Professor John Ludden
Before taking the post of Executive Director at the BGS, John was Director of the Earth Sciences Division at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He has served as Director of Research for the CNRS in Nancy, France, where he also taught at the French National School of Geology (ENSG-Nancy). Prior to this, John worked at the University of Montreal, Columbia University and with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the USA.
He holds a doctorate in Igneous Petrology from the University of Manchester, UK. John is a Past-President of the European Geosciences Union and EuroGeoSurveys and a visiting professor at Oxford and Leicester universities and was elected as a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2012. In addition to being a Director of IGS, John serves on the boards of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Project (IODP), The International Continental Drilling (ICDP), and The Global Earthquake Model (GEM). He was awarded a CBE for services to Geoscience at the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2016.