Previous winners – Jon Walker Award

Winners of the Jon Walker Award

Year 4 – 2013 – Martin Clarke, University of Leeds

Martin Clarke from University of Leeds receiving The Jon Walker Award 2013

Martin Clarke from University of Leeds receiving The Jon Walker Award 2013


Congratulations to Professor Martin Clarke of the University of Leeds who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the SLA Forum in October. Here he is getting his award from Andy Thompson, Head of Network Planning & Property Insight at Sainsbury’s.

Year 3 – 2012 – Blair Freebairn of GeoLytix

Congratulations to Blair Freebairn who won the Jon Walker Award 2012

Blair Freebair wins the Jon Walker Award 2012

Andy Thompson of Sainsbury’s presents the Jon Walker Award 2012 to Blair Freebairn of GeoLlytix

The judges felt that Blair deserved to win the Jon Walker Award 2012 for his new and innovative product, ‘mille feuille’.

Blair developed this product using open source data to create a unique offering in the market which may allow more companies the insight of a more complex geodemographic analysis tool.

Key merits

  • Innovative use of open data which demonstrates that you can construct a retail model which performs well, using open data, saving cost and without compromising quality
  • Clever use of open source software melded with commercial products to deliver the end user system; something very new and innovative in this field
  • The model was created for a client who is a new entrant to the UK market, with a different grocery proposition. The solution had to be mindful of the specific challenges around market positioning, competitors and customer offer which are all very different to the grocery we currently have in the market

Year 2 – 2011 – Jack Steenstra, ex Santander and Abbey National

Congratulations to Jack Steenstra who was awarded an lifetime achievement award for his dedication and years devoted to site location analysis research and planning. Jack retired in 2011 but continues to stay involved in the industry and still sits on the SLA committee.

Year 1 – 2010 – Claire Dickinson of GMAP Consulting

Congratulations to Claire Dickinson of GMAP Consulting (Callcredit Marketing Group) who has won the first Jon Walker Award for innovation in location analysis, announced at the Future Forum in London on the 19th October 2010. Claire was the manager of the RetailVision generic gravity model; a very powerful application, much praised by Tom Whittington of Savills, who nominated it; this entry won the most points from the judges (the SLA committee, plus Andy Thompson).