Council Members

AGI Council is formed from elected members of the AGI, and its main role is to set the strategic direction for the organisation. To do this, members use their own knowledge and experience, as well as consulting with the wider membership. All Council members are also appointed as company directors of the AGI.

Council members are elected for a three-year term, with a third of Council positions available for election each year. Council members are elected by the entire AGI membership, except for the regional representatives of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, who are elected only by those members whose main contact address is in that region.

Adam Burke

Adam Burke [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.

Richard Duffield

Richard Duffield [Vice Chair]

Head of Customer Insights, Geoplace LLP

Richard is a data expert specialising in location, with a love for building high-impact products and services. Working within the GI community for 13 years, he’s helped to take the national gazetteers from concept to an integral part of our national data infrastructure. Richard brings broad experience across the GI discipline and the industry sectors we serve – and has enjoyed being a member of the AGI since the start of his career.

Morgan Commins

Morgan Commins [Hon. Secretary]

Data Management Specialist, Ordnance Survey

Morgan is an environmental scientist and data professional with proven service delivery and collaboration experience across large corporates, start-ups, academia and the public sector. Morgan uses his knowledge to shape the data behind Ordnance Survey products to meet the needs of customers. He led spatial data strategy in Welsh local government, successfully transforming geospatial services by delivering spatial data to thousands of users via open geospatial tools. Morgan is a long-standing member and Past Chair of AGI Cymru. He represents Welsh interests on AGI Council since 2018.

Morgan is a Chartered Geographer and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG. He champions biological and cultural diversity and is an advocate for walking, open source, sustainable models of resource distribution, sound money, blockchain, data ethics and the role of location in improving society. Morgan’s early affinity for technology and the natural world bloomed into studies of the spatial and temporal patterns of life – earth observation applications were a natural fit for his macro worldview. He explores places less travelled, from lemurs in Madagascar to albatrosses in the sub-Antarctic, seeking simple moments of natural connection. “Joy, kindness and knowledge only grow when shared.”

Helen Griffiths

Helen Griffiths [Hon. Treasurer]

Principal GIS Consultant with Arcadis

Helen has a passion for pushing the boundaries of what problems we can solve using spatial data. As part of her current role in the GIS team of AEC consultancy Arcadis, she champions sustainable solutions. She was introduced to the power of GIS in 2002 and her previous employers have included Natural England, the World Health Organisation and Halcrow. While working in the field of disaster management she found innovation and digital transformation were vital in ensuring an effective response. Working with sensitive data gave her great insight into the importance of ethical use of geospatial data and how crucial it is to have robust policies and standards. Helen is looking forward to supporting the community in exploring what sustainability means for GIS professionals as we journey through the 5th industrial revolution.

Denise McKenzie

Denise McKenzie [Past Chair]

Director (EIRP) Benchmark Initiative, Geovation, Ordnance Survey

Denise McKenzie is an international geospatial policy and strategy professional with a speciality in community building and public/private partnership. Currently she is a co-Director of the Benchmark Initiative operating through Ordnance Survey’s Geovation accelerator and undertaking a Masters in Sustainability at the University of Southampton. In the broader geospatial community, she is part of the steering committee for Women in Geospatial+ and an advisory board member for the Location Based Marketing Association. Previously she has worked with the Victorian State Government in Australia and as the Head of Outreach at OGC where she led work such as the UNGGIM Geospatial Standards Guides.

Alan Moore

Alan Moore [Membership Lead]

Head of Geospatial Services, Idox Software Ltd

An advocate of open source geospatial technologies, Alan Moore is Head of Geospatial Services with Idox and has an extensive career in the geospatial industry across the public and private sector. He is also a member of the National Group, AGI Scotland, and represents those interests on AGI Council alongside the wider landscape.

George Firth

George Firth [Communications Lead]

Geospatial Analyst in Defence, with 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic)

I am thrilled to be joining the AGI council and look forward to contributing to the organisations efforts. Joining council allows me to be a part of a great team, promoting, developing and educating in the GI community. My day job as a Geospatial Analyst and Data Manager within 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic) working under Strategic Command sees me providing geospatial support to the tri-service organisation, and a secondary role as Trustee and GIS Lead for CPRE North and East Yorkshire allows me to use my skillset in a new sector to promote GI.

