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Milsatcoms 2018

16th edition of the UK’s leading event for Milsatcom professionals

12 - 13 June 2018 | IET London: Savoy Place



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Nick Hay, Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capability Planner, Joint Forces Command Capability, MoD, UK

Air Commodore Nick Hay was born in 1968 and commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1988. Nick is a Tornado Ground Attack Weapons Instructor with varied operational experience in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan, as Deputy Director Strategy Division in the Al Udeid Combined Air Operations Centre and during 2014, in command of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing and Bastion Joint Operating Base.

On other flying duties, he served on the Strike Attack Operational Evaluation Unit, was the Senior Air-to-Ground Instructor at the Tactical Leadership Programme, Belgium and was privileged to command IX (Bomber) Squadron from 2008-2010. At staff, he has completed three tours in the Ministry of Defence (Equipment Capability, Plans and Military Strategic Operations Directorates) and was a fledgling member of Headquarters Joint Forces Command (HQ JFC) upon its formation in April 2012.

Nick returned to JFC in September 2015 to fill the post of Deputy Head Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance in the C4ISR (Command Control Communications Computers Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance) Capability Area before, in January 2016, being promoted to Head of the same department. Since January 2016, he has executed Senior Responsible Owner duties for the Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Protector Remotely Piloted Air System, New Style of Information Technology (Deployed) and the Future Beyond Line of Sight Military Satellite Communications Programmes in addition to executing the sponsoring role for a £28Bn C4ISR portfolio (over the next 10 years).

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Brigadier Greg Wilson, Head of Capability Strategy Development, Army HQ Information Directorate, MoD, UK

Brigadier Greg Wilson joined the British Army’s Royal Corps of Signals in 1990. He has commanded at sub-unit, Regimental and Brigade level supporting overseas operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Sierra Leone, Hong Kong, Brunei, Germany and UK. Interspersed with his operational appointments Brig Wilson has held several appointments within Ministry of Defence Main Building and Army Headquarters, as well as exchanges in the Navy Headquarters and Headquarters Royal Marines. These roles were responsible for planning, financial programming and delivery of C4ISR, Electronic Warfare and Cyber Capabilities.

He is also a graduate of the British Higher Command and Staff Course, Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme and UK's Cabinet Office Major Project Leaders Academy. Currently he is Head Capability Strategy and Development, within the Information Directorate of Army HQ. He is responsible for the Army’s multi-billion pound Information Sub Portfolio, which delivers both information and intelligence services and digital transformation for the future battlefield.

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Major-General Borys Kremenetskyi, Defence and Air Attaché, Embassy of Ukraine, UK

Between 1983 and 2000 Maj Gen B. Kremenetskyi held various Air Force command, staff and administration positions including time as Military Observer, UN Mission to Tajikistan. Between 2002 and 2006 he was staff officer at the Cooperation and Regional Security Division, NATO International Military Staff after which he became Head, Euro-Atlantic Integration Department, General Staff, Armed Forces of Ukraine.

From 2009 till 2014 he was Defence Adviser, Mission of Ukraine to the EU following position of the First Deputy Chief, Military Cooperation and Peacekeeping Operations General Directorate, General Staff, Armed Forces of Ukraine. He followed as Head of the UKR side of the Joint Ceasefire Coordination and Control Centre (Eastern Ukraine) until taking up his current appointment as Defence and Air Attaché, Embassy of Ukraine to the UK. Maj Gen B. Kremenetskyi is a graduate of the Air Force Engineer Academy (1983) (MA Avionics), US Air War College (1998) and National Security Course, JFK School of Government, Harvard University (2000)

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Rick Greenwood, VP Engineering and Operations CIS Satcom, Airbus Defence and Space, UK 

Rick joined Airbus in 2003 and in 2005 became the Space Director overseeing the Skynet 5 spacecraft and ground systems build phase, launch and operations phases. In 2007 he took on wider responsibilities to include all Skynet Space and Engineering activities, and was appointed the Head of Engineering and Operations in the CIS Secure Communications division in 2012. With the creation of the new Airbus Defence and Space organisation in 2016, Rick became UK Head of Engineering and Space, and the Programme Director for Skynet 6A. He remains responsible for the current Skynet satellite fleet and the development of the Skynet 6 future system architecture.

