TSA has a dedicated Secretariat to look after the day to day running of the association which has seen substantial and sustained growth over recent years.
Rachel Tyrrell has been involved full-time with TSA since 1998 and has overseen the tremendous growth of the association in that time. She is responsible for the management of a dedicated team, which is based in both Newark and Worcester, and the operational oversight of the whole organisation.
Rachel works closely with Council to ensure that the three vision statements are driving everything TSA does. She also represents the association when meeting with key stakeholders in the surveying profession and is the current Chair of the Survey Liaison Group (SLG).
She also directly supervises all of TSA’s social media output, website content and on-going PR strategy.
Laura is a qualified accountant, having gained AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting. She has extensive experience of working in both private and practice, mostly in a small business environment, and joined the TSA team in October 2015.
Laura has brought an array of new skills and talent to the Secretariat, ensuring the Association continues to be as efficient and as organised as possible particularly with regard to the financial aspect. She enjoys the unique challenges and opportunities that running a successful trade association brings.
Harry Tyrrell joined the team in 2021 and his strong IT and data analysis skills are being put to good use as part of the Secretariat.
Harry is the first point of contact for members for uploading job adverts, updating their profiles on the website and assists the team with data analysis, keeping TSA files in good order and therefore ensuring the smooth running of the operational side of TSA.
Joining the team post-A Levels in the summer of 2023, Jules adds resource to the ever-growing administration needs of a busy association. It will be Jules who books you on a Conference, or chases you for CCD, Annual Returns and endeavours to answer any and all queries from members.
TSA is governed by an elected Council comprising twelve member companies. The Council is subdivided into four core committees: Public Relations (PR), Membership & Internal Affairs (MIA), Technical and Finance.
Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors Ltd
I have worked within the land survey profession since graduating from Newcastle University in 1983, working for twelve years for instrument manufacturers Carl Zeiss and Geotronics before joining Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors (now part of Ogilvie Group) in 1997, where I am Managing Director.
My view is that TSA is the leading organisation for our profession, focussed on professional development with a commercial emphasis, and I am enthusiastic about being involved with Council in a proactive way to maintain the progress made and develop TSA further. I actively participate in both RICS and CICES as an examiner, also assessing University courses for CICES.
Spatial Dimensions Ltd
After University I decided to retrain as a Geomatics Surveyor and went on to complete the TSA Surveying Course in 2006. Specialising in measured building surveys and 3D models, I founded Spatial Dimensions in 2012.
I have since won several awards and done a great deal to promote surveying as a desirable profession and encourage more women to join.
I am now privileged to be involved with the TSA as Vice President. I am a great believer in the benefits of sharing knowledge and upholding standards and this forms part of the TSA’s role as a professional body in the ever changing world of Geomatics. I hope to contribute and have a positive impact with this, helping the TSA, other companies and individuals to attain standards set and mark the way for whatever the future technology holds for us.
Met Geo Environmental Ltd
Technical Committee Chair
I graduated in Archaeology from Durham University in 1998 and spent some time researching how soil geochemistry affects buried objects before starting a career in field archaeology, quickly finding an aptitude for land survey and geophysics.
I joined Met in 2006 as a Project Surveyor and was made Director in 2012 after developing their underground utility mapping and geophysics department. My career path through research, cultural heritage and the survey industry has had at its core a love of geoscience. I am passionate about education and improving standards in our industry.
I believe it is vital to disseminate knowledge and communicate a better understanding of the technology at our disposal, and how it can be used to provide more effective solutions to the problems we face in our environment. Contributing to TSA’s Technical Committee and the work it produces is one way I can help achieve this.
MK Surveys Ltd
MIA Committee Chair
Stuart joined MK Surveys in 1984 as a trainee surveyor. Training to HNC level in both Civil Engineering and Land Surveying, he has been delivering high quality Land, Engineering and Measured Building Surveys for over 27 years.
Since becoming a Director of MK Surveys in 1999, he has played a keen role in expanding the company from traditional markets in to 3D laser scanning, railways, utilities, general business efficiencies and growth.
Traditionally Stuart has taken an active role in pursuing the latest technological advances in equipment and software and through this interest, has strived to apply new techniques to real world practical applications.
As a company MK Surveys have been TSA members since 1982, Stuart is an active member of TSA and regularly attends TSA meetings and seminars. He is keen to promote the benefits that a TSA membership offers and promote high quality survey industry standards.
Evolution Surveys Ltd
I have over 35 years in the survey profession with experience of large-scale topographical surveys, hydrographic, rail, quarry, and landfill. I am the Managing Director of Evolution Surveys and an instructor at the TSA Survey School.
I think it is important to pass on our knowledge to the next generation of surveyors coming through to start their careers. My aim as a Member of Council is to bring a lot of experience and forward-thinking ideas to help drive and shape the survey profession going forward.
