Ian David, formally with Bridgend County Borough Council has been announced as the winner of the GeoPlace Peer Award for 2018.
Ian joined Mid Glamorgan County Council (MGCC) in 1987 and worked as a technician in the forward planning section of Highways Department, where he encountered GIS and mapping for the first time professionally. Ian moved to the MGCC Area Surveyor team in 1990 as a Public Utilities Street Works Act inspector. He continued in this role through local government re-organisation in 1996 until 1999 when he was promoted to Streetworks manger. During the period 1990 to 1999, the introduction of the new Roads and Streetworks Act had a massive impact/culture change in the streetworks industry and Ian was heavily involved and at the forefront of its implementation not just in Wales but throughout the UK.
Ian has worked in the streets and streetworks area for many years and his knowledge and experience will be sorely missed. He alternated being Welsh Regional Custodian Street Chair and Deputy since the early 2000s and has been involved and made valuable contributions to many local government and GeoPlace related working groups, providing invaluable input around Welsh issues and dual languages and was responsible recently for developing the chairs update bulletin which has improved communications with the community.
As well as his work within the GeoPlace streets community, Ian has been a leading member of JAG(UK). He recently received an award from JAG(UK) for his outstanding knowledge and commitment to through his work on legislation, regulations and codes of practice for the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and Traffic Management Act 2004. He has played a key role as Chair of County Surveyors Society Wales, the Welsh branch of JAG(UK) and Welsh HAUC. Ian led the Inspection Fees working group and most notably worked on the formula for calculating the current fee structure.
Ian has always represented Bridgend Council, Wales and JAG(UK) with honour and professionalism, his knowledge, work and personal commitment have greatly benefited colleagues throughout the UK, particularly those in Wales.
Nominated by their fellow Authority Address and/or Street Custodians in England and Wales, the Peer Award aims to reward contribution to the community, or achievement within an authority.
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