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The Space Skills Alliance is a not-for-profit think tank and consultancy working to address the skills shortage in the space sector.

It was set up in September 2019 by Joseph Dudley and Heidi Thiemann, who previously created, and have won multiple awards for their contributions to the space sector.


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Space Skills Alliance directors named SSPI UK Space Personalities of the Year

Space Skills Alliance directors Joseph Dudley and Heidi Thiemann have been jointly named UK Space Personality of the Year by the UK Chapter of the Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) in recognition of "excellent work on space sector skills, employment, and diversity with the Space Skills Alliance".

Joseph Dudley and Heidi Thiemann, Directors of the Space Skills Alliance, said:

No-one can go to space alone. It requires people with all types of skills and backgrounds, knowledge and perspectives, to work together towards common goals. Space is the great example of the power of collaboration to overcome incredible obstacles and to achieve great things.

Our work in the Space Skills Alliance is driven by the belief that the foundations of the space sector are being laid today, and the decisions that we make about the kinds of values we embody and the people we include will profoundly and permanently shape our future among the stars.

We are delighted to receive this award, and we hope that it will further highlight the importance of skills and recruitment to the continued success of our sector.

The Space Personality of the Year Award is an award from the UK chapter of SSPI that celebrates an individual for their achievements in the promotion and development of the satellite sector in the UK.

Previous winners include Greg Wyler, Founder of OneWeb, Volodymyr Levykin, Founder and CEO of Skyrora, and Ian Jones, Founder and CEO of Goonhilly Earth Station.

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