Mike Preston: A recently retired teacher of Geography and Geology whose career at King Edward VI Five Ways School, Birmingham, spanned 36 years teaching the subjects to A level in role as Subject Leader. First degree obtained at the University of Leicester 1970-1973, with Specialist Options comprising Geormorphology, Advanced Regional Geographies of Africa and the British Isles, Geormorphology, Quaternary Studies, the Geological Evolution of the British Isles, and Structural Geology. Has always held a long term commitment to fieldwork and has organised residential visits to localities such as Arran, Snowdonia, the Yorkshire Dales and Iceland. Since retiring, he has maintained consultancy roles at school in careers and is also supporting the work of Earth Heritage Trust and the Tomlinson Brown Trust.
Dr Paul Olver: After completing his doctorate in geological sciences at Birmingham University where he studied the active volcanoes of Southern Italy, Paul Olver embarked on a teaching career firstly in schools and later in further and adult education. He has taught geology and astronomy throughout that period not only for local authorities but also for the WEA and various universities.
Paul now lives in Herefordshire and continues to teach part-time as well as leading various field excursions throughout the UK and across Europe. The dark skies of Herefordshire have also encouraged him to build his own observatory.