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Advisory Board

Locata has established an Advisory Board consisting of eminent, technically and commercially experienced executives from appropriate industry sectors. The Advisory Board meets periodically to advise Locata on global industry, market and business trends. Advisory committee members include:

Keith McPherson

KEITH McPHERSON, former Director of Navigation, AirServices Australia.  Mr McPherson is one of Australia’s most respected GPS experts, with a long string of global accomplishments which include:

  • Ex-member of the US National PNT Advisory Board, which reports directly to the US President. The PNT Advisory Board is tasked with advising the US Government on matters concerning the Global Positioning System (GPS) and related systems – Keith McPherson was one of only 6 non-US members to have been appointed to this most prestigious of international GPS bodies.
  • He was Australia’s Delegate to the United Nations Panel of Experts on Navigation Systems.
  • From 1999-2006, in AirServices Australia (Australia’s equivalent of the US FAA), as Manager GNSS, Keith was responsible for future development of all navigation applications for Australian aviation.
  • He was nominated in late 2007 by the industry’s prestigious GPS World Magazine as one of the “50 Global Leaders of GPS”. He has received numerous international GPS awards.

Mr McPherson became involved with Locata via of a series of peer-review projects carried out by AirServices Australia. His vast experience and extensive global network in the GPS industry is invaluable to Locata as it continues to commercialise its technology throughout the world.

Chris Rizos

PROF CHRIS RIZOS, Ph.D.  Chris Rizos is a professor of Geodesy and Navigation in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering  at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Chris is president of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), a member of the Executive and Governing Board of the International GNSS Service (IGS), and co-chair of the Multi-GNSS Asia Steering Committee. Chris is currently a member of a number of Australian national committees including the Permanent Committee on Geodesy, the National Committee for Earth Sciences of the Australian Academy of Sciences, and the Steering Committee of the Asia-Pacific Reference Frame Project.

Chris is also a Fellow of the IAG, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Navigation, a Fellow of the U.S. Institute of Navigation, and an honorary professor of Wuhan University, China. Chris has been researching the technology and application of GPS since 1985, and is an author/co-author of over 600 journal and conference papers.

Tim Norton

TIM NORTON, B. Surv. As a surveyor in Victoria in the early days of GPS, Tim was obliged to learn computing. He went on to found and run Oakton, a very successful information technology services company. When he listed the company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) 10 years later it had over 350 staff and a market capitalisation of over A$80 million. During his time with Oakton,
Mr Norton “filled every possible role in the company”.

Following the ASX listing of Oakton Limited, Mr Norton founded a new company, Omniton, that specializes in advising Australian IT companies in business and strategy issues. He is currently a non-executive director of several ASX-listed and non-listed companies. Mr Norton is a highly experienced and respected business adviser to Locata’s management team.