Having joined Catsurveys Ltd in 2013 which was my first engagement within the geospatial environment, it has been truly enlightening in understanding the profession and witness the professionalism of the community through our TSA Membership.
My passion for the Health, Safety & Wellbeing along with responsible business practices I would like the opportunity to embrace and share experiences of the TSA members.
I commit to promoting TSA membership and engaging with existing members to ensure that that the services and benefits offered are being realised, and the geospatial profession is credited for its outstanding services to industry.
Atlantic Geomatics (UK) Ltd
Oliver, Managing Director of Atlantic Geomatics, brings a fresh and different perspective to The Survey Association Council. With a degree in Marketing and a background in Business Development and Sales, Oliver is passionate about promoting the influence the member companies of The Survey Association have on the Built Environment.
Chairing the PR Committee is the perfect platform and a privileged position to shout about the fantastic Profession we represent. Oliver is driven to promote best practice and share with users of Spatial Data the benefits of using TSA member companies.
Formby Surveys Ltd
I have over 23 years geomatics experience, initially as a field surveyor, but latterly planning the strategy and growth of Formby Surveys as Managing Director since 2007. Whilst Formby Surveys is a relatively new TSA member company, my involvement with TSA covers most of those 23 years and I have been a contributor to the Survey School since 2004. I am also a serving member of the NW&NW CICES Regional Committee.
My interest in joining the TSA council is to inject modern, open-minded ideas into the organisation and membership, and drive high survey industry standards, share knowledge and improve the overall survey industry image.
Since graduating from Newcastle University I’ve worked in surveying for more than 25 years, both as a field surveyor and in management roles, in the UK, Middle East and Africa. As Training Manager for 40Seven Ltd I have come to rely on the courses offered by the Survey School as an integral part of our corporate skills development and training programmes, and I see what a great asset to our industry TSA and the Survey School are in developing the skills of surveyors at all levels.
TSA is well placed to take the lead in the development of survey training and industry standards and think that this work is vital in increasing the scope and visibility of the survey profession.
CSL Surveys (Stevenage) Ltd
Managing director of CSL Surveys (Stevenage), working in the profession for 26 years, FCInstCES. Although originally pursuing a career in Law I was struck by the variety of work and influence that members of TSA had on the wider construction sector. I believe that it is imperative that TSA represents the interests of its members to all sectors of UKPLC and is seen as the go to body for professionalism, Integrity, working practices, education and standards. I would encourage all members to get involved in supporting the wider aims of The Survey Association, Council does value your voice.
Severn Partnership Ltd
Ben was appointed Severn Partnership’s Commercial Director in early 2021. He studied Surveying and Mapping Sciences BSc (Hons) at the University of East London.
He previously worked for the company in 2000 as an Assistant Surveyor, working his way up to a Surveyor before leaving in 2003.
As Commercial Director, Ben monitors and is responsible for the company’s sales activity, lead generation and building on client relationships across the industry. He works closely with the other Directors on the company profit acceleration and growth.
Ben takes pride in maintaining efficient communication with his Project Management team and regularly leads commercial meetings to ensure the business is kept well-informed on company targets and sales activity.
Ben joined Council to support TSA members, promote the profession to a wider audience and play a part in engaging the next generation of surveyors.
Outside of work, Ben’s love for football has led him to recently become involved in grassroots coaching and he aims to soon gain his Level 1 FA coaching qualification. He lives with his wife and 3 young children, two geckos and puppy who joined the family.
Storm Geomatics Ltd
My association with the geospatial profession began in January 2007 when our company Storm Geomatics was born. Being married to a professional land surveyor and one with a passion for reducing flooding I was well versed in the high standards and diverse skills of the profession.
I obtained a Business Studies Degree too many years ago to remember and now have a strong background in business development across varied industries. Creating a strong and robust knowledge of how to ensure a business succeeds is something I can now offer TSA.
Helping to strategically grow our company and time spent alongside geospatial experts has led me to my own passion for securing the future of this vital profession. Without land surveyors our world will not progress and be sustainable both in the natural and built environment.
Becoming a council member for TSA gives me the opportunity to work alongside other council members to uphold the three foundations on which TSA has committed to.
- Every young person should know about surveying as a career
- The TSA will help you build a better business
- Companies with a survey requirement will prefer to use a TSA member
I am committed to promoting TSA and engaging member companies through practical solutions to promote these values together.
Useful to know
TSA is also involved in lobbying Government departments when appropriate and other agencies such as the Environment Agency regarding policies likely to affect or involve the survey profession.
TSA meets regularly with RICS and CICES on a range of issues and has established a group called the SLG, or Survey Liaison Group. This body convenes at regular intervals to examine matters of mutual interest and to ensure that there is little or no duplication of effort by the three bodies. Representatives from the Geospatial Commission also regularly join SLG meetings.