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We believe that by investing in our staff, we are able to better serve our customers.

We hold an Investors in People accreditation (IiP). IiP is a management framework for high performance through people and accreditation is recognised across the world as a mark of excellence.

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Managing Director

Nick Chapallaz

Managing Director
Nick Chapallaz

Nick is a widely published and highly respected location-based systems and services expert with experience as an advisor to local authorities, central government agencies and private sector businesses.

He has a strong track record in the use of information and communication technologies to improve the activities of both public and private sector organisations. As a member of the original committee for the creation of the BS 7666 Standard for Addressing and a Research Fellow for the National Land Information Service (NLIS), Nick has a deep understanding of the development and adoption of location standards and processes. During the e-Government era he was a lead advisor on high-profile programmes including the e-Government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF), Planning Portal and Transport Direct.

Previously, Nick was Director of Business Strategy & Marketing for Esri UK and prior to that a Senior Consultant at Ordnance Survey, helping to revolutionise their business model as well as delivering advisory services for the UK government and the EU.

Immediately before he started at GeoPlace, Nick provided strategic consulting services to public and private sector organisations with a focus on business process improvement, spatial economic analysis and proposition development.

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Executive Director of Consultancy

Simon Barlow

Executive Director of Consultancy
Simon Barlow

Over the last 20 years Simon has worked with British government to help develop and integrate a common address and street platform for use in a wide range of day to day public sector applications. This experience has led to him assisting other governments and organisations around the world in developing strategies to introduce or improve their current address management systems. Simon has also been involved in a wide range of geospatial data focused projects both in the UK and across Europe including INSPIRE and the European Address Framework assisting with data modelling, technical design and implementation.

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Executive Director of IS Development

Radha Chandrasekaran

Executive Director of IS Development
Radha Chandrasekaran

With over 18 years' of experience in Enterprise Software Development and expert knowledge in strategic design and implementation of GeoSpatial, GIS and Gazetter Management solutions for Local Authorities and beyond, Radha heads the Information Systems Department within GeoPlace.

She is responsible for the overall management of all GeoPlace's address and Street data hubs, together with the co-ordination and management of internal and external web applications. Closely working with National custodians, Radha is very customer focussed and continuously improves the services provided by GeoPlace to Local Authorities. She is also responsible for the production of National Address Gazetteer from which AddressBase™ products from Ordnance Survey are produced.

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Executive Director of Informatics

Nick Griffiths

Executive Director of Informatics
Nick Griffiths

Nick has worked in the property industry since 1980 and been a senior member of the team developing the NLPG from its creation to its re-birth as the National Address Gazetteer under GeoPlace in 2010.

With a wide range of practical experiences from extracting, cleaning and collating disparate address data sets to form local address gazetteers, through the analysis of regional and national address data sets for emergency services, public utilities and government departments and on to work on UK and European addressing standards, most areas of the world of property addresses have been covered.

Nick is head of the team responsible for the integration of third party data such as the VOA Council Tax and Non Domestic Rates data and Royal Mail data into the National Address Gazetteer and for one off research and analysis work for address users

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Executive Director of Engagement

Steve Brandwood

Executive Director of Engagement
Steve Brandwood

Steve started working in the field of local government and gazetteers in 1998 after completing a degree in Geography. Initially part of a team of four, he helped set up the Local Government Information House (LGIH) Ltd (a subsidiary of the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government), with the aim of standardising local authority geographic data and taking it to market to support the modernisation and e-government agenda.

Steve built up a team of geographic information and local government experts within LGIH to manage the procurement of geographic information on behalf of the sector as well as taking forward the NLPG and NSG initiatives and being an advisor on local government geographic information more widely. After incubating the gazetteers at LGIH, Steve helped to set up GeoPlace to bring the work of local government and Ordnance Survey together in a joint venture. Steve is now responsible for GeoPlace's engagement with local government, wider stakeholder management and communications and marketing.

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Executive Director of IT Services

James Rodger

Executive Director of IT Services
James Rodger

James brings over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, gained from working in service management roles in the private, public and non-profit sectors. With a focus on leveraging technology to improve business outcomes, his team looks to maximise value and efficiencies by utilising good practice, process improvements and automation.

James is responsible for delivery of the IT infrastructure and operational services that underpin GeoPlace's work. His in-house team develops, operates and secures systems from the desktop to the datacentre to the cloud, using a wide variety of technologies and services to deliver cost-effective and sustainable IT environments. He also leads on GeoPlace's business continuity and disaster recovery planning, coordinating across the company to reduce risk and improve resilience.

Meet the wider team

Here are some of the people you're likely to meet as we work with you day to day.

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Head of Support

Stella Loftus

Head of Support
Stella Loftus

Stella’s been with us since January 2013, she’s a former Geography student with a BSc in Geography and Information Technology.

Previously, Stella had over 8 years local authority experience working on the Address Gazetteer, providing systems support. She maintained the Address Gazetteer to gold standard and obtained highly commended exemplar award entries in 2009 (Most Innovative Use) and 2010 (Citizen Award). Stella has experience working in a shared service environment and also integrating the gazetteer with internal council systems. She also has extensive GIS knowledge and SQL skills.

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Support Specialist (Deputy to Head of Support)

Barry Howorth

Support Specialist (Deputy to Head of Support)
Barry Howorth

Barry has over 7 years experience of working on Local Address and Street Gazetteers, as well as 3 years experience of Street Naming and Numbering. He has experience of working for both a District and a Unitary Authority. He’s been working with GeoPlace since 2012, and is a former History student with a BA(Hons) in Contemporary Military and International History.

