Executive Committee 2017/18

UKSEDS is headed by an executive committee elected for 1-year terms at our Annual General Meeting during our annual conference. The current committee was elected at the 29th conference in March 2017.


James Telfer
James is in his Masters year of Electronic Engineering with Space Systems at the University of Surrey. Previously the Secretary and the Membership Officer, he was also President of our Surrey branch (EARS) 2014-15 and has an intermediate amateur radio licensee (2E0VHZ). He did a year in industry with Tactiq Ltd and previously worked for Airbus Defence and Space. James enjoys long walks on the beach, spreadsheets, and administrating databases.


Rosanna Tilbrook
Rosanna is a fourth year Physics and Astrophysics student at the University of Sheffield, where she was previously Publicity Officer (’15-’16) and President of the Space Society (’16-’17). She joined UKSEDS in 2016 as a member of the Marketing team after helping to host the National Student Space Conference. Rosanna is passionate about science education and outreach, and has helped run the Pint of Science and Science Alive festivals outside of UKSEDS.


Heidi Thiemann
Heidi is a PhD student at the Open University where she researches variability in stars using the SuperWASP telescope. She was formerly the treasurer of Leicester AstRoSoc (’14-’15) and Leicester PhySoc (’14-’15), and president of Leicester PhySoc (’15-’16). She has also been a Senior Mentor at Space School UK since ’14. Follow her on twitter: @heidi_teaman


Karolina Nikolova
Karolina is about to start her final year of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bath. She currently works at Thales Alenia Space as a Space Engineering intern. Her previous experience includes working at GE Aviation and DLR, Germany. She was formerly Treasurer of Engineers without Borders Bath (’13-14) and is now also part of the UKSEDS Careers Team.

At-Large Members

Dawn Wickenden
Dawn is in her final year of the MPhys Physics with Astrophysics course at Exeter, where she also undertook a summer research project on direct imaging of exoplanets this year. Since she realised her love for Physics (and STEM in general) she’s been passionate about working towards more gender equality in education, which is why she is also on the Outreach team of UKSEDS. Keen (but under-equipped!) astrophotographer by night.