Executive Committee 2018/19

UKSEDS is headed by an Executive Committee elected for one-year terms at our Annual General Meeting during our annual conference. The current committee was elected at the 30th conference in March 2018. You can send any of them an email by clicking on their names.


William Easdown

Will is currently in his placement year at RAL Space working on camera electronics for space applications. In October he will return to the University of Bath for his fourth year of Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering. Although this is his first year on the UKSEDS Staff, Will has been Chair of Bath SpaceSoc for the past two years (‘16-’17, ‘17-’18), after founding it in April 2016. When he’s not working on UKSEDS matters, he enjoys programming and thinking up new electronics projects. He is also a licensed radio amateur (M0HIZ).


Prahalad Kuthethoor

Prahalad recently completed his Masters in Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University and joined the UKSEDS Operations team shortly after. Prior to this, he completed his Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering in Sydney before flying to the UK to pursue a career in space. He has experience of being a part of a small UAV development team in China at FlyPro and has led the CranSEDS space society (‘17-’18) during his time at Cranfield. Prahalad is a keen snowboarder and volleyballer and scuba dives for that zero-g feeling.


Louise McCaul

Louise is currently working as a Graduate Project Manager in the Imaging Systems Division of RAL Space, after graduating with MPhys Theoretical Physics from the University of St Andrews in 2017. While there she held positions on (amongst many others) St Andrews AstroSoc committee (Secretary, Trips Organiser, VC) responsible for trips to Iceland, and more importantly, to the National Student Space Conference! Other committee highlights include helping organise the Institute of Physics student conference (CAPS 2014) and student representation roles leading to more than enough student politics. She has also worked as mentor at Space School UK at the University of Leicester since 2014. When not organising anything Louise enjoys Scottish Country Dancing, Cricket, Rounders and hiking/being outdoors and very prepared with an extensive fleeces and coats collection.


Áine O'Brien

Áine is currently doing a PhD in martian geology at the University of Glasgow. She is searching for complex organic molecules in martian meteorites in order to better understand the carbon cycle on Mars to aid the search for habitable environments. Prior to her PhD, Aine was a Physics teacher in Suffolk for 3 years. She graduated from her undergraduate degree in Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Leicester in 2014. She is also Deputy Head and Senior Mentor at Space School UK, a summer school she has worked for since 2012. When she’s not staring at spectra and electron microscope images of martian organic blobs, she enjoys hiking, skiing and playing hockey.

At-Large Members

Sam Walton

Sam is currently 4th year MPhys Physics with Astrophysics student at the University of Leicester. In October, Sam will begin a PhD in space plasma physics at University College London’s Department of Space and Climate Physics, studying multi-scale magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling through field aligned currents transferred from the solar wind, using data obtained from ESA’s Cluster and Swarm missions. Sam is also the current president of the University of Leicester Physics Society, previously secretary, and is also an Institute of Physics campus ambassador. In his spare time, he enjoys running, watching and playing football, as well as coaching an under-14’s team. Talk anything space-related and he’s there!

Anuradha Damale

Anu has recently graduated from a Masters Degree in Science and Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, following an undergrad in Physics with Astrophysics at Durham University, and hopes to apply for a PhD in Feminist Security Studies and Nuclear Weapons in 2020. Anu is pursuing a career in arms control and international security policy, but parallel to is the Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Institute of Physics Early Career’s Group. Anu is interested in nuclear disarmament and the militarization of space, and has been a delegate at conferences such as the Shadow NATO summit. When she’s not talking about space, nuclear weapons and diversity policy, Anu runs, kickboxes and sings her heart out.