I hope to facilitate the communication between Defence organisations, the AGI and the GI community to provide insight and information, but also explore how we assess skills within the GI field.

James Cutler

James Cutler

Founder and geospatial strategist, Locatum

An experienced geospatial entrepreneur and digital business leader with a flair for original thinking, problem solving and team building through clarity of vision, attention to detail and openness, James is a respected and current voice in the location arena – Fellow, RGS (1985-), AGI Council member (2016-), OS Partner Advisory Council member (2016-2020), Customer Advisory Group member (2018-2020). Wired in to the broader GI community, from C-suite to end users, James has a keen interest in nurturing the use of geospatial in commercial and public sector settings. He champions the role, value and utility of location intelligence for proptech, mobility, fintech and across core industries that underpin UK plc today and tomorrow.

Kathryn Smyth

Katherine Smyth

NIMA Support Officer, Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI)

Katherine studied Environmental Science at Ulster University followed by a Masters in Research using GIS. After graduating in 2014, she took on various roles including working for Land & Property Services and NI Water as a GIS technician. In 2016, Katherine joined the NIMA Support team for Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI) and over the 6 years she has been involved with OSNI, working in various areas including the Department for Infrastructure Rivers, South Eastern Regional College and the Good Relations Branch in the Executive Office. This year, she has taken on a new role as a GI Manager within the team and continues to develop her career by working towards becoming a Chartered Geographer. As part of her AGI role, Katherine is the national rep for AGI NI and provides support when needed to the national group.

Jo Cook

Jo Cook

Data Discoverability Lead, Astun Technology

Specialising in the delivery of metadata and data management solutions, Jo arrived in the geospatial industry via the tortuous route of underwater archaeology and mathematics, which led (quite naturally, she thinks) into the open source geospatial community, and hence to Astun. She is the founder and current chair of the UK chapter of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, sits on their software incubation committee, and has been involved in running or presenting at several of their global and national conferences. She's also a keen committer to open source geospatial software, including sitting on the Project Steering Committee for the GeoNetwork Open Source metadata catalog, and developing the GeoNetwork plugin for UK Gemini 2.3. Jo has a passion for problem solving and enabling, good documentation, and lowering barriers to entry, and hopes to use those things in the service of promoting the use of geospatial standards as part of AGI Council.

Rachel Higgins

Rachel Higgins

Policy Manager, Ordnance Survey

Rachel Higgins is a public affairs specialist, with 15 years’ experience of working in and engaging with all levels of government in the UK. As Policy Manager at Ordnance Survey, she supports OS’s strategic relationships into government, and the coordination and execution of public affairs activity, working closely with Directors and senior officials within the business to maximise the impact of engagement with government and wider customers.

Richard Flemmings

Richard Flemmings

Chief Technology Officer with 4 Earth Intelligence (4EI)

I have over 20 years’ experience working across the geospatial sector. My background includes managing airborne surveys in remote parts of Africa, delivering complex and multi-faceted national mapping projects, and more recently within my current role as CTO at 4 Earth Intelligence (4EI), using satellite remote sensing data to solve challenging environmental problems.

I’m excited to join the AGI council and take the opportunity to get involved in a thriving geospatial community. Working alongside like minded people, I hope that my experiences can contribute to wider geospatial advocacy, and the core mission of AGI. I am particularly passionate about applying geospatial data to support societal and environmental sustainability, and intend to use my position on the AGI council to continue to influence technology development in the right way.

Steven Zhang

Steven Zhang

Business Intelligence (BI) Consultant for Billigence

Steven accidentally entered the arena of geospatial data whilst undertaking research on “Bringing Big Data into Building Energy Modelling”. He is currently working as a business intelligence (BI) consultant for Billigence - an international BI consultancy firm. Steven is also the founder and managing director of Modular Geospatial Blocks: a not-for-profit organisation through which he is sharing his PhD research. His aim is to make geospatial data less “special”, using self-service big data tools (such as Tableau and Alteryx), and empower the Net-Zero transition.

