Meet the New Guys

20 March 2020

The AAC Clyde Space family is expanding, and we’re pleased to welcome new additions to our team across the Uppsala and Glasgow sites for roles in Engineering, Business Development to Quality Assurance. 

Steven Gillies

Steven Gillies

Operations Systems Engineer

I studied Aeronautical Engineering at Glasgow University and graduated in 2013. After university I joined Leonardo on their graduate scheme where I worked on modelling concepts to fully utilise the additional functionality of the next generation of electronically scanned radars. I joined AAC Clyde Space in late 2019 and came in as an Operation Systems Engineer. My goal here is to use my experience with automating systems and apply them to our new Operations business line here. In my role I love the opportunity to learn new skills on a daily basis. Software engineering is moving away from codebases written all in one language and more towards a collection of modules, with each language chosen to suit that particular module’s requirements. Designing systems in a scalable and modular way is an incredibly interesting challenge, and it’s a great feeling when you find the solution ticks all the boxes. The systems I’m currently working on are often the last thing I think about before I fall asleep, exploring all the different possibilities in my mind. It’s far better than counting sheep.”

Niki Lonsdale

Niki Lonsdale

Sales & Marketing Administrator

In 2018 I graduated from The University of Strathclyde with a BA in Marketing and Business Law. Following this I worked for a start-up health food company in Glasgow before joining AAC Clyde Space in December 2019. My role at AAC Clyde Space is a mix of Sales and Marketing, from dealing with enquires regarding our Satellite Bits on the sales side of my role to planning all company events and conferences for 2020 for Marketing. I really enjoy the variety of work that I carry out at AAC Clyde Space, no two days have been the same and I’m learning something new every day, with everyone in my team always there to help me.


Samuel Chan

Space Operations Intern

I’m in my final year at the School of Aerospace Science Engineering in France, ELISA Aerospace, studying Aerospace Engineering and will be graduating in 2020.  I’ve previously interned at AAC Clyde Space in 2019 as part of the operations team and supported the launch of NSLSat-1. The experience was amazing, and I learned so much during my time at the Glasgow office. So much so that I have decided to come back in order to keep learning as much as possible in my final internship. I’m now assisting the operations team in the launch and commissioning of PICASSO, an ESA 3U in orbit demonstration mission.

As a Space Operation Intern, I’m really excited that my role enables me the hands-on opportunity to assist in piloting the spacecraft. Being able to contribute as a student in controlling and tracking a spacecraft in orbit is such a thrilling experience and I am really grateful for this.


Kristoffer Eriksson

FPGA Development

Before and during my university studies I worked as an Electronics Engineer at The Svedberg Laboratory in Uppsala, specialising systems used in particle accelerators, or Synchrocyclotron 180MeV. I graduated with a master's in Systems Engineering in 2000 and have spent the last 20 years working in various industries. 

I started working at AAC Clyde Space in January 2020 as a FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) Developer which also involves digital electronics. 

It's an exciting role, with room to develop new solutions and really use my intellect. I'm looking forward to having a satellite that I've had a role in designing up in space!


Pamela Anderson

Head of Institutional Engagement

Pam is a Chartered Engineer with a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, from the University of Strathclyde. She has experience of various stages of the space lifecycle working within Industry, Academia, Catapult Centres and Space Agencies over the last 11 years. Pam was the European Space Agency Business Applications Regional Ambassador for Scotland and Northern Ireland before recently joining AAC Clyde Space as the Head of Institutional Engagement in 2020.

Pam also has a passion for education and outreach and is part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Speakers Programme and a STEM Ambassador.

Steven Coulter

Steven Coulter

Analogue Engineer

I started woking at AAC Clyde Space in late 2019 as a recent graduate from the University of Glasgow, after getting my MEng in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. 

As an Analogue Engineer my primary focus is power system design and development. This involves schematic capture and PCB design, as well as some hands-on work with the hardware.

In addition to the analogue electronics side of my role, working closely with other engineering disciplines is something I’m really enjoying at AAC Clyde Space.

Stewart Wilson

Stewart Wilson

Quality Assurance Manager

I'm a Chartered Member of the Quality Institute with over 25 years of industry experience in Quality Assurance within roles across the automotive, oil & gas and medical sectors. I joined AAC Clyde Space at the end of 2019 and am really excited to add the Space Industry to my list!

As Quality Manager at AAC Clyde Space my role is to promote a culture where Quality Assurance is uppermost in employees minds when performing day-to-day activities. This will help to drive forward continual improvements and working with the team in Uppsala I will support and prepare their Quality Management System for ISO9001 certification.


Martin Beránek

Electronics Engineer

I studied at Charles University in Prague, where I got PhD degree in Plasma Physics. After graduating I developed commercial electronics and worked as an independent contractor. 

I started working for AAC Clyde Space in January 2020, I was looking for new and interesting projects with the opportunity to problem solve whilst applying my qualifications and commercial experience. My role at the company allows me to do this, I'm tasked with electronics development, design and testing and  software development too.

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