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Our Staff

Louise Osborne
Project Director

Louise is Head of Innovation, Impact & Business in Cornwall for the University of Exeter, with a focus on regional projects and partnerships, including the SWCoESA. Louise brings a background of business and project development combined with nine years' experience in higher education innovation and enterprise project management. The Innovation, Impact & Business (IIB) team's remit is to connect partners, create opportunities and generate value to deliver economic growth in the region.

Conrad Gillespie
Centre Manager

Conrad focuses on delivering a programme of initiatives to help entrepreneurs and innovative organisations develop and commercialise space technologies and satellite applications. By engaging with a wide range of relevant beneficiaries, Conrad helps to build robust collaborations across industries and academia, in order to create technological opportunities, leverage scientific research, generate value and drive impact for regional growth. With over twenty years of management experience in diverse sectors, Conrad is well networked within the fields of Advanced Engineering, Emerging Technologies, Data Science, Geospatial Intelligence, Physical Sciences and Space. He aims to establish a dynamic network of SWCoESA ‘Open Space’ hubs, to support regional space-enabled businesses across multidisciplinary sectors, including Agritech, eHealth, Marine and Mining.

Sharon Addinall
ehealth Business Engagement Officer

Sharon has worked within the health sector undertaking administration and management for the majority of her career and prior to joining the Centre, she ran her own business as an Editor for a local magazine. She has extensive experience developing office systems in addition to managing projects, sourcing funding and was a key player in delivering communication systems to staff and members of the public.

Anna Mankee-Williams
eHealth & eWellbeing Lead

Anna has twenty-two years of experience within the health sector (RGN, RM, RHV), Specialist Community Practitioner/Practice Educator and Public Health Children’s Lead. In addition, Anna has ten years of experience within the Local Authority, as a Head of Partnership and latterly as Head of Commissioning Performance and Improvement with an all age portfolio, working closely with all partners to improve outcomes for the population of Cornwall. Anna is currently completing an MSc in Public Health, and has a particular passion for the potential of developing innovative technological solutions to the health and social care system pressures we face both now and in the future.

Alice Bird
Mining Lead

I am a geologist now working in space tech to help mining and geoscience companies engage with the capabilities that satellites can provide. I can help answer questions about what technology and applications are available, all the way through to helping you bid from Space Agency funding for your idea of how you can grow your geo/mining business using modern space tech and satellite data. The Catapult Extractives Industries Team can support you from a simple brain storm all the way through to project completion and beyond, so get in touch if you are looking towards the skies for solutions to your modern geo-mining challenges.

Andy Williams
ESA Business Solutions Ambassador

Andy Williams has over 25 years experience in the Space Industry within Europe including 20 years working in Darmstadt, Germany. He has significant experience in a range of technical, managerial and commercial roles in satellite operations and ground segment services. Based in Cornwall since moving back to the UK in 2015, Andy has worked on developing opportunities in satellite telecommunications and downstream satcoms services. In 2019, he founded a space consultancy business providing technical and commercial assistance into the space sector. Andy has a Masters degree in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield. Andy is currently working for the University of Exeter as the Regional Ambassador for South West England and South Wales. RAP-SW is hosted by the University of Exeter through the South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications

Chloe Rowland
Marine & Maritime Lead

Chloe is a motivated and experienced HE intermediary and support adviser; focused on tech transfer, industry engagement and economic growth activities in the maritime sector, with a particular focus on cyber security and Smart Ports. Working for the University of Plymouth, Chloe has an outward facing role facilitating opportunities to engage industry with the wider research sector opportunities by creating and managing relationships directly with stakeholders; operating regionally, nationally and internationally. In addition to her role as SWCoESA Marine & Maritime Solutions Consultant, Chloe also oversees delivery of the University of Plymouth’s Cyber-SHIP Lab, a £3 million facility funded by Research England and key industry stakeholders which offers a unique opportunity to address global maritime cyber security challenges.

Devi Whittle
Natural Capital Lead

Devi has been working at the interface between academia and business for the past 3 years, facilitating innovative projects in the agri-food sector. As Natural Capital theme lead for the SWCoESA, Devi aims to continue supporting businesses who want to develop their use of satellite-related technology for purposes of natural capital monitoring and/or management. Natural capital assets encompass everything from the air we breathe, the land on which we live, water systems (fresh and marine), soil, geology, all living organisms and the ecosystem services they provide. These ecosystem services underpin human health and the health of our planet, as well as providing us of an alternative way of considering our economic and social responsibilities. So, if your business is looking to grow and develop space-related technology to assist with natural capital projects, agri-tech, food supply chains or even sustainable finance, Devi would be happy to have a conversation with you about how the SWCoESA can help grow your network and capabilities

Helen Young
Marketing and Communications Officer

Helen is an experienced marketer with a CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing. Highly organised, Helen is skilled in social media, event management, branding, and content. Her role at the SWCoESA is to raise awareness and promote the aims of the centre through content creation, event management, social media and comms. Her previous roles span many different sectors including tourism and leisure, education and professional services, and includes freelance, in-house, agency and not-for-profit marketing experience.

Joel Freedman
Regional Innovation Manager

Joel works across the Space Enterprise Ecosystem supporting the growth of UK space innovation clusters and helping to match world leading capabilities with high value market opportunities. He takes a design thinking approach to innovation and growth, and facilitates productive multi-stakeholder interactions to co-create sustainable and scalable growth strategies. His aim, and that of his team, is to grow the space sector across all parts of the UK, supporting businesses, translating research, and catalysing markets, bringing economic growth alongside space enabled solutions that solve complex global challenges in order to make the world a better place.

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