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AGINI Committee Members

Rico Santiago  (AGI-NI Chair) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rico works for the NI Land and Property Services as a GI consultancy manager for the Dept. of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs, the Dept. for Infrastructure, and the Dept. for Communities. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of California (UCSB), where he also received his Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management, with concentrations in Marine Science and GIS. He has over 15 years experience providing GI services as an environmental scientist and GI consultant in the private, public and NGO sectors.

Ciaran Kirk (AGI-NI Vice Chair) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ciaran has worked in the IT industry for nearly 15 years, initially as a software developer and for over 10 years in the GIS sector working with IMGS (now as General Manager). Since working in the GIS industry he has worked with utilities and government agencies across the island of Ireland to evolve their GIS from back office systems to critical mainstream enterprise wide solutions.

You can follow Ciaran’s blogs on the IMGS blog - http://imgsblog.wordpress.com/ and his personal tweets about GIS and Sport on twitter @CiaranKirk.

Marielle O'Lone (Small Events Co-ordinator) – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 & NI Representative to AGI Council) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Lorraine BarryThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lorraine has been a geographical information scientist at Queen's University Belfast since 2004. She specialises in GIS for teaching, training and research. Public, private, educational and wider university outreach and collaboration with a focus on geographical analysis is an important part of the job role. Lorraine has developed many years of experience in FOSS4G (Free and Open Source for Geospatial) and python programming for geographical data science and geo-visualisation. Lorraine enjoys continuously learning and developing in the field of GI Science.  She graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a BSc in Geography in 2001 and from the University of Leeds  in 2003 with an MA distinction in GIS for Business and Service Planning.

Andrew Bennett - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andrew works as a Marketing & Research Executive for Mallon Technology, an SME with interests in GIS Consultancy, Mapping, Open Source GIS and Software Development.

Malcolm Calvert – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Malcolm is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the British Computer Society.  He has over 20 years experience of working with Geographical Information Systems, and is currently in charge of the Modelling & Mapping Unit within DARD Rivers Agency.  The Unit are responsible for river & coastal modelling and production of flood maps; and for corporate GI management within the Agency.

Therese DevineThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Therese has an MSc in Spatial Regeneration, and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Environmental Planning, both from Queen’s University Belfast. Therese has worked for Translink, Northern Ireland’s Public Transport Operator since 2005. She commenced her career in the Marketing and Planning Divisions, and is now the sole GIS Coordinator for the company in the Information Management Division; managing all corporate GI systems and providing enhanced GIS planning and administrative support for the business.

Therese has been a member of the AGI-NI Regional Executive Committee since March 2012

John Hewitt – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John has over 15 years experience in the GI field and is currently a Senior GI Consultant with the SOPRA Group. He is mad about GI, especially all things open.

Julie Kerr

Julie has been a member of AGINI for nearly 3 years and a Fellow of RGS (IBG) for 9 years. She is currently working in the supply chain for a global chemical company. Her current work involves making improvements to regional & global supply chain networks to find the best way to serve customers and to reduce her company’s carbon footprint in the process. She is passionate about helping to shape the future work of AGI NI by promoting awareness to local government bodies on the importance and usefulness of GI for the environment, health and community services, and to support informed decision-making at all levels. She is keen to engage the education sector as she considers this central to emphasising the importance of GI to future leaders.

Rosita Mahony This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Since graduating with a first class Masters Degree in GIS from the University of Ulster, Rosita has worked in GIS for 13 years in both private and public capacities in Northern Ireland and Ireland. Rosita’s employment experience involved developing and implementing many GIS projects particularly for Local Authorities in both Northern Ireland and the UK. More recently, Rosita has led out on a range of GIS projects on behalf of the Research Unit of Donegal County Council and is currently the GIS & Research Co-ordinator for the award winning SPACEial North West Project.

Rosita is passionate about finding new and innovative ways in allowing GIS technology to assist in better decision making.

Patrick McGarryThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Patrick is the Corporate GIS Manager in NIHE. He is responsible for developing and implementing the organisations Corporate GIS Strategy. He has over 15 years experience working in the GIS industry. Qualifications include a Geography degree at Queens of Belfast  and postgraduate qualifications in both Digital Cartography (PG Dip) and GIS (MSc).

Philip McLaughlin – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Philip is a Customer Success Manager for ESRI-Ireland.  A graduate in Geography at Queens University Belfast and with an MSc in GIS at the University of Ulster, Philip has worked with organisations throughout the UK and Ireland in his roles as GIS technical specialist and Trainer at both Cadcorp & ESRI-Ireland.

Andrew PaulThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andrew has an MSc in GIS and a BSc (Hons) in Geography from the University of Ulster.  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.

Harry Whan –  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In March 2007 Harry took up the position of Emergency Planning Co-ordinator for the Eastern Group of Environmental Health Committee in order to develop structures and plans in line with the Civil Contingencies Act and the Ministerial Guidance of the Civil Contingencies Framework (NI).

Having been involved with emergency response/planning his entire career and led in the creation, management and development of an EPS Branch for the past 10 years he was recently appointment National Director of Communications for EPS.

Harry completed a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Ulster achieving a distinction and also obtained distinction at Queens University in a Certificate in Emergency Planning.

Gareth Young – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gareth qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Geography from Queen’s University Belfast followed by an MSc in Geographical Information Systems from the University of Ulster in 2002.  Following a period of voluntary work in East Africa, Gareth joined Land & Property Services (LPS) in 2009.  Since then, he has been seconded to the Rural Development Council and the Strategic Investment Board as a geospatial consultant.  In these roles, he completed detailed spatial analysis which was used to influence policy decisions within the rural sector and for major infrastructure projects.

Gareth moved to take up the position of Spatial NI manager in 2014 and is currently responsible for managing Northern Ireland’s online map portal and solution for INSPIRE compliance.

Gareth joined the AGI NI Committee in 2014 and is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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