Tim Marshall was Diplomatic Editor and foreign correspondent for Sky News. After thirty years’ experience in news reporting and presenting, he left full-time news journalism to concentrate on writing and analysis. He has published a number of critically acclaimed books including the Sunday Times best-seller: ‘Prisoners of Geography – Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics’, which explores the role of geography in current affairs and history.
Fiona has over 20 years’ experience applying geospatial data and technology in both the public and private sectors. As Head of Geospatial Environment at Homes England, she is currently leading on the delivery of projects such as the Land Hub, to realise the benefits of effective data sharing, using geospatial tools to help facilitate collaboration, and help drive positive change in the housing market.
A Geospatial Specialist at Homes England, Mariano is a specialist in spatial databases and ArcGIS configuration and management. He has worked at Homes England and its predecessors (HCA) since 2014 and holds a master’s degree in techniques for environmental management and territorial planning from the University of Valencia.
Transport for West Midlands
Stuart Lester is the Data Insight Manager at Transport for West Midlands, where he is currently tasked with delivering solutions that will improve journey times for millions of people in the West Midlands, support the region’s economy. Adept at innovating with data, he has a background in ICT and GIS solutions within local government.
Forestry and Land Scotland
As Planning Support Team Manager at Forestry and Land Scotland, James is responsible for the evolution of the organisation’s spatial systems and survey’s to support effective land management planning and operations. Having previously held the role of GIS Support Team Manager, he has long experience of working in forestry and conservation organisations around the UK.
Forestry and Land Scotland
Celia is responsible for the training programme for mobile GIS applications and manages spatial data relating to renewable projects and land leasing. She also provides support for users, data analysis, and data model development and management, where required, in support of Forest Districts, Head Office and other specialist functions in Scotland.
Natural Resources Wales
Lead Specialist Advisor, Geospatial, at Natural Resources Wales, Adam is responsible for the organisation’s GIS strategy and implementation plan. Keen to get involved with anything geospatial, he is a past chair of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Cymru group and now a member of AGI Council.
Tim has worked in conflict-affected states throughout his career, using GIS and remote sensing to answer difficult questions and provide critical insights. He started his career in the British Army as a terrain analyst and is now the Chief Operating Officer at Alcis, working to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people through the delivery of innovative geographic information services.
With a passion for humanitarian projects, Madeleine has been the Technical Lead on a number of GIS projects relating to the delivery of aid in countries including Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar. Alcis have a strong track record of working with governments and non-governmental organisations worldwide, analysing factors including population distribution, crop growth, water sources and changes to terrain.