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     Date Submitted:28-10-2018
     Last Modified:29-10-2018 (02:16)
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     Current job:Vice President
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsExpert. Executive. Procurement. Operations. Launch. Project Management.


    Certified Professional Manager and Spacecraft Operations specialist. Two decades industry experience of satellite projects and routine / contingency operations, having worked in both a start-up environment and an established organisation. Direct involvement with 6 separate launch campaigns. 


    Al Yah Satellite Communications Company Pjsc (Yahsat) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) July 2009 to date 
    Vice President, Spacecraft Control and Analysis – (February 2018 to date) Overall responsibility for Spacecraft Operations (nominal and contingency) for the Yahsat in-orbit fleet. Project manager for $2m real-time system (RTS) procurement project. Provide expert support for procurement of future satellite programs and projects.  
    Associate Vice President, Spacecraft Analysis – (March 2016 to January 2018) Responsible for spacecraft health and performance reporting. Operations lead for Al-Yah 3 launch, in-orbit test. Responsible for integrating Al-Yah 3 into the in-orbit fleet.  
    Spacecraft Operations Manager (SOM) – (January 2012 to February 2016) Initially responsible for in-orbit acceptance of the Al-Yah 2 spacecraft. Following acceptance, led the operational management of the Yahsat in-orbit fleet of 2 Eurostar E3000 satellites and the associated ground segment equipment. Team mentorship and leadership of 15 staff. Spacecraft Operations representative for the procurement of Al Yah 3 Geostar 3 satellite, and a named deputy for the Executive Vice President of Satellite Operations. 
    Senior Spacecraft Operations Engineer (SSOE) – (July 2009 – December 2011) Pre-launch, provided support to the engineering and procurement team during the procurement phase of Al-Yah 1 and Al-Yah 2, witnessing testing of Satellite and Ground Control system at the manufacturer's facility.  Assessed readiness for operations.  Reviewed and signed-off system requirements as the Operations representative.  Responsible for the development of Spacecraft Operational policy, process, and procedural documentation. Customer representative for the Yahsat Al-Yah 1 launch at the Spacecraft manufacturers operational facility during LEOP/IOT phase. 
    Inmarsat Global, Ltd. London, United Kingdom September 1998 – July 2009 
    Spacecraft Analyst / Senior Spacecraft Analyst – (January 2000 – July 2009) Planning and management of routine operational activities, regular monitoring, assessment, and health reporting of each satellite. Managing follow on activities to anomalies, maintenance of telemetry and telecommanding database and flight control procedures. Satellite Operations Conductor, responsible for all operations during Inm-4 LEOP/IOT phase (4F1, 4F2 in 2005, 4F3 in 2008). Appointed as “Lead Spacecraft Analyst” for the Inmarsat-4 and Inmarsat-3 fleet. Worked alongside Avanti PLC, helping to define the operations concept for Hylas-1 in 2008-9. 
    Satellite Operations Assistant / Satellite Controller – (September 1998 – December 1999) Initially employed as an Operations Assistant, before qualifying as a Satellite Controller in April 1999, and then working in a single manning shift environment, responsible for monitoring and operating a constellation of 9 geostationary satellites. 
    Other positions held (various) October 1996 – August 1998 
    Database Administrator – (January 1998 – August 1998) Future Recruitment (Agency) - Bromley, United Kingdom Responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of a bespoke database for the client (Lewisham council), along with installing a new computer network to assist the transition from paper to electronic records. 
    Assistant Systems Administrator – (October 1996 – December 1997) UK Civil Service (PB8) - Manchester, United Kingdom Assistant Systems Administrator - National Unemployment Benefit System (NUBS) and Labour Market System (LMS). 



    University of Liverpool - Liverpool, United Kingdom (2015 to 2017) Master of Science (MSc) Information and Systems management. (Merit) Final research project  “AN EVALUATION OF BIG DATA ANALYTIC TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT IN SPACECRAFT OPERATIONS” 
    University College Plymouth, St. Mark and St. John - Plymouth, United Kingdom (1994-1996) Certificate in Higher Education (Cert He.): Media Studies and Information Technology 
    Southwark College - London, United Kingdom (1992 – 1994) G.C.E “A” Level: Government and Politics (B), Media Studies (B), English Literature (C) 
    Lilian Baylis Secondary School - London, United Kingdom (1987 – 1992) G.C.S.E:  Science (A), Dual Award Science (A), History (B), Art (B), English Language (B), English Literature (C), Mathematics (C), Technology (C), French (D) 
    South London College – London, United Kingdom (1991) Select Program in Science and Engineering (SPISE) – scholarship 


    7 different bus types, a total of 19 spacecraft. Airbus DS (formerly EADS Astrium, BAe) Eurostar 1000 (Inmarsat 2F1,2F2,2F3,2F4) Airbus DS Eurostar 3000 (Inmarsat 4F1,4F2,4F3 | Yahsat Al Yah 1, Al Yah 2) Lockheed Martin Series 4000/7000 (Inmarsat 3F1,3F2,3F3,3F4,3F5) Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (formerly Orbital ATK) Geostar 3 (Yahsat Al Yah 3) ISRO/ANTRIX I2K Bus (Hylas 1) Lockheed Martin A2100 (Garuda-1) Boeing 702 (Thuraya-2, Thuraya-3) 

    Multi-Satellite-Support-System (M3S), Gensym G2 / Intelligent Mission Toolkit (IMT)  Inmarsat Storm Satellite Support System (I4S), IMT-NG Astrium OPSWARE suite (FOST, OPSAT, OPSEXECUTER) Astrium GEMS M&C system Kratos Compass M&C suite GMV flexplan (ops scheduling software), GMV smartrings (payload management software) Kratos Epoch IPS software suite 

    Southampton University – Spacecraft Systems Engineering short course – 2001 Member of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP) Member of the Chartered Management Institute (2015 – date) Spearhead Training – ‘Fundamentals of Project Management’ – 2012 Spearhead Training – ‘Coaching for Optimum Performance’ – 2012 Spearhead Training – ‘Developing Management Skills’ – 2012 Spearhead Training – ‘Finance for non-finance professionals’ – 2013 Select Training – ‘Conflict and Change Management’ – 2014 Spearhead Training – ‘Developing a Crisis Management strategy’ – 2014 Select Training – ‘Strategic Thinking’ – 2014 FranklinCovey – ‘7 habits of highly successful people’ - 2014 Meirc Training - ‘Certified Professional Manager’ – 2015 

    ITAR/TAA cleared Parent Governor (Wentworth Primary school, Dartford, Kent) 2008-9 Member of the Strategic Governance Group (Al Bateen Academy, Abu Dhabi, UAE) 2015 - date 
    LANGUAGE English (native)  



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