Neil Ackroyd became Interim Chief Executive Officer in June 2018 and has held key senior roles at Ordnance Survey since joining in 2001, including a prior period of Acting Director General and CEO from April 2014 to June 2015. Since November 2017, he became responsible for leading strategic growth for both Great Britain and international markets, as Ordnance Survey deploys ongoing investment in new data and services. He is supporting the development of propositions for service offers in geospatial production, land administration, and infrastructure.
Ackroyd has been heavily involved in the adoption of GPS across many varied downstream applications during this period of rapid growth for the company. He started his career as a surveyor in the offshore engineering industry, working in many countries around the world.
He is also the author of many papers and the book Global Navigation: A GPS user's guide, and he holds several patents in GPS applications.