Natalie Small (Chair)
Corporate GIS Officer- Newport City Council
Natalie’s background is in Human and Physical Geography and she pursued her strong interest in geospatial and the natural environment further by completing a Master of Science in Environmental Conservation Management. Natalie has 10 years’ professional geospatial experience across the commercial, academic and local government sectors. Her expertise is demonstrated through the application of GIS and spatial analysis to support research and policy activities in the fields of sustainability, environment, socioeconomics, and integrated geography. Currently, Natalie consolidates her technical expertise to deliver consistent geographic information services and spatial analysis of land, property and customer data across the authority. Natalie is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG.
James Wardroper (Vice-Chair)
GI Consultant - Ordnance Survey
James Wardroper has worked in the GIS industry for the past twenty years. He started off in the late 90s setting up a GIS for a firm of Rural Practice Chartered Surveyors which was linked to their Property Terrier - cutting edge for the time. He then went to Nottingham University where he did an MSc in GIS. Since working for Ordnance Survey, initially in Research and then as a GI Consultant he has worked with major Whitehall Departments and the largest landowners in Great Britain. Following the terrorist events in July 2005 he championed emergency planning and ran a joint course with the Cabinet Office at the Emergency Planning College. Prior to his MSc he studied Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College. He is Chartered Geographer and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Rares Ciurezu (Deputy Vice-Chair)
Transport Modeller - WSP
Rares is a transport modeller based in Cardiff with a range of experience in traffic modelling, geospatial analysis and writing business cases for transport schemes. Rares graduated with a First-Class Honours in Business & Management from the Bath Business School in 2017 where he was firstly introduced to the world of GIS through undertaking a geography module. Rares then used his interest and knowledge of GIS to help him excel in the marketing and operations management modules.
Rares is also an advocate for open data, having undertaken his undergraduate research on the open data barriers for SMEs focusing on the Bath & Bristol area. Rares has an interest in cartography and when he is not watching football (Cardiff City) or running a local 10k, Rares designs maps of stadiums and arenas from across the world under the Stadiamap.com umbrella. Rares created maps of all 12 stadiums used in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia of which he received numerous admiration and interest.
Morgan Commins (AGI Cymru Representative on Council)
Local Government Officer - Ceredigion County Council
Morgan is an environmental scientist and an information management professional with 20 years of commercial experience. His work spans large corporates, entrepreneurship, academia and the public sector. Morgan leads spatial data strategy and product development at Ceredigion County Council. He has successfully transformed the organisation by delivering spatial data via open geospatial tools to thousands of users.
Applied studies in GIS and Remote Sensing brought him to Wales from South Africa, but the wonderful natural beauty and collaborative geocommunity compelled him to stay. Morgan’s active contribution to this community through the AGI led to him Chairing the AGI Cymru team and has underpinned initiatives such as the All Wales Mapping Service. Morgan represents the Welsh voice on Council and brings a more diverse perspective. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society - his fascination with spatial and temporal patterns of life sees him adventuring to places less travelled.
Head of Geography, Knowledge and Analytical Services - Welsh Government
Dave has worked in the spatial industry since 1996. Starting in work in the oil industry before moving into government. He has also worked overseas and offshore in the private sector for a number of years before settling back in Wales and moving back into government. Dave has previously been the AGI Cymru chair and AGI council member. Dave has also been in the Royal Naval Reserve for 26 years teaching navigation.
ICT Software Development and GI Team Leader - Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Kev has 35 years experience in Local Government covering Engineering, ICT and GIS up to management level. FOSS4G evangelist and AGI Cymru Committee member for over 3 years. Kev was the lead on the All Wales Mapping Service contract and continues to strive for collaborative opportunities in Wales. Also, holds the GeoBeer coordinator role for AGI Cymru!
GIS Analyst - Environment Systems Ltd.
Tomos’ passion for the environment led him to study Environmental Science at Aberystwyth University. He is a GIS and aerial photography analyst who has been in the field for 3 years. At Environment Systems he provides GIS support and advice whilst working with large scale spatial and statistical analysis. He is experienced in a range of GIS software including QGIS, ArcGIS and FME that he uses for varying scaled spatial data analysis and development.
