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Time to move on..

The following is an agreed statement that was posted earlier today on the Ordnance Survey Intranet,

“Ed Parsons is leaving his post as Chief Technology Officer of Ordnance Survey to pursue new challenges in the increasingly dynamic Geographic Information (GI) Industry.

Since his arrival in June 2001, Ed has developed Ordnance Survey’s IT strategy and has led OS Research labs. Ed has been instrumental in moving the organisation’s focus from mapping to the creation of geographic information.

Ed is keen at this stage of his career to help develop more innovative areas of the GI industry. His decision comes as Ordnance Survey is focusing on a period of a consolidation in its strategic IT development and direction.

Vanessa Lawrence, Ordnance Survey’s Director General and Chief Executive, says “We wish Ed every success for the next stage of his career and offer him sincere thanks for his contribution to the direction of our IT development and research activities.”

For those of you who want to say goodbye to Ed personally his last working day will be Friday 22 December 2006.”

I am not is a position to add any more to this statement, but of course I am sorry to be leaving a great group of very committed GI professionals, the future for me is not completely clear at this point – but whatever it turns out to be, you will read it here as it happens !!

Written and submitted from home, using my home 802.11 network.

31 replies on “Time to move on..”

Parsons Leaving OS…

I can’t just link to Ed’s post on his blog, I need to comment. Ed’s leaving the Ordnance Survey after five years.

Most of us know him as OS’ CTO and more importantly I’d offer, as a voice of calm and reason on matters geospatial. His position …


By all means keep blogging, Ed. As someone intimately familiar with the significant costs of collecting and updating spatial data, you’re one of the few voices out there who needs to remind the rest of us tech-addled futurists that somewhere there needs to be a viable business model to usher in this new spatially-aware Brave New World.

My other bit of advice comes as an American (you know, home of two-weeks-paid-vacation per year): take a nice long break (preferably in a tropical clime), before jumping into whatever’s next….


hi my friend,

long time ago you send me a picture from someone leaving an airplane…

all the best & keep in touch

greetings Henny

It’s been a pleasure working with you and learning from you, you have been an inspiration.
Good luck in your future, not that you will need it.


Just want to say that having spent only one year working for you on my year in industry at OS, that you were not only an inspiration to someone who was very much putting the feelers out and trying to learn as much as possible but you also provided me with invaluable guidence and knowledge that a man in your position did not have to do…I will never ever forget, that you took the time to talk about my dissertation and future career elements in the pub after work when you could have been on your way home to your family. As a result I graduated with a high 2:1 including 65% for my dissertation, I took databases!(down to you) and I now work for a large transport consultancy firm on a graduate programme, O.S are losing an asset, someonee who was very much in touch with the industry…not being there I cant comment on the circumstances…but I believe you know what your doing and whereever you go next they will have gained someone who people are inspired to work for…Im sure others would mirror this statement but I truely believe it…I’d work for you again, without question or hesitation, whatever the job because you make it interesting, fun, understandable and are a fantastic people manager.

Sorry for the eassy…I’d like to see what you do next…keep us posted!

Many thanks ed,


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