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.

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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.

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.

Robert Ward

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

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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.

Robin McLaren

  • International expert in Land Information Management
  • National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NDSI) strategy
  • Business change management
  • Land reform policy

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Robin has over thirty-five years’ experience in the design, implementation and management of geospatial information systems. Initially, this was with the system providers, but for the last twenty-five years he has been providing independent consulting services internationally to public and private organisations investing in innovative location enabled applications and has also been supporting land policy initiatives in developing countries. He is recognised as a world expert in Land Information Management and has worked extensively with the United Nations, EU and World Bank on land policy / land reform programmes to strengthen security of tenure and support economic reforms in Eastern and Central Europe, Africa, Middle-East and the Far-East.

Over the past 25 years, he has helped to implement over 100 corporate solutions, including National Land Registration and Cadastral Systems, utility asset information management solutions and complex Local Government land & property information management solutions. He excels at turning business requirements into effective information system solutions that deliver significant benefits to the business and citizens. More recently, Robin has supported national governments in formulating National Spatial Data Infrastructure strategies and led the formulation of the UK Location Strategy and supported similar initiatives in Kenya, Hungary, Iraq and Western Australia. He has also supported the implementation of INSPIRE in the UK and was recently a member of the UK Location Council.