Southern Region

The Southern Region can be contacted at

The Regional officers (confirmed at the 21st January 2019 AGM) are:

  • Chairman
    Mark Poole
  • Hon Secretary
    Becky Conway  
  • Hon Treasurer
    Ken Collins 

Other Committee members are:

  • Claire Cardy
  • Ed Cheesman
  • James Cowles
  • John Dillon-Leetch
  • William Heaps
  • Rob Higgon
  • Cedric Meyer
  • Edd Moller
  • Geraint West
  • Brian Whiting
  • Sam Forbes

 The Regionally-Elected Director on the Board of THS UK is: Mark Poole

The Minutes of recent Southern Region AGMs are available to download at the foot of this page.


The Southern Region aim to hold themed quarterly meetings at which technical presentations on subjects of interest to members are delivered by guest speakers. As our membership is spread across the south east with concentrations around London, the south coast and the Hampshire/Surrey border we hold events at different locations within the region. If you have a suggestion for a future meeting or event or would like to present at one of our events please get in touch!



2019 Meeting Programme  

27th February - Geophysical Operations in the Transition - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Parliment Square, London

22nd May - Site Investigation - National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

25th September - The 4th Industrial Revolution Subsea, Sonardyne International, Blackbushe

13th November - Autonomous Operations - National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

11th December - Inshore Infrastructive Development Support and Professional Accreditation Scheme - Tower Millenium Pier, London

To be kept informed about our events, please join our secure mailing list by clicking HERE

All members of The Hydrographic Society UK (from any Region) and their guests are welcome to attend our meetings. If you would like to receive email notification of forthcoming events in the Southern Region, send your details to

Members of other marine professional societies are most welcome to attend our meetings, especially colleagues from local branches of:


Nautical Institute


Previous Meetings



14th November 2018: 'Industry Perspective on Marine Autonomy and Robotics' in association with NOC Marine Autonomy & Technology Showcase (MATS) 

14th June 2018: 'Surveying at the Margins - Hydrographic support to coastal engineering projects' hosted by RICS, London

16th May 2018: 'Marine Data & Modelling' hosted by HR Wallingford & sponsored by OceanWise

6th December 2017: 'A Festive Evening with the PLA' 

27th September 2017: 'Seeing is Believing' - New Perspectives in Subsea Operations, hosted by Sonardyne

21st April 2016: 'The Future of Global Navigation Satellite Systems' - Professor Terry Moore

10th February 2016: 'The Mulberry Harbours - Past and Present' - Chris Howlett

20th January 2016: 'The Vertical Offshore Reference Frames Project' - Jonathan Iliffe and 'High Resolution Surveys on the Thames' - Jean-Philippe Cheminade (Geodesa) and Andrew Stanley (MMT)

16th December 2015: "A Festive Evening with MMT (UK)"

11th November 2015: Rolf Christensen "Which Way Are We Going? The Development of Heading Sensor Technologies"

15th October 2015: Dr John Bevan "Commander Crabb, What Really Happened?"

24th September 2015: Andrew Colenutt"Coastal Monitoring and Nearshore Seabed Mapping - Applications for Shoreline Management"

29th April 2015: "An Evening with Industry" Student Presentations & Poster Session at the National Oceanography Centre  

11th March 2015: Wouter Verbraak. "The Navigator's role in Ocean Racing and Lessons from the Stranding of Volvo 65 Vestas Wind" 

11th February 2015: Port of London Surveyors and Land Surveyor. "Developing a robust method for vessel dimensional control survey's using combined laser scanning, tracking, total station & photography"


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Video Presentations

Relevance of the Society and its meetings
filmed at Southern Region meetings (2018) 

South West Region Student Presentations Evening
filmed at University of Plymouth (April 2017) 

VORF by Dr Jonathan Iliffe
Southern Region meeting at IMarEST (January 2016)

Why attend Regional meetings? 
filmed at North West Region meeting (September 2013)

World Hydrography Day 2018
Message from Dr Mathias Jonas - IHO Secretary General 
Short Society Films

Relevance of the Society (Southern Region)

Student Presentations Evening (Plymouth)

Why attend Regional meetings? (North West) 

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