Current Committee Roles:
Chair Elect and Blog Editor
I am the Senior Curator of Natural Sciences at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in south east London. Specifically, I am the curator responsible for the Palaeontology, Geology, and Osteology Collections. My day to day role is exciting and varied! Alongside responsibilities such as collections care, research, and internal/external access, I provide subject specialist expertise to support other departments at the Museum such as Exhibitions, Digital, Schools and Family Learning, and the Object in Focus Loans Project. I also gives tours, talks, demonstrations and hands on sessions for our diverse public outreach programme that includes family activities, school clubs, members’ events, and Museum Lates for adults. Most recently, I acted as Scientific Advisor to Gondwana Studios to update and deliver the exhibition Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs.
I am a vertebrate palaeontologist with an academic background and specific research interest in sharks and Mesozoic reptiles. In 2021, I was involved in an excavation in Rutland, of the largest near-complete ichthyosaur skeleton in Britain. I am passionate about engaging the public in science and, subsequent to the Rutland excavation, have delivered a talk and Q&A to over 3,700 school children at over 140 schools on fossil marine reptiles.
I have been on the GCG Committee since 2017 in a variety of roles. I thoroughly enjoy working with such a talented and dedicated group of professionals, and welcome the opportunity to support the geoscience community within the wider sector. I am also on the organising committee of the Marine Reptile Conference, the steering committee for the Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, and the organising committee for the Symposium on Palaeontological Preparation and Conservation.
Further affiliations include being a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, and a member of the Paleontological Society, Palaeontological Association, Paleontological Society, Palaeontographical Society, and Natural Sciences Collections Association. At the Horniman, I am on the Staff Wellbeing Group (previously Staff Council), and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Group, as well as the Climate and Ecology Action Group which is dedicated to helping the Museum meet the specific commitments outlined in our Climate and Ecology Manifesto.