Product Development Manager, EuroGeographics
Describing herself as a committed AGI volunteer, Abigail leads and supports many initiatives to drive the AGI forwards. In the past 4 years this has included leading on re-branding, a new website, CRM and back office business processes, as well as implementing an ambitious Events programme. She is an active member of the AGI Scotland Executive Board and serves as the AGI Scotland representative on Council. Abigail was elected to serve a second consecutive term on AGI Council in the 2016 election.
Abigail is highly skilled geospatial consultant with over 12 years of experience in a variety of public sector and consultancy positions. With particular expertise in partnership working, Abigail is currently focussed on the development of European Location Services, working with European National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies. In addition to being a member of the AGI, Abigail is a member of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).
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 12 years in a variety of technical, consultancy and professional positions. He currently leads a team in managing the performance, strategy and development of products for one of the world's leading Geographic Information organisations.
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, and has been working to improve the CPD and Accreditation process for members.
Director, Rentaquill Ltd.
Merryn is a copywriter and specialist speechwriter, working mainly with insurers and organisations in the geographic information industry, or individuals who must speak in public about sensitive or challenging subjects ~ often at short notice and in the strangest of places. 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 is also qualified as an independent financial adviser, holds a publican’s personal licence, has a fondness for old motorcycles, and visiting sites of military historical significance across Europe.
Dave has been a strong advocate for improved access to national geospatial information and the benefits of its use in policy and service delivery for a number of years.
In October 2015 he stepped down from the role of Secretary General and Executive Director of EuroGeographics, the international not-for-profit association representing the National Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registry authorities of Europe. He was instrumental in establishing UN-GGIM: Europe and played an active role in developing the European Location Framework. He is currently the President of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association.
Dave previously worked for Ordnance Survey in a variety of roles in Surveying, Sales and Marketing, and as their Head of Public Affairs and was until 2014 a member of the British Geological Survey advisory committee.
Digital Transformation Business Development Manager, Esri Global, Dubai
Matthew Pennells is an Information Management professional, specialising in location intelligence, with an extensive career in public, private and voluntary sectors. Currently Matthew heads up Digital Transformation at Esri Global's Dubai office covering the WAMEA region. He also volunteers with the international humanitarian mapping charity MapAction which has seen him deployed to disaster affected areas around the world.
Matthew is passionate about representing the geospatial industry through his role as Director of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) as well as other outreach work with academia. In his AGI role he supports thought leadership as well as internal functions related to technology and communications.
Lead Consultant, Informed Solutions
Lizzie is Lead Consultant, based in Manchester. Working at Informed Solutions, Lizzie has over 5 years of frontline consultancy experience, working with numerous organisation across both the public and private sector. In her role, Lizzie specialises in geospatial data and solutions, as well as enjoys using her problem solving skills to help organisations that utilise geography and geographical information across the broader enterprise. In particular, she focuses on implementing positive change through Digital Transformation, as well through the effective use of data analytics and systems integration.
In addition, Lizzie has a keen interest in growing the number of young professionals entering the geospatial sector, and in particular, increasing the number of women in a traditionally male-dominated technology industry. She actively contributes to a number of events, both locally and nationally, to promote participation.
Local Government Officer, Ceredigion County Council
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.
Executive Director, Communications & Outreach, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Denise is the Executive Director, Communications 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. 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. She currently lives in the United Kingdom with her family, though at times her children have thought she lives on the space station.
Geographer, traveller (interrupted) and serial entrepreneur in location space, with 25 years’ experience in building and leading teams in both project and corporate milieu. This experience has been a journey through the highs and more highs in the evolution of digital location data, from field capture to 'always on' publishing, from practitioner in deserts, forests and mountains to deskbound strategist. CEO of 15 year old start up emapsite, James is always up for a challenge so 2016 will see me at AGI Council and Ironman!
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.
GI Consultant, Land & Property Services in Northern Ireland
Katherine currently works as a GI Consultant for Land & Property Services in Northern Ireland and have been in this role since March 2016. As a GI Consultant, she has been seconded to the Department for Infrastructure where she works for the Rivers section, formally Rivers Agency. In this role, Katherine uses GI to help the department utilise web applications and online services using ArcGIS Online, and conducts Flood risk analysis for properties throughout Northern Ireland as part of the EU Floods Directive and Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment.
Prior to this role, Katherine worked as a GIS Technician with Northern Ireland Water for an 8-month contract between 2015/2016 and as a Mapping & Charting Officer with the Pointer team in Land & Property Services for a 5-month contract in 2014/2015.
Katherine’s education and interest in GIS began during my undergraduate studies at Ulster University, Coleraine. She studied a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science degree in which she completed several GI modules and graduated in 2013. During her final year of studies, Katherine participated in a ‘Tutoring for schools’ program (iMap/GIS). In this, she delivered a 2-day work program on “What GIS is?” “How we use GI in everyday life?” and created a project to analyse the population living within a set distance to the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Ebrington Square. Katherine worked with KS3 pupils in two of the Limavady secondary schools. After completing her undergraduate, she continued pursing her GI career with further studies in a Masters of Research. Katherine used bathymetric and backscatter data to digitise and analyse offshore glacial/deglacial landforms between northeast Ireland and southwest Scotland. Her interests in GI are geared towards growing the number of young professionals entering the GI industry and bringing GIS into secondary schools or primary schools in a similar fashion to the USA.
Head of European Partnerships, CARTO
Tim is Head of European Partnerships at CARTO, where he explores his passion for making location data valuable. After originally training in GIS whilst studying Archaeology, Tim has spent most of his career working in open-source software, seeing the power of collaboration and communities. His involvement with the AGI is therefore driven by the desire to support and encourage the collective sharing of knowledge around GIS. Tim has Masters degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of Surrey.