GIS Leads to More Efficient Workforce Territory Planning

McCarthy & Stone Management Services are responsible for over 280 developments, providing peace of mind that it will look after its customers and their properties over the long term. For the HR department, providing continuity of cover and improving efficiencies was both time consuming and increasingly complex. A more automated process using a GIS for Workforce Planning was required. The HR department selected the Cadcorp desktop product Map Modeller and uses it as their territory management software. Each development has a dedicated House Manager onsite five days a week during work hours to manage the day-to-day running of the development,... (read more)
2017-08-29 03:13:13

Barbara Bond

Barbara Bond spent her career in public service as cartographic researcher in MoD, initially in the forerunner of the Defence Geographic Centre and latterly as the senior civilian Director and Deputy Chief Executive of the UK Hydrographic Office, the first Defence Agency. On retirement, became an independent consultant, advising UK government departments on graduate recruitment and international commercial companies on training in data capture for marine applications. Has considerable experience in Higher Education as Chair of Board and Pro-Chancellor of English university. Served on Higher Education Funding Council for England's's Advisory Committee for Leadership, Management and Governance, and on the Equality Challenge... (read more)
2017-10-11 03:08:56

From the Public to Private Sector in the GIS Industry

‘I’ve really not looked back!’
After 25 years working in the public sector, Conor Smyth felt he needed a new and bigger challenge. He reflects on his career to date and the new environment he finds himself in. It is not often that I get approached to write an article for GIS Professional. The brief was very different from that for my last article, which was entitled, 'GI helps drive change in Northern Ireland’. That was published in Issue 20: February 2008. The brief this time was quite simple: to provide a personal account of my experiences in moving from a long-standing career spanning nearly... (read more)
2017-08-03 04:29:42

Getmapping Announces New European Management Team Structure

Getmapping has announced the appointment of Gil Melham as European Managing Director. The role has been created in support of Getmapping’s continued expansion program, which also sees Dave Horner relinquishing direct responsibility for managing the European Region and moving to the role of Group CEO. Gil joined Getmapping as Group Operations Director in 2017 to support international growth plans. Following the successful implementation of key operational initiatives over the last eighteen months, Gil will now take direct responsibility for the entire European region as part of the restructuring program. “I am delighted that Gil has accepted this new role,” says... (read more)
2018-11-30 10:19:36

Hiring Geospatial Employees

Are you looking to change your job during the year? Or maybe you’re looking to recruit and will be part of the hiring process. Adena Schutzberg provides some timely advice drawn from a master of successful appointments who uses heuristics. Over the last 20 years I’ve probably read several hundred requests from students, career changers and those already involved in geospatial technology asking for help getting a job. In contrast, I’ve read very little about how to hire the best people from those groups. Luckily Henry Ward, CEO at eShares, detailed his four hiring principles and six hiring heuristics in... (read more)
2016-12-23 10:59:24

Geography Comes of Age

The editor talks to Dr Rita Gardner CBE, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and the Society’s head of education and outdoor learning, Steve Brace. Forget those Oxford PPEs if you want to rise to the top: focus on geography. This is the message from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). And if you’re looking for evidence in these times of fake news, what better example is there than the UK’s current Prime Minister, Theresa May, a graduate in geography from St Hugh’s College, Oxford. For those with less lofty ambitions and aiming to become a GIS professional,... (read more)
2018-11-29 03:17:38

The Next Chapter for Ordnance Survey - Interview with Nigel Clifford

Since June last year Ordnance Survey GB has had a new CEO. GIS Professional met him in London recently at the Geovation Hub, of which more anon. Nigel Clifford comes to the job via a career covering the NHS, e-commerce, British Telecom and other mobile players. He has a degree in geography from Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I met Clifford in OS’s Geovation Hub in the City, a buzzy building which also houses Catapult, a body promoting future and smart cities of which more anon. Tucked away at the end of a large open plan office... (read more)
2016-12-23 10:20:44

Our Mission is far from Done - Interview with the AGI

Recent changes in staffing and direction have been announced by the Association for Geographic Information. After a long haul and some tough decisions – the AGI looks set to embark in a new direction. GiS Professional recently caught up with key members of the Council to talk to them about the changes and the future for the organisation. GIS Professional editor Stephen Booth met with David Henderson (chair), Graham Wallace (vice-chair), Abigail Page (honorary secretary) and input from Andy Wells (honorary treasurer) ahead of this year’s ESRI UK conference to better understand the changes, the difficult decisions behind them and... (read more)
2016-12-23 12:57:41
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