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 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 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 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.
Specialising in higher education, Steve is a motivated and experienced intermediary and support adviser; focused on tech transfer, industry engagement and economic growth activities. Working for the University of Plymouth, Steve holds an outward facing role facilitating opportunities to engage industry with the wider research sectors, by creating and managing relationships directly with stakeholders; operating regionally, nationally and internationally. In addition to his role as SWCoESA Marine & Maritime Lead, on behalf of the University of Plymouth, Steve also oversees delivery of two regional marine innovation projects funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF); Marine-i in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and the Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) in Devon.
Adam is highly creative with extensive experience in industrial product design 3D CAD and digital manufacturing technology. He is Chair of the SW Creative Technology Network and has recently joined our team to explore and support development of new innovations in the eHealth and Wellness sector.
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 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 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.
Emma Hatton is an Earth Observation consultant with over 17 years’ experience in the application of EO across government, academia, and industry. She has worked on creating solutions of all sizes, from bespoke analytics to near real-time processing of continental-scale data from the Copernicus satellites. As the former Head of Earth Observation in SCISYS UK Ltd, Emma understands how to build Earth Observation solutions across a wide range of sectors that are both successful and financially viable.
John Yates has 35 years of experience in the commercial space sector. After having held key satellite project management positions at SES-Astra in Luxembourg and Inmarsat in London he now provides independent expert advice on space policy and strategy and technical and business aspects of commercial satellite programmes. He is also co-Founder and Chairman of Helix Technologies Ltd and a Non-Executive Director and founder-investor at Oxford Space Systems.
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