20th of May 1893: Founding of the
GA, Oxford University
Lawyer, mountaineer and author, who also edited the 'Alpine
Journal’. Educated at Eton College. First and longest serving
The organising Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust
Served as director of the Jarrow Chemical Company and lecturer
at the Cambridge University Extension Lecture Syndicate. In
1896, he accompanied the British Exploring Expedition (led by
Sir William Conway) to Spitzbergen. Between 1930 and 1932,
served as President of the Geological Society of London.
Dr John Scott
Sir) FRGS FSS
Author of influential report on geographical
education. Editor of GA journal and ‘Nature’.
Author and traveller. President of the Oxford Union
and MP for Salford.
Sir Halford J
Elder statesman of geography, and geopolitics.
Controversial (racist) events and viewpoints. MP
for Camlachie, Glasgow. Barrister.
KCIE, CB, RE
Military man with active service. Vice President RGS.
Classical Biblical scholar, and archaeologist.
Travelled widely in the Middle East with his wife.
Grenville A J
Known as the cycling geologist. Explored his native
Ireland. Also President of Irish Geographical Association.
Colonial administrator. Lawyer and civil servant. Wrote
a history of the British Colonies.
LLD, FBA, MA,
Philosopher and Greek classical scholar at Oxford
University. Buried in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey.
Awarded French Order of Merit. Involved in League of
Right Hon. Lord
Robert Cecil PC,
Peer and MP and Privy Councillor. Involved with the
League of Nations. Winner of Nobel Prize for Peace.
Director of the Rothamsted Institute of Plant science.
Gregory - (1st
Baronet. Editor of ‘Nature’ journal.
OBE FBA (later
Archaeologist and Historical geographer. Linked with
the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.
Rt. Hon. William
Lord, MP. Secretary of State for the Colonies.
KBE CB CMG
Director General of the Ordnance Survey & President of
the RGS. Surveyor.
Author, and photographer. Early expert on wave
forms, and travelled widely, particularly to the
Caribbean. Also wrote about eugenics.
Director of the Science Museum, and the first to
introduce visitor operated models. Archaeologist in
Egypt. Wrote a history of the Royal Society.
Schoolmaster and housemaster at Rugby School.
Founder of the GA as he called the meeting which
led to its formation.
Scottish medical geographer, who worked on
improving public health – proponent of council
housing and school meals.
Librarian of RGS-IBG. Meteorologist. President of British
Rainfall Association. Biographer of Sir Ernest
Shackleton. On first committee of GA. A key person in
the GA’s early history.
Expert on China, and the first named ‘Chair’ of
Geography, at Liverpool University. Trained several
future GA Presidents.
Rt. Hon Lord
Peer of the realm. President of the Royal Statistical Society.
One of the greats of the GA, perhaps the greatest
servant the GA has ever had. Teacher. Academic
geographer at the Institute of Education. Author.
Sir Josiah Stamp
GCB GBE FBA
Peer of realm. Director of ICI and Bank of England.
President of Royal Statistical Society. Mayor of
Town planner, involved in the plans for rebuilding
London following WWII, and also involved in New Towns
Administrator for Geological Survey of India. Principal
of University of Edinburgh.
Teacher and Headteacher at Marlborough School.
Teacher and Headteacher at Leek Grammar School.
Former Honorary Librarian of the GA.
Master at Marlborough College. Teacher and
Headteacher at Harrow. President of St. John’s College,
Administrator, economist and Director of London
School of Economics. Founder of British Sociological
One of the GA’s longest serving volunteers. Honorary
Librarian who moved between Aberystwyth and
Manchester. Academic geographer and author.
Lindsay KCIE CBE
Administrator in India. President of RGS. Chairman of Royal
Society of Arts.
Million-selling textbook author, and founder of UK
Land User Survey. Global traveller.
Schoolteacher and school inspector.
Geologist in the South Pole expedition of Captain RF
Scott. Founder & first director of Scott Polar Research
Dr Osbert John
Secretary of British Association. Curator of Down
House for English Heritage. Teacher. Author.