Steven believes in the concept of “Glocalisation” - think globally, act locally. His passion is making the global climate change crisis and carbon emission targets more relevant to local governments and individuals. Steven was inspired by the AGI annual conferences: ‘GeoCom2019: Hitting Net Zero - Applying geospatial to global challenges’ and ‘GeoCom2020: Sustainable (R)evolution’ and can’t wait to see what the AGI can offer in 2021, as we head towards COP26 and beyond.

Fergus Craig

Fergus Craig

Sales Manager with Cyclomedia

I believe the AGI has the capacity to support a sustainable future through the use of technology.  Working together is key in achieving goals, at an organisational level, those that collaborate and partner, make a stronger community, which is why I am enthusiastic to be more involved with the AGI and support the progress of the geospatial sector. I graduated with a degree in GIS with Business Management and held several technical GI roles before being moving to the commercial side when I joined MapMechanics (now CACI).  I then spent 13 years at the GIS and Web Mapping developer, Cadcorp, in various business development, account management and partner roles across several sectors.  In 2018 I graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) further building and developing my business skills.

This year I started in a new position as Sales Manager for the UK with Cyclomedia, a mobile mapping company who operate across Europe and USA.  The technology is exciting as it proves genuine use cases around 3D content, therefore further pushing the sector into the next level of geographical information. I’m looking forward to bringing my academic, technical, and commercial skills to the AGI to progress the organisation to ensure it continues to support the GI community and beyond.

Ian Maxfield

Ian Maxfield

Ian is a Geographer with over 18 years’ experience working in the geospatial industry. He is Associate Head of Geographic Intelligence for NHS SCW CSU – a role he is proud of, using GIS to support the NHS and improve the health of the general public. He also has extensive experience of GIS within the Renewable Sector as well as with Local Government. Moreover he has lectured at a number of universities, in addition to a previous life as a secondary school Geography teacher. He has a general passion for all things geospatial, with a particular focus on the development of GIS as a career for students.

Anne Robertson

Anne Robertson

Head of Services and User Engagement with EDINA, The University of Edinburgh

I have 25 years’ experience working in the GI sector within the UK and overseas.  In the early stages of my career, based in Western Australia, I worked in geospatial consultancy in the oil and gas, environmental and mining industries. From consultancy I moved to government policy setting – working with agencies to develop and embed interoperable data and metadata policies.  A significant part of my career has been in the UK the education sector.  Initially managing EDINA’s Digimap for Schools service, I now have responsibility for EDINA’s full portfolio of services and have a particular interest in how geospatial data can be an excellent resource upon which to teach data and coding skills.  I currently oversee the development of a number of innovative geospatial solutions especially in the areas of IoT data integration and green infrastructure mapping.  I have an undergraduate degree in Geography from University of Strathclyde Glasgow and a Master of Science in Geographical Information Systems from The University of Edinburgh.  I value AGI as a diverse membership organisation where people with a passion for geographic information come together to share and collaborate on knowledge, ideas and opportunities.  AGI is a thriving, welcoming organization providing excellent networking opportunities.  With my responsibility for running leading geospatial services in the UK education sector and growing a portfolio of geospatial solutions, AGI Council membership is a role I very much look forward to taking on.

Stuart Tosney

Stuart Tosney

Associate Director, Land Survey with Point 2 Surveyors Ltd

With 13 years’ experience within the geospatial industry, I have led and delivered major geospatial projects throughout the world, including UK, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. Now back in the UK with Point 2 Surveyors as Associate Director, I am continuing to my push to grow clients understanding of the importance of data management and information.

Having joined the AGI, I am proud to be a part of a wider team helping to grow the industry and further push the boundaries. I have a strong passion for data and believe my position as council member gives him a greater platform to use my skills and experience to share these beliefs

Pam Whitham

Pam Whitham [AGI Cymru Representative on Council]

Strategic Development Manager at Ordnance Survey

Pam has over 20 years’ experience with Ordnance Survey in providing support for the use of Public Sector Geospatial Mapping Data to underpin policy in Wales and England with a particular focus on Housing and Land Administration. Pam has previously been Chair of AGI Cymru and has been an active member of the AGI Cymru committee for many years.