Adam Burke (AGI Cymru Chair)
Specialist Advisor GIS & Spatial Information – 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 lead at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.
In 2017 Adam joined Natural Resources Wales as the GIS specialist advisor in the knowledge data and information management group. With a keen interest in project management and change management Adam is leading on the GIS strategy for NRW.
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
Natalie Small (AGI Cymru Vice Chair)
Corporate GIS Officer- Newport City Council
Natalie has over 8 years 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 geographic information services and spatial analysis of land, property and customer data across the authority.
Morgan Commins (AGI Cymru Representative on Council)
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.
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. He then went to Nottingham University where he did an MSc in GIS. Following his MSc he began working for Ordnance Survey, initially in Research and then as a GI Consultant. Whilst working for Ordnance Survey he has worked with all the main large landowners in Great Britain and worked with major Whitehall Departments such as the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, and HMRC. Following the terrorist events in July 2005 he also was involved in emergency planning and ran a joint course with the Cabinet Office at the Emergency Planning College. Prior to his MSc he study Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College.
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.
GIS Project Manager - Caerphilly County Borough Council
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.
Senior GIS Analyst - Environment Systems
Matthew is a Senior GIS Analyst who has been working in the fields of IT and GIS since 2008. At Environment Systems he provides GIS support, problem solving and advice to staff at Environment Systems. He facilitates the smooth running of projects by applying logical thought to resolve technical problems. Matthew is an expert in a number GIS software packages including ArcGIS, QGIS and FME.
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.
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!
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.