Speaker Biographies

Keynote Speaker

Craig Clark, CEO Clyde Space

Craig Clark

Craig has a BEng in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Satellite Engineering from the University of Surrey. Craig joined Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) in 1994 where, for 11 years, Craig worked as a technical manager on over 20 space missions. In 2005, Craig returned to Glasgow and founded Clyde Space Ltd.  Clyde Space is now one of the most successful suppliers of small satellite systems in the world, becoming a 'household name' in the space industry.  The company continues to grow and develop cutting-edge products for the space market, in particular in the area of tiny satellites called 'CubeSats'.  Presently in its 9th year of trading, Clyde Space has over 25 highly skilled, full-time staff. Clyde Space will launch Scotland's first satellite in April 2014. In June 2013, Craig was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday Honours list for his services to Innovation and Technology.  Craig is also a member of the Space Leadership Council, which advises on the direction of the UK Space Agency and is chaired by the UK Science Minister, David Willetts.



Chas Bishop, National Space Centre

Chas BishopChas has been Chief Executive of the National Space Centre since the launch of its Visitor Attraction in 2001.  He has since launched NSC Creative (2008) and the National Space Academy (2012).  He is Chairman of Leicestershire Promotions Ltd, a Trustee of the Association of Science & Discovery Centres and on the shadow board of the King Richard III Visitor Centre. Chas has previously worked for a number of visitor attractions including Madame Tussauds and Alton Towers.  He was Chairman of the East Midlands Tourism Council from 2008-11, and has done consultancy work for Government on issues of skills development and communication within the space industry.

Chair of the Panel Discussion

Anu Ojha, National Space Centre

 Anu Ojha

Anu Ojha is an Executive Director of the National Space Centre and Director of the National Space Academy programme (UK Space Agency, STFC, ESA) which has, in partnership with the University of Leicester and Loughborough College, developed the National Higher Apprenticeship programme for the Space Sector. Formerly Assistant Headteacher of the largest Specialist Science College in the UK and an Advanced Skills Teacher since 2003, Anu has been a member of STFC’s Public Engagement Panel since 2009, is an Ambassador for the European Space Agency’s UK Space Education Office (ESERO-UK) and continues to work with ESA in the development of new international  space-focused education programmes aimed at high school and university level.


Upstream - Space Exploration & Technology 

Jon Ryley, Director Customer Development, New Technologies - QinetiQ

Jon RyleyJon is the Director of Customer Development for a diverse portfolio of technologies including Space, Security and IP and is actively involved with driving the organisational growth and business transformation across the Group. Jon is a senior executive with international experience and a proven track record in transformational growth, strategy, people development, sales and business origination. Prior to QinetiQ Jon held senior positions at Invensys, De La Rue and LinkedIn and has studied at Manchester Metropolitan University and Harvard Business School.



Helen Webber, Reaction Engines Ltd

Helen WebberDr Helen Webber is a Technical Manager and Performance Engineer at Reaction Engines. She carried out her PhD in low speed wind tunnel aerodynamics and heat transfer studies, investigating the performance enhancement of compact heat exchangers for use in precooled air-breathing engines. Whilst at Reaction Engines, Helen has worked on the design of heat exchangers for test rig supply flows, the experimental measurement and performance analysis of Reaction Engines prototype precooler, and the investigation of precooler installation aerodynamics. She is currently running the Advanced Nozzle Program, an experimental program into new nozzle technologies for the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE).


Andy Bowyer, MagnaParva

Andy Bowyer

Following an Engineering Apprenticeship and a BSc Hons degree in Engineering from Leeds University, Andrew joined Hoerbiger as a Mechanical Project engineer. In 2001, he moved to More Control as an Automation project Sales Engineer.

Andrew then became a Commercial Manager for a mechanical invention based start-up and in 2005 he co-founded Magna Parva Ltd., becoming Commerical director.

In 2012, he founded and became Commercial Director across all Magna Parva group companies.




