At Astun we are passionate about geography and passionate about open (source, standards and data) and to be honest we are a bit geeky.
We believe that the power of geography can enable our clients to manage assets more efficiently, inform better decisions, improve services and drive down costs. We want to help you to realise those benefits via an open and transparent business model that does not penalise clients when their demand increases or needs change and which allows us to run a successful and sustainable business.
We believe that open source is a game changer within our industry that delivers robust, scalable technology and market leading value through a collaborative model that matches the way we and our clients want to work. We are committed to supporting open source projects and using them wherever they represent the best solution for our clients but we will not hesitate to recommend commercial alternatives if we believe they better fulfil your needs.
We believe that our customers should not be locked into any technology choices. Wherever possible we design our solutions to be modular and interoperable via open standards.
Because we love the way that new technology and location are continuously enabling new possibilities for how we and our clients work, we are committed to pushing the boundaries and testing new ideas in partnership with innovators amongst our clients.
Astun Technology was formed by Mike Saunt in 2005. Mike set out on his own with the fledgling iShare Maps application and a vision focused on web services and Open Source. Astun rode the eGovernment wave and within five years had notched up over thirty local authority customers, delivering innovative enhancements to iShare along the way.
In recent years shrewd recruitment has extended development talent, flair and capability turning Astun into the UK market leader for Open Source geospatial solutions. Astun’s iShare and bespoke solutions are now in use with over 50 organisations including Local Authorities, Government Agencies, Blue Light Services and Social Housing.
Astun is a corporate member of the AGI, an Ordnance Survey Partner and an associate sponsor of OSGeo and an EFQM member.
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Meet the team
Astun staff are Open Source Geo experts and enthusiasts with over 250 years experience in the geospatial industry. If you would like to join our team send us a mail (we do not recruit through agencies).
Mike Saunt - Managing Director
Mike has a background in GI, having worked for MapInfo among others, hisinterests are; in the web and what can be done with data mashups. An advocate of Open Data and Open Source Mike is primarily involved with the running of the business which means he dips in to all areas whether general management, sales, development, project delivery or support.
Outside of work his 2 teenage boys keep him on his toes as you'd expect. A keen golfer (read addict), he can occasionally be found playing at his golf club Tyrrells Wood - he's happy to play and introduce Guests so if you fancy a game then get in touch!
Steven Feldman - Strategic Adviser to the Board
Trained as an economist, I spent the first 20 years of my working life in building materials before stumbling upon GIS. A chance conversation led to me becoming General Manager of GDC and Head of Professional Services at whereonearth.com during the wackiest part of the dot com boom and bust. In 2002 some colleagues and I bought out GDC with investment support from nearly all of the employees. MapInfo bought the business in 2007. In 2010 Steven branched out on his own and holds a number of positions working as a non-executive director, strategic consultant, investor, advisor and mentor to technology startups.
Mike Smith - Head of Sales
Mike joined Astun in August 2010 to develop our commercial offerings. A Chartered Surveyor by profession, Mike became GIS Manager and subsequently Business Services Manager at Reading Borough Council in the mid nineties. He then moved into the private sector with GIS Specialists GDC until their acquisition by MapInfo and subsequently Pitney Bowes. Before joining Astun, he was Sales & Marketing Manager for Aligned Assets, where he was responsible for most of their prestigious contract wins. He believes in working in partnership with our customers to help them meet their goals. In what are very difficult financial circumstances his experience within the public sector and his understanding of their requirements makes him particularly suited to this role. Mike is also a Chartered Geographer and a former Director of the AGI.
Louise Watts - Sales Consultant
Louise Watts is our Sales Consultant who works to help manage and develop our northerly client base and reports to Mike Smith.
Louise has many years experience of both GIS and Local Government working for a number of GIS suppliers including a spell with Mike Smith at GDC.
Vickie White - Enterprise Sales Manager
Vickie joined Astun in May 2017 and has worked in technical and commercial GIS positions since graduating from Newcastle Uni in 1996. In Account Management and Business Development roles, she's promoted Esri, Smallworld and MapInfo technologies and has decided that Open Source (and Astun) is the way forward!
Outside of work, Vickie has been an active volunteer with MapAction since it's start and served three terms on it's board of directors. Her two young girls take up a lot of time however she's now back into cross country running, mountain biking and climbing mountains (when time allows.)
Moira Livesey - Local Government Ambassador
Moira joined Astun in May 2016 as Local Government Ambassador. She is responsible for maintaining contact with Astun customers, conducting reviews and generally ensuring that everyone is happy. Moira worked in Local Government for over 30 years with roles in land charges, gazetteer management and GIS. Latterly she was Spatial Data Manager for Bolton Council responsible for GIS, the LLPG and the Local Land Charge Service. During this time she was also on secondment as a Local Authority Advocate to the Land Registry on a project to centralise the Local Land Charges Register.
