David Rix

  • Senior Business Leadership
  • Professional Consultancy Services
  • Business Transformation
  • Business Needs Analysis
  • Cadastre Management
  • Client Relations & Stakeholder Management
  • Commercial Growth

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David is an experienced and successful Consulting Services executive with over 20 years’ experience of delivering successful business outcomes for a range of Government and Private sector clients. David is commercially focussed, has a deep understanding and experience of implementing the key drivers in service delivery, and has supported many clients in adapting for the successful delivery of these objectives. David has extensive experience of implementing business change, managing and controlling costs, achieving financial objectives, and driving improvements in operational performance. Highly capable of identifying, defining, and achieving revenue/cost objectives, achieving successful outcomes for a range of organisations, and has extensive experience of building successful relationships with clients and partners. His key attributes include discretion, ability to listen, an imaginative approach to business problems, the ability to provide leadership to others, and very strong business awareness. David has considerable experience of land registration methods and regulations in the Middle East and has extensive experience in the needs analysis, design, and implementation of geographic information systems.

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ): Topographic Mapping Strategy Study


The aim of the LINZ strategy study was to determine the future direction of LINZ in respect of topographic database and mapping production.

Project description

The review included consideration of the future role of the public sector in this activity, the investment and policy intervention logic, organisational structure impacts, international best practice, process rationalisation, development strategy and the business case for continuation of the current role.

Approach and methodology

The study included an analysis of current working practices, identifying inefficiencies and potential for innovative use of technology. It also featured skills gap assessment and retraining opportunities. Through interviews with international experts, assessing the policy framework and case for Government intervention a new set of rationalised working practices were developed to maximise reuse of existing high quality geospatial data from local authorities, the highways agency and utility companies. The new strategy was presented to stakeholders and senior executives. Report writing and mentoring of a new business development manager were also part of the project. In a subsequent stage, feedback from a public consultation on the new strategy was reviewed and refinements to the strategy made prior to publication.

Our Principal Consultant, Andrew Coote, led the study, undertook the research, consultations, presented the proposed way forward to LINZ management and worked with the internal team on the implementation over a twelve month period.


The proposed strategy action plan was subject to an external consultation, with around 100 organisations submitting comments which were assessed before final publication. Implementation is now well advanced with consequent changes to staffing, interaction with local government and improvements in currency and quality of products.

The strategy can be reviewed at:


INSPIRE Programme, Joint Research Council, European Commission: Development of Interoperability Standards for Address Data

The project involved the implementation of the European Union INSPIRE programme, a data specification for a series of fundamental data themes sufficient for each member state to be able to supply data without new capture being required. The specification was to be developed using the Unified Modelling Language (UML) by a team of experts drawn from across Europe.

Andrew Coote was selected to lead the team which was to develop the specification for the address theme. Much of the work involved establishing common terminology and data definitions, as well as training technical experts in UML.  After the initial specification was submitted several hundred comments from interested organisations, as well as official bodies in the member states, had to be taken into consideration.  Additional effort was required to harmonise specifications between related themes, such as cadastre and transport networks.  Furthermore, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) also had an interest in this work, as did ISO who have subsequently taken the INSPIRE work as one of their primary profiles in their draft addressing standard.

EuroGeographics: European Location Framework (ELF) Business Case


The project was to establish the business case for long-term sustainability of this European Union funded project which aims to harmonise data from all National Mapping organisations across Europe.

Project Description

Cost-benefit analysis based on the gradual availability of products from the countries participation in ELF over a 5 year period was modelled.  The adoption rates of the products and services were inferred from interviews, assessment of competition and projections of EuroGeographics revenues.   The EuroGeographics team has been trained in the use of the model we provided, so that this can be updated as the ELF proposition becomes more mature.

Approach and Methodology

The project team initially documented the ELF proposition for various markets, outlining the relevant applications, data required that ELF would offer and key potential customers. A proportion of potential customers in each of 10 sectors were then interviewed to establish the likely costs and benefits of ELF data and services to their businesses.

The European Commission preferred approach to cost-benefit analysis of information services in an open data (i.e. non-revenue based business model) was established by study of some of the largest current projects in the geospatial domain, particularly Copernicus (formerly GMES).  The value of Information technique pioneered by the economists Macauley and Norhaus and used in these studies was then applied for markets where direct interviews proved ineffective.


The main benefits identified were reducing data discovering costs, data transformation and conflation.  The most attractive markets were the European commission itself, land and property and insurance. Recommendations were made of necessary levels of investment and channels to market.

Danish Geodata Agency (GST): Specification for Benefits Realisation Study

The project involves consultancy to the Danish Geodata Agency (GST)  in developing the specification for a benefits realisation study. This is in the context of Denmark’s initiative for open basic data under which all geospatial base data has been made free at the point of use. The benefits realisation study will establish the economic baseline (before open data was available) and methods for monitoring the realisation of benefits up to 2015.

The project involves the analysis of the business case for open data, internal workshops with senior GST staff, review of the specification and tender responses.

