Speakers


Meet the GIS Trailblazers

Dr Hannah Fry

Lecturer on the Mathematics of Cities

Dr Hannah Fry is a senior lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.

Brandon Jarratt

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Brandon Jarratt is a General Technical Director at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California. He has worked on feature films like Big Hero 6, Zootropolis, Moana, and the upcoming Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 as well as other projects. Originally from Texas, Brandon enjoys reading, cycling, and exploring Los Angeles with his wife Savannah.

Chip Cunliffe

XL Catlin

Chip manages XL Catlin’s Ocean Risk Initiative which works to promote both research and understanding of the implications of ocean change on the future risk landscape. He is leading the development of the first Ocean Risk Summit which will take place in Bermuda this May, bringing together leaders from across the political, economic, environmental and risk sectors to identify short and long-term exposures to ocean-driven hazards and consider how to use new approaches, tools and technologies to find solutions that will build resilience at local and global levels.

Alan Milroy

XL Catlin

Alan Milroy has 25 years’ experience as a Global Property Underwriter in London and other International Markets. More recently he became The Catastrophe Underwriter for XL Catlin’s International Property division bringing greater insight to Local Underwriters on both Modelled and non modelled risk. In the last three years he has applied that knowledge to Lead XL Catlin’s Geospatial innovation which is now delivering GIS applications across XL Catlin’s insurance operation’s.

Jenny Willbourn

Atkins

Jenny is a GIS consultant with Atkins. She is an expert on the deployment of mobile devices for data collection in remote locations utilising local teams, and has developed bespoke ArcGIS courses for government ministries in Kenya and Malawi. In the UK, she specialises in environmental and infrastructure projects which require spatial analysis, data manipulation and data management. Currently Jenny works on the East West Rail project where she manages the development and deployment of a spatial common data environment and writes tools to increase the speed of large-scale data management and cartography.

Dan Irwin

Crossrail

Daniel Irwin is the Geospatial Lead for Crossrail, a £15B railway construction project in London and one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe. With almost 20 years of experience he has worked as a geospatial subject matter expert in sectors ranging from environmental, utilities, transport modelling and construction through to asset and facilities management. At Crossrail Daniel is leading the development of geospatial solutions to integrate and support the BIM principles that underpin the project for the entire lifecycle of a world class railway.

Diana Manson

LUC

Diana is Head of LUC's GIS & Visualisation team with over 15 years’ experience of using GIS to support environmental planning. She has a background in environmental science and a passion for using GIS to support sustainable planning for the future. Diana has a particular interest in making information available and bringing planning to life through innovative use of data and technology. Diana has a wide range of experience spanning open space and green infrastructure planning, renewable and low carbon energy assessments and landscape and seascape assessment.

Alexandra Gioutsou

Environment Agency

Alexandra Gioutsou has worked in flood risk at the EA since September 2016. As a GIS Analyst she manipulates and analyses GIS data for a range of projects across England. Alexandra is a Mapping and Visuals Officer Team Leader for Yorkshire, and has joined the national team for improving data capture and sharing using the IM Portal. Prior to joining EA, Alexandra worked in a company using LiDAR data, aerial photography and Open Data. She completed a Masters in GIS at University of Portsmouth, having an undergraduate degree in Forestry and Natural Environment at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).

Nick Jones

Environment Agency

Nick Jones is the product and delivery manager for the IM Portal in the EA. The IM Portal is based on his vision for significantly improving data capture and sharing during incidents following the winter floods of 2015/16 in Cumbria and Yorkshire. Prior to joining the Environment Agency in late 2015, Nick completed a PhD in Fluvial Geomorphology at the University of the West of England, Bristol. During Nick’s time at UWE he taught undergraduate and postgraduate Physical Geography & GIS.

Ian Coady

ONS

Ian Coady is Head of Geospatial Policy, Research and International at ONS and has been working there for the past 9 years delivering the GSS Geography Policy for National Statistics and the 2011 Census Geographies. More recently he has been involved with the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management and has been looking at how geospatial data can benefit the sustainable development agenda.

Ioannis Tsagatakis

Ricardo Energy & Environment

Ioannis is a Principal Consultant and a Team Leader at Ricardo Energy & Environment. He is an expert in the analysing spatial environmental data, with a focus on transport, energy, emissions, heat loads and other geospatial datasets. He has an extensive experience in GIS with the use of desktop and server applications such as ESRI’s ArcGIS platform. Ioannis is Ricardo Energy & Environment's lead consultant on spatial emissions and energy inventories and provides technical support and advice to the UK Government for the development of national and regional Air Quality policies.

Benjamin Payne

Natural England

Dr. Benjamin Payne has a background in species distribution modelling both of terrestrial and marine species. Ben has a keen interest in the impact of climate change on species distributions and an ecological background with a degree in Wildlife Conservation.

Tim Buckley

Alcis

Tim Buckley is a geographic information specialist with 20 years’ experience working in Fragile and Conflict Affected environments for governments, donors, NGO’s and multi-nationals. His work has supported a range of sectors, aiming to provide information and understanding so that better decisions can be made from a robust evidence base. He is the Chief Operating Officer for Alcis and project director on several on-going projects covering Afghanistan, Syria, Colombia and Myanmar.

Ingrid Aldridge

Canal & Rivers Trust

Ingrid has been working in GIS for 18 years in multiple fields. She is currently working for the Canal & River Trust focusing on ArcGIS Online deployments and process redesign.

Matt Brazier

Flagship Group

Matt Brazier, Director of IT and Abi Tassie, GIS Developer, will be presenting Flagship’s approach to Enterprise GIS. Matt is an avid map lover and has been working with the GIS Team at Flagship for 4 years. Matt’s background in software development helped integrate GIS into Flagship’s bespoke software, Orbis.

Abi Tassie

Flagship Group

Abi Tassie, GIS Developer, and Matt Brazier, Director of IT, will be presenting Flagship’s approach to Enterprise GIS. Abi has been in the GIS team for 3 years and prior to this read Geography at the University of Southampton specialising in GIS and Remote Sensing.

Alice Goudie

Emu Analytics

Alice is a Senior Location Intelligence Analyst at Emu Analytics and specialises in analyzing and visualizing spatial datasets in order to help clients make informed decisions. She has a background in geography, loves all things maps and likes to use novel techniques to bring the best out of data.

Amanda Forbes

SeaRoc

Amanda Forbes has worked at SeaRoc Group for 5 years conducting GIS analysis, data management and web mapping for the Offshore Renewables market; previously having worked for Esri South Africa’s Professional Services department for 2 years working on projects involving local government, electrical utilities and mining. Amanda holds a BSc (Hons) in Geoinformatics from the University of Pretoria and is currently studying for her MSc in GIS through the University of Leeds.