Dan Ormsby - Head of Operations
Dan has worked in the GIS industry since the mid 1990's, his first GIS job being based for 18 months in a field station in the rain forest of Borneo. Since then he has worked for software suppliers including Laser-Scan (now 1-Spatial), Innogistic and Civica, in a variety of technical and commercial roles up to Director level. He strongly believes the most exciting and innovative working cultures are found in SME's (Small to Medium Enterprises), and when combined with a view that Open Source is the future of GIS, Astun is the obvious place for him to work!
Eoghan Hennessey - Project Manager
Eoghan is responsible for managing the delivery of our iShare in the Cloud projects, Astun training courses, and coordinating our marketing activities. He has a background in GIS consultancy in the construction, energy, and infrastructure industries in both the public and private sectors, and holds an MSc in GIS and remote sensing.
Eoghan is APM qualified and a keen photographer in his spare time, specialising in landscape and documentary photography.
Matt Walker - Geospatial Architect
Matt is responsible for enterprise deployment of Astun’s web GIS, data integration and publishing solutions and is the technical lead on Logger and Publisher. He has over 10 years technical and leadership experience with expertise in PostGIS, Oracle, GeoServer and all things web. He's passionate about open software, standards and data and plays an active role in OSGeo:UK promoting the use of open geospatial software. Matt's based in the Midlands just south of Birmingham, his interests outside of work include time with his young family, weekends away in his camper van and occasional (and sometimes hazardous) mountain biking.
Jo Cook - Consultant and Metadata Lead
Jo Cook has been working with GIS for well over a decade, mostly within the archaeological and heritage sector. She spent 9 years working for Oxford Archaeology, where she was responsible for managing small and large-scale GI-based projects. She has been working with web based GIS since 2005, including Mapserver, Geoserver, PostgreSQL, PostGIS and OpenLayers.
Jo works as part of the consultancy team at Astun, leading our Metadata projects and deployments.
Ian Turton - Geospatial Consultant
Ian has been programming computers for fun since the first Sinclairs in the 1980s. Since graduating from Edinburgh University he has spent 25 years working in both academia and the commercial world developing spatial programs to solve interesting problems.
Ian is a founder and code committer for the GeoTools java library which provides the underpinning spatial tools for GeoServer
Ian has extensive experience working with Open Source software (GeoServer, PostGIS, QGIS and others) spanning over 25 years.
Andrew Bailey - GIS Consultant
Andrew started out in surveying but quickly got involved in photogrammetry and then moved in to GIS analysis and system development. More recently Andrew worked on the delivery of data.gov.uk as part of the UK Location Programme. At QinetiQ he was responsible for building the navigation software for the Zephyr UAV. Andrew has wide experience of all major GIS software and is a keen advocate of Open Source GIS.
In his spare time Andrew is involved in local hospital radio, plays a guitar meanly and ponders the significance of community led design in urban modelling.
Ant Scott - GIS Consultant
Antony joined Astun from Sustain Ltd in Bristol, where he worked on domestic housing energy efficiency analysis and web mapping for Housing Association clients. He spent a number of years working with structured data and publishing systems in the automotive, health and energy sectors, after beginning his career as a housing manager for Housing Associations.
Alongside his work for Astun, Antony volunteers for MapAction, which provides emergency mapping in humanitarian disasters, as well as training and capacity building for disaster management. Antony has a Masters degree in GIS from Cranfield University.
Simon Chapman - Support Lead
Prior to joining Astun, Simon spent 11 years with the ROMANSE (ROad MANagement Systems for Europe) office at Southampton City Council, working with Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). These included traffic management and public transport tracking systems with time spent supporting control room operations and undertaking website maintenance. Simon recently graduated with an MSc from Portsmouth University, attaining a distinction in Information Systems. His final project focused on web based GIS and Web 2.0 within the context of ITS.
Simon enjoys camping and bike riding with his young family.
Peter Goulborn - Technical Architect
At the age of 15 Peter swore he would never work in (a) accountancy and (b) IT. Naturally this meant that he worked first in an accounts office and then in software support. Since then he has worked in web development and hopes to bring his experience from both sides of the technical divide to bear in helping Astun continue to create high-quality and innovative applications.
A native of South London, Peter has many interests but is most likely to bore you about his two young children who he thinks are already more interesting than he's ever been.
Jonathan Lake-Thomas - Server-side Developer
Jonathan is responsible for the maintenance and development of the database and server side components of iShare. He has 15 years experience as a developer and has previously worked in the financial and telecommunications sectors. His main areas of specialist knowledge are in the .NET framework and relational database systems. In addition to having an interest in technology, he is also a keen skier and enjoys live music.
Paul Porthouse - Web Developer
Paul has owned a computer since he was 11 starting with Sinclairs and eventually graduating to PCs. Since 2000 he has had his head firmly in the clouds of web development. For the last six years he was part of the team behind the multi-award winning South Tyneside Council website whilst there he also produced a number of accessible and usable applications that enabled users to do more for themselves. As he moves into development for Astun he has a key advantage of being a former customer so he can see things from both sides of the fence which will be invaluable moving forwards.
