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.

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.
Immediate Past Chair
Dr Tiziana Rossetto
Dr Tiziana Rossetto is Professor in Earthquake Engineering at University College London, where she directs the EPICentre, an interdisciplinary research centre for natural hazards resilience. Her expertise are in building and infrastructure vulnerability estimation for earthquake induced hazards, and she has undertaken several earthquake reconnaissance missions with the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT).
Dr Stavroula Kontoe
Dr Stavroula Kontoe is a lecturer at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. Her primary research work focuses on the development and use of numerical analysis to model the performance of geotechnical structures under dynamic and static loading conditions.
Elected Members
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 Sean Wilkinson
Sean Wilkinson is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at Newcastle University. His area of teaching is structural engineering with a specific expertise in earthquake engineering. His research interests applies his knowledge of earthquake engineering to help design resilient communities. The specific methodology is to identify robust network architectures that can be applied to critical infrastructure systems ensuring maximum resilience of essential services and therefore minimum disruption in the event of a disaster.
IMechE Representative
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.
Geological Society Representative
Matthew Free
Awaiting biography.
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.
Dr Stergios Mitoulis
Stergios A Mitoulis is Lecturer of Bridge Engineering at the University of Surrey. He leads a research group ( focused in the areas of resilient bridge engineering, earthquake engineering and soil-structure interaction. He has worked and he is still an active consultant of design offices and Highways Agencies.
Dr Brian Babtie
Awaiting biography.
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.
Dr Sarah Tallett-Williams
Sarah Tallett-Williams is a graduate engineer at Atkins having completed her PhD at Imperial College London. Her research focussed on seismic site characterisation and probabilistic analysis of shear wave profiles including geological modelling and geophysical site testing. In 2015, she took part in the EEFIT mission to Nepal and led testing for geotechnical site effects in the Kathmandu Valley.
Dr Alan Muhr (shared with Dr Ahmadi)
Awaiting biography.
Dr Hamid Ahmadi (shared with Dr Muhr)
Awaiting biography.
Casual Vacancies
Dr Marianna Ercolino
Dr Marianna Ercolino is Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Greenwich. She is a structural and geotechnical engineer and she has a PhD in Earthquake Engineering. She was a visiting researcher at the University of Ljubljana and the State University of Buffalo. Her research focuses on the seismic response of structures and infrastructure as well as on health monitoring techniques.