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Fresh Faces | Gary Benson

by Jemma Nimick October 23, 2018

Fresh Faces | Gary Benson

Here at See.Sense we are proud to employ 16 talented team members who all love what they do. From creatives to organisers and techies to data scientists, most of us are avid cyclists (and for the few who aren't, it's a slippery slope!)

We'd like to introduce you to our newest team member and GIS Technician, Gary Benson.

What led you to apply for the role at See.Sense?

I’ve been following the company for a few years now, since I purchased my ICON+ light on Kickstarter and have always followed developments with interest. Then, when I saw the role of GIS Technician being advertised on the website (via Twitter) I thought that it seemed to be the perfect job for me with my extensive background in GIS. So I sent an email, had a chat with Philip, went for an interview and was offered the job a few weeks later!

What excites you about how cycling data and insights can be used?

I’m a real data geek; location data more specifically. I love maps, spatial data and location analysis. It’s been a big part of my career so far and because I’m also into cycling I’m really excited by the prospect of combining those two passions together to create safer conditions for cyclists at home and all over the world.

The best thing about working for See.Sense is:

Being able to combine my passion for cycling with my skills in GIS to analyse location data shared by cyclists in order to make cycling better and cities better for everyone.

When I’m not in the office, you will usually find me:

Spending time with my wife and daughter, Lily (who is 2), or if I have a spare few hours and the weather is dry, I’ll be out on my bike somewhere…

Do you ride? If so, what bike do you have?

Yes - my daily commuter is a steel-framed Genesis Croix de Fer, which is a great all-rounder. It’s pretty indestructible and with a rear pannier rack can carry all the gear I need and has carried me from Mizen to Malin (in 2 days!) without missing a beat!

My weekend bike is the first road bike I got under a cycle-to-work scheme in 2011 - a Specialized Allez Elite. It’s getting a bit long in the tooth now but I’ve upgraded the wheels and groupset on it to Shimano Ultegra so it’s still an enjoyable ride.

And what’s your dream bike?

Well, the only bike missing from my collection is a mountain bike - I quite fancy getting one to blast around the local trail centres in the summertime! I did a few MTB demo days at Castlewellan trails and loved it, just never got round to buying one.

But my dream road bike is probably the new Cervélo S5, but in all honesty, I’ve no real need for a bike that good at my level!

Starter or dessert?

Dessert - sticky toffee pudding every time.

Tea or coffee?

Tea in the evening after dinner, coffee in the morning before work

One thing you might not know about me is:

I successfully completed an ‘Everesting’ (climbing the height of Mount Everest [8848m] in one ride without sleep) in 2015. In fact, I continued on to a height of 10,000m to join the High Rouleurs Society.

Three things I couldn’t live without are:

My daughter, my wife and coffee!

Jemma Nimick


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