Christopher Bell wins GeoPlace 2019 Peer Award
At the 14th annual GeoPlace conference and exhibition in central London, on 9th May 2019, Christopher Bell was announced as the winner of the 2019 Peer Award. The Award was announced at the GeoPlace Annual Conference, which took place in central London on Wednesday 9th May – attended by Jesse Noman MP, Minister of State for the Department for Transport, and William Priest, CEO of the Geospatial Commission.
This year's GeoPlace Peer Award was given to Christopher Bell, who works as an LLPG and LSG Custodian with Wirral Council. Following the nomination by a fellow Authority Address and/or Street Custodian in England and Wales, the Peer Award aims to reward contribution to the local government address and street data community, or achievement within an authority.
Chris has undertaken a huge amount of work. His drive and enthusiasm for the gazetteers and his approach to building relationships that ensure data accuracy has been exemplary. His commendation cited the sheer amount of work he gets through as being ‘remarkable', in many ways above and beyond his remit.
Chris is a regular point of contact for other Custodians, Street Naming and Numbering officers. His approach to service delivery is an inspiration to others using the same software, or raising queries about data matching and resolving issues. As a speaker at regional events, Christ Chris opher has also been a champion for improving quality in data management holistically. Dave Matthews, of Cheshire East Council, commented: "Chris is a positive influence at the regional LSG meetings. His wealth of knowledge about LLPG, LSG, SNN is a credit to him – as is his holistic work ethic." Chris has always been ready to stand in and help out, and has demonstrated remarkable dedication to improving both the data and the way it is collected, as well as ensuring the process is fair and effective for custodians.
Nick Chapallaz, Managing Director of GeoPlace said: "Every year, it gives us immense pleasure to highlight the outstanding work that's being done by Street and Address Custodians. Chris's work is a contribution not just to his authority, but also to the wider community. His approach to building relationships is an exemplar for other Custodians everywhere. Their roles are just as much about spreading enthusiasm for our work, as they are about improving the accuracy and quality of the data itself. We are incredibly fortunate to be working with people like Chris who care deeply about the potential benefits we can deliver as a team. Everyone can benefit from the power of location data, and Chris's work is really helping us to bring location to life."
The annual GeoPlace Awards highlight Custodians' roles within their authorities and enable their work to be more widely promoted to all parts of the authority. They allow the many services which currently use address and street data to see that the high standard of the data is externally recognised. From radical transformation initiatives saving millions of pounds for local authorities, to smaller projects improving data management by using the local address and street gazetteers in innovative ways – almost every aspect of local government business is underpinned by high quality address and street data.
GeoPlace's Awards highlight the Street and Addressing Custodians' work helping to curate and maintain that data. Promoting their work helps to highlight the importance of their role, and the potential for this data to deliver ever-more efficient and effective services for their communities.
The full list of Award winners can be seen here.
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A photograph of Chris receiving his award from Randall Anderson Common Councillor for Aldersgate Ward, can be downloaded from here.
GeoPlace LLP is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Ordnance Survey.
GeoPlace is a world class expert in address and street information management, working internationally as well as in the UK to help our partners and customers maximise the value of their spatial information for better decision making.
GeoPlace maintains a national infrastructure that supports the address and street information needs of the public and private sectors. Its work relies heavily on close working relationships with every local authority in England and Wales. This relationship has been developed over 15 years, to build the National Address Gazetteer infrastructure and National Street Gazetteer. Ordnance Survey develops the range of AddressBase products from the National Address Gazetteer and OS MasterMap Highways Network from the NSG. Both datasets underpin efficient and effective services, bringing direct service delivery benefits to users.
The Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) and the Unique Street Reference Number (USRN) are the unique identifiers for every addressable location and street in Great Britain. They are created by local authorities who have the statutory authority to name and number every street and property and Ordnance Survey who identify objects on the landscape which may otherwise not attract an address.
These unique reference numbers link datasets together and share information with other organisations who also use them. They provide a comprehensive, complete and consistent identifier throughout a property's life cycle – from planning permission or street naming through to demolition.