Denise McKenzie (@spatialred)

Managing Partner, PLACE Trust|Co-author, Locus Charter|Board member & Chair Emeritus AGI | Supporter & advocate Women+ in Geospatial

Denise McKenzie is the Managing Partner of the PLACE Trust & Partner for Community & Ethics. She is an experienced technology and policy professional with a talent for public–private partnership, community building and digital geography. Driven by a passion for more equitable access and use of location data, she takes pride in her work across data ethics and sustainability and in showcasing the global importance of geographic data for positive public impact.  She has worked internationally with governments, the private sector and academia and her experience covers a broad range of domains including smart cities & IoT, agriculture, defense, sustainability, insurance, development and data ethics. This diversity ensures that she works where geospatial meets mainstream technology.   

She co-directed the Benchmark Initiative operating through Ordnance Survey’s  Geovation accelerator, exploring the ethical use of location data, and it is through this role that she became co-author of the Locus Charter. In the broader geospatial community, she is the Chair-Emeritus of the board of directors for the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) in the UK, remaining on the council as the Lead for Ethics and was a founding member of the steering committee of the global Women+ in Geospatial network.  

Previously, she worked with the Victorian State Government in Australia, leading multiple award-winning geospatial innovation projects and as the Head of Outreach and Communication at the Open Geospatial Consortium, where she led work such as the UN-GGIM Geospatial Standards Guides and strategic partnership engagement.   

Denise holds a BA in Public Policy and Politics from Monash University in Australia and a Master in Sustainability from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) and the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).

Expertise: Not for Profit & Public sector professional with over 20 years’ experience in information and technology policy, strategy, communications, product and project management, predominantly working across the geospatial industry. Developed and managed multiple national and international award-winning services and products. Extensive experience working with all sectors of the geospatial industry – intra/inter-jurisdictional government, private sector, industry associations, communities and academia. Particular focus applied to the identification of public–private collaboration opportunities and emerging technology trends. Experienced presenter at national and international conferences.

Specialities: Information Management, Collaboration, Communication, Marketing and Education, Project Management, Product Development and Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Tender Management and Procurement, Contract Negotiation, Government Policy & Process, Public/Private Partnership, Industry Engagement, Cross-Sectoral Stakeholder Engagement (Private Sector, Academia, Government Fed/State/Local, Community, Industry Association), Emerging Technology identification, Program Management 

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Phone: +44 (0) 758 111 8189

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