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Meet the Team

Mike Darracott

Managing Director
Mike is the Don Corleone of MGISS – the Head of the family so to speak. A qualified Engineering Surveyor (BEng), Mike has spent 23 years in the geospatial industry, working with global geospatial technology manufacturers and national mapping agencies. He has acquired a deep knowledge of managing large asset networks and the associated spatial data challenges. In 2014, he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse and started his own business at the height of the financial crisis. (That’s why we call him the Godfather 😉) When he’s not overseeing the smooth running of MGISS, Mike loves sport – doing it, watching it, encouraging other people to try it – and promoting a balanced lifestyle. Just like the Don, Mike says his favourite thing in the world is his family and one day hopes to leave the gun and take the cannolli on a long road-trip around the world.

Kate Darracott

Director and Office Manager
Kate is the Jedi Master of getting stuff done!  Often the first voice you hear when contacting MGISS, you will always be welcomed with a cheery and efficient response.  In a former life, Kate was a qualified Paediatric Nurse and spent over a decade looking after sick children, along with her own extensive brood!  A few years were also spent in a clinical research role, the highlight of which was a published paper into Oxygen Saturation levels in Children with Cystic Fibrosis – truly inspiring Kate!  Outside of work, Kate is all about family, but has a love of travel and a desire to “road-trip” around New Zealand, Canada and the United States.  Whilst dreaming of this, Kate is most often found happily pottering in the garden (normally with a Gin and Tonic for company – as long as the Frogs don’t jump out at her!)

Tom Robinson

Business Development Manager
Tom joined MGISS in late 2017 as Business Development Manager, based out of Lichfield in the Midlands.  With a background in IT Project Management, BID/Account Management and New Business Development, Tom is quickly taking a lead in driving business growth for MGISS into new markets and extending our geospatial services capabilities.  Prince2, ITIL and Six Sigma Black Belt accredited, the latter is a subtle reference to Tom’s true passion – Wrestling (cue the obvious references here on in).  Tom plays a mean guitar and has a love of 60s music (Willie “Half” Nelson perhaps).  Tom enjoys keeping fit and has a dream to Bunjee Jump in America (“Boston Crab”), and compete in a tag wrestling match with his best mate.  He also quotes a love of expensive cheese – The Stink Face could be your signature Wrestling move Tom (we did Google it!)

Clare Barber

Marketing and Communications Manager
Clare is our MGISS MarComms specialist and PR Ninja.  Clare's early career was as a qualified broadcast journalist, where she has created recognition in the media on sensitive subjects such as Domestic Abuse, a campaign which she is particularly proud of.  Her work also involved presenting on BBC radio, where Clare has been fortunate to interview greats such as Richard Attenborough and Samuel L Jackson, albeit the SLJ interview was never aired as the minidisc recorder broke…boohoo!  What Clare doesn’t know about 80s films isn’t worth knowing (Nobody puts Baby in the corner!), and this is complimented by a love of eating and dancing in the kitchen (I bet that can get messy 😉). Clare says her favourite thing in the world is hearing her two boys laughter (probably at the kitchen dancing/eating combo!). With a strong desire to also travel across America….we see a Thelma and Louise sequel in the making!

Dave George

Senior Application Engineer
What Dave doesn’t know about GIS isn’t worth knowing!  Steeped in both COTS and Opensource development and database design, Dave has a BSc in GIS and 15 years industry expertise with utility and infrastructure asset owners in development, and Geospatial technology providers, enabling seamless data management and achieving massive efficiency and cost savings within enterprise organisations.  Continuing what appears to be theme at MGISS, Dave loves the great outdoors – with a particular passion for Skiing (as opposed to Snowboarding as Dave is certainly a purist on the slopes!)    His dream is to travel around the world one day – hopefully not on skis – and no doubt sample worldwide cuisine as he certainly enjoys his exotic cuisine (as long as its not Tuna!)

Ben Smith

GIS Analyst
Ben joined MGISS in 2015 almost straight from Sheffield Hallam University having gained a 1st in Geography (BSc) and a solid grounding in GIS.  Ben quickly established himself as the goto hardware and integration technical expert in the business, working with MGISS customers, suppliers and partners in equal measure and with great success.  Ben is growing into a capable technical consultant and has a committed approach to GIS and Geospatial technologies.  Often found creating new “how to” technical videos, Ben loves being in front of the camera (this is absolutely not true) and being onsite with customers (this is absolutely true). Outside of work, Ben has a keen interest in NFL (American Football) and would love to one day see the Aurora Borealis in Iceland (Great band – cold venue so take a blanket Ben!)

Luke O' Callaghan

Digital Marketing Assistant
Luke joined MGISS in late 2017 as a Digital Marketing Apprentice and has rapidly become a Star in the making! Luke is making his mark on all outgoing digital and web content and can turn an idea into polished digital end product in minutes – also soaking up the world of SEO and analytics (a dark art to most) and making himself indispensable by the day. One of several Liverpool Football Club fans at MGISS (Allez, Allez, Allez!), Luke enjoys matchdays at Anfield, has completed work experience with the LFC media team, plays football for Warrington Town JFC, and is a qualified Liverpool FA Referee (this will come in handy at the Christmas Parties and Staff Meetings!). A really grounded young man with a great future, he is modest and doesn’t see his successes. In fact, his quoted achievement is coming 3rd in a Year 9 Sports Day Skipping Race.