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Meet the team

GeoPlace is a vibrant, professional company comprised of experienced multi-skilled people with expertise in data management; web development, database development; data cleansing and matching; business and data analytics; GIS; systems integration; IT development; stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications.

Some of the GeoPlace staff at the GeoPlace annual conference

Awards and professional certifications 

We believe that by investing in our staff, we are able to better serve our customers.  In February 2015, we gained 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.

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:

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

 

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Simon Barlow Executive Director of Consultancy

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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Abbas Lokat Streets Development Manager

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 and creating the most efficient solution, 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 it on data improvements or national initiatives, and brings experience on national projects such as the development of the National Street Gazetteer and the creation of new national street products with Ordnance Survey.

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Richard Duffield Senior Consultant

Richard is responsible for developing and delivering the address services portfolio within the team. Business-minded and customer focussed, Richard has been integral in driving forward the quality and use of address data in Great Britain.

Richard brings to the table over ten years' experience on national projects such as the development of the National Street Gazetteer hub and a major national resilience project. Most recently he created and led the team which successfully launched and matured the National Address Gazetteer – culminating in the creation of the first UK spatial address dataset. Richard has contributed to the development of national, European and international geographic data standards and is widely recognised as one of the most authoritative voices in the field.

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Simon Bailey Senior Consultant

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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Richard Mason Managing Director

Richard, an engineer by background, has worked in the GIS and address management industry for over 25 years.  In 1990 he set-up the UK's largest scanning and digitising bureau who digitised in excess of 50,000 of the Ordnance Survey large-scale maps.  These show the location and extent of individual properties.   He then joined QAS, the UK's largest address management company, now owned by Experian, where one of his key achievements was sourcing and negotiating supply agreements for premise level address data throughout Europe.

For many years, he has seen the user requirement for one definitive spatial address database which includes a precise location for every address.

He took the lead in finalising the agreements between Ordnance Survey and local government and its partner which led to the establishment of GeoPlace in 2010 and was appointed its first Managing Director.  Under his leadership it is now clearly established as the single source of spatial address and definitive street attribute data for England and Wales and through licensing agreements for spatial address data extends this to Scotland, GeoPlace makes this data readily available through Ordnance Survey to an increasing number of public sector organisations including the emergency services; utilities and financial services companies.

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James Rodger Executive Director of IT Services

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.

 

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Nick Griffiths Executive Director of Informatics

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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Radha Chandrasekaran Executive Director of IS Development

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.