GI Customer Group members
GICG advises Ministers and the Data Strategy Board. Its members represent the broad interests and activities of the public sector as a whole.
Chair of the GICG
Ian is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Government. Until 2005, he was second Permanent Secretary at the Department for Constitutional Affairs; and Head of Profession for Operational Delivery for the whole Civil Service. Since then he has held a portfolio of private and public sector posts. He has been a CEO of three different Executive Agencies. Ian has a special interest in public sector leadership, and in the effective use of data to improve services to the public.
Chief Geographic Information Officer, Land Registry
After completing his PhD in GIS at the University of Nottingham, Andrew was a Post Graduate Researcher at the University of Reading within the NERC Unit for Thematic Information Systems. Following a period working for Laser Scan, Andrew took on the role of GIS Manager at Wiltshire County Council. In 1995, Andrew moved to OS as Head of Product Management and Consultancy, assuming his current role of Chief Geographic Information Officer at Land Registry in 2005. He is also currently the Head of Land Registry’s Data Programme.
Head of Strategic Planning, Finance and Performance, Welsh Government
After leaving university, Caren joined the Civil Service in 1982. Since then she has worked in a variety of roles, first as a statistician supporting a variety of policy areas and more recently as a manager in corporate service areas and also as a programme and project manager on Welsh Government change programmes. Caren is currently Head of Division in Strategic Planning, Finance and Performance (SPF&P) within the Welsh Government
Deputy Chief Officer, Hampshire Fire & Rescue
Neil Odin is the Deputy Chief Officer of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. He received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Southampton University in 2009 and is responsible for Service Delivery in Hampshire.
Neil plays a leading role within the Chief Fire Officer’s Association (CFOA), where he is the South East Secretary and also responsible for the newly developed integrated data programme. This work unites the British FRS, ensuring focus on key risks and opportunity for the reduction of death and injury. It also serves to inform our communities, government and others about progress, performance and the strategic needs of the Fire Sector.
Director of Finance and Corporate Services, HSCIC
Carl joined the HSCIC in June 2013 and is on secondment from the Department of Health as the Director of Finance and Corporate Services, and from November 2014 has also been the interim Director of Information and Analytics.
Carl’s most recent posts were as the Director of Group Finance and the SRO of the Finance Workstream within the Transition Programme as part of the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Carl joined the Department of Health in 1996 as an economist to work on the PFI and capital investment programme, and subsequently supported the introduction of Payment by Results and a range of other financial measures.
Carl trained as an accountant and since qualifying he has led a number of the financial teams within the DH, including PCT Allocations of £130bn, leading the NHS Financial Performance team, coordinating a Comprehensive Spending Review for the DH and managing some major commercial activities for the DH. Carl also gained experience of financial consulting with Ernst Young LLP.
Assistant Chief Constable, Durham Constabulary
After growing up in County Durham, Dave attended Manchester University gaining a degree in physics before being commissioned into the Royal Engineers. After leaving the Army he joined his home force in 1995 as a police constable at Consett. Dave has worked in all response and neighbourhood ranks across the county from Peterlee, to Darlington to Bishop Auckland.
He also spent time in specialist roles within firearms operations, training and professional standards. This included heading up the joint firearms training facility with Cleveland Police.
Prior to promotion Dave, was chief superintendent of the tasking and coordinating command within the force, encompassing operational police intelligence, planning and resourcing, and corporate support activities. Dave was promoted to Temporary Assistant Chief Constable in October 2012, and following successful completion of the national Strategic Command Course was appointed to the post substantively in July 2014.
Dave is very keen on mountain sports and can often be found on his mountain bike in the summer and skis in the winter.
Business and Science Group, BIS
Charlotte joined the Civil Service in 2000, starting her career in the Home Office. She has worked in a range of different Government departments as a policy official, and has a breadth of experience including in policy development, policy implementation, legislation and regulation. Prior to joining the Innovation Directorate, Charlotte was Head of Growth Deals Policy in the Government’s Cities and Local Growth Unit. She became Deputy Director for Innovation and Place in August 2015. Her previous roles include:
- Head of Growth Deals, Cities and Local Growth Unit
- Head of the Hargreaves Implementation Programme, Intellectual Property Office
- Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat, Cabinet Office
Professor Doug Wilson
>Visiting Professor, Nottingham Trent University
Doug leads the Scientific and Evidence Services department which covers Environment Agency’s work on scientific research, leading the business on monitoring, producing evaluations based on this information and Environment Agency’s work to improve and manage data. He is also the lead for Defra Network’s work on environmental monitoring. Doug is the business lead for SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group in Emergencies), which is responsible for providing important information and scientific advice to the Government during incidents. Before joining the Environment Agency in 1999 he worked in the water industry for Southern Water and Thames Water, planning and managing water resources.
Doug has a PhD in river pollution incident modelling, with research interests in pollution dispersion, environmental water needs and the application of the precautionary principle in environmental management.
Geospatial Analyst, Ministry of Defence
Ian Spencer has been a Geospatial Analyst with the UK Ministry of Defence for 25 years. He has worked in product and standards development, and has represented the Ministry of Defence in the DGIWG (Defence Geographic Information Working Group), NATO, British Standards Institute, and ISO TC/211 standards organisations. Since promotion onto the DGC Management team in 2004 Ian has held a variety of roles which include leading DGC’s capability planning, delivery and integration; business and resource management and corporate planning; learning & development; information management; and geographic research.
Ian currently leads the development of Human Geography concepts and capability, and champions the role of geospatial analysis in the development of wider Defence and Intelligence Community (IC) doctrine and procedures. He chairs a UK Defence Human Domain Community of Interest and co-chairs an international Defence Human Geography working group. He also leads the development of, and then chairs, an annual Defence Academy conference structured around the theme of spatial socio-cultural knowledge.
Head of Digital Transformation, Department for Transport
I am an experienced digital transformation leader with proven delivery experience across programmes involving a range of technical change, acquisition and digital projects with complex multi-stakeholder issues. I have held a wide range of senior technical roles, including that of technical director, technical architect, digital programme manager, project manager and head of technical operations.
My delivery successes have been achieved through leadership, innovation, teamwork and a willingness to challenge fixed assumptions. My strengths have been assessed as including strategic thinking, analytical ability and client management. For the past six years I have been a Civil Servant. I am very committed to public service values and my track record shows that I deliver. Much of my work has spanned organisational boundaries. For example, my current DfT role spans the digitisation of internal DfT processes, user testing, Cabinet Office and Treasury approvals and the integration of third party supplier work, including that of digital agencies. In this, as in other examples, managing the relationships between the various stakeholders has been critical to successful delivery.
Chief Executive, Calderdale Council
Merran McRae has been the Chief Executive of Calderdale Council since October 2012. She has a professional background in housing management and regeneration, and, more recently, social care, holding positions as Chief Executive at a Housing ALMO and Director of Adult Social Care within a local authority. She has also led initiatives on community-based economic development, social enterprise and micro-enterprise development.
Merran has an MBA, as well as professional qualifications in housing and training and development. She has held positions as a Non- Executive Director in an NHS acute trust and as Chair of school governors. Merran is currently a Local Government Chief Executive representative on the LGA/NHSE Health Transitions Task Group and the NHSE Primary care co-commissioning programme oversight group; she is also the West Yorkshire lead Chief Executive for housing and infrastructure and for health and social care.