AGI: Foresight Report

ConsultingWhere contributed content to the foresight study, compiled by the AGI in UK, was an environment scan for the geographic information market in the United Kingdom.  The project recruited over 40 domain experts in technologies, markets and data themes.  Each contributed a professional paper containing a description of the current status, key trends and a scenario for their sector in 2020 (a 5 year horizon).

A summary paper was written by the editors and published alongside the expert opinions on the AGI website at http://www.agi.org.uk/foresight/. The results were presented at numerous conferences to widespread critical acclaim.

Danish Geodata Agency (GST)

From March 2013, ongoing.

The project involves consultancy to the Danish Geodata Agency (GST)  in developing the specification for a benefits realisation study. This is in the context of Denmark’s initiative for open basic data under which all geospatial base data has been made free at the point of use. The benefits realisation study will establish the economic baseline (before open data was available) and methods for monitoring the realisation of benefits up to 2015.

The project involves the analysis of the business case for open data, internal workshops with senior GST staff, review of the specification and tender responses.

ConsultingWhere manages the on-going review of progress with this project. As lead consultant, Andrew Coote is responsible for all training, research and analysis.

Peter Lappo

  • Architectural design
  • FinTech
  • Project management
  • Business and data analysis

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Peter is a hands-on solutions architect and developer with 25 years of experience designing and developing software systems with the last 18 years spent developing financial systems; usually low latency high performance trading systems. He has worked with very large organisations such as UBS, JP Morgan, Nomura, Man Investments and RBS but has also worked with start-ups, such as a fintech start-up called Peer Dealer or Pollards Et Filles an investment manager in emerging markets. Prior to moving to financial services he developed real-time software for the telecoms and simulation industries. When working for Systematic Methods Research Peter collaborated with GeoGreenWeb to producing a GIS enabled iPhone app called MyStop that alerts a user when they are nearing their train stop.

At Peer Dealer, a foreign exchange trading start-up focused on the retail market, Peter was the chief architect, principal analyst and main developer and he turned around a failed project to produce a credible mobile first prototype and business model. In the process he specified a big data database, Cassandra, to store transactions and tick market data in a fault tolerant manner. At Pollards Et Filles he is the CTO responsible for defining strategy, training and mentoring and of course leading development.

In other roles in the finance industry Peter has had a wide variety of experience designing and developing trading systems at UBS, JP Morgan, Bear Stearns, Man Investment and RBS. Along the way he has gained experience in risk management, equities trading, fixed income, foreign exchange, forwards, swaps, and futures. At Man Investments he delivered a prize wining low latency co-located high frequency trading platform within an aggressive six-month period.

Peter’s primary technology background is open source with an emphasis on JVM languages such as Java and Scala. But he has a wide range of technology experience such as R and Python for statistical analysis; Objective-C for IOS mobile apps; Javascript and Anglular JS for mobile and responsive apps; big data technologies such as Cassandra, Spark and Solr for storing and analysing big data.

Peter has been an agile advocate since 2000 and has presented papers at agile conferences. His most recent presentation was to an audience in Guyana in association with Pollard Et Filles. Peter was awarded a PhD from Leeds University in Computer Optimisation and completed a Finance MSc at Reading University with distinction.

Maurits van der Vlugt

  • SDIs, neo-geography, social media, emergency management
  • Working with and leading multi-disciplinary (and multi-language) teams
  • Distributed, standards based spatial information systems
  • End-to-end project management and delivery
  • Based in Australia

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Maurits is recognised as one of Australia’s leading authorities in the design and implementation of (interoperable) spatial data infrastructures, and web delivery of spatial data. Maurits has a long career in consulting government and the private sector on developing location-intelligence strategies, along with the enabling technology frameworks, business cases and implementation planning. Having worked for over 20 years in the spatial information industry in Europe, the USA and Australia, he has developed an extensive international network.

Colin Tagg

  • Project, Programme and Portfolio Management
  • Government Transformation Programmes
  • Land Management Systems & Administration
  • Business Strategy Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Independent Project and Programme Assessment & Review

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Colin has over thirty years of Programme & Project Management experience in both private and public sectors and was the KPMG’s national lead for Project and Programme Management. He was responsible for the development of KPMG’s Portfolio Management programme and methodology.

During the last fifteen years Colin has programme managed several major UK and International Government IT & Land Registry Transformation Programmes, including Libya’s Land Registry Authority, the Government’s Information Authority & Civil Registry Authority. In Bahrain, KPMG engaged Colin to Programme Direct the development and implementation of their Real Estate Regulatory Authority. Colin originally trained with John Bartholomew & Sons in Edinburgh and on the arrival of the first computer generated mapping system, worked on the development of computerised cartography. Following this he was responsible for various mapping projects across Africa and The Middle East. His cartographic experience and expertise has been developed over the years incorporating the use of GIS, Satellite Imagery, Remote Sensing and GPS.

More recently, and since retirement from KPMG LLP, Colin has acted as an International Consultant in Land Management Systems and Programmes to various companies, both in the UK and overseas.