ConsultingWhere’s 2018 Christmas competition winner is announced

A belated ‘Happy New Year’ to all, and especially to those who entered ConsultingWhere’s 2018 fun Christmas competition, ‘Name that City’. All bar two of the many entries received were correct in stating that the city in the image below is of Shanghai.

ConsultingWhere is delighted to announce that the randomly picked lucky winner is David Graham, his chosen charity is Mary’s Meals and we have made a donation of £250 to them on behalf of David.


David writes; Mary’s Meals provides meals for school children in the 3rd world – this then encourages the children to attend school giving them a chance for a brighter future. It is a charity with very low overheads.

Following his degree in Geography and Land Surveying from Newcastle University, David worked with VSO in The Gambia and taught surveying in Zambia, hence his charity choice of Mary’s Meals. We were very pleased to see that until the end of February 2019, donations to this charity will be match funded by the UK Government up to £2 million, so even more children in Zambia can benefit from the work of this very worthwhile charity.

Thank you all again for supporting our Christmas competition; we hope you enjoyed the 2018 competition. Look out for our 2019 competition which will be available on our web-site in mid-December.

Applying Value Chain Techniques to Economic Assessment of 3D Geo-information

Andrew Coote, Chief Executive of ConsultingWhere Ltd, recently took part in an ESIP (Earth Science Information Partners) Webinar.

An overview of the event was given as: “The Socioeconomic Value of Earth Science Data, Information, and Applications”, we explore the concepts behind the transference and usage of data and tools (information pathway) as they move between suppliers and end users, and how the demands of these two ends of this path can be leveraged to produce better tools and more useful information. Different approaches for understanding, analyzing, and streamlining this information pathway are presented, such as value chain analysis and decision trees. Our international panel represents both the private and public sector, and presents expertise in economics, policy, environmental and earth sciences, and information systems.

Three presentations were given during the webinar:

  • Andrew Coote, ConsultingWhere, presented on “Applying Value Chain Techniques to Economic Assessment of 3D Geo-information”
  • Dr Emily Pindilli, US Geological Survey, presented on “Using Decision Trees to Estimate the Value of Streamgages”
  • Danny Vandenbroucke, KU Leuven, presented on “Improving Access to Earth Science data from Copernicus”

You can view the three presentations here.

Peter Cridland

Peter is an innovative local authority manager with recent consultancy experience. He has a wide range of expertise in the geographic information and property information fields, and has a forward looking and positive outlook. He has specialised knowledge of geographic information and its application to local authority processes, specifically in address management, including street naming and numbering and the maintenance of BS 7666 compliant address and street gazetteers.

With very strong interpersonal skills, Peter demonstrates qualities of diplomacy, personal authority, influence, professionalism and vision. He is able to command the respect and confidence of politicians and fellow senior officers through effective networking, and close work with leaders in partner organisations. Peter has a practical and logical leadership style, leading and motivating teams to delivered the required goals.

You can view Peter’s CV here.

Gill Goff

  • Project monitoring
  • Company finance
  • Logistics
  • Administration

You can view Gill’s CV here.

Gill joined ConsultingWhere in 2013 via esri UK where she worked firstly as PA to the Consultancy Services Director and latterly as PA to the Managing Director.  A New Zealander by birth, Gill has lived and worked in the UK and abroad, and brings a wealth of administration and project experience from a wide variety of roles within the UK Commercial and Charity sectors and Middle East.  During four years living in the Middle East, Gill worked as the Executive Assistant to the His Excellency, the New Zealand Ambassador in Saudi Arabia.

Gill specifically supports the sales, marketing and training functions as well special projects to facilitate growth of ConsultingWhere’s associate and partner networks.  Andrew Coote, Chief Executive of ConsultingWhere said “Having worked closely with Gill before, we know what an asset her organisational skills will bring to the company as we expand our range of services. Her knowledge of the Middle East and Australasia will be particularly useful as our operations expand in these markets.”

 

Robert Ward

  • Hydrographic survey
  • Capacity building
  • Regional hydrographic development
  • Hydrographic data standards
  • Teaching and training
  • Technical editing

You can view Robert’s CV here.

Robert Ward is a hydrographic surveyor.  He was born in England and now resides in Sydney as an Australian citizen.  He has a wide practical experience in hydrographic and oceanographic surveying around the world.  He also served for a short time as a deck officer in the british Merchant Navy.  Ashore, his experience has included the training of hydrographers both in the UK and as the Head of the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic School in Sydney. He retired from the Royal Australian Navy as the Deputy Hydrographer of Australia in 2007.

After a naval career of 37 years, over 20 of which was spent in ships, including in command, Robert Ward was elected as one of the three co-Directors of the Secretariat of the International Hydrographic Organization, based in Monaco, where his principal responsibility was the direction of the technical program of the Organization.  At the end of his first five-year term of office, he was overwhelmingly elected by the IHO Member States as the Secretary-General.  His term of office as IHO Secretary-General ended in 2017.

Robert Ward has a long history of active involvement in hydrography and the work of the IHO and related intergovernmental organizations particularly in relation to capacity building and regional hydrographic development, and the development and implementation of the international standards and regulations for digital hydrographic data.

Jos Creese

  • Technology and business visionary
  • Digital transformation, complex programme delivery
  • Digital risk, cyber security and business case preparation
  • IT Strategy, team development and IT performance models
  • Chairing boards and non-executive director experience
  • Negotiation and problem solver
  • Financial management, business acumen and political skills

You can view and download Jos’ CV here.

With over 30 years IT leadership experience, Jos has held a number of CIO roles and non-executive director positions.  He is a recognised independent analyst and researcher, including Principal Analyst for Eduserv, Associate Director and Past President of Socitm, Strategic Advisor for Advice Cloud and past President of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

For over a decade Jos was CIO and latterly CDO for Hampshire County Council, leading a range of ground-breaking shared services and achieving national recognition with a range of awards for IT innovation.  He set up and chaired the Local Public Service CIO Council and has worked with central government on a range of strategic programmes such as open data, ID cards and supplier negotiation. His experience includes large-scale mergers, national and international IT programmes and the start-up and subsequent sale of a tech business.

Now operating as an independent consultant and Associate for ConsultingWhere Ltd, Jos provides expert advice to both public and private sectors on digital and IT strategies. He writes and presents extensively on digital transformation and supports senior executives as a coach and mentor.

Jos was named as the ‘most influential and innovative CIO’ in the UK in the ‘Silicon 50’ CIO survey and has been included in the ‘Top 100 CIO’ list from its inception until becoming an independent consultant in 2015.

Alan Smart

  • Economics and application of geospatial systems
  • Business Analysis
  • Space based systems and earth observation
  • Augmented and un-augmented Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Emergency management and logistics

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Alan Smart is an experienced and respected geospatial consultant who has advised private and public-sector organisation in Australasia and internationally.  He held the position of Senior Associate in the Sydney office of ACIL Allen Consulting, specialising in the economics and application of geospatial systems which among other technologies included space based systems, earth observation from space and augmented and unaugmented Global Navigational Satellite Systems (GNSS), applications of spatial and related technologies in autonomous vehicles, emergency management and logistics.

His previous roles included working with the Commonwealth Government in energy, resources and maritime sectors.  He is a former Chief Executive of the Pipeline Authority and Executive Director of the Timor Gap Joint Authority.

Alan was educated at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Economics and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.  He is Chair of the Tasmanian Spatial Information Council and past appointments include Member of the Board of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator and Chair of the Spatial Information Business Association.

 

Andrew Coote presents on Value and Cost Benefit Analysis of 3D Geo-information at the Geo Conference, Washington

Andrew Coote, Chief Executive of ConsultingWhere Ltd, was a guest speaker and panel member of the ‘Demonstrating the Value of Earth Observations:  Methods, Practical Applications, and Solutions’ session at the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Conference in Washington, 23 – 27 October 2017.  To view the live stream, please click here.

To find out more about the work and aims of the GEO, go to www.earthobservations.org .

Alan Mills

  • GIS Policy and Protocol
  • Needs Assessment and Scoping
  • Geo-services for Environmental Management
  • Land Management Specialist
  • Disaster Response and Manage,emt

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Alan is a passionate geographer who has both used and steered policy in GIS and remote sensing for over 25 years in research and consultancy in around 50 developing countries, particularly in Africa and the Caribbean.  His breadth of experience in GIS spans from technical to strategic.  He has used varied software packages to make maps, solve problems, do research, prepare customised applications and train others in both the use and management of GIS and remote sensing solutions.  But he has also formulated policy, protocols and procedures surrounding GIS, from multi-agency national systems in the Caribbean, solutions for large agencies, to grass roots NGOs.  His skill in scoping needs for geographical products and systems is to get to the nub of clients’ requirements quickly as well acting as a bridge between them and technologists.

Andrew Harrison

  • Data Resource Management
  • Data Architecture and Database Design
  • Technical Programme Management
  • Address Data Management and Standards
  • Data Analytics and Statistics
  • Digital Data Strategies and Data Governance
  • Land Management Policy and Practice
  • Land and Property Information Systems

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Andrew is an information management and GIS professional with over 25 years research and consultancy experience specialising in data analytics, data resource management and geographical information science.  His current work spans a broad range of activities, from analytical work to assess data quality for guiding data improvements, technical projects for data architecture and design in support of database implementation, to high-level business engagements working with and advising senior level executives and management teams on data strategy, master data management and data governance.

Working in an independent capacity since 1999 he has advised and provided information and project management services to more than 20 government and private sector clients across diverse applications from environment management and planning to land and property, buildings, people and energy.  This wealth of experience allows him to offer an extensive range of technical, analytical and strategic business information skills giving exceptional breadth and depth to his work.  As an information scientist, his approach is informed by previous research appointments where he held principal investigator positions on several major international and national Earth observation and GIS programmes.

Andrew is well known for his work on national databases of land and property and as a subject matter expert on addressing and address data.  Working for central government he advised on national projects for land use and brownfield land (1998-2006) and conducted independent reviews of address data and standards in 2002 and 2006.  Since 2003 he has provided information management services to the Scottish Assessors to deliver an Internet Portal for national land and property data.  This work is ongoing.  More recently he has worked on the development of national address databases for the 2011 Census and the DECC National Energy Efficiency Data Framework and as land and property data architect on the Data Improvement and Digital Transformation programmes at Registers of Scotland.

Andrew has conducted numerous reviews and data quality assessments of government statistics, data series, systems and standards.  He is an experienced technical programme manager with significant experience of delivering large scale database, data management and mapping projects.  He has recent experience of data architect and business analyst roles working in agile development teams (Scrum/Kanban).

Andrew has strong communication and inter-personal skills enabling him to lead projects, run effective meetings, provide coaching and mentoring and build and coordinate project teams.  He is an experienced conference and workshop presenter and facilitator.