AGI Early Careers Network
The ECN is a network of early career professionals run by early career professionals.
Featured in the UK’s Geospatial Strategy, the Early Careers Network facilitates communication and collaboration across a broad range of geospatial sectors. The ECN aims to enable the development of productive and sustainable connections between early career professionals, giving traction to the fresh, innovative and disruptive ideas of the future leaders of the geospatial industry.
With an exciting programme of events targeted specifically at the needs of early career professionals, the ECN provides a platform for you to develop active connections and work collaboratively across the geospatial industry, showcase your work in a low-pressure environment and receive industry specific training and mentoring.
Who can join? And how do I join?
All early career professionals and students working in the geospatial industry are welcome and encouraged to join as a FREE Network Member. If you have less than 10 years work experience and are interested in becoming part of this network, please register for a free membership and you can then be included within our mailing list to hear about future events and activities.
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Share your experiences and tell us how the ECN can support you!
We are an early career network run entirely by early career professionals. Our team of volunteers plan and organise events, develop regular communication with our members and ensure we provide the best platform for communication and collaboration of early career professionals within the geospatial industry.
We are looking for experienced geospatial professionals to support the ECN by sharing skills and experience with the network and by providing presentations, mentoring, advice and more at our events. If you would like to share your knowledge with the next generation of geospatial professionals or you’re an early career professional who has ideas for the ECN and how we can support you, we would love to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGI Early Careers Network Committee
Tom Perks - ECN Co-Chair
Tom has worked as a GIS Specialist in the environmental consultancy sector for the past seven years, having studied BSc Geography at the University of Southampton, followed by a Master’s at Swansea University. In his current role, Tom manages an enterprise GIS system and supports ecology field data collection for a range of development projects. Tom is also interested in applying GIS within the humanitarian sector, having completed a site visit and mapping of a hospital in rural Uganda in 2018. He is looking forward to bringing new entrants to the GI industry together and the interesting conversations that will ensue!
Matthew Webster - ECN Co-Chair
Matthew works as a GIS Analyst at Jacobs, having previously graduated from UCL with an Environmental Mapping master's degree. Keen to support early career professionals, Matthew represents early careers for multiple professional group committees, and is excited to be part of the ECN providing young professionals with opportunities to develop their career and network with other like-minded professionals.
Laura Gribble - ECN Secretary
Laura studied Physical Geography at Aberystwyth University and Forestry at the University of Montana. She joined the GI industry straight after graduating in 2013 and has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 2018. In her role as a Data Consultant at GeoPlace, Laura is responsible for understanding the needs of customers and helping them use geospatial data across their organisations and across sectors. She is looking forward to working with the ECN to provide interesting opportunities to the growing number young professionals in the industry.
James is the policy lead at the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) focused on improving the access to, and use of, Earth observations for disaster risk management. James is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, and works across several domains in the geospatial information sector. Most recently, he has been using Earth observations to help nations make progress on the Sendai Framework. James has written several international policy documents including the UN-GGIM’s ‘Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management: 5-10-year vision’ and is a contributing author to the UNDRR ‘Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019’ where he wrote about ‘Changes in technology and data sharing.’ Prior to joining GEO, part of the UN System, he worked for Ordnance Survey, the National Mapping Agency of Great Britain, where he worked on international policy engagement. James is committed to outreach and advocacy in the geospatial domain and is part of several outreach initiatives including ECN. He led the ECN for the last few years and is now working with the new committee to help to expand its reach and remit.
Emma Scott - Social Media and Publicity Officer
Emma works as an Assistant Environmentalist in GIS for Amey. She developed an interest in GIS during her undergraduate degree in Geography at Ulster University. She completed her dissertation using GIS, where she mapped food poverty across Northern Ireland. Emma went on to complete a masters in GIS, where she continued with the food poverty theme for her research paper. She is interested in applying GIS to help people, and as well as her interest in food poverty, she has previously worked with community groups to help promote good mental health and decrease anti-social behaviour, as well as volunteering with a humanitarian mapping organisation. In her current position at Amey, Emma’s main role is managing and completing the GIS tasks on a large rail project. She is also involved in a wide a range of other projects across the UK. Emma is looking forward to helping the ECN reach more people in their early career journeys.
Mayuko Morgan, Scotland Co-ordinator
Mayuko has worked in the spatial industry since 2015. She started her career in IT. After five years in IT, she decided to make a career change and obtained degrees in Environmental Management and GIS. As a committee member of the Early Career Network, she is enthusiastic about promoting skills development and mentoring for early career professionals. Being a part of the AGI Scotland Committee, it is her aim to get the ball rolling and make something positive happen for those trying to find a career, as well as those who already work in the GI sector in Scotland.
Emma Chown - Committee Member
Emma is a consultant at IBI Group. Her main focus and interest is spatial data and mapping, supporting IBI Group’s broad portfolio of projects predominantly across the transport and urban development sectors. She is also Regional GIS lead for IBI Group’s international offices (UK, Europe & Middle East) helping to create and coordinate a range of global GIS initiatives. Emma studied BSc Geography at The University of Sheffield, before going on to complete a Master’s in Geographical Information Science at The University of Manchester. She is committed to giving something back to an industry she is passionate about, helping early career professionals network and develop.
Jody Shaw - Events Co-ordinator
Jody graduated from Edge Hill University with a degree in Geography and has since worked in the private and public sectors putting GIS skills to good use. He is now employed by a charitable organisation and spends his time enabling colleagues, contractors and volunteers to capture quality data and self-serve geospatial information and products, alongside the behind the scenes data management and governance. After a couple of years of virtual conferences, Jody is keen to get the conversation flowing again and support new-comers to the industry.
Ollie Bowden - Committee Member and Wales Representative
Ollie is a Technical Relationship Consultant at Ordnance Survey. He graduated Cardiff University with a BSc in Biology, before working as a consultant in the environmental sector. As an Ecologist he developed GIS skills that he utilised across the public and private sector, before fully specialising in GI. Ollie is excited to be a part of the ECN and keen to support other early career professionals. Being the Wales Coordinator Ollie is looking forward to helping connect and empower other young professionals within Wales.