The Committee

The current committee is (term dates shown in parenthesis):

  • Chair – Lynda Yorke (2021 – 2024)
  • Secretary – Harry West (2021 – 2024)
  • Treasurer – Grace Healey (2019 – 2022)
  • Deputy Chair – Alan Marvell (2021 – 2024)
  • Deputy Secretary – Lauren Hammond (2020 – 2023)
  • Deputy Treasurer – Lizzie Rushton (2020 – 2023)
  • Postgraduate and Early Career Representative – Joshua Ee (2021 – 2024)
  • HE in FE Officer – Yvonne Oates (2020 – 2023)
  • Ordinary Member – Naomi Holmes (2021 – 2024)
  • Ordinary Member – Kristofer Chan (2021 – 2024)
  • Ordinary Member – Matt Finn (2019 – 2022)
  • Ordinary Member – Ruth Healey (2021 – 2024)

The committee meets on a quarterly basis, and the Annual General Meeting of GeogEd is held on/around the time of the RGS Annual Conference. If you wish to raise an item or idea for discussion, please get in touch with the Chair or Secretary.

Chair – Dr Lynda Yorke

Lynda is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, and Degree Programme Director for Geography at Bangor University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE), and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She has a strong interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She mentors new lecturers (on teaching and scholarship) within and beyond her institution. She is an assessor for the postgraduate certification in teaching in higher education in her own institution, and assesses applications for the Associate Fellow, Fellow, and Senior Fellow HEA (now AdvanceHE). Lynda delivers the RGS with IBG ‘New to Teaching’ workshops annually. She is an editor for Routes – The Journal for Student Geographers.

Secretary – Harry West


Harry is a Graduate Tutor at the University of the West of England, Bristol, in the Department of Geography & Environmental Management. A physical geographer by degree, Harry is a GIS specialist supporting the teaching across the provision of the department. Alongside his GIS research, he is an active pedagogic researcher. Harry is a firm believer in the value of staff undertaking teaching/learning/assessment related inquiry, and as a result has been an active member of GeogEd (formerly HERG) since 2015. To date Harry’s research has focused on enhancing and embedding graduate attributes, students as partners and researchers, and methods of providing effective and innovative assessment experiences​.

Treasurer – Grace Healy


Grace Healy is the Curriculum Director at David Ross Education Trust. Prior to undertaking this role, she led the geography subject community across a multi-academy trust of 13 primary and secondary schools and contributed to the leadership of a SCITT. She is currently undertaking a PhD at UCL Institute of Education. Her PhD research explores the role of disciplinary knowledge within geography teachers’ professional practice. Grace chairs the Teacher Education Phase Commitee of the Geographical Association, is a member of the Geography Education Research Collective (GEReCo) and has been elected onto the Council of the Royal Geographical Society as Honorary Secretary (Education). Her latest co-edited book is Geography Education in the Digital World published by Routledge. She also serves on British Educational Research Association’s (BERA) Publication Committee and on the editorial boards of the Curriculum Journal and the London Review of Education.

Deputy Chair – Dr Alan Marvell 

Dr Alan Marvell is Academic Course Leader for the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) and a Senior Lecturer in Events Management at the University of Gloucestershire. He has passion for teaching and research and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by Advance HE in 2021. He is a Chartered Geographer, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He served as an Elected Member of the Geographical Association Governing Body (2011-2018) and was presented with a GA Distinguished Service Award in 2020. Alan is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education, the Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education and the multidisciplinary journal Geographies, Planning and Tourism Studios. He is a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Tourism Society and a member of the Association for Events Management Education.

Deputy Treasurer – Dr Lizzie Rushton


Dr Lizzie Rushton (Elizabeth.rushton@kcl.ac.uk) is a Lecturer in Geography Education, and Subject Director of the Geography PGCE, King’s College London. Her research includes geography and science education, specifically the professional development of teachers, student participation in research, and environmental education. Lizzie is Senior Editor of Routes – The Journal for Student Geographers.

Deputy Secretary – Dr Lauren Hammond

Lauren Hammond is Lecturer in Geography Education at UCL Institute of Education. Lauren’s research straddles the fields of children’s geographies, children’s rights, geography and education. She is also actively involved in geography teacher education, and interested in the relationships between geography as an academic discipline and school subject. Lauren is SFHEA (Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy) and FRGS (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society). Lauren serves as  Deputy Secretary to the RGSs Geography and Education research group and is also a member of the Geography Education Research Collective (GEReCo). Prior to working in academia, Lauren was a secondary school geography teacher in the UK and Singapore.

Postgraduate and Early Career Representative – Joshua Ee

Higher Education in Further Education Liaison – Yvonne Oates


Yvonne is the Geography/GIS specialist lecturer at Cornwall College, one of the largest FE colleges in the country. Cornwall College is also a partner college of Plymouth University, offering degrees across a wide range of subjects. Yvonne’s specialisms are GIS, remote sensing and biogeography focusing on metalliferous mining contamination. She teaches GIS at undergraduate and post graduate level across a range of disciplines, including environmental, marine, ecological and zoological studies. She also teaches the geography element of the Environmental Science Access to HE diploma offered at the college (a qualification equivalent to A levels). She has been a Fellow of the RGS for over 30 years and has served on the GeogEd committee for 5 years.

Ordinary Member – Dr Naomi Holmes

Naomi is a senior lecturer in physical geography at Sheffield Hallam University.   Naomi enjoys teaching students about, and in, the environment, and working with students to support them to succeed.  Naomi’s research focuses on geography pedagogies in higher education (particularly around assessment and engagement, digital technologies, and outdoor and experiential learning) and environmental change.   As well as being an academic Naomi is an outdoor learning practitioner and has successfully integrated applied outdoor learning opportunities into the modules and courses she teaches on at Sheffield Hallam.

Ordinary Member – Dr Kristofer Chan

Ordinary Member – Dr Ruth Healey


Ruth is an Associate Professor in Pedagogy in Higher Education at the University of Chester.  Ruth has taught human geography at the University of Chester since 2009.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2017 became a National Teaching Fellow.  In 2016, she also joined Healey HE Consultants.  Her wide range of pedagogic research interests include teaching for social transformations, debates, ethics, and students as partners.  Ruth is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and is one of the inaugural Co-Editors of the International Journal for Students as Partners.

Ordinary Member – Dr Matt Finn


Matt is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Exeter. He explores changes in the contemporary conditions of education, and works to understand how childhood and young people’s lives vary globally. He brings this to his scholarship of geographical learning and education which is informed by a participatory action research ethos. He is a member of the Geography Education Research Collective (GEReCo), Education Officer for the RGS-IBG Geographies of Children, Youth & Families Research Group and a member of the RGS-IBG Geography and Education Research Group committee. He is part of the editorial collective of Geography – the Geographical Association’s international journal for lecturers, teachers and students in post-16 geography.