10th February 2011

How can we improve transport in Britain? – Introducing the judging panel


There are less than 24 hours remaining for participants to post ideas on “How we can improve transport in Britain?”. On Thursday 17 February, our judging panel will be meeting to consider which ideas to invite into the GeoVation Camp running from 25-27 March. We are grateful and delighted to welcome the judging panel to the GeoVation challenge. They are:

roland_harwoodRoland Harwood (Panel Chair) is Co-founder of 100%Open, 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.

richard kempharperRichard Kemp-Harper has responsibility at the Technology Strategy Board for managing a portfolio of innovative projects in the transport and energy generation and supply, and for planning potential future funding in these areas. Prior to joining the Technology Strategy Board, Richard worked for the Intelligent Transport Systems Knowledge Transfer Network, focusing on the themes of technologies for logistics and transport incident management. Richard has a background in academic research in chemistry, biochemistry and medical imaging and 6 years in web development and information management for Oxfam.

Serena Cussons is currently head of Future Vehicle Technologies at the Department for Transport advising on the role that Intelligent Transport Systems can play in addressing transport challenges.  Following a post-graduate degree in economics from Queen Mary College, London, she spent a short time working as an investment strategist in the City of London.  Since that time she has held a variety of positions in the Civil Service, ranging from advising on the early privatisation of the railways, supporting stakeholders across the North West of England to make best use of European funding for regeneration and working directly with Transport Ministers as a Private Secretary.

Tracy Ross is a Research Fellow in the Design School at Loughborough University and works Tracy Ross squarein the area of ‘connected futures’, making sure that applications enabled in this always-connected, always-located era, actually do what users want them to. She is part of the Ideas in Transit project team which is supporting the GeoVation Challenge and brings expertise in user-centred design to the project and to the judging panel.

james cutlerJames Cutler is CEO and founder (with Justin Saunders) of emapsite, leading provider of digital geographic content and geospatial services for professional users. James has been at the forefront of the digital mapping industry for more than 20 years having previously co-founded international GIS consultancy GISL Limited and up until 2000 worked in or managed projects across Europe, Africa and Asia. James’ industry knowledge and leadership skills are allied to a deep understanding of the role of location-centric services in the enterprise and it is James’ vision that underpins the continuing growth and direction of emapsite. As a leading exponent of geospatial web services emapsite is increasingly embedding GI within mainstream business processes. James is increasingly to be found, seen and heard across the GI and related industries as emapsite provides ever wider and deeper access to the world of location content.

chrisosborneChristopher Osborne is Business Development Director for ITO World; providing transport intelligence for transport professionals and passengers. An expert in geospatial technology and the potential for open data to improve public sector service provision, he is a Member of the Digital Advisory Board to the Mayor of London, and also advises the Cabinet Office. In his spare time he runs the successful location technology conference, WhereCampEU.

Peter ter HaarPeter ter Haar is Ordnance Survey’s Director of Products. Peter is responsible for all aspects of product management including product marketing, engineering, cartography 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.