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Space Conference 2015 - Newcastle


Space Conference 2015 - Newcastle - the unique opportunity to meet, discuss, challenge and develop your customer relations through a series of seminars, workshops, one to one meetings and networking opportunities with both peers and nationally recognised

"Space Conference 2015 - Newcastle - the unique opportunity to meet, discuss, challenge and develop your customer relations through a series of seminars, workshops, one to one meetings and networking opportunities with both peers and nationally recognised support providers in the sector. Whatever your business size, sector or ambition the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence will have something for you to learn today and build upon tomorrow"

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John Bone- Industrial Chair -North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence

John worked at RAL in Harwell, Oxfordshire in 1986 as an industrial placement student whilst studying for his degree at Teesside University. He later became a systems architect working on projects including the satellite control system for EUMETSAT’s Meteosat Second Generation programme. John diversified into Telecommunications and Banking, returning to Space in 2005 as the Sales Director for Vega, developing their Space business working with leading institutions such as European Space Agency, Thales Alenia Space, Inmarsat and Airbus.

In 2014, John became CGI’s Space Business Development Director, to support their global growth, in both traditional Space customers and downstream markets. John has recently become the industrial chair of the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence, to promote the use and growth of the Space industry in the North East region.

Stuart Martin CEO Satellite Applications Catapult

In January 2013, Stuart was appointed CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, one of seven independent research and development centres established by the Technology Strategy Board to stimulate growth in the UK economy by accelerating the development and take up of emerging technologies. His leadership of the Satellite Applications Catapult, places the commercial exploitation of space right at the heart of the UK growth agenda, and the ambition established by the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy of 2010 to create 100,000 new jobs in the sector by 2030.

Alex Efimov - Head of Space KTN

Alex Efimov is the Head of Space at the Knowledge Transfer Network. Alex earned a Masters degree from Moscow Nuclear Research University and an MBA from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He held a number of technical and business positions in the satellite communications industry in Russia and Germany. Following his MBA he worked as a UK Technology Transfer Officer at CERN and a Technology Transfer Manager at Queen Mary University of London before joining the Electronics, Sensors and Photonics KTN as the Director of Sensors and Instrumentation in 2012. Alex is leading the KTN Space community since April 2014 contributing his efforts to the UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy and other activities both as a technology expert and a knowledge transfer professional.

Steve Jay - Head of Product Development & Propositions - MORE TH>N

Steve Jay is Head of Product & Proposition development at MORE TH>N, RSA’s direct insurance brand in the UK. Steve’s main focus is testing and developing the next generation of insurance products Steve has 15 years of experience in helping insurers understand & take advantage of the digital revolution. Working as a digital marketing expert for brands such as The Automobile Association, Aviva, Quotemehappy, & RSA. He also managed the pan-European Marketing & eCommerce for MiTAC International’s GPS Brands (Navman, Mio & Magellan). When Steve is unplugged from the internet he spends his time with his family and his extensive guitar collection.'

Andrew Richardson - Co Founder & Business Development Director - Realsafe Technologies

Andrew has drawn upon over 10 years experience in the motorcycle arena to deliver an innovative online and mobile solution for the safety of all motorcyclists. He and his co-founder are responsible for REALRIDER®, the first Smartphone App-based crashed detection system to be integrated into the UK NHS Ambulance Service Network. Powered by REALsafe®, the REALRIDER® App for iPhone and Android detects if you’ve had a crash and sends your location, medical and contact info directly to Ambulance Control when you can’t. It uses downstream satellite data to accurately identify a rider’s direction of travel and final location following a crash. At this point, it immediately converts the phone’s GPS data to Eastings & Northings (within 1 meter accuracy) to enable compatibility with Emergency Service Data Systems.

REALsafe® is a subscription service covering the UK

Peter. G. Johnson - Managing Director - M-Connected Ltd

With over 20 years within Technology based companies, Pete Johnson brings a wealth of business development and strategy skills to the companies he works or invests in. Pete has specialist skills in building robust businesses within defined vertical sectors. Historically, working as director/owner level; Peter has shown he is capable of not only enabling businesses to grow, but has a keen sense of market awareness which is vital in making key SME decisions on business direction, strategy and growth. Working with some of the biggest international companies in the world such as Microsoft Corporation ©Intel©& Hewlett Packard© & Network Rail, Peters focus has been on developing specialist applications and software to support major initiatives, such as application licensing protocols and data dissemination. As a very experienced company director, Pete is well positioned to advise and implement many facets of corporate governance, finance and specialist market penetration initiatives on behalf of the companies he works with.

