Vanessa Lawrence

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Vanessa Lawrence
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Director-General and Chief Executive, Ordnance Survey
In office
2000 – April 2014
Preceded by David Willey
Succeeded by Neil Ackroyd
Personal details
Born (1962-07-14) 14 July 1962 (age 53)

Vanessa Vivienne Lawrence CB HonFREng (born 14 July 1962) is a British businessperson and geographer, and former civil servant, who for 14 years, up until April 2014, was Director-General of the Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s national mapping agency.[1][2] She was the first woman to hold the post and at the time of her departure had held the chief role longer than any predecessor in more than a century.[3][4]

She was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering[1] in 2008.

In January 2008, Lawrence was appointed as a Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) in the New Year Honours List.[2]

In 2010, Lawrence was included by the Cameron government as one of the civil servants on the exceptionally high salaried list[5] Prime Minister David Cameron released this list of civil servants earning more than the Prime Minister in a move to improve government transparency and accountability. Lawrence at just under £200,000 was one of the 174 named individuals. In 2011, the list was updated, with Lawrence's approximate salary unchanged. Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office Minister, hailed the publication of the figures which followed his own earlier disclosure of £3.75bn in central government cuts of "inefficiencies and unjustifiable costs", £10m of which had been salary related.[6] As part of the government's transparency reforms, the Cabinet Office released "Transparency Data Senior Oficials 'High Earners' Salaries" in December 2014 with status at March 2014 with Lawrence again included in the list. [7]

In 2011, the United Nations elected Lawrence to serve as the inaugural Co-Chair of its Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).[8] As of 2014, her co-chairs are Li Pengde and Eduardo Sojo.

In April 2014, Lawrence stepped down as Director-General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey, temporarily transitioning into the role of Secretary General of Ordnance Survey International through the rest of 2014.[3][4][9]


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Government offices
Preceded by
David Willey
Director-General of the Ordnance Survey
2000–April 2014
Succeeded by
Neil Ackroyd