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Drs. Michael de Freitas and Christine Butenuth are both Chartered geologists who have for many years worked at University and within industry. During his time as Course Co-ordinator for the MSc in Engineering Geology at Imperial College, Michael saw the need to help many who were struggling to establish their career. It became increasingly clear to us that something should be done to help young geoscientists gain their first employment and to help those already in industry. So we founded this Company with those thoughts in mind. First Steps continues to undertake research and publish.

Michael de Freitas BSc., PhD., DIC., C.Geol

Reader Emeritus Engineering Geology, Imperial College London
Director First Steps Ltd.

Dr. Michael de Freitas

Chartered Geologist, UK Registered Ground Engineering Adviser and specialist in geological processes governing geotechnical properties, groundwater flow, and the response of the ground to engineering, based on a career of teaching, research and consulting. Current activities include teaching involvement with the Royal Engineers, Imperial College London and various geotechnical companies, research with The London Basin Forum and over 40 years consulting for both designers and contractors, ranging from assistance to major projects in the UK and overseas. Advice is also provided to local societies and individuals on such matters as wetness from groundwater, and issues of ground stability associated with the local construction of basements and groundwork in general.

   For teaching and consulting services contact Michael on 0207 736 6889 or
   email: office (at)


Christine Butenuth Dipl. Geol., PhD, DIC, C.Geol. and BSc (Hons) Math and Stat (Open)

Business Mentor, Licenced Career and Digital Coach

Honorary Research Associate, Imperial College London
Director First Steps Ltd.


Dr. Christine ButenuthChristine is a Chartered Geologist who now specialises in helping individuals to develop products which are based on their knowledge and experience, either as a second income or as an “exit” strategy, and provides them with support for the setting up their own businesses. Christine can help with website design and building, strategy for Social Media and so forth. To this end Christine has trained to become a Member of the Association of Business Mentors and of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, and has become a Licensed Digital Coach and Career Coach. Christine is also a Prince’s Trust mentor.

Christine is also able to advise on the design of investigative programmes and the use of statistics in ground engineering.


For developing your own products and services and for research planning
contact Christine on 0207 736 6889 or email: office (at)

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