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Ordnance Survey appoints chief data officer

Neil Merrett Published 03 July 2017

Caroline Bellamy, who has previously overseen data and business intelligence strategy for Vodafone in England and Germany, will now take responsibility for overhauling information management at OS


Ordnance Survey (OS) has announced the appointment of Caroline Bellamy as its chief data officer in a move intended to overhaul how the organisation's services are provided to the public and private sectors.

Bellamy, who has held a number of leadership roles with Vodafone in England and Germany since 2008, will now be charged with defining the scope of the new data officer role to ensure enhanced commercial and public value from OS’ operations.  This will build on her experience in transforming Vodafone’s business intelligence, big data and analytics operations.

In switching to OS, Bellamy’s responsibilities will include introducing an enterprise-wide data strategy and putting in place infrastructure plans to meet the organisation’s digital needs going forward to ensure it is a major service provider for organisations in the UK and around the world.

“After 225 years of excellence, serving the government, business and communities, the organisation still has ambitions to do more and be better, which is an extremely attractive proposition,” she said.

“I’m delighted to now be a part of that and to have the opportunity to engage with OS’ national and global partners and build upon OS’ credentials as a global leader in geospatial and associated data.”

OS chief executive Nigel Clifford said the appointment reflected the heightened importance of the information it holds in order to support digital transformation strategies.

“Caroline’s understanding of data and technology and her record of accomplishment in creating a business mindset that can extract extra meaning and value from it will be invaluable to OS and our public and private customers,” he said. “For OS, this is an appointment that expands our expertise and underpins our relevance to government, business and communities.”

The appointment of a chief data officer marks the latest in a series of major changes to the organisation, which transformed from a trading fund to a Government Company (GovCo) in April 2015 in a move intended to try and expand the amounts of geospatial data available for open use.

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