Mick Cory is the Secretary General & Executive Director where he helps to promote and realise the full potential of members’ geospatial information, particularly through the development of the European location services which will provide a unique gateway to National authoritative data and services.
A Fulbright Scholar, he also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Company Direction and a Masters (MPhil) in Land and Geographic Information Systems. He has extensive leadership experience in Britain, Ireland and Internationally. As an expert in surveying, mapping and GIS he has worked in Africa, the Middle East and all three Ordnance Surveys of Britain and Ireland. He has advised Ministers, the Boundary Commission in Northern Ireland, government departments and academic institutions and has been active in developing professional institutions in the UK and Ireland. He was Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland until 2005, where he led the development of Northern Ireland’s geographic information strategy. He established and chaired the UK Location User Group and as a member of the Open Data User Group, advised the UK Government on achieving the greatest economic and social return from the release of public sector open data.
He was also Director of the Sports, Museums and Recreation Division of Northern Ireland’s Executive Department of Culture Arts and Leisure between 2005 and 2014, where he had responsibility for Sport, Museums, Libraries and inland fisheries, including representing Northern Ireland on the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games where he led Northern Ireland’s activities in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including the Torch Relay in Ireland.