Education & Qualifications:
· Masters in Business Administration (MBA); IE Business School and Brown University, joint degree.
· SSP Leadership Programme; International Space University
· Masters of Arts; Political Science and Philosophy; University of Canterbury, Awarded scholarship from the Centre for Research on Europe.
Lead Consultant for Center for the Advancement of Science in Space November 2013 –
· Lead Consultant for Earth Observation projects for CASIS, which administers NASA’s technology platform and National Laboratory on the International Space Station.
· Employed to find institutional and commercial partners for developing and utilising next generation earth observation technologies on station. Successfully established an initial agreement with the United Nations to develop four different cameras with resolutions and capabilities currently unattainable from commercial satellites, designed specifically to be utilised by regional UN development hubs globally.
· The first camera deployed in 2016 will provide access to new humanitarian focussed applications for large scale development planning, particularly preservation of water and agricultural resources, in partnership with governments across the world and institutional support from the World Bank.
Senior Research Fellow for Centre for Climate and Security (CCS) March 2014 – Ongoing
· Non-residential position for CCS, a Washington DC based think-tank that provides policy and technology analysis to the transatlantic defence and security establishment.
· Built the Technology, Climate and Security Programme for the centre, winning research grants from public and private donors, distributing funding to research associates, and managing the resident research associates to deliver papers that make up the programme.
· Provide focused briefings on how climate change factors impact on unstable regions of the world, contributing to conflicts that require outside intervention.Have a special focus on satellite and UAS technologies, and their contribution to establishing how climate change impacts on human security.
ADS Group October 2008 – October 2013
Head of Space: June 2009 – October 2013
· Built a Space Division for ADS, administrating space-related activity throughout the ADS network, including offices based in Toulouse and Bangalore. In 2012, established an ADS space office on the Isle of Man that brought new manufacturing business to members.
· Six month secondment in 2010 to Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA) in Washington DC. Secondment sought a trans-Atlantic route to expanding space commerce, with US industry and government including Boeing and Raytheon, FAA, and US Department of Commerce.
· In 2012, was part of an industrial leadership team lobbying Treasury to increase the UK’s contribution to the European Space Agency. Resulted in a 25% increase that guaranteed return business (Geo-Return), and the establishment of Harwell as the European centre for commercial space applications.
· Assisted space companies with FP7 and Horizon 2020 funding proposals, for developing and commercialising space related technology. Advised individual companies on opportunities embedded within the space call.
· Set up an agreement with Space Florida that produced new commercial space ventures in remote sensing and satellite communication. Appointed Space Subject Expert on UK government trade missions, cementing new routes to market within North America and India.
· Worked closely with the Knowledge Transfer Network to establish the technology roadmaps under the National Space Technology Policy. Advised companies on engaging the roadmaps to orient into a better position to win grants from the UK Space Agency and Technology Strategy Board (TSB).
· Industry representative on the working group that advised the TSB on its bid to establish a Satellite Applications Catapult Centre. After the Centre was subsequently launched, brought in defence, security, and aerospace companies to develop applications for use in those sectors. Built a similar relationship with the ESA Harwell Applications team after its expansion in 2013.
· Organised the space zone industry conference for the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow, including technology demonstrators for companies such as Virgin Galactic.
Sustainability Advisor: October 2008 – May 2009
· Assisted aerospace companies with FP7 funding proposals centred on sustainable aviation, including accelerators for maturing technology and design improvement for existing technologies.
· Led UK aerospace compliance on REACH, including being both the coordinator of the ADS industry working group on REACH and other hazardous materials, and the UK industry representative on the European ASD Working Group on REACH.
· Helped finalise the Aviation Global Deal; an UK industry initiative that supported a global carbon trading scheme for aviation administered by ICAO and UNFCCC. Promoted the industry CO2 road map to officials administering the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
· Represented ADS on the Sustainable Aviation Council and helped edit the 2nd Sustainable Aviation Progress Report. Assisted the Climate Change Committee with compiling its report on aviation and fostered industry links with Greener by Design, in order to spur innovative design for aircraft operation, engines, fuels and airframes. Worked with the UK Ministry of Defence to ensure MoD aerospace suppliers complied with the MoD sustainability charter.
· Administered the Climate Change Agreement levy scheme for ADS members by negotiating their applications with the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
External Affairs Manager; Transport for London: May 2007 – October 2008
· Communicated TfL’s climate change strategy to business stakeholders, and worked with TfL’s Smarter Travel Unit to help business adapt to increasing pressure on key transport hubs.
· Represented TfL at events and seminars, giving presentations to academics, business, and councils on efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions across TfL’s multi-modal transport infrastructure.
· Developed a pre-engagement strategy for the public release of the TfL 2008 Business Plan. Particular attention being paid on mitigating criticism from business of projects unfunded for 2008/2009.
Public Affairs Manager; the London Borough of Hackney: October 2004 – May 2007
· Briefed government departments on the council’s transport and environment initiatives. Advised Council Members on local and central government activity, and wrote speeches for the Mayor.
· Streamlined how autonomous units within the council communicated with each other and developed relationships with the Olympic Development Agency on legacy projects to be undertaken in Hackney.
· Six month secondment to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).Wrote the FSB submission to the Government Review panel on the future of the UK postal system, and represented British small business at the European Commission inquiry into the European postal legislation.
Account Executive; Citigate Public Affairs; October 2003 – October 2004
· Conducted research and profile-raising campaigns for transport clients, including lobbying for increased autonomy for Transport for London to negotiate directly with private companies.
· Provided a range of additional specialist services including representation before select committees, putting clients together with key decision makers, and providing political workshops for clients.
Political Advisor; Tim Barnett, Member of Parliament: November 2001 – July 2003
· Employed to research a potential framework agreement between New Zealand and the European Union for joint development projects in the Asia/Pacific region. The role involved liaising with the NZ Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade and MEPs in the European Parliament.
· Lobbied on prostitution law reform on behalf of Tim Barnett and the NZ Prostitutes Collective.
· Assist PAW; a leopard conservation charity based in South Africa, to improve animal tracking through satellite navigation and GIS applications, with the intention of scaling up the technologies for wider animal conservation use, including drone supported anti-poaching measures.
· Develop small technology demonstration projects with the London based Institute of Sustainability. Initial projects are focussed on transport efficiencies for European shipping lanes.
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