Ordnance Survey wants agency to link up with MPs

The national mapping agen­­cy for Great Britain is on the hunt for a public aff­airs agency.

Perry: in talks with agencies
Perry: in talks with agencies

Ordnance Survey wants to ensure that MPs, MEPs and peers are all up to speed with its work – which goes far beyond providing traditi­onal paper maps.

Recently installed head of public affairs Nicole Perry is already in talks with a number of agencies and a decision is expected towards the end of the month.

Ordnance Survey’s origins go back to 1747, when King George II commissioned a military survey of the Scottish highlands after the Jacobite revolt of 1745.

Today, the agency supplies both paper maps and digital map data across central and local government.

In addition, it supp­lied emergency mapp­ing to various agencies managing the severe flooding that struck the UK last week.

Ordnance Survey also helps shape policy initiatives and government consultations, by speaking directly to ministers, as well as through select committees.

For example, earlier this year the agency provided infor­mation on the likely commercial benefits of the European Galileo satellite system to the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee as part of its inq­uiry into UK space policy.

The successful agency will report to Perry, who joined in May having previously been public relations manager at CORGI, the registration scheme for gas engineers.

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