Ordnance Survey International is pleased to announce the appointment of two experts in geospatial information management to its advisory service.
In 2012 Ordnance Survey, with the backing of the UK Government, launched Ordnance Survey International, a new international advisory service to help other countries and governments around the world untap the multi-million pound potential of accurate and authoritative geographic information (GI). Over the last year the International team has focused on the Middle East, mainly with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to offer its expertise for developing national mapping to underpin areas, such as innovation and economic growth.
With demand for services increasing, Ordnance Survey International is pleased to welcome Chris Holcroft and John Kedar to the team. Both have a long history of working with Ordnance Survey and the global geospatial industry, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the team.
Joining Ordnance Survey International from the Royal Meteorological Society where he was Chief Executive, Chris’s role as Director of Strategic Business Development makes him responsible for developing long-term partnerships with stakeholders in the Middle East and other geographies. Chris has over twenty years’ professional experience in a variety of roles in the geographic information and meteorological sectors. Prior to his role at the Royal Meteorological Society, Chris was the Chief Executive of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI), the UK's representative body for the geospatial community. Earlier positions include being Business Development Manager (Asia Pacific) for GIS software house Cadcorp, as well being its Corporate Marketing Manager. Chris has additionally worked in technical and product management roles for Ordnance Survey, Autodesk and Japanese GIS solutions provider Informatix Inc., where he was Tokyo based for five years.
Chris was a member of the UK Location Council (2009-12) and a member of the UK GI Panel, which produced 'Location Matters - A Location Strategy for the United Kingdom', published in 2008. Chris is a Chartered Geographer, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Institute of Directors. He graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 1998 and later studied Marketing there in 2003. He is married with three children and lives in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire. When Chris is not working, he enjoys running, learning piano and playing bass guitar with his band.
John Kedar recently joined Ordnance Survey International also as a Director of Strategic Business Development, quickly focusing on the successful relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain. John is responsible for offering long-term support to key government agencies, including working to embed fit-for-purpose and cost-effective national mapping, addressing and information sharing solutions as an important building block in a knowledge-based economy.
John left the army to join Ordnance Survey International in September. He has 30 years’ experience across a range of geospatial, intelligence and operational positions, including commanding the 650 strong Joint Aeronautical and Geospatial Organisation responsible for delivering geospatial support and aeronautical information to Defence in peace and war. In this role he ensured that geospatial systems and information increasingly underpinned military decision-making at all levels, through the integration of technological, training, cultural and organisational change. He has seen service in Central America, the Balkans, Cyprus, Afghanistan and the Gulf and attended both the Army Survey Course and Army Command and Staff College. In 2012, as deputy to the British Army Engineer-in-Chief, he led the design and implementation of one of the four new Army Capability Directorates established to deliver a battle-winning Army of the Future. John has developed government policy and strategic direction for geospatial intelligence and played a key role in furthering the role of geography on successful military operations, including disaster relief and the London 2012 Olympics. To achieve this in the multi-national environment that is Defence, he has maintained a close relationship with Ordnance Survey and a broad range of international National and Defence geospatial partners.
John is married with two children and lives near Pangbourne in Berkshire. He is Vice Chair of the National Autistic Society, a £90 million turnover charitable business. He was a contributor to the United Nations Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management published this year, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Institute of Royal Engineers and is a Chartered Geographer (GIS).
Steven Ramage, Head of Ordnance Survey International said of the appointments: “I’m very pleased that we are building a world-class team with the appointments of Chris and John. Ordnance Survey stands at the forefront globally of advances in geospatial information management and these appointments reflect our commitment to continue to ensure that other nations and governments across the world are able to deliver benefits from using authoritative geospatial information.
“Many countries are still not fully aware of the benefits location data can offer to address many of the issues being faced on a global, national and local level; and recruiting Chris and John to the Ordnance Survey International team ensures we continue to support the UK Government’s drive to share and promote the nation’s knowledge and expertise overseas.”