Technical Director GIS & Geospatial, Arcadis
Matt is our Association’s Chair in 2019. As the infrastructure GIS lead for Arcadis UK, he provides technical direction and leadership to three GIS teams across the UK and India. His areas of expertise are in enterprise GIS consulting, BIM-GIS integration, Lidar analysis, cartography and data management. He is also the Arcadis global community lead for GIS. Matt has worked with ESRI, MapInfo, Cadcorp and open source GIS software, including both desktop and server-side technologies. He’s also managed GIS projects and delivered GI solutions to public sector clients – including the financial, client facing and technical aspects of the projects.
An experienced geospatial entrepreneur and digital business leader with the flair for original thinking, problem solving and team building through clarity of vision, attention to detail and openness, James is a respected and current voice in the location arena – Fellow, RGS (1985-), AGI Council member (2016-), OS Partner Advisory Council member (2016-), Customer Advisory Group member (2018+). Wired in to the broader GI community, from C-suite to end users, James handles has a keen interest in nurturing the use of geospatial in governmental, technological and political environments. He champions the utility of geospatial thinking (data, services, tools, analytics) for IoT implementations, for CAV, for broadband/5G roll-out and in Smart Cities/Grids, BIM and Digital Twin agendas as well as in #proptech, #fintech and across core industries that underpin UK plc today and tomorrow.
Head of Spatial Analysis for the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government (MHCLG).
As Head of Spatial Analysis, Steven is the lead for geospatial analytical work for the Ministry. Specifically, Steven applies a wide range of analytical, statistical and computer programming tools to different projects, working closely with policy and other analysts as well as to the Ministerial Support Unit to deliver core briefings and analysis to Ministers.
Finance Graduate, Ordnance Survey
Peter is a finance graduate, working for Ordnance Survey. He is a part qualified accountant, currently studying for his chartership with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). During his time at OS he has been involved in range of finance activities from financial reporting, preparing the statutory annual accounts, to business partnering, assisting and influencing the business to make sound financial decisions. Peter is looking forward to contributing his financial expertise to the AGI to develop the value proposition that is currently being offered to members. Additionally, he is keen to develop the current financial position and improve planning, control and decision making to ensure the strategic success of the organisation.
Product Development Manager, EuroGeographics
A passionate and highly-respected advocate for a digital society powered by location, Abigail Page has more than a decade’s experience in a variety of public sector and consultancy positions. As Past Chair of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI), Abigail champions the economic, business and social value of geospatial data and has done so at the highest levels of UK Government. She is currently working across Europe to ensure maximum value is achieved through the application of location data in the European Commission and business. Abigail is a highly-skilled leader in geospatial technology, data management and building partnership relationships. In her role at EuroGeographics, she is working with its members, the European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities, to improve access to trusted and authoritative geospatial data, and ensure it meets the requirements of users. In addition to an elected Council Member and Director of the AGI, Abigail is a supporter and member of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IBG). She is proud to support diversity in technology and business and dedicates time to creating opportunities to help young women to achieve their personal and professional ambitions.
Senior Product Manager, Products Lead, Ordnance Survey
Describing himself as a very driven person, with a balanced perspective of the importance of commercial success and customer requirements, Chris has worked at Ordnance Survey for 13 years in a variety of technical, consultancy and professional positions. He currently leads a cross-function team of over 40 people in the delivery of Open MasterMap, a multi-million pound investment which will improve the discoverability, accessibility and interoperability of Ordnance Survey products.
Chris is also passionate about geography and the role it plays in everyday life: from handheld device navigation by individual consumers, to multi-million pound decisions on risk, and ensuring that an ambulance gets to the right place to help save someone’s life. He believes that the AGI is more critical now than ever before as a trusted advisor, advocate and campaigner for the GI industry and those who work within it. He is enjoying taking an active role in AGI Council, being Hon Treasurer in 2018, and now supporting other projects in support of membership value.
Executive Director, Communications & Outreach, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Denise is the Executive Director, Communication and Outreach for the international open standards organisation the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). In this role she is responsible for the planning and execution of marketing, communications and education programs to raise awareness and increase application of open geospatial and location standards by technology providers and users worldwide. Denise also represents the OGC at the United Nations Global Geographic Information Management (UNGGIM) committee and is a member of the global advisory board for the Location Based Marketing Association (LBMA). Prior to her role with OGC, she worked for over 12 years with the Victorian Government (Australia) in areas of strategic policy, collaboration and innovation.
