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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..”

Our paths have not stopped crossing since Kingston Poly
way back in 1990, hope they keep crossing mate.

Look after yerself and hope to catch up with you soon



Good luck in whatever you do next, and welcome back from wonderland:

“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Alice in Wonderland.

Best wishes


Whatever you go onto now I wish you all the best and I hope you will have the freedom to innovate and to continue to make a difference that you need.

I also hope our paths still continue to cross at the various trade events.



I met my husband at the OS IS 2001 Christmas party at Botleigh Grange Hotel. Cheers for instigating such networking opportunities.

Good luck.

I wish you well for the future Ed. Some company (or maybe even your own…?) is going to gain a real asset. An innovator, yet someone who is prepared to invest time in people, no matter where they sit in the organisation. I hope our paths cross again in the future. Of course the plus side is that OS IT projects will no long be named after flying boats.

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