A decade of experience
Heidi and Joseph are experts in the space skills domain with over a decade of experience. They started as students leading UKSEDS, the national student space society, volunteering thousands of hours to organise major national events, competitions, and outreach activities.
In 2015 they built SpaceCareers.uk, a careers website for young people, which has become the go-to resource for the sector and was recognised by Prime Minister Theresa May as “a crucial service to thousands of people across the country that want to learn more about careers in the space industry”.
They have both published papers on diversity and skills shortages in the space sector, and have been recognised for their leadership in this area with multiple awards and frequent invitations to speak at sector events.
- Rising Star Award finalist – everywoman, 2020
- Sir Arthur Clarke Award for contributions to the space sector – Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, 2019
- Future Leader Award finalist – University of Leicester, 2019
- Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award – Prime Minister's Office, 2017
- Sir Arthur Clarke Award for contributions to the space sector – Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, 2016
- Advancing Gender Equality in STEM Award – University of Leicester, 2016
Joseph's love of space began when he designed a space settlement on Mars as part of a school competition. He went on to get a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London, specialising in rocket propulsion.
He has worked in the education and social sectors, working with coalitions of businesses and charities working to address educational inequality and accelerate the use of digital technology by charities. He was previously Director of Operations at Turinglab, an ed-tech company.
Heidi started with her first telescope aged twelve and was quickly hooked. She got a degree in Physics and Space Science from the University of Leicester and is now completing a PhD in Astronomy at The Open University, where she analyses astronomical data sets.
As well as extensive data analysis skills, she has more than five years of experience in teaching and mentoring young people from primary through to undergraduate level as a Senior Mentor for Space School UK and a university course facilitator.
Our advisors are experts in their fields, drawing on their extensive professional experience to support our team and our alliance.
Prof. Julia Hunter-Anderson
University of Warwick & Blue-Space Systems
Julia has over 30 years of experience as a space professional in Europe and Asia, and is passionate about the benefit of using systems thinking and appropriate technology to tackle big problems.
She is a Visiting Industrial Professor at the University of Warwick School of Engineering where she is co-Director of the Warwick University Satellite (WUSAT) Programme, challenging young professionals to develop systems thinking skills. She is also a member of the Space Universities Network, which works to create a skilled workforce of graduates.
Dr Sheila Kanani
Royal Astronomical Society
Sheila is a planetary physicist, science presenter, and secondary school physics teacher based in Lancashire. Her experience includes acting as an ambassador of science, public speaking, events organisation, science journalism and school visits.
She is Education, Outreach and Diversity officer for the Royal Astronomical Society, using space as a hook to inspire people from all walks of life to pursue STEM careers.
Dr Ed Chester
Goonhilly Earth Station & Catena Space
Ed is a spacecraft systems engineer with more than 20 years' experience in microelectronics, data systems, and mission operations currently working at Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall.
He is also a Director of Catena Space, a consultancy firm providing short industry training courses in space systems, space mission operations and access to space. Ed has a long history of involvement with the academic programme at the International Space University (ISU).