The people supplying the maps

Your Team

Kathy Sharman
Kathy is the Manager in the Hatfield branch. She has a keen interest in photography and is an ardent fundraiser for several animal charities. Kathy regularly brings her rescue Staffie Maisie into the office. She has a tail like a whip, and can usually be found gently snoring under the radiator.

Julie Cleary
Julie is the General Manager and has worked at National Map Centre for over 20 years. She studied Land Surveying and Cartography in Ireland, and has a Geology degree. In her spare time she is heavily involved in orienteering locally, nationally and globally, both competing and organising.

Sue Hemmings
Sue is our newest member of staff. She splits her time between marketing and mapping orders. Her hobbies include tap dancing and drinking the occasional glass of wine or cocktail.

Hall of Fame

Matt Bouchard
Matt was our Sales and IT Support Manager, with a degree in GIS and Remote Sensing. Matt relocated to California with his wife and wee dog Scout in December 2023. Outside of work Matt has an interest in web design and user experience (ux) design. He also likes motor racing, rugby union and the occasional beer festival.

Scout is Matt’s wee dog. A lovable ruffian, part Jack Russell and part Chihuahua. Always ready to hoover up crumbs, and quite fond of banana too.

Ty was Kathy’s Staffie adopted from Rescue Remedies. He was a little accident prone, and regularly bumped into things! He LOVED a little bit of cheese for a naughty treat. Sadly lost his cancer fight in September 2022.

Colin Brown (retired)
Colin was the Manager of the Rainham branch in Kent (now closed). He loves all kinds of maps, and regularly gives talks on the history of the Ordnance Survey. Colin is also very involved in music, particularly classical; and motorbikes with his wife Karen.

Ginny was the office dog up until May 2017. Kathy’s rescued lakeland terrier had a pin in her leg that gave her a limp. Always up for a snack after her lunch time walk. She vehemently disliked the office vacuum cleaner which she attacked on a regular basis.

Company History (in brief)

Established in 1860 when engraver Robert J Cook and W Hammond formed the partnership RJ Cook and Hammond; specialising in printing plans required for Parliamentary Bills relating to the building of railways, based in Whitehall. C F Kell & Son was acquired in 1896, responsible “for lithographing plans of estates not only for auctioneers but for land agents and owners”. In 1923 the partnership became Cook Hammond & Kell Ltd. The company remained in London, latterly in Caxton Street until the store finally closed its doors in September 2011.

National Map Centre opened the Hertfordshire office April 2003.

Our Group

CHK America was formed in May 2000 and operates out of Santa Barbara. CHK America is a premier provider of e-paper based digital signage and static wayfinding solutions for the public transportation industry.