Helen Reeves is an engineering geologist with 19 years’ post graduate experience in engineering geology research, with over 30 papers in engineering geological mapping, rock mass characterisation, geohazard mapping and geomechanics. She gained her undergraduate Geological Sciences degree from the University of Leeds and an MSc in Engineering Geology and a PhD from the University of Durham.

Currently, Helen is the Science Director for Engineering Geology & Infrastructure at the British Geological Survey (BGS) and leads the £3m annual NERC/BGS Engineering Geology & Infrastructure research programme investigating the: processes and the spatial distribution of shallow geohazards in the UK (particularly landslides and subsidence); geotechnical & geophysical properties of the UK land mass and urban geoscience challenges in cities.

Helen is also Principal Investigator NERC/DFID funded grant ‘LANDSLIP’ (Landslide Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment, Preparedness and Early Warning in South Asia (NE/P000649, £2m, 2016-2020), Co-Investigator (CI) of EPSRC Assessing the Underworld (EPK021699, £5.8m, 2013-17) and CI of Newton-Ungku Omar Disaster Resilient Cities (EP/P01531X, £1.75m).  She is the co-chair of the UK Natural Hazards Partnership Hazard Impact Model (HIM) working group; has contributed to the UK Government’s Scientific Advisor Group for Emergencies during 2013-2014 winter storms; is an EU Civil Protection Mechanism Technical Expert; IAEG UK National Group President, an active committee member of the TRB standing committee on Engineering Geology (AFP10) and has contributed to a (US) National Research Council of the National Academies Committee on the “Underground Engineering for Sustainable Underground Development. Helen was awarded the Geological Society’s Engineering Geology Group Award in 2015 and the Yorkshire Geological Society’s Bisat Award in 2017