McConnochie will be responsible for providing leadership and management of the operational support infrastructure at BGS. He will also be leading and driving developments in business support, finance, estates and facilities, health and safety, legal services and people management systems and processes.
Karen Hanghøj, executive director of BGS, commented on the appointment: "Not only will he lead the streamlining of our processes and procedures, but he will also be focusing on our commercial income and how to utilise the unique skills and expertise that we have here at BGS."
McConnochie has a range of experience with an interest and focus on business development, which the BGS says will be vital in increasing its commercial external income streams and identifying new business opportunities with the support of the business development and innovation team.
“I am excited to be joining BGS as director of operations and look forward to working with colleagues across the whole of the organisation to help ensure BGS continues to grow and deliver world class geoscience excellence to tackle environmental change, decarbonisation and multihazards,” said McConnochie.
McConnochie will be a member of the senior management board and the BGS board contributing to the organisation's strategic development, and will represent BGS as a member of key UKRI-NERC committees.