Rick started his career in the RAF for 6 years, with his last posting as the Skynet 4 Chief Instructor. He then held various posts with ESA as the Ulysses spacecraft operations engineer and with Eutelsat during the commissioning and operations of Eutelsat F2 satellites and new satellite control centre. Prior to joining Airbus, Rick was the Technical Manager with the UK MOD, on secondment from the Defence Research Agency, as the technical lead on the Skynet 5 assessment phase studies and responsible for developing the Skynet 5 system architecture within the MOD’s Global Communication Network Architecture. During his 5 years at DRA he was also involved in the launch and operations of the small satellite system STRV satellites, and supporting the stage 2 Skynet 4 LEOP campaigns. He was elected Fellow to the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2011.


Paul Wells, Vice President Government Satellite Communications, GovSat, Luxembourg

Paul Wells is the Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of GovSat. Taking on the role in September 2016 he is responsible for working closely with our customers to develop offerings that match their needs using GovSat-1. Before joining GovSat he worked for QinetiQ where he created, developed and grew several highly successful businesses in the Communications, Intelligence, Security and ISR domains for Defence, Security and Commercial customers.

He also spent time working in Government on creating and delivering highly challenging technical programmes into operational use. He has over 34 years of experience in satcoms for Defence and Security applications.

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Chris Brunskill, Head of Small Satellites and Future Constellations, Satellite Applications Catapult, UK

Dr Chris Brunskill is head of the Small Satellites and Future Constellations team at the Satellite Applications Catapult. He is an electronics engineer by training, specialising in small satellite systems and mission design. He obtained a Masters of Engineering degree in electronics and satellite engineering from the University of Surrey and a PhD in space robotics from the Surrey Space Centre.

His work focuses on the development of new satellite applications that utilise small satellite platforms for demonstration of novel technologies and new mission concepts. Chris is passionate about open, innovative technology development in the space sector.

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Edwin Bowden-Peters, Principal Engineer, MBDA Missile Systems, UK

Edwin Bowden-Peters is a principal research engineer at MBDA, Europe’s leading manufacturer of missile systems where his work concentrates on future technologies and system concepts including everything from wireless technologies to graphene and carbon nano-tubes.

Edwin graduated from Loughborough University in 2011 with a degree in electronic and electrical engineering and is recognised as the World’s youngest fellow of the innovation institute (IIKE). He’s also a nongovernmental expert at the European Defence Agency and has a number of patents that have either been granted or are currently in filing.

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Henry Cross, Systems Engineer, MBDA Missile Systems, UK

Henry Cross is a graduate systems engineer at MBDA - Europe’s leading manufacturer of missile systems - who is currently conducting exploratory space concept studies within the weapon systems concepts team. Henry studied Physics at the University of York where his dissertation focused on the ‘Effects of Sonication on Gold Nanoparticles’. He then completed his MSc in Space Engineering within Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey where his work led to ‘The Design and Manufacturer of a Novel Pulsed Power Source for Electric Thrusters’.

Upon completing his studies Henry moved on to MBDA, where his placements have included weapons system performance and actuator software engineering within the MBDA Centre of Excellence.

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Mike O’Callaghan, Space Programme Manager, Cyber and Information Systems Division, DSTL, MoD, UK

Mike took up leadership of the Dstl Space Science and Technology Programme in April 2017. He has worked for Dstl since 2007, after receiving his Masters for the study of chemical processes on interstellar ice grains, and then his PhD for work on solid-state Lithium-Ion conductors. Having begun his career at Dstl researching materials for Defence applications, he spent two years providing technical advice and support to Dstl programme directors covering a wide range of research and technology areas. He then spent 18 months working on research to address MOD’s Information and Intelligence systems issues, followed by two years managing Dstl’s Technical Directorate, reporting directly to Dstl’s Chief Technical Officer.

Prior to taking up his current role, Mike spent two years leading a research programme seeking to understand how MOD could transform its command, control, information and intelligence enterprise to address the challenges and opportunities of operating in the information age.

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Mike Lawton, Founder & CEO, Oxford Space Systems, UK

Mike Lawton is founder-CEO of Oxford Space Systems, an award-winning, scale-up stage space technology business. The Harwell Space Cluster based, venture capital backed business is developing a new generation of deployable satellite antennas & structures that are lighter, less complex and lower cost than that in current demand. This is achieved by combining the company’s flight-proven proprietary materials with origami engineering techniques. OSS has flight contracts underway in Europe and the US.

Previous tech start-up ventures include a biofuel technology business that led to a joint-venture in India, winning Mike the title of Green Entrepreneur for India 2009. OSS has won numerous awards including Best UK Technology Start-Up in 2015 and ‘One to Watch’ in the Global FinSpace Awards 2017. Mike was also awarded Barclays Bank Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year in Dec 2017 and Business Leader of the Year 2018 in the Oxfordshire Vale for Business Awards.



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