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The GeoPlace Exemplar Awards celebrate excellence in address and street information enabled service delivery across local government.

The Exemplar Awards recognise the vital role address and street information professionals play in local service delivery. They celebrate their achievements, providing external acknowledgement of innovation, creativity, best practice, hard work and achievement.

The GeoPlace Exemplar Awards 2013 were presented at the 'Everything Happens Somewhere' conference an exhibition at the Institute of Education in London.

The Awards aim to:

  • showcase best practice
  • foster innovation
  • recognise and reward hard work in the local government community
  • provide a benchmark for quality and improvement.

The full list of Awards winners is available here.

See www.flickr.com/photos/geoplacellp/albums/72157636430136495 for photo of the Awards winners, the conference and the exhibition.

Case studies from the 2013 Awards can be seen here.

The Judging Panel

We would like to thank the judges, all experts in the area of local government, for their hard work and deliberations on the winners:

  • Simon Bailey – NSG Custodian
  • Steve Brandwood – GeoPlace
  • Savania Chinamaringa - Defra
  • Martin Ferguson – SOCITM
  • John Kimmance – Ordnance Survey
  • Gesche Schmid – LGA
  • Neil Silley – NLPG Custodian
  • Robin Waters – GIS Professional and media partner

Street Naming and Numbering Award

Winner - Cambridge City Council

Nick Milne, Construction Monitoring Officer at Cambridge City Council, received his Award from Daniel Goodwin, Executive Director of Finance and Policy at the Local Government Association (LGA) and Gesche Schmid, Programme Manager, Transparency, LGA

Citizen Award and overall Exemplar Award - sponsored by DEFRA

Winner - South Staffordshire Council

Daniel Roberts, Waste Management Officer and Andrew Preston, GIS Development Officer at South Staffordshire Council received their Award from Daniel Goodwin and Savania Chinamaringa, Data Exploitation Manager, Strategy and Portfolio at Defra

Improvement and Efficiency Award - sponsored by LGA

Winner - Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Riley Marsden, Geographic Information Officer at Barnsley MBC receied his Award from Daniel Goodwin, LGA and Gesche Schmid

Integration Award

Joint winners - North Somerset Council and London Borough of Newham

David Burdge, Corporate Information Officer at North Somerset Council received his award from Daniel Goodwin. Karina Bradley, Information Officer at Newham Council receiving her Award from Daniel Goodwin

Innovation In Delivery Award - sponsored by SOCITM

Winner - London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Phil Price, Senior BI Analyst at London Borough of Tower Hamlets received his award from Daniel Goodwin

Best Practice Award - Sponsored by Ordnance Survey

Winner - Nottingham City Council

Catherine Matthews, Senior Address Management Officer and Mary Burton, Address Management Officer from Nottingham City Council received their Award from Daniel Goodwin, and Andy Wilson, Head of Public Sector, Ordnance Survey

Custodian of the Year

Winner - Martin Laker

Martin Laker, GIS Team Leader at Bath and North East Somerset Council received his Award from Daniel Goodwin

Scottish Gazetteer Custodian of the Year - sponsored by Improvement Service

Winner - Inverclyde Council

Keith McBean, CAG Custodian & GIS Coordinator from Inverclyde Council received his award from Daniel Goodwin and Iain McKay, Gazetteer Business Development Manager, Improvement Service

Most Improved Scottish Custodian of the Year - sponsored by Improvement Service

Winner - South Lanarkshire Council

Gillian Freshney, Chartered Surveyor, South Lanarkshire Council received her award from Daniel Goodwin and Iain McKay

Most Improved Address Data

Winner - North Devon Council

Collected by South West regional address chair on behalf of North Devon Council

Most Improved Street Data

Winner - St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Collected by North West regional chair on behalf of St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Best in Region Exemplar Awards

Regions continue to play an important role in improvements to the National Gazetteers. It is very clear that regions have had their own local challenges as well as meeting national demands. Local support and cross border working has helped solve a variety of local area issues and promote best practice.

View the winners here

Authority Updates Gold Awards

A certificate was presented to all those authorities that have achieved the highest standard across all 2012 Gazetteer Improvement Schedule criteria.

View the winners here


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