Downstream - Earth Observation & Satellite Application


Tom Lankester, Airbus Defence and Space

Tom LankesterTom completed his BSc. in Geological Sciences in 1986, following up with an MSc. in Remote Sensing and Image Processing (1987) and a PhD in Sedimentology (1993). As a systems engineer at Computing Devices Eastbourne (1989), Earth Observation Sciences (1993) and now Airbus DS (1999), Tom has a combination of system engineering and Earth Observation application expertise, the latter including SAR and optical applications experience. His cross-disciplinary work has involved liaison and collaboration with end users, academics and engineers to research, develop and implement EO data processing systems and applications, most notably the OilWatch oil spill detection system and the PHenology And Vegetation Earth Observation Service (PHAVEOS).


Ruth Kelliher, CGI-Logica

Ruth-CGIRuth graduated from the University of Leicester in 2010 with a Master of Physics in Physics with Space Science and Technology. Since then she has been working for CGI, formerly known as Logica, within the space and defence division. Ruth started her career working on a defence project called Skynet, during which time she worked in various roles including development work, testing, team leadership and management. Ruth is now working as a Test Manager on an international project contracted to the European Space Agency (ESA), providing IT support for the acquisition of Earth observational data.



Martin Insley, Lead Geologist, Tullow Oil plc

Martin InsleyMartin Insley is Lead Geologist within the New Ventures team at Tullow Oil providing technical expertise in the areas of structural geology, remote sensing and GIS. He has over 20 years experience working as a structural geologist specialising in the geological interpretation of remote sensing data in the oil, gas and minerals industry. Prior to joining Tullow Oil he was director of his own geological consultancy and previously worked in the Oil, Gas and Minerals Group of Infoterra (now Airbus).  He has carried out detailed structural studies and fieldwork in a wide range of geographical areas including Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia, SE Asia, South America and Canada. He has also been involved in the delivery of training courses in the structural interpretation of remotely sensed data and GIS to industry, and currently contributes to the MSc Petroleum Geoscience course at Royal Holloway University of London, where he has held the position of Honorary Lecturer in geological remote sensing since 2002.  Martin gained a BSc in Geology from Goldsmiths College, London in 1982, followed by an MSc in Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics from Imperial College, London in 1984 and a PhD from Royal Holloway University of London in 1990. He also did post-doctorate research into analogue modelling of salt diapirism and has published around 20 papers on structural geology and geological remote sensing and its application to predicting seismic quality.


Graham Hinchliffe, Bluesky

Graham HinchliffeGraham completed a BSc in Geology with Physical Geography in 2003 followed by a MSc in GIS in 2005. He has been a GIS professional for the past 9 years, working for Astrium Infoterra as a Senior GIS Analyst and now with Bluesky International Ltd (http://bluesky-world.com/) as a GIS Specialist on a diverse range of national and international projects. He is responsible for the development of Bluesky’s flagship National Tree Map. He can provide an interesting insight to the world of a GIS Analyst, including a sabbatical working for the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and volunteering with a South Indian Geospatial company. 



Entrepreneurship & Funding

Richard Freeman, Zeeko Ltd

Richard FreemanEstablished in 2000, Zeeko has progressed from being a start-up company with innovative technology to polish ultra precision surfaces for telescope mirrors and other optical surfaces, to become a market leading company with a wide polishing and metrology product portfolio that competes impressively in a global market place. Zeeko remains to be an innovative, young and dynamic technology based business with globally protected Intellectual Property extending to over 52 worldwide patents.  ichard himself is a mechanical engineer with a manufacturing background. He first managed a volume manufacturer of components for the global diesel engine market before becoming Managing Director of Rank Taylor Hobson, a well known name in both precision metrology and cinematography optics. Shortly after leaving Taylor Hobson he founded Zeeko Ltd. With a background both in volume manufacture and also in metrology he was well equipped to study the similar challenges of the Ultra-Precision Polishing Industry.


