Paul Singh Bhatia,
The Business Applications UK Ambassador Platform is implemented as a network of four regional Ambassador posts embedded in different host organisations, all active in stimulating space related business development.
The UK already has a strong presence in the global space market, which is expected to continue its rapid growth, especially in downstream applications. With the support of both ESA and the UK Government, the network’s aim is to raise awareness of the available funding instruments and to identify, promote and deliver a regular supply of commercially sustainable projects that use or are enabled by space. It conducts outreach activities and provides advice and guidance on business ideas for the programme across multiple sectors and regions in the UK, by developing relationships with new and existing users and stakeholders.
Regional Ambassador Platform (RAP) Profiles
UK Regional Ambassador Platform - Midlands and North East England (RAP-MNE)
Paul Singh Bhatia
Paul has over 15 years of experience working with the space sector, 11 of which have been spent leading the work of the Geospatial Research and Applications Centre of Excellence (GRACE) at the University of Nottingham. He is an experienced member of the geospatial community and has assisted many organisations and businesses to take advantage of geospatial and GNSS technologies through the provision of consultancy, training, testing and business incubation & acceleration. Paul was co-founder of Geomatic Ventures Limited, and has an MSc in Engineering Business Management.
The East Midlands region is recognised as being already very strong in the space sector. RAP-MNE will have a regional office in Nottingham, with collaborative links to business support organisations based in Leeds and Durham.
The ESA RAP-MNE is hosted by the Nottingham Geospatial Institute at the University of Nottingham.
UK REGIONAL AMBASSADOR PLATFORM – SOUTH WEST ENGLAND AND SOUTH WALES (RAP-SW)
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 Satellite Applications Catapult South West Centre of Excellence
UK Regional Ambassador Platform – North West England and North Wales (RAP-NW)
Alan is a co-founder and former Chair of the Northern Space Consortium CIC, which aims to nurture the region’s space industry by organising events, engaging, connecting and coordinating the North West of England and North Wales with the key players in the space industry. This covers both upstream and downstream sectors, nationally and internationally. Alan is a skilled and passionate communicator with a lifelong passion for astronautics and astronomy. He has more than a decade of experience in managing and delivering client focused solutions, including several years engaging regional businesses and stakeholders within the space industry.
As the Regional Ambassador, Alan is exploring how collaboration between businesses can also deliver real change and prosperity to the region. RAP-NW is hosted by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) at their Daresbury site near Warrington.
UK Regional Ambassador Platform - Scotland and Northern Ireland (RAP-SNI)
Ken is an experienced innovation funding specialist who has been helping Scottish businesses understand and apply for funding for innovation since 2008. He has moderated and presented at innovation funding events across the EU and beyond, including trade visits to China presenting the capabilities of the Scottish Aerospace industry. He brings significant business support skills in proposal preparation, finding collaborative partners and proposal review to assist the space and non-space sectors.
Ken has a passion for effective communication and has presented on social media best practice. Ken’s background enables working closely with companies and key agencies, including Scottish Enterprise (SE), Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), and Northern Ireland’s economic development agency, Invest NI.
RAP-SNI is hosted by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.