In his spare time Paul is a Civilian Instructor for the Air Training Corps.
Marco Finnberg - SysAdmin / Dev Ops
Marco has joined Astun in a System Administrator / Dev Ops role. An experienced systems engineer and fan of Open Source he prefers to have control of the tech rather than the other way around. Marco says he gets a strange pleasure from working on the boring bits, which nobody else likes, such as monitoring and automation. He’s always on the lookout for ways to improve the status quo and come up with his own workarounds and solutions... except when it comes to encryption! Marco is from Finland and lives in Bilbao.
Kim Stimpson - Commercial / Technical Writer
Kim started off her working life as a developer in RPG for IBM System 34 writing applications for the communication market and still tinkers one day a week with the new RPGLE for IBM System i. She branched into technical writing having created various "User Guides" and "Workshops" during her time employed in software development and as a Product Manager. Her main role at Astun is as a freelance Technical Author helping to document the ever-growing iShare platform. In her spare time Kim enjoys hacking over the North Downs on her trusty steed!
Tracy Russell - Finance Assistant
Tracy has been working in Finance Administration for over 15 years and has a wealth of experience. Roles cover credit control, payroll and invoicing as well as general business administration.
Away from work Tracy like to spend time with her family, enjoys reading and music.
Here are some of our affiliations
Cloud Services & Software
Amazon Web Services
We’re the Experts in Place and an Amazon Web Services "Advanced Technology Partner".
We provide fully managed cloud deployments for over 30 organisations. This isn’t just an “IT service” - we simplify the deployment and ongoing management of the solutions by a simple, subscription based model which is backed up by our enterprise grade support and services.
Open Source GeoSpatial Foundation
We provide Gold sponsorship to the Open Source GeoSpatial Foundation (OSGeo), a not for profit organisation whose mission is to support the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use. The foundation provides financial, organisational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community.
We've demonstrated our commitment to security and data protection by achieving independent certification under the government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme.
This programme helps organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks. With GDPR and threats from ransomware and other forms of malware continuing to grow, it is more vital than ever for all companies to demonstrate that they take digital security seriously.
United Kingdom Community
The aim of the Ordnance Survey is to provide mapping that informs, guides and inspires. Their vision is to reveal our ever-changing landscape of Britain in extraordinary detail.
We partner with Ordnance Survey and provide services & tools to make it easy for our existing and potential customers to use Ordnance Survey data with Open Source based products.
Association for Geographic Information
We are a corporate member of the AGI (Association for Geographic Information). The AGI exists to represent the interests of the UK's GI industry. They lead, connect and develop a community of members who use and benefit from geographical information and many of our Open Source training courses are accredited by them.
You can use the Crown Commercial Service’s Digital Marketplace to buy our cloud services through the G-Cloud framework.
A framework is an agreement between government and suppliers making buying services (through the framework) faster and cheaper than entering into individual procurement contracts.
We're a member of the Bramble Hub. The Public Sector need access to the skills and expertise of the UK's leading ICT companies (including ourselves!). Bramble Hub provide the access to government frameworks to make this happen.
As specialists in government procurement Bramble Hub have been successfully connecting ICT companies and the public sector since 2006. They work as the thin prime contractor on our behalf for the Data & Application Solutions (DAS) framework RM3821.
Quality Management & Equality
European Foundation for Quality Management
EFQM is a not for profit membership foundation with 30 years’ experience of supporting organisations, from Europe and beyond, reach sustainable Excellence and even exceed it.
Our Membership enables Astun to demonstrate its commitment to develop a culture of excellence, drive innovation, and improve results.
The Equality Register
Excellent equality and diversity practices are very important and customers want to know more about what we do and our approach. We take our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 very seriously and being a member of the Equality Register is the best way to demonstrate this.
The Equality Register is managed through the Association of Equality Scheme Providers (AESP).
We do not have any vacancies at present. If you are interested in working for Astun, feel free to send your CV with your specific area of interest to email@example.com and we will consider you for any appropriate vacancies that may arise in the future.
Working at Astun
Astun Technology is a people oriented business with a professional rather than corporate focus:
- We employ the best people, across the length and breadth of country operating as a business with a distributed workforce from our head office in Epsom, and home working employees from Southampton to South Tyneside ... London to Lancaster ... Bristol to Birmingham … to name a few
- We employ both full and part time members of staff
- Our team is highly experienced, averaging 15 years GIS / ICT experience per person
- Every day is dress-down Friday...unless visiting a customer!
- Astun is a great place to work. Our quarterly ‘BIG’ meetings and ‘hackathons’ in Epsom are stimulating, fun and help keep the team focused
- We even have regular office table tennis tournaments
- Our Christmas parties have involved fencing, archery and of course there’s always lots to celebrate!
- High quality professional products and services
- Good work-life balance!
- Giving something back - we consciously support the Open Source geospatial community and projects
Qualities we value
- Self motivated and well organised
- Ability, potential and experience
- Customer focused
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