thinkWhere, the Stirling-based, UK-operating geographic information specialist, has secured the services of high-growth business expert Brian Williamson as Chair as it continues to expand its industry-leading services.

The high-profile appointment is the latest initiative from the leading Geographic Information System (GIS) consultancy, which was founded in 1993 and now employs 25 people. It follows the departure of Bruce Beveridge.

Mr Williamson, founder and director of Jumpstart, one of the UK’s most successful and innovative science and technology companies, has an enviable track record of developing high-growth businesses.

The award-winning entrepreneur, who lives in the Stirling area, also has a wealth of commercial SME experience and has supported and developed a number of start-up companies across the UK.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining a great team in a company with such great potential. As a local entrepreneur, it gives me great pleasure to be involved in a high tech business from Stirling at what is a particularly exciting time for innovation and growth in the geospatial sector.

The company already has an enviable reputation and I am excited to have the opportunity to lead and support the next stage in thinkWhere’s expansion and development plans.”

Alan Moore, Chief Executive at thinkWhere, said: “Brian will bring a wealth of commercial experience in growing SMEs, underpinned by an innovative mindset and entrepreneurial flair. I’m pleased to be working with him at a particularly exciting time for GIS business opportunities and growth potential.”

Mr Williamson founded Jumpstart in 2008. As a classic disruptive technology, it transformed the process by which innovative British companies could benefit from notoriously difficult-to-access research and development tax reliefs.

His business career began at the age of nine, with a business model that looked remarkably like eBay. He became a managing director at 26, and launched his first company in the automotive sector in 1994. His range of experience includes sectors such as automotive, IT, oil and gas, international trading, software, recruitment and professional services.

thinkWhere specialises in deploying products, services and solutions using the very latest open source technologies. It is data driven and works extensively with Ordnance Survey digital map products and publicly available geographic datasets.

It has a proven track record of delivering solutions at local, regional and national levels in the UK public and commercial sectors.