As well as being a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he enjoys the outdoors as an IronMan triathlete and avid Audax cyclist which he does to raise funds for charity.
A long-standing member of the AGI and of this group. Coming from a background in Geography I began my GIS career in Powys County Council as a GIS Assistant and over the ensuing years developed from that to become the Senior GIS Officer there. It was an exciting time with Powys being one of the core early adopters of the fledgling OS MasterMap.
I was fortunate to be encouraged and enabled to improve my skills by those I worked with and to be able to take part in Welsh and UK organisations and working groups thereby meeting up with others working with spatial data. Apart from being a past chair of AGI Cymru I have also chaired the Mapinfo User group and worked with advisory groups including representing Wales on the Local Government Association working group for the creation of the NLPG.
In retirement I retain a keen interest in spatial data and volunteer for the RNLI as Water Safety officer at Barry Dock Lifeboat Station. Stations in the region call on my analytical and mapping skills from time to time, especially for beach safety signage.
Relationship Manager – Ordnance Survey
Pam has over 20 years experience as a Relationship Manager at Ordnance Survey and has been a member of the AGI Cymru committee for 3 years. Pam provides support for the use of Public Sector Mapping Data to underpin policy in Wales and England with a particular focus on transport, infrastructure and the Environment.
GIS Project Manager
Phil has almost twenty years’ experience with GIS, spatial data and mapping in the public sector. He previously served in the Royal Navy including trips around the Caribbean; above the Arctic Circle and down to Antarctica with a final posting to the squadron office of 702 NAS. It was the abundance of maps and charts along with a bit of aerial photography undertaken while dangling out of a Lynx helicopter that rekindled interest in geography. There followed environmental and computing orientated courses at UEA and UCL, a couple of years working in London as an IT systems administrator then full circle and back to Wales.
Local Government Officer - Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Phil has over 12 years experience in the private and public sector as an environmental scientist with a strong focus on geospatial analysis. Phil is responsible for spatial analysis, supporting GIS (training and data management), statistics, statutory environmental assessment and research for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. The UK's only coastal national park.
Dr Richard Fry
Senior Spatial Data Scientist - Swansea University
Richard has over 15 years experience in GIS and spatial analysis, having undertaken both methodological and substantive research. Richard leads on GIS research at the National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research (NCPHWR), Swansea University and is involved in several high profile innovative projects relating to health, socio-economic, environmental and policy research projects. Richards research focuses on developing population level GIS models of socio-environmental exposures and accessibility models applied to a range of scenarios. Richard teaches on the MSc in GIS using Open Source GIS and is programme lead for Masters Data Visualisation in Health Informatics course. Richard is the Higher Education contact for AGI Cymru.
IT Team Leader (Locations) - Conwy County Borough Council
Darren has worked in Local Government for the last 18 years, prior to that he worked for 5 years with a private housing association. Darren became OSLO for Conwy County Borough Council (CCBC) in 2002 and has remained in that role through the various iterations of national mapping agreements and has also been involved with the development of the LLPG since 2003. Darren currently works within the IT department of CCBC and manages both desktop and web based GI environments. The current focus of Darren's work is with systems integration, using both spatial and non-spatial data to link previous disparate IT systems. Being new to the AGI Cymru Committee Darren hopes to be able to provide some representation from the North Wales local authorities and public sector bodies.
Adam Burke (Past Chair)
Geospatial Lead - Natural Resources Wales
With a passion for geography, Adam studied Physical Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University, followed by an Msc in GIS and Remote Sensing. After graduating in 2010 Adam started his career working in GIS within the public sector, firstly as a GIS technician at Powys County Council, and then the GIS Officer at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.
In 2017 Adam joined Natural Resources Wales as the Geospatial Lead, working within the knowledge and information management group. With a keen interest in project management and change management, Adam is leading on the GIS strategy and implementation plan for Natural Resources Wales.
Adam has been heavily involved with AGI Cymru and was the national group chair from 2018-2020. As a chartered Geographer and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society he enjoys the outdoors and can often be found roaming the Brecon Beacons National Park at weekends.