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Support Specialist (FOI Lead)

Sara Gittens

Support Specialist (FOI Lead)
Sara Gittens

Having come from a legal background, Sara started working for Geoplace in 2013 as a Data Analyst. Her role has involved linking third party address data and ensuring that all local authority validation files are processed on a monthly basis and any necessary feedback given to Custodians. Sara joined the helpdesk team in 2019.

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Support Specialist

Andrea Bollella

Support Specialist
Andrea Bollella

Andrea is the latest addition to the helpdesk team. He has 7 years experience in customer service, people management and office administration, as well as 2 years experience as an Address Custodian/Street Naming and Numbering Officer in the beautiful Surrey area. He helped with the creation and publication of the first ever Street Naming and Numbering policy for the authority he used to work for. This was alongside the maintenance of its LLPG, ensuring that the improvement schedule gold standard was maintained. Andrea is also a former student with a BA(Hons) in Global Economy and Business and an NVQDiploma Level 4 in Business and Professional Administration.

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Product and Data Development Manager

Richard Groombridge

Product and Data Development Manager
Richard Groombridge

Richard is a Chartered Geographer and is responsible for developing and delivering a shared operational framework for the management of roads and street data across England and Wales. He has expertise in developing and testing market propositions around the collection, improvement and use of street related data and providing advisory services to internal and external stakeholders in the development of data specifications, systems and data quality improvements.

Richard has built strong relationships within a large and diverse community with over 1500 individuals, including Local Authorities and Central Government, statutory undertakers, Ordnance Survey, LGA, Emergency Services, and members of the public.

Previously as National Street Data Manager he was an ambassador for the National Street Gazetteer (NSG) to local and central government including the provision of technical advice to a wider user base on the content and use of the NSG. Richard has also had previous experience of working in local government from his time as a Street Custodian at Kent County Council and as Address Custodian at Medway Council.

Read Richard's blog articles:

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Senior Consultant

Baz Lokat

Senior Consultant
Baz Lokat

Baz is one of the country's leading experts in local authority Street data. He uses his extensive knowledge of the industry to help develop and implement solutions for national projects in line with current UK legislation. With expertise in gathering requirements, product and project management to solve problems and create optimal solutions, Baz has been instrumental in driving forward initiatives to promote the visibility and use of valuable local authority street data across Great Britain.

He has built excellent relationships across multiple organisations and disciplines, and is an expert in identifying requirements based on industry problems and needs. Baz specialises in solution delivery, whether advisory or technical, on a local, regional or national scale such as the development of the National Street Gazetteer, the inception and creation of new national street products with Ordnance Survey (OS MM Highways) and most recently a collaborative research piece on Traffic Regulation Orders.

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Senior Strategic Relationship Manager

Simon Bailey

Senior Strategic Relationship Manager
Simon Bailey

Simon has worked for over 15 years with geographic data from around the world. Originally a geoscientist, he has worked in a number of academic and government arenas. For the last seven years he has managed the collection of the NSG dataset and the integration of other network information to create the most powerful street dataset in the UK. He has extensive experience of working with local authorities, government bodies and agencies, alongside a number of commercial partners.

He has broad knowledge of legislative requirements in both creating and managing the highway network. He has been instrumental in improving street data usage and streamlining processes in the UK industry. He is one of the country's leading experts in Street and Network data, delivering solutions to collect, capture, integrate and standardise information, which underpin the UK's utility asset management alongside the broader UK Transport economy.

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Head of Customer Insights

Richard Duffield

Head of Customer Insights
Richard Duffield

Richard is responsible for defining and delivering the vision for insight led decision making within GeoPlace. Leading the Customer Insights team, we work with users, colleagues, and partners to ensure our strategy, roadmap and solutions meet your needs.

Richard has been integral in driving forward the quality and use of address and street data in Great Britain for the last 15 years. Bringing together broad sector knowledge, strong relationships and expertise gained by delivering national location data infrastructure projects. Richard was responsible for delivering the National Address Gazetteer, the first UK-wide spatial address dataset.

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JAG(UK) CEO

David Capon

JAG(UK) CEO
David Capon

David Capon is the JAG(UK) Manager and has worked extensively with the JAG(UK) community in delivering improved communications, management of the network and local knowledge and expertise. Most notably, Dave has played a central role in the delivering of the permit legislation, guidance and operational advice. He has made a significant contribution to the finalisation of government sponsored Codes of Practice, regulations and impact assessments.

Dave regularly engages with the DfT, devolved Governments, Network Rail, Highways England, statutory undertakers and local authorities to deliver continuous improvement to the community. He works hard to support members authorities by: attending regular national, regional and local meetings, providing an on-line library of existing legislation, regulations, procedures and guidance for authorities and their officers, acting as an online advisory service and providing prompt guidance on emerging issues and delivering a focused approach as part of the GeoPlace/Local Government Association family.

Awards

Our staff deliver award winning work and customer service.

In recognition of the development of the National Address Gazetteer infrastructure, GeoPlace was announced as:

  • Winner of the 'Quantity/Quality' category in the EUROGI/eSDI-Net 2011 Awards
    for Best Practices on Spatial Data Infrastructures throughout Europe

  • Best Project Delivery category at the 2011 Public Sector Technology Awards

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Memberships and professional certifications

GeoPlace is a corporate member of the Association for Geographic Information and many of our staff are members of associations in their own right including: