13th November 2014

Announcing the GeoVation Housing Challenge judging panel


We’re pleased to announce the judging panel who will be selecting  the best of you ideas to attend GeoVation Camp in January.  After the closing date of 19 November 2014, they will select the ideas which offer the best solution to the GeoVation Housing Challenge and are innovative, use good design, technology and of course, make use of Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data in the solution.

The Judging Panel Chair is:

Roland Harwood who is co-founder of 100%Open, the open innovation agency that works with the likes of LEGO, Orange and Oxfam to co-innovate with their partners. Roland was formerly Director of Open Innovation at NESTA, the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. Graduating with a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University, he has held senior innovation roles in the Utilities and Media industries and in addition has worked with 100’s of start-ups to raise venture capital and commercialise technology. In addition he has worked as a TV and film music producer for SonyBMG

He will be joined by:

Alison Prendiville

Dr Alison Prendiville’s expertise is in Design and Service Design, in which she has an internationally recognised reputation as a researcher and academic leader.  She is is Course Director for the MDes Service Design Innovation at LCC/UAL, focusing on the role of design as a catalyst for multi-disciplinary team working, particularly within the areas of health care and societal challenges. Her expertise lies in the field of service design, digital anthropology, creative economies and connected communities.  Her PhD (2001) investigated the specification of engineering hardware in the design of public transport systems and the design of the passenger service experience. She was a researcher on the EU Framework IV Programme MIMIC (Modality, Inter-modality and Interchange) investigating transport interchanges and the barriers to the seamless journey.  She has an MA from the RCA in Design management and an MSc in Digital Anthropology with distinction (UCL). She is an Associate of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the RSA.

Jane Davidson Jane Davidson is Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of the award winning INSPIRE, (Institute for Sustainability Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. From 2007- 2011, as Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing in Wales she was responsible for the Welsh Government agreeing to legislate to make sustainable development its central organising principle,  legislation on waste which has seen Wales come from behind the rest of the UK to be the lead recycling country in Britain. Jane was the third most influential environmentalist in the UK for the Independent on Sunday in 2009 and has been Resource magazine’s no 1 and 2 in 2009 and 2010 for her work on waste. She holds honorary fellowships from CIW (Chartered Institute of Waste) and CIWEM (Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management) and has joined WWF’s UK Council of Ambassadors. She is patron of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and Tools for Self Reliance Cymru (TFSR) and has recently become a RSA Fellow.
Lynne NicholsonLynne Nicholson is Head of Land Registry Data Strategy and Policy. Lynne has worked for the Land Registry for over 30 years and has carried out a number of roles including Senior Technician and Register Development Manager – the latter involved meeting with a variety of landowners to discuss voluntary registration. For the last 6 years, Lynne has been the Senior Product Manager for Land Registry’s commercial suite of services and helped design the Land Registry Data Publication strategy. In October 2014, Lynne was appointed to her current role.

Two directors from Ordnance Survey will be participating in the judging panel at different stages.


Peter ter Haar is Director of  Products & Innovation at Ordnance Survey.  Peter  is responsible for all aspects of product management at Ordnance Survey including product marketing, engineering and supply. He joined Ordnance Survey in November 2006, with more than 18 years’ experience in product management and business development in both the public and private sectors in GIS, location-based services and mobile technology. His previous roles include the head of GIS at the City of Amsterdam, and senior product and technical management roles in Geodan, Autodesk Europe and Intergraph Europe.



John CarpenterJohn Carpenter, Director of  Strategy and Planning at Ordnance Survey. John will be involved in the selection of ideas for GeoVation Camp. John’s responsibilities include the Ordnance Survey’s outreach and research programmes, strategy, policy and licensing. Previously John was Head of Products, responsible for the life-cycle management of the whole Ordnance Survey product range. John joined Ordnance Survey from the financial services industry in 2006, where he managed a number of business-to-business product groups. He once taught Geography, when such things as O-levels still existed.