First Professor of Geography at King’s College University of
London. Interested in fieldwork and Chair of Field Studies
Teacher at Dorking High School and St Clement
Danes Grammar School. Author of regional
textbooks with Dudley Stamp. Served on RGS
Peer. Distinguished military service. President of RGS.
Academic geographer with a long association with the
University of Leicester.
Academic geographer with an interest in
economic geography - linked to LSE.
Professor J A
Academic geographer at the University of Cambridge.
Trained many other former GA Presidents at St.
Catharine’s College. Expert on coastal landforms and
Geologist, geomorphologist and academic geographer.
One of the founders of the IBG.
Mr. George Joseph Cons was due
to be President this year.
Involved with the creation of the Field Studies
Council, and author of a number of books on
fieldwork techniques, some in association with
Academic geographer at the University of Swansea,
known by students and colleagues as ‘EGB’.
Academic geographer with an interest in
biogeography. President of IBG and first Chair in
Geography at the University of Nottingham.
Geomorphologist, who came up with a theory for the
formation of tors. Linked with IBG. Professor of
Geography at the University of Sheffield.
Schoolteacher at Latymer Upper School, Edmonton.
Known as ‘jammy’. Author of numerous textbooks.
Academic geographer associated with the LSE and
Keele University. Prolific textbook author.
Mr E C
School teacher at Marlborough College and school
inspector. Headteacher of a school in India.
Academic geographer who did a huge amount for
the GA. First female President, linked with
Professor J R
Academic geographer with an interest in planning.
Linked to Sheffield University. J R James Archive
available on Flickr.
Second female President. Teacher educator at UCL
Institute of Education. Interested in Children’s
G V Balchin
Geographer. Author of GA Centenary volume,
published in 1993. Professor of Geography at
University College, Swansea. Carried out fieldwork
in the Arctic and elsewhere.
Mr Alan D
Schoolteacher at St. Clement Danes School. Head of
Geography and Acting Headteacher.
Academic geographer linked with the
University of Liverpool. Textbook author.
Academic geographer linked with the University of
Birmingham. Interested in allotments and rural
First female practicing teacher President. Linked
with Bristol and Head of Department at
Colstons Girls School. GA Branch Officer. Sadly
passed away earlier in 2021.
Academic geographer at the University of
Birmingham. President of the IBG and President of
the RGS. President of the IGU. Very popular
Academic geographer linked with the University of
Academic geographer associated with UCL. Wrote
many textbooks used in UK schools in the 1980s
including the 16-19 project.
Academic geographer, linked with University
of Hull. Expert in recreational geographer.
Sport England. MBE
FE lecturer in Bristol and one of a number of Bristol-
Academic geographer and expert on Scandinavian
geography. Associated with the UCL. Prolific author
and global traveller. A fascinating character who lived
a long and varied life. Popular visitor to Solly Street
into the 2000s…
Academic geographer linked with the University
of Liverpool. Member of RGS Council.
Polymath geographer, teacher educator, musician and
teacher educator. Author of numerous articles and
books. Proponent of games in education. Did a huge
amount to develop the work of the GA. Died tragically in
January 2011. Commemorated with lecture at GA
Conference, and an RGS award for new teachers.
Teacher at Withywood School in Bristol, who
was teaching when she became President.
Friend of Vic Dennison and Sheila Jones (and
other former Presidents).
Geography teacher in Norfolk. Editor of Teaching
Geography. The Patrick Bailey room at 160 Solly
Street is the main meeting room. Teacher trainer at
the University of Leicester. Author of the first
Secondary Geography handbook.
Legendary geomorphologist. Long association with
conference as one of the organising officers. Long
association with Jurassic Coast and involved in the
campaign to get it UNESCO listing.
Academic geographer at the University of Swansea.
Chair of GA Publications and Communications
Committee. Led GA CPD.
School advisor and inspector linked with London’s
schools. Worked internationally. Developed a series of
questions for Primary Geographers.