Sam Adlen, Satellite Applications Catapult

Sam AdlenSam is Head of Business Innovation at the Satellite Applications Catapult where he supports SMEs and drives innovation.  Prior to this he was Lead Technologist for Space with the Technology Strategy Board. Following a PhD working on a NASA Mars satellite he joined VEGA group, working as a consultant focusing on satellite applications. From there he has since held senior roles in Finmeccanica, as strategy manager for SELEX Systems Integration and as UK Transport Lead in the Finmeccanica Innovation Hub.


Nicola Musgrove, ESA Business Incubation Centre

Nicola MusgroveNicola works for the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and is the ESA Business Incubation Centre Support Manager. Her role is vital to the day to day running of the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Harwell where she actively works with the ESA BIC “incubatees” (or companies) to support and manage their development, including helping them to source funding and collaborators; as well as to broker technical support and provide access to facilities, equipment and expertise within ESA and STFC. The ESA BIC Harwell is managed by STFC on behalf of the European Space Agency and is the only incubation centre of its kind in the UK. It is part of ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office which manages a growing network of ESA BICs across Europe.


Jeremy Curtis, UK Space Agency

Jeremy Curtis

Jeremy Curtis leads the UK Space Agency's increased focus on space education, which uses space to inspire interest in STEM subjects as well as addressing the skills needs of the growing UK space industry.

He chairs the ESERO Steering Group and is a member of the Steering Group of the National Space Academy.  He also chairs the Organising Group for the UK Space Conference.



Research & Industry Programmes

Martin Killeen, Higher Apprenticeships in Space Engineering, Loughborough College

Martin KilleenDr Martin Killeen is Head of Technology at Loughborough College and has worked at the college for 27 years. Originally qualified as a power engineer Martin has been involved in the development of qualifications both at Further and Higher Education as well as developing international programmes for the oil and gas industry for the repair and overhaul of hazardous area power equipment. Recently as part of the partnership with the National Space centre and Leicester University martin has been the college link in the development of  the Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering  that has followed on from  the creation of a full time level three programme  for 16-18 year old students that combines an extended diploma in Engineering and A levels in Maths and Physics. This is  jointly delivered with the National Space centre using a space Engineering theme.


Teresa Smith, Project Manager - IRSA

smith biographyTeresa brings to the IRSA project a range of skills from both public and private sector. She has experience working freelance and in running an SME. She has worked for larger organisations and Local Authorities as both a consultant and provider of educational services. She has a background predominantly in the biological sciences, with a particular expertise in developing the Business Innovation Agenda through dedicated knowledge exchange activities.




Phil Cooper, Sterling-GEO

Phil CooperPhil is the Director and General Manager of Sterling Geo.  He is business focused with 15 years’ experience across the geo-solutions and services industry working with clients such as National Grid, Lloyds of London, Ordnance Survey, the Environment Agency and the British Transport Police. He deals with challenging individual sales targets, management targets and delivers a business strategy to grow Sterling Geo into new markets.  Before coming to Sterling, Phil worked as a technical consultant and as a business manager, providing him with the capability and knowledge to lead and provide support for the technical team at Sterling Geo.  Forward-thinking, Phil is an expert at developing products before the market demands them.



Kathie Bowden, SpIN, University of Reading

Kathie Bowden

Kathie is currently the Centre Manager for Space@Reading, supporting space activities across the University. She has over 30 years’ experience of the application of space data within industry and academia. Kathie is a geologist with degree from UCL and postgraduate diploma from the University of Northern Arizona where she specialised in remote sensing applications.  More recently Kathie has been instrumental in the skills agenda for the space sector. She is working in collaboration with the UKSA, Space Leadership Council , Satellite Applications Catapult and industry to address the skills gap. One of the initiatives she has led is the National Space Internship Network which has attracted over 45 high quality undergraduates in its first year. 













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