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2024 GESGB Council Elections: Communications Director – VOTE NOW!

Thu 12 October 2023

Category: Community, Council

The GESGB is a membership society that is governed by the members (through the Council) for the benefit of the wider membership.

The Council play a very active role within the society, their ideas, advice, and support are invaluable.  The changes in the world over the last few years have shaped the society. The focus has been on building long-term sustainability of the GESGB and giving the members a voice in its future.


Nominations for our 2024 council are now closed and it is time to vote for your Communications Director.

The role of Communications Director is to oversee our communications with the membership throughout the year, advising on the most relevant forms and most effective methods for the office team. This includes:

  • Gives direction and proofs the quarterly Magazine.
  • Offers support to the staff team on the direction and success of their communications with members.
  •  Answers members complaints about communications.
  • Review the GESGB social media and suggests new ways to engage.



Meet the candidates…

Maria Lake

“Maria is a Geoscientist at ERCE, an energy consultancy in London, where she has worked for the last 3 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Petroleum Geoscience from Imperial College London, and a Bachelor’s in Geology from UCL.

I am thrilled and honoured to have been nominated as a candidate for the position of Communications Director for the GESGB council. My journey with the GESGB community has been an invaluable one, from connecting with society members for the first time at the Christmas pub quiz as a Master’s student, to now being a dedicated committee member of the Young Professionals SIG. Through these experiences, I have had the privilege of witnessing firsthand how GESGB plays a pivotal role in shaping the careers of geoscientists in the energy sector. The warmth and camaraderie within our community are truly unmatched.

As part of my role within the YP committee I recognised an opportunity to spotlight the talents within our YP community and introduced the “In Conversation With…” feature to the GESGB magazine, allowing YP’s to share their industry journey and discuss exciting projects they’re involved in. We also revamped our YP brand for other articles and event advertising, giving us a distinct and memorable identity.

As a candidate for the role of Communications Director, I see an opportunity to give back to our esteemed members and contribute to the society’s continued success. If elected, I am determined to focus on three themes that will guide my tenure:

  • Enhance Knowledge Sharing:I am passionate about facilitating knowledge exchange within our community. I aim to introduce new and accessible avenues for members to share insights, experiences, and expertise. Through new formats, we can foster a culture of continuous learning and professional growth.
  • Connect Members with Industry Excellence: I believe that our society can serve as a vital bridge connecting our members with the latest technical content, trends, and developments within the energy industry. My goal is to curate exciting, informative, and relevant content that sparks meaningful discussions among peers. This will not only keep our members informed but also encourage collaboration.
  • Boost Peer Engagement:Building lasting connections among our members is paramount. I envision a dynamic community where members actively engage with one another, sharing ideas, challenges, and solutions. By creating platforms and opportunities for meaningful interactions, we can strengthen the bonds that make GESGB so exceptional.

I am excited about the prospect of taking on the role as Communications Director with enthusiasm and contributing to the society’s growth and prosperity. Together, we can continue to make GESGB an inclusive, vibrant, and invaluable resource for all our members.”


Tracey Dancy

Tracey has worked in the oil and gas industry for almost twenty years, and has a background in writing and marketing. During her time in the industry Tracey has worked closely with the PESGB/GESGB, previously as Marketing Director for PETEX (2005-2018) and Communications Director (2016-2020). Dancy Energy currently produces the quarterly GESGB newsletter. Tracey has a large network of colleagues across the industry, and a good reputation for producing quality material for a number of clients in different industry disciplines. Under her own name Tracey has produced post-show event reports and other articles for the magazine as well as regular content for Industry Event Show dailies. Personal strengths include leadership, communication, relationship management, and juggling work with a busy home and social life.

Tracey was a mature student, gaining a first-class honours degree in Humanities and English Literature, before joining Paras Consulting as Marketing Executive in 2005. Her achievements at Paras included working with governments on promoting offshore assets, writing thought pieces and articles, and developing the Paras Consulting brand. Paras was acquired by RPS Energy in 2008, where Tracey remained until leaving to start Dancy Dynamics, later Dancy Energy, at the end of 2011.

Dancy Energy provides a range of marketing and PR solutions to companies in the energy and subsurface arenas, including writing, events organising, thought leadership and working with governments on promoting licensing rounds. Currently Tracey is focusing on serving as Communications Lead on a pan-European project, GSEU, bringing together the knowledge and data from geological surveys across Europe to inform policy at EU and National level on climate change, and enable the Energy Transition and achieve the EU’s Green Deal. Tracey also works with other not-for-profit organisations, such and PPDM, SPDM and EAGE, and serves as a trustee for two non-industry charities.

Tracey has four grown-up children, enjoys walking and travelling and recently explored the Svartisen glacier in Norway, did a road trip around Europe and explored Kerala in southern India. When not walking, working or doing something crafty, she can be found curled up with a book and a glass of Malbec!

Why I would be willing to serve (again!) on the GESGB Council

I know the GESGB staff well, and have a good rapport with them, as well as a full understanding of the aims and ambitions of the GESGB as a society. Since I was part of the PESGB Council the energy landscape has changed significantly – the GESGB is a society that is responding to this new landscape and is willing to serve its members as they too find their way to a new normal. In particular, my role in the European project has given me a deeper insight into the critical need for change, as well as some of the ways to achieve that change – and I believe I can bring that insight, as well as my proven communications skills to serve the society as we navigate our way through. ”




GESGB members cast your vote HERE

Voting will close on Friday 17 November 2023, 5PM