The Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and the Geospatial Information Technology Association Australia & NZ (GITA) announced their merger today.
Spatial chair Alistair Byrom said: “The expanded association will continue to deliver services to members as the leading association representing the collective spatial ‘industries’ and the ‘users’ of geospatial technology, particularly those involved in the infrastructure lifecycle. The merger of SIBA & GITA re-enforces the representation of members in advocacy across all 3 tiers of government. The merger facilitates the ability to more effectively leverage scale and to drive growth & innovation for this dynamic & critical cornerstone of Australia & New Zealand’s knowledge economies.”
GITA president Wanda Skerrett (Open Spatial) & past-president Antoine Burdett (Aecom) will be appointed to the board of the merged organisation.
New Zealander Richard Simpson left his roles as chief executive & executive officer of SIBA, based in Brisbane, in May. He continues to operate strategic advisor Meta Moto Group.
The expanded organisation has appointed Deanna Hutchinson as chief executive and Kellee Ireland is executive director.
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Attribution: Joint release.