The current SECED Committee is composed of the members listed below. Elections to the SECED Committee are held every spring whenever one or more of the nine elected positions become available. For further information, see the Statutes.

Dr Stavroula Kontoe
Stavroula Kontoe is a Reader in Soil Dynamics at Imperial College London, specialising in geotechnical earthquake engineering and computational geomechanics. Her research and professional activities have included studies on the seismic performance of tunnels, retaining structures and dams, on site response analysis and its incorporation in seismic hazard studies, soil liquefaction, topographic effects on seismic ground motion, modelling vibrations induced by pile driving and slope stability in strain softening materials. She sits on the editorial board of Computers & Geotechnics, has served on the Geotechnique Advisory Panel (2013-2015), represents the UK in Technical Committee TC203 of ISSMGE and in the European and International Associations of Earthquake Engineering.
Immediate Past Chair
Mr Paul Doyle
Paul Doyle is a Senior Consultant with Jacobs with whom he has worked for more than 30 years. He has specialised in nuclear structures; seismic design; and design of machine foundations, chimneys, and cooling towers. He is currently on long term secondment to one of the Nuclear Licensees for whom he acts as Seismic Technical Authority. He is a Fellow of both IStructE and ICE.
Mr Andreas H Nielsen
Andreas H Nielsen is a Chartered Civil Engineer working for Atkins in Glasgow. He served as the SECED Newsletter Editor over a period of four years and is now the caretaker of the SECED website. His experience includes analysis and design of steel and reinforced concrete structures, particularly for nuclear safety-related facilities, with consideration of dynamic effects arising from earthquakes, blast and impact. He is interested in mathematical models for seismic analysis and has published several papers in this field. Contact Andreas Nielsen.
Elected Members
Dr Hamid Ahmadi
Awaiting biography.
Dr Guillermo Aldama-Bustos
Guillermo Aldama-Bustos has worked as a geotechnical earthquake engineer/engineering seismologist at Jacobs (previously CH2M and Halcrow) since completing his PhD in 2009 at Imperial College. During his PhD he focused on the area of seismic hazard analysis, with particular interest on regions with low to very low seismicity. At Jacobs, Guillermo has been involved as seismic hazard analyst and geotechnical earthquake engineer in several major projects around the world involving the design of ports, bridges, off-shore oil developments and dams amongst others. He actively promotes developments in his specialist field both through his job and through his continued research interests, especially in the area of seismic hazard analysis. Guillermo’s main areas of interest are: probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, site-response analysis, liquefaction assessment and the seismic design of geotechnical structures.
Dr Barnali Ghosh
Barnali Ghosh has experience of civil, geotechnical and earthquake engineering. She is responsible for all aspects of geotechnical earthquake engineering and soil dynamics in Mott MacDonald's London office. She has carried out both regional and site-specific geotechnical and seismic hazard assessments for a range of structures in the energy, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. She has extensive experience of determining dynamic soil properties for seismic design, seismic hazard assessment, non-linear site response analyses, the latest liquefaction assessment methodologies and dynamic soil structure interaction. She has acted as a reviewer for numerous projects all around the world.
Dr Damian Grant
Damian Grant is a Senior Engineer within the Advanced Technology and Research Division of Arup. He is a structural earthquake engineer with experience in the design and analysis of tall buildings, bridges, offshore platforms and other structures under seismic action. He is the current editor of the SECED Newsletter. Contact Damian Grant.
Dr Angeliki Lessi-Cheimariou
Angeliki Lessi-Cheimariou is working in Jacobs UK as a senior geotechnical earthquake engineer. She has nearly 11 years of experience in major projects in the UK and abroad spanning the energy, transportation and water sectors. She completed her PhD at Imperial College London and her main research interests include site response analysis, site characterization and probabilistic seismic hazard analysis. Angeliki in an invited reviewer on academic journals and high-profile conferences on earthquake geotechnical engineering.
Dr Andrew Mair
Andrew Mair is a Director of Operations in Jacobs. He has particular interests in seismic engineering, design for blast and impact loads, and soil-structure interaction, and has been involved in the design of a range of structures including military facilities, nuclear plants, dams, bridges, airports and buildings. Andrew is a member of the BSI committee on Eurocode 8: Design of structures for earthquake resistance, and is a Fellow of both the ICE and IStructE.
Mr Mohammad Nazri Mustafa
Awaiting biography.
Mr Mark Scorer
Mark Scorer is a Chartered Senior Geotechnical Engineer working for Atkins in the Ground Engineering Team. He has over six years' experience working in the seismic and nuclear sectors with a special interest in engineering seismology, seismic hazard assessments, site response and liquefaction studies. Mark has worked on the seismic design and construction supervision for a number of Class 1 nuclear structures and undertaken seismic building surveys in the Middle East.
Dr Ming Tan
Ming Tan is a Chartered Civil Engineer with his experience mostly in the UK nuclear and defence industries. He is currently a Senior Principal Structural Engineer within the nuclear division of Mott MacDonald. He has extensive experience in the field of seismic analysis and design, blast protective design and aircraft / vehicular impact assessments. Ming is currently leading a team of engineers / analysts specialising in dynamic analysis of civil engineering structures against extreme natural and man-made hazards.
IStructE Representative
Mr Piroozan Aminossehe
Piroozan Aminossehe is an independent consultant. He has extensive experience of analysis and design of heavy complex structures subjected to dynamic loads and had a key role in the design of Sizewell ‘B’ nuclear power station as head of the analytical group. He is a fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and has served as an elected member of council of the Institution.
ICE Representative
Mr Ian G Smith
Ian G Smith is a Chief Engineer in the Civil Infrastructure Division of Atkins Design and Engineering. He is a Civil/Structural Engineer experienced in design, analysis and construction across a broad range of projects in the nuclear, highways, water and maritime sectors with particular reference to dynamics, soil-structure interaction and seismic design.
EEFIT Representative
Ms Valentina Putrino
Valentina Putrino is a PhD Student and Research Assistant at University College London, where she is working on the development of a framework for the multi-hazard assessment of historic masonry structures. She has gained experience on seismic risk assessment taking part to many field investigations within research and consultancy projects in Italy and in the Philippines. In 2016 she took part in the EEFIT mission to Central Italy and later she won the EEFIT 2017 Research Award to continue her research on the cumulative damage to the historic urban fabric of Norcia (Italy). She is member of the EEFIT Committee, Chairman of the Young SECED Committee and the designated liaising member between both Committees.
BGS Representative
Dr David Hawthorn
David Hawthorn is a seismologist with the British Geological Survey. He has more than a decade of experience in onshore passive seismic data acquisition around the world for a variety of governmental, private and academic groups and including site specific monitoring of critical infrastructure. His current role is the management of the BGS’s seismic network of approximately 100 stations across in the UK.
Young Members Representative
Ms Valentina Putrino
See above under EEFIT Representative.
IMechE Representative
Geological Society Representative
Co-opted Members
Dr Chris Browitt
Chris Browitt is a seismologist who retired as Director of the British Geological Survey (Scotland) in 2003 to join Edinburgh University and concentrate on interests in geohazards and disaster reduction. He has focused on satellite radar to observe millimetric ground movements, with applications in the vulnerability of cities and precursor strain, under a European Space Agency programme. He is President of the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Mr Richard Fowler
Richard Fowler is an Earthquake Engineer working for the Office for Nuclear Regulation as a Principal Inspector - Nuclear Safety within the Civil Engineering and External Hazards specialism. He has been with ONR since 2013 and has been working within the nuclear industry since 2006. He continues to lead the ONR assessment of seismic hazard work for new build projects, and is also involved with Generic Design Assessment.
Mr Zygmunt Lubkowski
Ziggy Lubkowski is an Associate Director at Arup, and is their seismic skills leader for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has carried out geotechnical and seismic design, analysis and assessment for a range of structures in the energy, infrastructure, manufacturing and humanitarian sectors. He has acted as the seismic specialist for major projects such as offshore platforms, major bridges and tunnels, and numerous seismic hazard studies around the world. Ziggy has been Chair of both SECED and EEFIT. In 2009 he won the Shamsher Prakash prize for excellence in practice of geotechnical earthquake engineering.