Alex Stewart, Business Development Director, Satcom Global

Alex Stewart is the Business Development Director for Satcom Global. Employing more than 200 people around the world, Satcom Global is headquartered in North Shields and has offices in Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Phoenix, Brisbane, Perth, Athens and Moscow. Satcom Global provides reliable and vital satellite communications solutions to military, maritime, aeronautical, media and aid customers globally.

Alex has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 16 years, with a particular focus on the Satellite Communications sector. Prior to joining Satcom Global Alex has held various senior commercial roles, most recently as the General Manager for Inmarsat Maritime in Norway.

Melanie Clift is Business Development Manager for Airbus Defence and Space Geo-Intelligence. She has previous experience in the oil and gas, aviation and insurance industries and more recently at the Surrey Space Centre.

Airbus Defence and Space Geo-Intelligence offers strength and resilience in big data hosting, processing and management combined with access to an impressive array of both radar and optical satellites. Its strength as an organisation relies on its ability to work with varying data types in multiple layers to produce value-adding information products used by a wide range of institutional and commercial customers alike.

Dan Wicks - Earth Observation Specialist - Satellite Applications Catapult

Dan Wicks obtained a BSc in Geography and MSc in GIS at the University of Leicester, later working as a Research Assistant at the university, focused on developing systems to monitor EO enabled land cover change. He went on to join DMC International Imaging Ltd, assisting with the coordination of projects related to emergency management services and supporting product development activities associated with software systems and mapping products. In January 2014 he joined the Satellite Applications Catapult as an Earth observation Specialist, where he is responsible for engaging in a dynamic range of projects and activities in support of an expanding effort to further the exploitation of data from remote sensing satellites.

Dave Fox - CEO - Geospatial Insights

Employed by Infoterra’s precursor organization, NRSC Ld, in 1991, Dave started as an Applications Specialist and following appointment as Sales Director in 1997, he became NRSC’s Managing Director in September 1998, a role he held until October 2010.

During this period, David developed a profound understanding of the geo-information services industry, establishing Infoterra as major force in the European geo-information services sector and significantly growing the business from a turnover of £10M in 1998 to £45M in 2010.

Dave is now CEO of Geospatial Insight, now established as a successful start-up in an innovative field, providing differentiated intelligence products and services, derived from geospatial data, to the Finance and Insurance sectors. Geospatial Insight has secured a number of contracts with major players in these markets, and recently secured venture Capital funding to enable further product development and market growth.

Ben Mawhinney - Founder - Drone Labs

Whilst on his gap year, Ben found himself in the midst of one of the largest natural disasters to be recorded, the March 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. When nuclear specialists started comparing the damage to the Fukushima Power plant to that of Chernobyl, he decided it may be worth observing the developments of such a crisis from afar and travelled to Hong Kong. It was there in Hong Kong that he by chance saw an old Chinese school friend, Yu Zhenze, who was on a business trip in the area. Such an occasion led to annual trips to China, the strengthening of a friendship and increased knowledge of Chinese society, business and regional politics. In 2014, one year after Yu Zhenze’s wedding, Ben undertook a Global Marketing Masters at York University and specialised in the UK buyer’s perspective of Guanxi and doing business in China. At the same time, Yu Zhenze began to develop a unique model in China to supply materials and finance to Chinese manufacturers. From the research in the UK and model development in China, KinYu was born. KinYu links UK companies up with Chinese manufacturers and handles the entire transaction process, ensuring a risk and hassle free environment for outsourcing. KinYu relieves the burden and stress of the logistics and shipping which saves money and time, whilst allowing companies to focus on their core competencies.

Steve Lee - CEO - Stevenson Astrosat

Award winning Astrophysicist and Astronautical Engineer. Proven innovator and Entrepreneur. A strong communicator and leader within the growing commercial space sector. His own commercial Astronautics and Earth observation company – Stevenson Astrosat is paving the way across the downstream using innovation to solve global challenges. Its current focus is on Managed Earth Observation Services and solutions for disaster mitigation and resilience at government level as well as low carbon, core infrastructure and renewable energy solutions. As part of this Astrosat recently moved into hardware and payload development as well as integrated satellite communication systems.

Andy Wells - Director - Sterling GEO

Andy is the Business Development Director at Sterling Geo. He has over 20 years’ experience working as an earth observation and geospatial specialist, capturing customers’ requirements and providing solutions on some of the UK’s largest programmes. These include:

  • Military deployed capability
  • National and international data capture programmes
  • Business critical hosted solutions
  • Major change detection and object identification flowlines

Andy is very focused on building and maintaining strong customer relationships and therefore aims to deliver the highest level of customer service. His familiarity and understanding of the software and associated markets has led to Sterling Geo being at the forefront of Smart M.Apps - the latest development from the Hexagon Geospatial Portfolio.

