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.
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We currently have several openings for positions on our committee. Find out more here.
Rebecca Taylor, Chair
Rebecca is an Associate Product Manager at Ordnance Survey, managing the in-life Networks product portfolio. Rebecca studied geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, graduating in 2019, before starting at OS. She is looking forward to helping develop the reach of the ECN throughout the geospatial industry and beyond, whilst ensuring that the network provides the best professional networking and development opportunities for its members.
James Norris, Past Chair
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.
Lisa Fischell, Secretary
After graduating with a B.Sc. in Applied Geography and an Erasmus Mundus M.Sc. in Geospatial Technologies in 2019, Lisa supported the United Nations and it's missions with the Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response platform (UN-SPIDER). Having joined Airbus Defence and Space over a year ago, she is excited to join a committee of like-minded, enthusiastic and passionate professionals. Lisa is looking forward to building a community around the ECN and within the AGI.
Louise Smith, Social Media and Publicity Officer
Louise has an amalgamation of interests in earth science, graphic design and cartography, which led her to the discovery of GIS through her Geography degree. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in July 2019, she started as a Graduate Geospatial Consultant at Arcadis. She is interested by the contribution and importance of geospatial technologies to the environmental and engineering industries, and is keen to get involved with those also starting out their careers.
Sophie Willett, Social Media and Publicity Officer
Sophie found an interest in GIS whilst doing her dissertation for her degree in Natural Sciences, at University of Leicester. This led to doing a masters in GIS, graduating in January 2020, which developed her skills in coding, cartography, and data analysis. Now, Sophie works as a Graduate Geospatial Consultant at Arcadis, working on a range of diverse projects, with a current focus on mobile GIS. With having an unconventional career path to the world of Geospatial, Sophie is keen to provide support for those in their early career journeys, hoping to help the ECN expand the personal development and networking opportunities for all.
Tom Perks, Events Coordinator
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!
Mayuko Morgan, Scotland Coordinator
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.
Anna Prior, Additional Volunteer
After discovering GIS whilst at university, Anna completed a placement year with WSP as a GIS Consultant where she returned after graduating Sheffield Hallam in 2019 with a BSc in Geography. Anna has been utilising her data analysis and python skills in this role exploring the uses of geospatial data in Land Information Management with a strong eye for data quality. She is keen to have a strong geospatial community in the North of England and assist early careers professionals in the growing industry.