Retired academic geographer. Started as a teacher at
the Manchester Grammar School. Lecturer at the
University of Swansea. A great help in the
development of the blog. Involved in launch of
Academic geographer at the University of Sheffield.
Also held posts of Honorary Librarian, Honorary
Treasurer and Publications Editor.
Curriculum innovator and academic geographer.
Involved in numerous National Curriculum updates
over the years. Writer on Place. Still active and
supporting the work of the GA.
Academic geographer and teacher educator with a
Primary focus. Prolific author and supporter of
Primary geography community and involved in
Charney Manor conferences.
Geomorphologist with an interest in drylands. Long
association with the University of Oxford. Prolific
author. President in the GA’s Centenary year.
Academic geographer at the University of Otago in New
Zealand. Worked extensively in Africa. Still active and
supportive of the GA.
Retired headteacher from Haberdashers’ Aske’s school.
Teacher educator at the Institute of Education.
Textbook author with Michael Bradford – used in
many schools at the time, including my own.
Primary school headteacher. In Suffolk.
Editor of Primary Geography magazine.
Mr Roger C
School advisor and inspector in Staffordshire. Editor
of first Primary Geography handbook. Involved in the
leadership of the GA around the time of the
appointment of the first Chief Executive.
Academic geographer at the University of
Manchester who worked to support many
teachers and colleagues. Textbook author with
Ashley Kent. Involved in GA Manchester Branch.
Academic geographer at the University of Hull.
School advisor and still active within the GA’s Primary
community, including the Charney Manor Conference.
Geography publisher – including publishing Thinking
through Geography books, and Liz Taylor’s
‘Representing Geography’. Heavily involved in the
reform of the GA towards becoming a professional
Only serving state school teacher to have become
President so far. Also involved in the reform of the
GA and appointment of Chief Executives. Still active
and supportive of the GA’s work.
Academic geographer at Liverpool Hope University
with an interest in South America. Editor of Primary
Teacher and school improvement officer in
Manchester. Chair of Worldwise Board, and
involved in iGEO competition and Worldwise
School advisor and Head of Professional
Development for Cambridgeshire County Council.
Involved in the reform of the GA and Cambridge
GA Branch. Supportive of GA Cambridge branch.
Teacher and author. Worked for SCAA and QCA as an
author and in teacher development.
Teacher educator at the University of Sheffield.
Author of classic ‘Geography through Enquiry’ and
other books. Still active supporting colleagues in
numerous countries. The doyenne for many of the
Formerly an academic geographer at Bishop
Grosseteste’s University with a particular interest
in Primary education. Author.
Teacher advisor in Birmingham for many years.
Worked on a number of projects for the GA including
the Global Learning Programme, and still actively
supporting the GA’s work including GEO website.
Academic geographer at the University of Exeter and
now a freelance consultant. Editor of Primary
Teacher and teacher educator – former colleague of
Margaret Roberts. Prolific textbook author.
Examiner and trainer of teachers. Honorary
Treasurer of the GA and Trustee.
Academic geographer at Coventry University with
a focus on development geography.
Teacher advisor and school improvement officer in the NW
of England. Involved in Worldwise and the iGEO
Teacher educator and geographer at Northumbria
University, and involved in the Primary Geography
community, including Charney Manor and Primary
Geographer editorial work.
Teacher educator at the University of Nottingham. Part of the
editorial collective which updated GA journals. Also involved in
the Young People’s Geographies project and other research-
based activities, GERECO and GeoCapabilities.
Involved with Field Studies Council as Head of
Centre and in other roles. Involved in the Year of
Academic geographer at Canterbury Christchurch
University. Involved in the Primary geography
community, EYPPC and journals.
Academic geographer at the University of Chester,
with an interest in development education. Examiner
for World Development qualification. Key supporter
of the GA’s work in Wales.
Dr Susan Pike
Former secondary geography teacher. Teacher
educator at Dublin City University, with a particular
focus on primary education.