Les Rackham

Les Rackham – Director

  • Business process transformation
  • Management training
  • Data modelling
  • Quality assurance
  • Standards for geographic information

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Les has more than twenty-five years experience of working with location-based data, some twelve years of which he specialised in the development and management of IT systems, particularly for the storage and maintenance of very large databases of spatial data. He has held senior management positions in the public sector and transitioned successfully into programme management and independent consultancy in the private sector.

Currently Les is a Director of ConsultingWhere an independent IT consultancy specialising in advice on strategic IT and business development particularly where location-based data is being used. His expertise lies in business process analysis and data modelling, data management strategy, and quality management and improvement. Through his work at the national and international level he has wide knowledge of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs).

After working on land resource surveys in Africa for fifteen years, Les joined Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency of Great Britain, and worked in R&D, digital map production and IT project management before becoming Corporate Data Manager where responsibilities included the specifications, quality and integrity of all spatial datasets. Latterly he was the head of programme for MasterMap, a major re-engineering of the Ordnance Survey’s large-scale topographic database. Les then worked for ESRI (UK) for two years as a programme manager before moving into independent consultancy in 2004.

Les has been an active member of the British Standards Institution (BSi) committee on geographic information (IST/36) for eighteen years. Les served as Chair of IST/36 from 2007 until April 2011. He has also been a working group convenor for Technical Committee 211 (Geographic Information) of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and chaired the steering group for the latest revision of the national gazetteer standard for streets and land and property – BS 7666. Currently he is a member of the UK Location Programme’s Interoperability Board.

Andy Coote

Andy Coote – Director

  • Business strategy development
  • Spatial data infrastructure design and implementation
  • Economic appraisal of location systems
  • Value chain analysis
  • Team building and leadership
  • Strategic information systems advisor
  • Programme Management (as developer and end-user)
  • Geospatial database management

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Andrew has over twenty-five years’ experience in the development and use of information systems, specialising in the management and economic justification of location-enabled applications.  He has held senior management positions in both the public and private sector in the UK and Africa and undertaken strategic consultancy assignments in Europe, United States, Middle East, Russia, Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

He is currently Director and principal consultant of ConsultingWhere, an independent IT consultancy established in 2008, specialising in the provision of strategic information technology and business advice.  He has been involved in the development of spatial data infrastructures (SDI) since leading work for Ordnance Survey on the redesign of their National Topographic Databases in the early 1990’s.  More recently he has led internationally significant assignments for the European Union, as part of the INSPIRE initiative, for EuroGeographics on the European Location Framework project and for Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) as their external advisor on National Spatial Data Infrastructure, Hydrographic and Topographic agencies.

His expertise in economic assessment and business case development (cost-benefit / RoI studies) stretches back to establishing the business case for the prototyping work that led to Ordnance Survey’s MasterMap for the United Kingdom.  Significantly, he has recently led ground-breaking studies assessing the return on investment of address geography for local government, work for EuroSDR on the socio-economic benefits of 3D geo-information and valuing the economic stimulus of “free at the point of use” spatial data in Great Britain, for the Department of Business and Innovation.

He lectures regularly on business management and has designed and delivered management training courses on investment appraisal of Geospatial projects and Risk-based Project Management.

In his previous role at ESRI (UK) Andrew managed a team of 100 staff, developing and integrating business applications for large local and central Government departments, system integrators, utilities, insurance and commercial customers.  During his tenure as Director, his group profitably increased its turnover by more than ten-fold.  He was also responsible for the ISO accreditation of the company’s quality management system and development of the Searchflow web-based conveyancing system, part of the highly successful UK National Land Information Service (NLIS).

Before joining ESRI (UK) he was manager of spatial database systems at Ordnance Survey where he was responsible for management and development of National Topographic Database systems.

Andrew is a practical consultant, with a good understanding of “state of the art” information technology and a keen eye for detail. He is equally comfortable working with C-level executives and technical experts.  He excels a building trust and consensus.  His work has been widely presented and published and he has been a contributor to global initiatives, such as the United Nations Global Geographical Information Management (UN GGIM) committee of experts.

GeoPlace commission large scale economic study

GeoPlace LLP have commissioned ConsultingWhere to carry out a significant study examining the return on investment in address and street data for local authorities.

ConsultingWhere will be examining the costs and the benefits of the address and street data local authorities create under statute.  The team will also be examining the onward benefits for other government bodies from this, including Fire and Rescue Services and Police Forces.

A previous economic study was carried out in 2006 examining the financial return of investment from the Local Land and Property Gazetteer.  Despite significant case study work in the intervening years, no major new study has been conducted since that time examining the economic value.

The results of the study will be made available next year.