FIG Council

Engaging the Challenge: Enhancing the Relevance

Vice President Mr. Iain Greenway, 2009-2012

Curriculum Vitae

Mr. Iain Greenway
Date of birth
: 4 June 1965
Nationality: British
Status: Married (to Donna) – sons Max and Oliver
Current position: Chief Survey Officer of Northern Ireland and Director of Operations in Land and Property Services


Iain Greenway is Chief Survey Officer of Northern Ireland and Director of Operations in Land and Property Services. As such, he is responsible for all land registration and rate collection activity in the Agency, as well as overseeing the development of the Geographic Information Strategy for Northern Ireland. He was from 2006-2008 Chief Executive of the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland. He holds an M.A. in Engineering from Cambridge University, an M.Sc. in Land Survey from University College London and an MBA from Cranfield University (including study at Macquarie University, Australia). Between 2000 and 2006, Iain was General Manager (Operations & Mapping) of Ordnance Survey Ireland, responsible for management of the operations and mapping technology of the organisation as it underwent profound changes in status, structure, processes and culture. In 1999-2000 he worked in Her Majesty's Treasury in the Secretariat to the Public Services Productivity Panel (PSPP).

Between 1986 and 1999 he worked for the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain. His positions during those years included geodetic and topographic survey, strategic planning and pricing, sales and marketing, as well as a number of management consultancy inputs in Swaziland and Lesotho and technical consultancies supporting land reform in Eastern Europe.

Iain is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS), an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (FInstCES), a Fellow of the Irish Institution of Surveyors (FIS) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM). Between 1998 and 2006 he was the head of the RICS delegation to the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). He is Chair of the FIG Standards Network and of the FIG Task Force on Institutional and Organisation Development. He is also a member of the Management and Editorial Boards of the journal Survey Review. He has published a range of articles and papers on geodetic surveys, business and management practices, sales and marketing, and standardisation.

Professional Career

Land and Property Services Northern Ireland

  • Operations Director and Chief Survey Officer, 2008-
  • Chief Survey Officer 2008

Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland

  • Chief Executive, 2006-08

Ordnance Survey Ireland

  • General Manager (Operations and Mapping), 2000-06

HM Treasury, UK (1999-2000)

Ordnance Survey Great Britain (1987-99)

  • Business Strategist, 1999
  • Sales Manager, 1997-99
  • International Consultant, 1995-99
  • Product Manager, 1996-97
  • Policy Analyst, 1995-96
  • Project Leader, Quality Systems, 1994
  • International Consultant, 1993-94
  • Organisational Restructuring, 1993

Education and Training

  • 1994 - 95: Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    Awards: Henry Ford II Scholar (top student), Courage Award of Distinction, Booker Prize for Marketing
  • 1994 - 95: Chartered Institute of Marketing, Diploma in Marketing
  • 1986 - 87: University College London, MSc in Land Survey (Distinction)
    Awards: Hart Prize (top student)
  • 1983 - 86: Emmanuel College Cambridge, MA (Hons) in Engineering
    Upper Second


  • Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors FInstCES, 2008-
  • Irish Institution of Surveyors FIS, 2005-
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing MCIM, 1997-
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors MRICS, 1990-

Activities in FIG

Significant activity in a wide range of roles since 1994, including:

  • Head of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) delegation to FIG (1999-2006), managing a complex and multi-faceted interface between the federation and its largest member association
  • Director of the FIG Foundation (2000-present), taking a key role in building a fund and setting the parameters within which it will be dispersed to support the development of the profession
  • Chair of the FIG Task Force on Institutional and Organisational Development (2007-present), leading a multidisciplinary, international team creating material to support development of capacity in land administration
  • Chair of the FIG Standards Task Force (1998-2002) and subsequently Standards Network (2002-present), responsible with a few others for raising the profile of standards in FIG, and invigorating FIG’s engagement in standardisation to the extent that the federation is recognised as very active in this field
  • Author of the well-received FIG Guide on Standardisation
  • Vice President 2009-2012
Other positions

International and European Standards

A respected member of the international community creating standards in the geographic information field:

  • Lead FIG expert to ISO/TC211 (Geographic Information) (1997-present), taking an active role in a number of projects, attending the majority of plenary meetings, and being recognised as a key player in the TC211 Outreach Group
  • Chair of the ISO/TC211 Focus Group on Data Producers (2003-2007), leading an international team determining the needs of data providers (including national mapping agencies) regarding geographic information standards
  • Lead Irish expert to ISO/TC211 (2002-06), attempting to raise the profile of and interest in the TC’s work in Ireland
  • Lead Irish expert (2004-2006) to the re-formed CEN/TC287 (Geographic Information), in these early stages taking an active engagement in the various working groups and the Outreach Group.

Survey Review

Member of the editorial and management boards of this leading international learned journal, taking a lead role in marketing and developmental work as the Board implements organisational and legal structures to ensure the ongoing viability and sustainability of the journal whilst also maintaining its independence.

UK ACE Association

Treasurer and Board member (2006-present) of the Association representing Chief Executives and Senior Managers of UK Government Arms Length Delivery Bodies (Agencies, Non-Departmental Public Bodies etc).

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)

External examiner to the Geomatics bachelor degree programme (2003-06).


Author (1987-present) of a significant number of professional and technical papers including on change management, standards, professional ethics and geodetic surveys.

Holder of various church roles including parish treasurer (Southampton) 1994-99; Churchwarden (Dublin) 2002-04.


  • English, French (conversational), German (limited)

Presentations and publications in FIG

Geodetic and topographic survey

Business and management practices

Standards and standardisation

Sales and marketing

  • How to succeed as a supplier of geographical information. Iain Greenway & Tony Black FIG XXI Congress Brighton, July 1998.

Change management

  • Recent experiences in developing Swaziland’s Surveyor General’s Department. Albert Mhlanga & Iain Greenway FIG Working Week Sun City, June 1999
  • The changing world of national mapping in Ireland. Richard Kirwan & Iain Greenway FIG XXII Congress Washington, DC, April 2002.

SDI/ Data Sharing


Iain Greenway
26 Ballycrochan Avenue
Bangor, BT19 7LA
Tel. + 44 (0)28 9025 2253 (work)



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