Mark Thompson

Associate Spatial Adviser
Mobile: +64 225 656275

About Mark

Mark is a seasoned spatial professional with experience in many roles and across diverse industries. He studied Information Technology focusing on software development and database design. His first role was to create and maintain mapping systems for a regional council to help eradicate possums and weeds. After subsequently working in the United Kingdom for a few years, he moved back to New Zealand, spending some time working in Auckland before settling in Tauranga with his family.

What Mark has to say:

What made you decide to become a Spatial Adviser?  

The appeal of location intelligence is that you’re always working with physical world problems and human complications. It’s very interesting to work with technology that has environmental and sustainability aspects, providing practical solutions that work.

What did you do before joining Abley?  

I’ve worked for a number of public and private companies and have spent quite a few years in consultancies across numerous industries and countries.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  

I really enjoying working with people to help create a better business, whether that’s improving processes, creating strategic direction or implementing advanced technical solutions. I get the greatest satisfaction from partnering with stakeholders to succeed together.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?  

One challenging aspect is trying to translate technical solutions and strategies into language that people actually understand, using terms that they are familiar with.

What has been your career highlight so far?  

There are so many great experiences and too many highlights to choose between, from building a mapping system for covert security operations, adventures in 3D mapping, unusual foods and late nights in Singapore.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?  

Most of my spare time is spent with my family supporting cricket, basketball, swimming and dancing. I fill the gaps with mountain biking, drumming and working on the family kiwifruit orchard.