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).
Business Development Director, Europa Technologies
Duncan is passionate about the importance of geographic information and the value it can offer to almost any type of organisation. Duncan studied Geographical Information Systems at both Greenwich and Coventry universities and these days works at Europa Technologies, where he is responsible for business development, in the UK and internationally. Having started work in the industry in 1997, originally as a consultant, he has helped many clients to benefit from the application of geographic information within their organisations, particularly in the UK public sector.
Duncan understands the importance of the AGI to its members and the industry as a whole. He thinks it is important that SMEs have the opportunity to compete with larger businesses and to this end he has been working on the AGI Suppliers’ SIG Committee since 2013. He looks forward to working closely with members of the AGI Council in helping to further develop the industry through AGI events and policy.
IT Consultant, Sopra Steria
Brad is a principal IT consultant (GIS) and formerly heads up Sopra Steria's (UK) spatial technology and service offerings. With more than 20 years in the industry, including both public and private sectors, specialising in the design and building of solutions, he is well versed in the world of enterprise IT delivery. While his day job is focused on identifying new opportunities for his employer, and having been a silent AGI member for 10+ years since arriving from Australia, he now wishes to devote some time in being an ambassador for our industry beyond its traditional market place. He has a vested interest in the technology that underpins our industry, but believes it’s the continual convergence with the wider IT sector that will maximise opportunities for all of us in the future. He is keen to promote a sense of belonging amongst our members, while ensuring it is relevant, practical and inspiring.
Senior Product Manager, Location & Network Portfolios, 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 11 years in a variety of technical, consultancy and professional positions. He is now relishing the role of leading the development of the Location and Network Portfolios for one of the world's leading Geographic Information organisations. Currently this primarily involves working with global platform providers, FTSE 100 companies, other large GB customers and Smart Cities around the world to ensure that our future connected location and network data is as valuable as possible.
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 looking forward to taking a more active role in both the Address Geography SIG, working to make it more of a mainstream subject, and the Early Careers Network SIG, using his own experience to help members to progress within our industry.
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!
Director of Products & Innovation, Ordnance Survey
David Henderson is Ordnance Survey’s Director of Products & Innovation and has executive responsibility for all aspects of market insight, product strategy, new product development and day to day management of Ordnance Survey’s world class portfolio of geographic information products and services. David joined Ordnance Survey in 2003 and has 25 years of geospatial industry experience across a variety of technical and leadership roles.
David was Chair of the UK’s Association for Geographic Information in 2015 and 2016, is the UK representative to the UN’s Committee of Experts on Global Geographic Information Management (UNGGIM) and leads Ordnance Survey’s representation on a wide range of industry bodies across UK and internationally. He also leads Ordnance Survey’s external research and innovation programmes and is the executive sponsor for the much respected Geovation Hub, as well as Ordnance Survey’s OpenData programme.
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.
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.
Acting Senior Technical Consultant, Informed Solutions
Lizzie is Acting Senior Technical Consultant, based in Manchester. Upon graduating with an M.Sc. in GIS in 2012, Lizzie joined Informed Solutions, where she has been specialising in geospatial data and solutions. In her role, Lizzie 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 the traditionally male-dominated technology industry. She actively contributes to a number of events, both locally and nationally, to promote participation.
General Manager, Middle East & Africa Office, ConsultingWhere
Matthew Pennells is an Information Management professional, specialising in location intelligence, with an extensive career in public, private and voluntary sectors. His work and volunteering has led him through many topics and business areas both in the UK and overseas. Currently, Matthew leads ConsultingWhere’s Middle East & Africa Office from Dubai.
Matthew also volunteers with the international humanitarian mapping charity MapAction which sees him deployed to disaster affected areas around the world. Matthew represents the geospatial industry through his role as Director of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) and outreach work with academia.
Director, Ter Haar Geoinnovation Ltd
For almost 30 years Peter has been helping people take better decisions through the use of geographical information and mapping. He is a Board-level innovator with wide experience in leadership, product management, business development and technology aspects of geographical information systems, geospatial data, location-based services and mobile solutions. Within international corporate, start-up and public sector organisations he has developed existing teams to new levels and built new capabilities from scratch.
Peter has worked for a number of international corporate, start-up and public sector organisations in the geospatial field, including Intergraph, Autodesk, City of Amsterdam and Geodan. Most recently Peter was Director of Products and Innovation at Ordnance Survey, where he was responsible for all product management, development and research activities. Peter also initiated the OS Open Data programme and Geovation, including the Geovation Hub. He is currently an independent advisor to - among others - start-ups, governments and the United Nations.
Peter is recognised worldwide as a leading professional within the geospatial information sector, a founding member of the United Nations’ Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management and advocating worldwide standards and policies in Geospatial and Mapping.
Managing Director, Sterling Geo
Andy has been a geographer from birth. After taking Geography at ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level, the natural progression was to go to university at Aberystwyth to study Geography with Physics and Electronics. An offer to stay a student for a further 3 years to do a PhD in Remote Sensing was too tempting to decline, leading to a short career as an academic with the University of Greenwich.
In 1995 he joined ERDAS UK providing geospatial image processing software across academia, government, military and commercial clients. In 2000, he started a 10 year, 7 job, career with Infoterra (now Airbus DS), ending up as Sales Director involved with numerous projects including the delivery of the first Google Earth airphoto layer for the UK, the 7 year Pan-Government agreement for imagery and height, census mapping in Nigeria and many others.
In 2012, he joined his current company, Sterling GEO, reuniting with the ERDAS software range. More recently, he is now focussed on the development of high value business analytics powered by geospatial technology delivered through lightweight applications. Involvement with the AGI has been consistent throughout much of his career, attending every annual conference since 1995, being part of the Suppliers SIG committee since 2008 and representing the AGI at numerous outreach meetings with UK Government.