Dr Alexander Kent

Immediate Past President of the British Cartographic Society since 2017, Alex has been actively involved in the BCS ever since joining in May 2000. He became a Fellow in 2002, a judge of the Society's awards in 2003, Assistant Editor of The Cartographic Journal in 2006, a member of the UK Cartography Committee in 2008, a co-convener of the Design Special Interest Group in 2011, Vice President in 2013, Editor of The Cartographic Journal in 2014 and was President of the Society from 2015 to 2017. Alex has represented the UK as deputy National Delegate since 2011 and as Vice Chair of the Commission on Map Design (2011-2015).

In 2015 he established a new Commission on Topographic Mapping and was invited onto the international jury for the ICA's design awards. Seeking to advance cartography on all fronts, he belongs to the committees of the Society of Cartographers (who recently presented Alex with its Society Award) and the Charles Close Society, and he has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 2005.

Alex shares his passion for cartography with students at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he is currently Reader in Cartography and Geographic Information Science. With a life-long enthusiasm for maps, he studied Geography and Cartography at Oxford Brookes University before taking an MPhil in GIS and Remote Sensing at the University of Cambridge (Queens' College). After spending several years as a geospatial consultant to a range of clients (from HarperCollins in the UK to Action Contre la Faim in Sri Lanka), he returned to academia to pursue a PhD at Canterbury on European topographic maps; research which subsequently won the Society's National Geographic Award in 2007 and the Henry Johns Award in 2010. Following a managerial role as Head of the Cartographic Unit at the University of Southampton, Alex returned to Canterbury to build on the University's existing expertise in mapping and GIS.

When he is not engaged in anything cartographic, Alex enjoys getting lost in the countryside (without a map!), taking nice pictures, singing in choirs, playing keys in the church band, and continuing in his quest to find the ultimate burger.