Shaw has over 32 years of public and private sector experience
in geospatial information in Europe, the Middle East, Africa
and Asia, including land, building, aerial, engineering, and hydrographic
surveys and remote sensing. He has
also given lectures, seminars and written articles on these subjects.
His software skills
include program writing, WEB development, CAD, GIS and geospatial
include the EU, BP, Shell, Saudi Aramco, Thames
Water, Glasgow University, British Gas and the Egyptian Natural Gas
has worked in multi-cultural environments, managed large teams,
often in harsh conditions,
and familiar with meeting tight timescales to budget. His key
skills include; practical common sense; honesty and integrity;
energy and enthusiasm; an ability to listen, understand and communicate
with different nationalities and cultures; an open mind; a
of patience; a competence to find collaborative solutions in
complex working environments.
During 2001 and 2002 he was responsible
for one of the largest consultancies ever awarded by the Private
Sector Development Program in Egypt, with specific responsibility
for interim management and development of a strategic plan for
a technologically advanced SME. Tasks included establishing job,
finance, computer and quality control systems; writing technical
proposals; training the surveyors/engineers in new technologies;
market assessment of a related industry; establishment of strategic
alliances with Egyptian and UK companies; renegotiating existing
contracts; maintaining positive cash flow. The relationship with
the MD and his family was crucial and a real challenge.
During 2000 and 2001 he worked
with the Egyptian Natural Gas Company (GASCO) to oversee total
quality management of a pipeline-mapping project using new technologies.
Innovative processes are not without their problems and close
collaboration with the stakeholders, including the chairman of
GASCO, was essential to the projects success. Tasks involved writing
technical specifications for equipment procurement; training of
GASCO engineers to locate pipe defects using satellite positioning;
analyzing data quality; development of technological processes.
to GeoVision he was Operational Director of an Land Survey
based SME of over 40 people. Achievements included; converting
the survey division from manual to automated
production work offshore to increase cost-competitiveness;
initiating Investors in People; establishing new HRM systems.
He believes communication is key
in any business, not just in the sense of getting messages across
but also with regard to knowledge sharing. Critical to effective
communication is the development of trust. As a consultant you
have to respect that trust. It is the most important part of business
management. Without it the communication process will not be effective.
An open, trusting environment encourages creativity and risk taking
- an important part of the life long learning process.
addition to consultancy he is currently volunteering
with the Network of African Youths for Development (NAYD) by
its website (www.nayd.org ).This
organisation was formed in 2007 to enourage young Africans
involved in sustainable development to collaborate
Please refer to the GeoVision WEB site at www.geovision.co.uk for more information.