DOB: 22 May 1956
Marital status: Single
Driving Licence: Full, clean
Bletchley Grammar School – 7 “O” levels
Milton Keynes College of FE – HND in Mechanical and Production Engineering
Ordnance Survey -1975-1977
Surveyors Assistant, large scale mapping of Milton Keynes - Left job due to downsizing and no opportunities for Surveyor courses.
Miller Buckley Construction - 1977
Surveyors Assistant, plotting the correct course of underground sewerage systems. Resigned to take position at Westcott.
Rocket Motor Establishment (formerly Royal Ordnance now AMPAC Isp Ltd), Westcott, Aylesbury, Bucks – 1978-2001
Final grade was Senior Scientific Officer equivalent. Firing Officer on test sites responsible and actively involved in all aspects of liquid and solid rocket motor development, qualification and testing, for Defense and civil space applications.
Specific duties included; writing test and safety procedures, setting and organising tasks for on-site support personnel, training Astrium personnel in the safe handling and use of rocket propellants for spacecraft loading, design of test site high pressure gas and propellant delivery systems, liaising with external customers to develop and conduct their test programs
9 year period spent working at Boeing high altitude test facility in WA State, USA to develop, qualify and acceptance test spacecraft rocket engines. Joint venture between Boeing and Royal Ordnance. Responsible for all test and safety procedures, test activities and organising Boeing technicians in support of our test programs. Produced requirements for engine clean room, built by Boeing, and liaised with Boeing HSE and environmental personnel to ensure the safe conduct of personnel during testing
Astrium Ltd, Portsmouth, Hants – 2001-2003
Senior Propulsion Engineer. Validation Manager for the Eurostar 3000 telecom satellite Electric propulsion system. Produced validation documentation and test procedures for 2 customers and was actively involved in all aspects of testing in spacecraft clean rooms. Left due to company decision to re-locate Electric Propulsion Dept. to Toulouse.
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Guildford, Surrey – 2004-present
Senior Propulsion Engineer. Work Package Manager for Propulsion Systems on Earth Observation spacecraft. Cradle to grave involvement including initial design studies, generating cost packs, schedules, specifications, hardware development and qualification, procurement, manufacture, test, launch site and in orbit data analysis. Responsible for producing all manufacturing, test, cleanliness and system verification, safety and launch site documentation. Extensive clean room experience.
Other skills: PC literate in MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, MS Visio, MS Project
Hobbies/Interests: Long distance walking/trekking, camping, skiing, gardening, travel, playing music
The Development of a novel Green propulsion system using Water; Author and presenter at European Propulsion Conference, Bordeaux, June, 2012
The Development and Qualification of the Eurostar 300 Electric Propulsion System: Author for AIAA Propulsion Conference, San Diego, May 2003
Method for determining the Helium saturation levels in Hydrazine and Nitrogen Tetroxide: Co-author for AIAA Propulsion Conference, Colorado, 1998
Dr Howard Gray, Chief Architect for Electric Propulsion on Bepi-Columbo inter-planetary spacecraft. Astrium, Portsmouth
Dr Ian Coxhill, Chief Engineer, MOOG ISP Ltd, Westcott, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20,
Dr Mark Ford, Head of Propulsion, ESA-ESTEC, Netherlands
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