Meet the team: Matthew Ricketts
Did you know, our Graduate Development Programme is now open for applicants? As part of our series to introduce you to the wonderful people within OS and share the diversity of our work, meet Matthew Ricketts. As a Graduate Consultant Data Scientist, here he gives us a glimpse into his graduate experience here at OS…
How long have you worked for OS?
I joined OS as part of the Graduate Programme back in September 2017. I finished this in June 2019 and since have landed a full-time position in the Consultancy & Technical Services team within our Public Sector division.
What made you choose to join the OS Graduate Programme?
I was lucky to learn a lot about OS through my involvement in the Sponsored Dissertation Programme where OS supported my final-year dissertation researching the 3D mapping capabilities of drones. Having witnessed the innovative, forward-thinking culture, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of!
What did the scheme entail and what did you learn?
Along with 4 others, I joined the OS on their Graduate Data Science Development Programme. Over the past two years, I have been working across different internal/external facing departments developing my own data science capability. This included everything from working directly with our customers in the Consultancy & Technical Services team to developing new methods to derive data from our aerial imagery in the Business Change & Innovation team. I’ve just concluded a six month secondment in the Welsh Government where I was responsible for the technical delivery of the Physical Environment and Access to Services domains within the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD).
Did you see a future at OS when you joined?
Absolutely. I loved exploring geographic concepts in more detail as part of my degree, and I knew I wanted to apply those skills to business and the wider geospatial industry. OS continues to be the perfect environment for me to continue developing these skills and am thoroughly enjoying the ride.
What is the most exciting piece of work you’ve been part of so far?
My favourite project along the way has been working in collaboration with the Data Science Campus at the Office for National Statistics. Together, we developed a methodology to calculate the degree of naturalness for residential gardens across Great Britain to improve the capabilities of mapping green infrastructure through data science.
What is your favourite part of your job?
The best part of my job is being able to work alongside a real variety of central, local and devolved government departments – supporting and encouraging them to make the most of OS data. Our data is already being used across the Public Sector in so many exciting ways, and my role allows me to facilitate and contribute towards many impactful and citizen-benefitting projects which is really rewarding.
What are you excited to work on (or continue working on) in the future?
I’m excited for the progress of our internal Open MasterMap Implementation Programme as it continues to evolve. The intended outcomes from this policy are to fully open significantly more geospatial data for businesses and developers to use free and without restriction and I’m thoroughly looking forward to seeing the innovation and outcomes this enables.
Finally, what advice do you have for any applicants to the 2020 Graduate Development Programme?
I would say that if you’re interested but don’t think you’ve done anything that relates to OS – apply! Our business thrives on having different thinkers in the room. OS has been fantastic by providing me the resources to train both technically and inter-personally, as well as giving me the sandbox to learn things I’d never done before at university.