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Ian Macleod

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Overseeing the management of FR’s NRS Site, ensuring best welfare of staff and operational efficiency of the site. FR Data Manager.

Ian joined the Forestry Commission in 1984 fulfilling a range of administrative roles before joining what is now Information Services. During this period Ian became increasingly involved in Geographic Information systems (GIS); initially supporting the Laser-scan software that was first used to capture spatial data in the early 1990’s, then ESRI software as it began to come increasingly to the fore.

Ian became Mapping & Geodata (M&G) Programme Manager in 1999 and fulfilled the role until 2019. During this time M&G was heavily involved in the capture of many of the FC’s major spatial datasets; subcompartments, coupes, deeds, roads, utilities, soils, Woodland Grant Schemes, Felling Licences and many others.It had an important spatial datamanagement role, intially via the Spatial Data Repository, latterly via Geostore.

In 2019 Ian became NRS Head of Station on a part time basis. Allied to this he continues to have involvement in data management, principally taking forward the aims of FR’s Data Strategy.


  • Member of both ‘Public Sector’ and ‘One Scotland’ Mapping Agreement Steering Groups. These are the agreements via which FC obtains Ordnance Survey material
Head of Station (NRS)
Inventory, forecasting and operational support (IFOS)


Northern Research Station

Bush Estate



Other Research

  • Mapping
    • Mapping supporting Estates transactions
    • Mapping supporting registration of the National Forest Estate in ScotlandMapping supporting Scottish Forest Renewables transactions
  • Digitising
    • Currently; English Woodland Grant Scheme, Felling Licences, Utilities, Deeds, Plant Health
  • Data Management
    • Acquiring, processing and distributing core spatial data: Ordnance Survey, Aerial Photography, Remote Sensing (Sentinel), Soil, Geology
    • Managing data on FC Spatial Data Repository
    • Open Data: supporting countries in fulfilment of Open Data obligations such as INSPIRE and #OpenDEFRA
  • Remote Sensing
    • Using satellite data to identify change for National Forest Inventory map and increasingly exploring other remote sensing opportunities
  • Advisory
    • Advice to users on spatial data, licensing, acknowledgement & procurement

Peer reviewed journal articles

Responsible for publishing spatial data, FC material can be found on several sites: