Screen Shot 2019 10 02 at 15.52.00It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of our friend and former colleague Davey Fitch, who worked with us in the SCCS Team for several years.

Our team often feels like a family, and Davey remained part of that family after leaving SCCS for a new role within the university’s School of Mathematics in 2017. We will miss his sharp mind, his quiet capability and professionalism, his dry wit and easy smile, and the desire he shared with us all to make the world a better place. Our heartfelt condolences to his family at this very sad time.

Professor Stuart Haszeldine, our director, has written the following tribute:

Davey came to us with experience and enthusiasm from RSPB Scotland, and a short spell at the Edinburgh Film Festival. He was recruited into the School of GeoSciences in 2012 as Business Development Officer, firstly in the Biochar group and then for Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage.

Davey brought a humour, a drive for sustainability, and a nature-based perspective to what could be a dry and technical mission. He was truly a good person to work with.

Davey built on his successes in SCCS and joined the School of Mathematics in early 2017 as their first ever Business Development Officer. He grew into that role very rapidly and successfully represented his new school to many different audiences within the university and well beyond.

The personal focus and attention which Davey always brought to his work generated many new and fruitful collaborations with industry, supporting people’s research, postdoctorates, and MSc and PhD studentships. In part due to Davey’s work, the School has a central position in the Bayes Centre and the City Region Deal.

Many will recall Davey as an ultra-fit and rapid runner in and around the Kings Buildings Campus at lunchtimes or evenings. To pass away at such an early age seems additionally cruel. He was only 41.

Our thoughts and sympathy go out to Davey’s wife Jo and his family, with thanks that he was part of our working lives for a time.

Dr Maxine Akhurst, British Geological Survey, SCCS Directorate, has provided this tribute:

Davey made a significant contribution to the organisation, delivery and dissemination of the CO2MultiStore project, providing a consistent and calm input to the many industry consortium meetings for SCCS. His renowned arithmetical skills ensured the project budget and spend were always on track. Davey’s untimely and early passing is a great sadness and loss.

A particularly fitting tribute to Davey are the project dissemination activities. His careful attention to detail, planning and delivery ensured the launch event in a House of Lords committee room went without a hitch. Notably, Davey co-ordinated and delivered the video of the CO2MultiStore project's technical findings with Glasgow School of Art, which is now included in an online university training course and is familiar to educators of carbon capture and storage well beyond the UK.

Davey was an SCCS resident in the British Geological Survey’s offices on both the King’s Buildings and Riccarton university campuses, where he is also remembered with admiration by colleagues for his capability as a runner and enthusiasm for the in-house yoga classes.

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