics, safety and environmental impact issues. She is a principal author of A Quarry Design Handbook 2014 (
Alongside mainstream technical consulting, Ruth is very experienced in training for specialists and non-specialists working in and affected by the quarrying and related industries and, more generally, in dispute resolution and dispute avoidance. A particular skill and passion is as a communicator of scientific and engineering concepts to members of the public and non-specialist legislators and regulators in connection with mineral projects and some significant engineering and infrastructure projects – securing a ‘social licence to operate’. She travels widely in Europe and further afield and is excited by the challenges of delivering successful solutions to clients in different cultural, climatic and environmental settings.
Ever since graduating, she has participated in the geoscience community, initially through committee and Council service at the Geological Society of London (notably, Chair of the Engineering Group between 1998 and 2000, and Professional Secretary 2002-2005). She was a Council member of European Federation of Geologists (EFG) from 2002-2009 and President from 2009 to 2013. She is a member of the Pan European Reserves and Resources Reporting Committee (PERC).
Ruth is committed to promoting the highest professional and technical standards amongst geologists and others involved in the application of geoscience to construction and solid mineral extraction, particularly through active participation in professional associations and societies and in the promotion of professional titles such as CGeol, CEng and EurGeol. She is passionate about promoting ‘joined up thinking’ and risk reduction through encouraging collaborative approaches to problem definition and problem solving based on effective communication and co-operation in the margins between disciplines as well as between technical specialists and the public.

IAPG Board of Experts:

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: