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AGI NI Committee Members

Rico Santiago  (AGI-NI Chair) Ordnance Survey NI 

Rico has been Chair of the AGI NI Board since 2016, and has over 15 years' experience providing GI services in both public and private sectors in the United States and Northern Ireland. He enjoys his current role as Senior Manager for Professional Services and Product Management at the Ordnance Survey NI, where he's able to leverage mapping, location data, and GI innovation to support the delivery of government services. Graduating from the University of California (UCSB) with a Master's degree in Environmental Science and a Bachelor's degree in Geography, he has a deep interest in the application of geospatial technologies for the public good. 

Andrew Paul (Vice Chair) Ordnance Survey NI 


Andrew has an MSc in GIS and a BSc (Hons) in Geography from Ulster University.  Andrew has over 5 years experience in the geospatial industry, first as a GIS Officer at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute on the DOLMANT Project.  Andrew joined Land & Property Services in 2013 where he trained as an aerial surveyor and photogrammetrist.  He is currently the Photogrammetry Manager at LPS and is responsible for the capture of aerial photography, production of orthophotography and updates to OSNI large-scale mapping through photogrammetric survey.  Andrew managed the rock detection project for DAERA LPIS and has overseen the development of a new Digital Surface Model product for Northern Ireland. He is currently developing research into real world change detection using 4 band orthophotography and 3D data.

Marielle O'Lone (Treasurer) WSP 


Marielle is a GIS Manager with Kier Group, a leading property, construction and business services group. She is a Chartered Geographer, specialising in GIS, with over 13 years experience as a consultant, focusing on GIS and land information management, in a range of private and public sectors. Marielle finds herself at forefront of many major infrastructural planning projects and as such ensures she is well placed to embed geography and GIS in spatial planning. She has been a member of the AGI-NI Committee since 2008 and is enthusiastic in her role as small events co-ordinator. She is a fellow of the RGS and was a founding member of the regional RGS Committee in Northern Ireland. Marielle has a degree in Geography and an MSc in GIS, both from the University of Ulster.

Jonathan Hardman (Communications Coordinator) Ordnance Survey NI 


Jonny has worked in the GI industry since 2011. His first job was as a GIS Intern for a local further education college. Since graduating from Ulster University in 2013 with a BSc. in Geography, Jonny has worked as a GI Specialist for a regional canal charity as well as in the private sector. He currently works for the Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI) as a GI Consultant dedicated to the Department of Health (DoH), where he provides consultancy services and advice to DoH, Health and Social Care Trusts, as well as regional and cross-border government agencies. Jonny is also the current Communications Coordinator for the AGI Northern Ireland group and NI’s representative at AGI Council.

Alex Donald Geological Survey NI