NIMA Support Officer, Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI)
Katherine currently works as a NIMA Support Officer for OSNI. For the past 2 years, Katherine was on secondment to the Department for Infrastructure Rivers, formally Rivers Agency. In this role, Katherine used GI to conduct Flood risk analysis for properties throughout Northern Ireland for the EU Floods Directive and 2018 Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment. Katherine has now changed secondment and works as the NIMA Support Officer for the South Eastern Regional College in which her aim is to grow the knowledge and understanding of GI for the staff and students. Her interests in GI are geared towards growing the number of young professionals entering the GI industry and bringing GIS into secondary schools. Katherine is a GeoMentor who will help a secondary school participate in the GIS for Schools program run by ESRI.
Senior Consultant GeoPlace LLP
Richard is a data expert specialising in location, with a love for building high-impact products and services. Working within the GI community for 13 years, he’s helped to take the national gazetteers from concept to an integral part of our national data infrastructure. Richard brings broad experience across the GI discipline and the industry sectors we serve – and has enjoyed being a member of the AGI since the start of his career.
Customer Success Manager, ESRI UK
Steve has worked in GI for 18 years. Firstly, as a student when completing a degree in GIS and Business Administration, then in Local Government and now the private sector. His roles have covered both the technical use of GI tools, analytics and data, as well as the commercial and contract side of software procurement, GI Strategy, and business development. Steve is passionate about geography and sees himself as an advocate for the power of GI and the transformational role it can have through GIS. He believes location can act as common framework on which to bring data together and turn it into actionable insight. He is also interested in the role that new data sources such as Sensed Data and Earth Observations can play in the industry and the converging worlds of data science, statistics and GIS, and the mutual benefits that exist for each of these communities.
Director, Rentaquill Ltd.
Merryn is a writer. If you’re working with location data or handling insurance in the UK today, then it’s a certainty you’ve seen her words on a page somewhere. Her enthusiasm for the tutelage of rhetoric and improved literacy in schools developed at an early age, as did an addiction to using location and maps as a device in creative writing. Via her business, Rentaquill Ltd., Merryn earns recognition for creating engaging, persuasive communications: she’s a champion for geospatial applications of all kinds, with governments and in green pastures alike – delivering strategic comms consultancy for geospatial businesses and working with many well-known insurers. She is also qualified as an independent financial adviser, holds a publican’s personal licence, and has a fondness for old motorcycles and visiting sites of military historical significance across Europe
Local Government Officer, Ceredigion County Council
In addition to his work as a Spatial Data Officer at Ceredigion County Council, Morgan is also the representative for AGI-Cymru, sitting on Council in 2019. Morgan is an information management professional and a scientist. He is excited by new technologies and is interested in the development of sharing economies and more sustainable models of resource distribution. He has over 15 years of commercial experience, ranging from large corporates to founding and leading a web development and marketing consultancy. Morgan seeks adventure and champions biological and cultural diversity. He read ecology and biogeography at university. His fascination with spatial and temporal patterns of life takes him to places less travelled. Applied studies in GIS and remote sensing brought him to Wales from South Africa. Now embedded in Welsh local government, Morgan develops corporate GI strategy by sharing and collaborating with other engaged Welsh public and private sector bodies. AGI Cymru has been a key platform for these successes, such as the development of an All Wales Mapping Service. Morgan is an active volunteer and past Chair of AGI Cymru. As the AGI Cymru representative on Council, he aims to ensure the Welsh voice is heard, whilst offering a broader perspective.
GI Development Manager, Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland
For the last 8 years, Alison has been working for Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland as a GI development manager and spends each day working with Northern Ireland Civil Service departments and local councils enabling policy and decision makers to make better informed decisions based on geospatial analysis. Alison loves working within the geospatial industry and finds it especially rewarding working closely with different teams and introducing them to map based solutions to their problems. She developed her passion for Geography by studying at Queen’s University Belfast and then completed a Postgraduate diploma in GIS at the University of Ulster. Alison has a passion to ensure that we are collecting and supplying useful data to government and supporting a data fueled geospatial environment that enriches both the Northern Ireland and UK communities.