Head of the Applications Business Office
European Space Agency
Alan has worked on the commercial side of the space industry since 1984, starting with a 13 year stint at Inmarsat where he addressed aeronautical, maritime and land mobile markets before leading the team that defined the Inmarsat-4 system. He spent the next decade as an independent advisor on satellite-related business, to both the international financial community and consultancies such as Ovum, PwC and KPMG.
In parallel to his space sector interests, Alan has run small businesses in publishing and property development. Besides building houses in Australia he is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction, having originally trained as an editor in the London book publishing industry. The houses were profitable, the writing was not.
In 2009 Alan returned to the UK after three years in Australia, taking up a post at the new ESA centre in Harwell to represent the Integrated Applications Programme. This reflects his belief that the future of the space industry depends upon stimulating market-led applications and services, rather than a technology-driven approach. He is currently Head of the Applications Business Office at ECSAT.
Alan has an Honours degree in geography from EmmanuelCollege, Cambridge.
Presentation: REACT: Resource for Emergency Services to Access Command and control data using satellite and hybrid Technologies