Get to Know Us

Who we are

Global Surface Intelligence is an Edinburgh-based earth observation and artificial-intelligence-as-a-service provider.  We are a uniquely  focused data refinery company, with deep roots in environmental sciences, harnessing next generation artificial intelligence to transform satellite optical and radar data, UAV, drone and ground survey data into commercially valuable information, which can be instantly consumed by end users, data brokers, market places, geospatial data publishers and imagery aggregators.

Our vision

To be the leading Data Refinery Service Provider to the earth observation industry and customers in the natural resources sector.

Making rich earth observation data accessible as a new valuable source of decision making into natural assets and our changing environment.

Providing the most qualified and accurate insights into changing land use, forestry and agriculture for global brands in energy, retail, insurance, government, assurance and a partner ecosystem across the UAV, drone, satellite and decision support providers. Achieved with unparalleled efficiency and generating actionable insights for use by partners & clients to more effectively manage their natural resource assets.

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The Team

Peter Young

Executive Chairman

Peter Young has been involved in leading high-tech industries in Aerospace, Space and Defence for over 30 years. He was CEO for seven years of Telespazio VEGA, one of the UK’s leading space services companies, and concurrently, senior vice president, based in Rome, for the Satellite Systems business unit of the parent company, Telespazio Sp.A  Peter is also a  member of the Scottish space leadership council.

Gavin Tweedie


Gavin is a serial entrepreneur in the founding teams of six startups over 20 years, achieving exits and mergers with Sun Microsystems, IBM, HP and Virtual Instruments. Extensive experience in growing businesses creating market leading products and services with a focus in providing valuable decision support systems and business intelligence.

Matt Tyburski

Chief Scientist and Founder

Matt is an interdisciplinary geospatial data scientist. He has a PhD, LLM, MSc and BA. He has 10 years’ post-PhD experience originating data science concepts in the private sector as wells as leading on data science systems development at Johns Hopkins and within the U.S. Federal Government.

Lynne Ross

Non Executive Director

Lynne joined the GSI board in June 2017. With lengthy experience working and investing in early-stage technology companies, her professional background spans venture capital, private equity, institutional investment, energy sector investment, innovation, government relations and academia.

Paul McCaffrey

Financial Controller

Paul provides financial management, planning and operational controls to the business, based on his extensive professional experience as a Chartered Accountant specialising in early stage businesses.

Martin Milnes

Senior Research Consultant

Martin is an expert technical consultant in earth observation, optimising the performance of GSI’s algorithms for each contract and ensuring process efficiency. He brings experience of space, defence and government sectors.

Maurice LeBlanc

Head of Forestry

Maurice is Head of Forestry & Business Development for the Americas, and is a BScF and MBA. He has extensive experience in strategic and operational forest management and has significant experience in GIS and third-party forest/environment stewardship standards.

Stuart MacCallum

Principal Remote Sensing Specialist

Stuart is responsible for bringing a unique insight into the best earth observation tools and datasets to enhance GSI’s product portfolio. With 18 years in the industry and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, Stuart will work closely with GSI’s sales team to ensure clients are provided with rapid and reliable analytics from satellite data.

Mark Howie

Chief Engineer

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in software engineering, stretching from working in the field to leading multi-disciplinary teams in a market-focused environment. At GSI, Mark’s focus is to support the leadership team in driving the development of product strategy through the smart application of technologies and agile methodologies.

Alexey Tarutin

Senior Data Scientist

Alexey is our Senior Data Scientist and is one of our longest serving employees. With a BSc in Applied and Computational Mathematics and a Masters in High Performance Computing with Data Science, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.

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We utilise geospatial analytics to provide the deepest insights imaginable into natural asset inventories and changing land use.

Want to learn how we can help your business or organisation?

Global Surface Intelligence Limited, 5th Floor, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD, Scotland, UK Tel: 0131 210 0280

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