Sandi Wilson - UK Industry Liaison Officer for ESO - Science and Technology Facilities Council

Sandi Wilson is the UK Industry Liaison Officer for ESO (European Southern Observatory) and tasked with maximising UK industrial return from the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) Construction Programme, a €1 billion, 10 year, big science project to build the largest optical and infrared astronomical telescope in the world. Before becoming involved in the E-ELT, she was an Innovation Manager at STFC’s UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh, applying astronomy technology to problems in fields as diverse as ophthalmology and climate change. Before returning to the UK to work in the astronomy field, she completed an MSc in Optoelectronics & Communication Systems and then spent 10 years with Philips Electronics in The Netherlands, cutting her technology development teeth in an R&D group developing DVD+RW and BluRay Disc.

Nick Lambert Director - Satellite Applications Catapult

A master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users’ perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012.
He advises on a wide range of maritime issues including the growing potential of the blue economy concept, the importance of spatial data infrastructures and hydrography for maritime economies, the evolution of eNavigation and GNSS vulnerability, near or real time situational awareness (especially that derived from space based assets and applications), human factors, and training and education in the maritime sector.

Mike Newman - Innovation Manager - Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

As innovation Manager within the ORE Catapult Strategy Team, Mike Newman works on the identification, development and delivery of R&D projects and programmes in the offshore renewable energy sectors.

He developed the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Strategy and supported development of the Wind and Ocean Conditions Strategy for the ORE Catapult.

This involved coordinating R&D project development activities across multifunctional team and delivering technology roadmaps for the sector.
Previously at BVG Associates, Mike undertook offshore wind supply chain and technology innovation projects. Mike advised cross-sector companies on entering the offshore wind market. These companies ranged from high technology start-ups to established larger manufacturers and were predominantly delivering into the metal fabrication and O&M supply chains. Mike also supported development of turbine manufacturer R&D strategy by creating R&D roadmaps, generating a European demonstration site database and undertaking R&D partner scoping.

Naomi Morrow - Project Manager - Digital Catapult Centre North East & Tees Valley

Naomi Morrow is Project Manager for the North East and Tees Valley Digital Catapult Centre which is coordinated by Sunderland Software City on behalf of the five regional universities and the North East LEP and Tees Valley LEP. The NETV Digital Catapult is one of three local centres for the main Digital Catapult Centre based in London. It’s project is focused on the controlled delivery of data, helping organisations realise the value in their closed data. All businesses have data, irrelevant of size or sector. However the vast majority of businesses do not use their data to its full potential. Using data can help drive productivity, efficiency, new product development and thus better bottom lines.

Ian Downey - UK Ambassador - ESA

Ian Downey is the UK Ambassador for ESA’s Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme. The Ambassador Platform conducts outreach and awareness raising activities for the IAP programme and satellite applications across multiple sectors in the UK by developing relationships with new and existing users and stakeholders and linking with other sectors and networks. Focus areas include: Intelligent Transport and Mobility, Offshore Renewable Energy, Future Cities and Digital Health. The UK Ambassador Platform is based at ECSAT (the European Centre for Satellite Applications and Telecommunications) and hosted jointly with the Satellite Applications Catapult on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire to promote mutual awareness and coordination. Ian has worked for over 25 years as a consultant in remote sensing and other space applications in private and public sector organisations in the UK and overseas. He has worked particularly in the development of end user applications through: stakeholder engagement, needs analysis and business development.

Catherine Holt - Horizon 2020 UK National Contact Point for Space - Innovate UK

Catherine joined Innovate UK in 2014 and is the UK designated Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for Space. Catherine has extensive experience in the delivery of EU research funding support across a range of disciplines.

Since 1998 she has been involved with the EU Framework Programme promoting and assisting applicants in the automotive and steel sectors and has been National Contact Point for Standards, Measurement and Testing, the SME scheme, Food and the Environment. She has direct experience in this area having covered topics on earth monitoring and satellite systems that had applications in, for example climate change, during her time as NCP for the Environment and has previously liaised with the space community on these opportunities.

Tim Just - Head of Space - Innovate UK

Tim Just is the Head of Space at Innovate UK. Space technology and infrastructure is used by us all every day, from Satnavs in our cars through to TV and weather forecasts. By spotting the potential synergies and links across all our innovation programmes opens up many new opportunities for the high tech community in the UK. Tim and his team work very closely with the UK Space Agency (UKSA) under a formal service level agreement and provide UK delegates to the European Space Agency (ESA). As part of these relationships Tim and members of his team are the Lead Delegates to ESA for the Telecommunications (ARTES) and Navigation (EGEP) programmes, responsible for over £220m of project funds invested in ESA by the UK, all of which is spent with UK companies and universities.


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