The consultancy comprises a multi-disciplinary team with extensive knowledge of the geological and mineral resources of Scotland, Northern England and Ireland. Our background is rooted in the experience gained in successful careers with the British Geological Survey that allows us to bring an unrivalled expertise to the market. At Border Geo-Science we have considerable expertise in the provision of impartial advice to planners, the civil engineering, construction and extractive industries, developers and land owners. We provide consultancy services to the benefit of our customers, while operating within a framework of responsibility to the environment and society.
Andrew Highton BSc PhD C.Geol FGS, is a partner and co-founder of the geological and natural resource consultancy, Border Geo-Science. He has over 30 years experience in the geology of Scotland, gained mainly as a senior geoscientist with the land survey group at the British Geological Survey based in Edinburgh. Between 1981 and 1999 saw his contribution to the mapping programme in Scotland and publication of thirty 1:50,000 scale maps, eight 1:250,000 scale onshore and offshore maps, and was the principal author of three BGS memoirs. His specialist knowledge was utilised in the development of the BGS Regional Geochemical Atlas series, of which he was the co-author of four. He has close links with Scottish Natural Heritage, and was involved in the initial development of their publications 'A Landscape Fashioned by Geology' series. Andrew has contributed to several Geological Conservation Review books, and co-author of the volume on Caledonian Igneous Rocks of Great Britain. He was the co-author of the 1:25,000 scale special edition series map of Glencoe. Andrew is currently a committee member to the Central Scotland Group of the Geological Society, London, and a Director of Urlar Goldfields Ltd.
Natural Resource Consultant
CHARLES GRAHAM SMITH BSc PhD C.Eng MIMMM FGS – Natural Resource Consultant, is a geology graduate of Aberdeen and Birmingham Universities. Following early career service in Antarctica and the Falkland Islands he spent over 27 years with the British Geological Survey carrying out mineral exploration, resource assessment and geological mapping in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and latterly was their Principal Economic Geologist in Scotland. He was one of the team which discovered the world-class Aberfeldy Ba-Zn-Pb deposits and has contributed to over 15 UK geological and thematic mineral maps. With over 40 published papers and reports he is one of the leading experts on the mineral resources of Scotland, from gemstones to sand and gravel. He has advised central and local government and the private sector on geological aspects of minerals planning and is senior author of the Geological Conservation Review Volume on Scottish Minerals. A Past President of the Mining Institute of Scotland he is currently an IMM Council Member.