Elaine is the innovation lead at Business Durham. She primarily works with science, technology and engineering businesses to help build useful connections, facilitate business solutions and bring ideas to commercial exploitation. To do this, she works with a wide network of businesses, support organisations, investors, funders and academic institutions. She has been involved in a many different areas of economic development and regeneration in the last 15 years: to name a few, these include digital, new and renewable energy, electric vehicles, tourism, housing, food and drink sectors. Elaine has also been a marketing and communication specialist, leading on various projects over the years. Currently, Elaine also manages an Interreg project, STEPHANIE (Space and photonics technology for market and societal challenges) in the UK, along with other project partners in Spain, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Belgium and Czech Republic. This project aims to develop policy improvements that will best position businesses to benefit from R&D investments within these areas.
Sylvia is a highly experienced business support officer. Her work with the Centre of Excellence has a key focus on managing project finance and uses expertise in systems and process development to ensure smooth financial management of projects. With a strong knowledge of procurement processes, Sylvia brings a number of skills to the team including time management, event management and overall customer first approach to providing client support.
Abbie has worked in marketing for a number of years in a variety of different sectors and joins the team relatively new to the space sector. Although new to the space sector, with a background in Sports Science Abbie understands the world of science, technology and research. Her previous roles include corporate communications for local authorities and customer services. Her work with the Centre of Excellence focuses on the promotion and marketing of the centre, including social media and monthly events.
John is hosted at RTC North and is the Enterprise Europe Network Internationalisation Advisor. He runs Northern Orbit, which is focused on brokering international opportunities for SMEs working across Space, Satellite, Aerospace & Defence and works alongside the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence to encourage the international networking and collaboration of these sectors. Northern Orbit has the sole purpose of supporting SMEs to find international partnering opportunities and developing the northern supply chain for global opportunities within the sector.
Mark has recently spent over 4 years managing an innovation fund, supporting and helping stakeholder’s and companies commercialise ideas and ensure that these ideas are both sustainable and profitable. Mark has also spent a number of years in the Business support sector working intensively with both small and large businesses and helping them to access grants, funds and other much needed support. Mark joins us as Business Engagement and Opportunities Manager
Paul has over 15 years of experience working with the space sector, 11 of which have been spent leading the work of the Geospatial Research and Applications Centre of Excellence (GRACE) at the University of Nottingham. He is an experienced member of the geospatial community and has assisted many organisations and businesses to take advantage of geospatial and GNSS technologies through the provision of consultancy, training, testing and business incubation & acceleration. Paul was co-founder of Geomatic Ventures Limited, and has an MSc in Engineering Business Management. The East Midlands region is recognised as being already very strong in the space sector. RAP-MNE will have a regional office in Nottingham, with collaborative links to business support organisations based in Leeds and Durham. The ESA RAP-MNE is hosted by the Nottingham Geospatial Institute at the University of Nottingham.
Alex is Deloitte’s UK Space sector lead and part of the Deloitte Space sector response leadership team that is working to bring together Public, Private, International and Start-up Space experience to deliver growth in the UK Space sector and economy. Alex specialises in delivery of high-profile strategy and transformation projects, with particular focus on implementation of geospatial technologies. He has a background in market activation of disruptive tech and innovation. Alex is experienced providing business to support to SMEs through a variety of vehicles which he has been responsible for establishing within Deloitte.
Dr Pier Francesco Lion Stoppato is a management consultant with international experience of space science and commercial programmes. Piero has significant experience in satellite projects due diligence, vendors/partners selection and in procurement negotiations of turnkey systems.
Andy Grey is a space expert with PNT specialism in both the upstream and downstream. He also acts as an independent expert to the European Commission on space SME funding.
Andy Bradford is an experienced and proven leader with 30 years’ experience in the space industry in the UK and Europe. He has significant Programme Management, Director and Board Level Experience. Andy has hands-on end-to-end satellite system experience both as an engineer and manager. Andy is an expert in IOSM and technical expert to Astroscale across the UK, Japan, US and Israel. Experience includes extensive knowledge of systems engineering processes within an LSI and particularly with respect to ESA programmes, including Galileo, Andy has also been central to the UK’s launch programme, supporting the development of the original business case and developing launch system and spaceport operation concepts globally.
Dr Adam Baker has hands-on experience in many aspects of rocket propulsion, having spent almost 25 years working on technical development of chemical rocket propulsion and designing and modelling aspects of launch services. Dr Adam Baker has worked with a range of UK and European based SMEs since 2010. Support has included interim programme and technical management, market surveys and grant opportunity identification, creating marketing plans, proposal writing, technical sales & technical support both in house and in client facing roles. Adam is extremely knowledgeable in European and UK grant funding, and is a reviewer for the UK’s NSTP. He supports businesses in accessing funding at key points in their early stage growth.
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