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Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB

Director General and CEO of Ordnance Survey

Vanessa is the Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s national mapping authority. Vanessa is the adviser to the British Government on mapping, surveying and geographic information and is the Co-Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).

She received her business training from the publishing company Pearson plc. Prior to joining Ordnance Survey, Vanessa held senior positions at Autodesk Inc.

Vanessa is the Honorary Vice-President of The Geographical Association and a member of the Council of the Royal Geographical Society. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton and Kingston University.

Vanessa is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Chartered Geographer and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. She also has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

In January 2008, Vanessa was appointed as a Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Vanessa is one of the few recipients of the Scottish Geographical Medal, a prestigious award conferred only occasionally since 1890 by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. In addition, she has six Honorary Doctorate degrees and is an Honorary Fellow of University College London. In December 2008, she was named South-East Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.

In July 2009 Vanessa was appointed Honorary Colonel of 135 Independent Geographic Squadron, Royal Engineers.

In January 2011 Vanessa was awarded the GeoSpatial Personality of the Decade 2000 – 2010.

Vanessa enjoys scuba diving, sailing her Solo dinghy, walking most weekends with friends, collecting antique maps and playing tennis at her local tennis club.

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