in Space

SPRINT recruits Rain Irshad and Ann Swift

Posted 25 August 2021

The national SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology) business support programme has made two new appointments in senior roles, with Rain Irshad joining as the new Head of Programme and Ann Swift as the new National Innovation Manager.

Above: (left to right) Rain Irshad and Ann Swift.
Image courtesy SPRINT


SPRINT provides unprecedented access to university space expertise and facilities, helping businesses through the commercial exploitation of space data and technologies.

In her new role as the Head of SPRINT, Rain Irshad will be responsible for delivering the SPRINT programme successfully to target, on time and on budget, as well as looking at ways of ensuring the long-term sustainability of the programme by developing high value research and innovation partnerships.

Rain joins SPRINT from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) where, as the Joint Head of the Space Engineering and Technology Division, she provided strategic direction for the development of novel technology and instrumentation for space science, exploration and terrestrial applications. Rain also contributed to the definition of a programme to support strategically important large-scale projects in search of funding as part of the STFC Strategy, Planning and Communications Directorate. Before that, she worked for STFC’s Business and Innovations Directorate, focusing on bringing large research facilities to the UK and supporting major stakeholders.

Ann Swift brings considerable industry experience to her new role as SPRINT National Innovation Manager, having formerly supported advancements in the space sector, first through the South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications at the University of Portsmouth and then at the University of Surrey in the Surrey Space Centre.

Ann will be working across the UK with the Associate Member universities to oversee collaborative opportunities and support the broadening of the research and innovation that SPRINT delivers, both thematically and geographically.

Martin Barstow, Principal Investigator for the SPRINT programme and Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science at delivery partner the University of Leicester, said: “We’re delighted to have Rain and Ann join the SPRINT team, with both bringing significant sector expertise to their respective roles.

“Rain has a long history of business development within the areas of science, engineering and space exploration, and her appointment will be essential in delivering the key objectives of the programme as we continue to support the growth of the UK space sector.

“Ann has a proven track record of securing external R&I funding for both universities and industry, and brings a wealth of experience to the SPRINT team having worked in the UK space sector for several years.”
 


 

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Catagen gets BEIS backing to accelerate bio-hydrogen production

Belfast based zero emissions and air quality technology company, Catagen, has been awarded a new grant by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) funded through the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio

British Army kit advancing in step with new materials

Advances in technology are driving change when it comes to the clothing worn by British soldiers, so the next time you see one of our service personnel in uniform, be assured that from head-to-toe everything they are wearing is real high

QinetiQ wins $45m US Army contract

QinetiQ Group plc has won a contract worth $45 million to provide technical services to the US Army.

Space-Comm Expo to boost commercial space development

The UK's largest exhibition focused on the future of space for business, defence and aerospace, Space-Comm Expo, will further boost a global commercial space industry that is already growing exponentially, with over 130

Behind the scenes with the UK’s largest regional airline

If you have ever wondered what really happens in an airline beyond take-offs and landings, a new 10-part BBC series launching next Monday will offer an exclusive insight into the lives of the younger members of the team at Loganair, the

Smiths Detection and Block to develop non-contact chemical detection for US DoD

Smiths Detection Inc., alongside Block MEMS, LLC (Block), has been selected by The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defense to develop a

ODU SK0104300422
See us at
DVD BT2704220922Future Arm Vehicles Power Systems BTGlobalMilSatCom BT2006101122Advanced Engin BT2504031122