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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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Nick Chapallaz Managing Director

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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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.

Read's Simon's blog article ‘Mind the address gap'.

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Steve Brandwood Executive Director of Engagement

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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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.

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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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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.