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.
Denise McKenzie [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.
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.
Matthew Leaver [Hon. Secretary]
Technical Director GIS & Geospatial, Arcadis
As the infrastructure GIS lead for Arcadis UK, Matt provides technical direction and leadership to three GIS teams across the UK and India. His areas of expertise are in enterprise GIS consulting, BIM-GIS integration, Lidar analysis, cartography and data management. He is also the Arcadis global community lead for GIS. Matt has worked with ESRI, MapInfo, Cadcorp and open source GIS software, including both desktop and server-side technologies. He’s also managed GIS projects and delivered GI solutions to public sector clients – including the financial, client facing and technical aspects of the projects.
Peter Reynolds [Hon. Treasurer]
Finance Graduate, Ordnance Survey
Peter is a finance graduate, working for Ordnance Survey. He is a part qualified accountant, currently studying for his chartership with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). During his time at OS he has been involved in range of finance activities from financial reporting, preparing the statutory annual accounts, to business partnering, assisting and influencing the business to make sound financial decisions. Peter is looking forward to contributing his financial expertise to the AGI to develop the value proposition that is currently being offered to members. Additionally, he is keen to develop the current financial position and improve planning, control and decision making to ensure the strategic success of the organisation.
Managing Director, Geomini UK
He can be described as an industry veteran having worked for more than 30 years in the mapping and geospatial world. After studying at the University of London he worked for many years supplying mapping and GIS software at LaserScan (now 1Spatial), before joining STAR-APIC. He became UK Director and ran UK and Ireland operations for more than 10 years growing the company and helping to deliver several award-winning solutions. He is keen to promote Geography and the use of Geographic Information to the widest audience.
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.
NIMA Support Officer, Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI)
Katherine currently works as a NIMA Support Officer for OSNI. For the past 2 years, Katherine was on secondment to the Department for Infrastructure Rivers, formally Rivers Agency. In this role, Katherine used GI to conduct Flood risk analysis for properties throughout Northern Ireland for the EU Floods Directive and 2018 Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment. Katherine has now changed secondment and works as the NIMA Support Officer for the South Eastern Regional College in which her aim is to grow the knowledge and understanding of GI for the staff and students. Her interests in GI are geared towards growing the number of young professionals entering the GI industry and bringing GIS into secondary schools. Katherine is a GeoMentor who will help a secondary school participate in the GIS for Schools program run by ESRI.
Customer Success Manager, ESRI UK
Steve has worked in GI for 18 years. Firstly, as a student when completing a degree in GIS and Business Administration, then in Local Government and now the private sector. His roles have covered both the technical use of GI tools, analytics and data, as well as the commercial and contract side of software procurement, GI Strategy, and business development. Steve is passionate about geography and sees himself as an advocate for the power of GI and the transformational role it can have through GIS. He believes location can act as common framework on which to bring data together and turn it into actionable insight. He is also interested in the role that new data sources such as Sensed Data and Earth Observations can play in the industry and the converging worlds of data science, statistics and GIS, and the mutual benefits that exist for each of these communities.
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.”
An advocate of open source geospatial technologies, Alan Moore is CEO of thinkWhere 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.
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.
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.
Steven Zhang [Communications Lead]
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.
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.
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.