Nick Bolton to join Ordnance Survey as new Chief Executive

Oxford Metrics CEO announced for role

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The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology has appointed Nick Bolton as the new Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey.

Nick will take up the leadership of Ordnance Survey on 2 October 2023, bringing extensive commercial experience in growing technology businesses globally. 

Nick joins Ordnance Survey from software group Oxford Metrics plc where he has been CEO since 2005.

Stephen Lake, Chairman at Ordnance Survey, said: “I am delighted with the appointment of Nick Bolton as CEO. Nick brings a strong track record of growing businesses in relevant areas of technology enabled services and joins an exceptional established leadership team.

“This is an exciting time with our data, services and expertise delivering value and positive impact to government, businesses, and individuals, both in Britain and internationally. Nick’s experience driving growth in both existing and new markets is critical in shaping Ordnance Survey’s future.”

Ordnance Survey’s expertise in geospatial data and services is helping to tackle many of the biggest challenges facing the world today, from climate change and pandemics to urbanisation and national resilience. Through trusted data, location services and expertise Ordnance Survey aims to enable the digital infrastructure invaluable to economic growth, better societal outcomes and innovation.

Nick Bolton added: “Ordnance Survey is an institution and iconic brand with a global reputation as leaders in mapping, location data and services. It is an organisation which has been at the forefront of innovation for two centuries, continuously transforming to meet the demands of its diverse range of customers. In today’s increasingly digitally augmented world, place matters more than ever and OS data and services are at the very heart of this.

“I am excited to be joining Ordnance Survey and working with the talented teams across the organisation to continue to provide world-leading geospatial services and operate as a profitable commercial organisation.”

Viscount Camrose, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, said: “Ordnance Survey has transformed from being a very important and much-loved provider of paper mapping services to an organisation that is ushering in a new age of possibility, thanks to continuous innovation and new uses of technology and applications. Nick brings an exceptional track record of leading and growing technology businesses and will apply this experience to ensure that OS continues to guide our policy decisions, our economic decisions and any decision that affects our national wealth and quality of life.”

Why choose OS?

With a rich heritage that started with the first map in 1801, following advisory roles in government to digital maps of Mars, we are home to some of the best location specialists, who tackle some of the most challenging technical issues within geospatial.

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