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35th Satellite Communications Systems Course

7 - 11 September 2020 | 99 City Road Conference Centre, London

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2019 speakers

Course Chair

David Bookham (photo)

David Bookham CEng MIET, Director, BDE Space

David is a professional engineer with over 40 years’ experience in RF and Microwave communications system design.

He has travelled to almost 60 countries undertaking Earth Station Design, Commissioning and Training, has written almost 70 training courses and is Chairman of the IET Satellite Communications course.



Dave Davis (photo)

Dave Davis, Senior Systems Engineer, iDirect

Dave Davis has a seasoned background in Satellite Communications (Satcom). Learning his trade as an apprentice in the Army in 1988, he went on to specialize in Satcom at an early age; his first practical experience of Satcom being the response to Hurricane Andrew in the Caribbean in 1992. Months later he was in the first wave of troops deployed to Bosnia as a satellite terminal technician and continued to work with satellite terminals until his final tour as the military Satcom instructor.

]He was awarded the MBE in 2002 for meritorious military service.

Leaving the Army in 2003, he went into industry and continued to build his professional qualifications. He joined NSSLGlobal, a leading Satcom distribution partner, as a Systems Engineer, before becoming a Project Manager and Engineering Manager. He led many cutting edge projects and was responsible for providing communications to many high profile expeditions, events and deployments.

In 2013, he went on to become the Defence and Security specialist at iDirect, before moving to be the lead iDirect engineer supporting the ground-breaking Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) network. Dave sits on various national and international panels as a technical advisor.


Barry Evans, Professor of Communications, University of Surrey

Barry Evans received BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Leeds prior to joining the University of Essex on a BT sponsored position to initiate Telecommunication Systems at undergraduate and postgraduate level for the first time in UK Universities. At Essex he headed the Radio Systems activities researching on radio propagation, antennas and signal processing for radio and satellite systems.

He also initiated a European degree programme with France and Germany which was the first of its kind. In the mid 80’s he was appointed to the Alec Harley Reeves Chair in Information Systems Engineering at the University of Surrey. He was the founder Director of the Centre for Satellite Engineering Research and then Director of the Centre for Communication Systems Research.

He went on to serve as Dean of Engineering Science and then as Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Surrey until 2009. He has now returned full time to research and heads a group working on satellite communication systems and next generation networks.

Barry is Editor of the international Journal of Satellite communications and Networking and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1991. He received the IET achievement award and Ambrose Fleming Medal in 2013 for his work in communications. He is author of two books and over 700 academic publications.

Gorry Fairhurst  

Gorry Fairhurst, Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Aberdeen

Gorry Fairhurst received his first degree in Applied Physics and Electronics from the University of Durham, UK, and a PhD in Communications Engineering from the University of Aberdeen, UK. He joined the University of Aberdeen academic staff after working with Prof. Tim Spracklen as a post-doctoral fellow with a range of projects on networking via satellite funded by the UK Satellite Communications Centre, Defford, UK.

He is a Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, his research is in Internet Engineering. He has published more than 200 papers on topics in broadband and broadcast satellite, TV/video transmission, IPv6, IP multicast, X.25, together with work on Internet measurement, protocol architecture and Internet transport mechanisms

Paul Febvre (photo)  

Paul Febvre, Chief Technology Officer, The Satellite Applications Catapult

Prior to joining the Catapult in 2013, Paul worked at Inmarsat from July 1994 as Satellite System Architect, and progressed to Head of the BGAN Evolution Team, responsible for System Engineering on the Inmarsat BGAN system, managing the European Space Agency (ESA) ARTES (Advanced Research Telecommunications Systems) Alphasat-extension programme.

Paul was also the Chief Architect for Inmarsat's proposal to ESA in response to the SESAR (Single European Skies Advanced Research) Joint Undertaking to develop the next generation of Air Traffic Management communications systems over Europe.

Paul's specialties lie with the art of the bidding process and contract negotiation within ESA ARTES and EC Framework programmes, consortium creation and maintenance, and technical programme management within an R&D context.

Paul graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Electronics Engineering.

Alan Howell  

Alan Howell, Chief Space Segment Architect, Inmarsat

Alan is currently Chief Architect for Inmarsat. He has exceptional expertise in the conceptualisation of innovative business opportunities and translating these into operational systems involving satellite and terrestrial networks and technologies. Alan's has a proven track record of specifying, negotiating and contracting innovative space segment which spans more than 20 spacecraft programs, each of which have been successfully delivered.

Alan's background comes from the design and implementation of satellite communications systems working at companies including Inmarsat, British Aerospace and also Marconi Research Labs.
He has unique skills in terms of applying leading edge technology to create innovative solutions for communications challenges to deliver unique business opportunities. Alan is a proven leader of small and large teams, with a proven track record of innovation in communications engineering, program management and business development. He has worked interactively with all the major spacecraft manufacturers worldwide and has experience from working as an international assignee in both the USA and in Europe.

Daryl Jones  

Daryl Jones, Senior Expert in Advanced Payload Systems, AIRBUS Defence & Space

Daryl Jones has worked in the space industry for over 20 years and is currently a Senior Expert in Advanced Payload Systems for AIRBUS Defence & Space. He received the BEng (Hons) degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Brunel University in 1992 followed by an MSc degree in Satellite Communications Engineering from the University of Surrey in 1993.

As a Senior Expert he is responsible for the design and development of next generation highly flexible very high throughput payloads employing active antennas, onboard digital processing and flexible high power output sections for commercial and military applications. Areas of current interest include non-geostationary satellite constellations and the role of satellite systems in the 5G era.

Over his career he has been the author of multiple papers on Advanced Flexible Payloads and the co-inventor of five patents in the areas of Multiport Amplifiers and Wideband Output Multiplexing.

In his spare time Daryl enjoys playing squash, hiking, the odd craft beer and science fiction.

David Jowley (photo)  

David Jowsey, Senior Product Manager - Satellite Networks, BT

David has over 27 years’ of experience in satellite communications. He is currently responsible for BT’s in house VSAT portfolio covering pre-sales and product management. He has an MEng in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of York.

He has worked in various specialist satellite roles including: project engineering & project management of broadcast satellite systems, satellite service planning & network development, and serving 2 years as the UK delegate to the Intelsat Planning Advisory Committee and the Eutelsat Technical and Planning Committee prior to their privatisations.

David been seconded to various BT Joint Ventures, including providing project engineering expertise in Singapore and in-country due diligence in Latin America.

He is on the IET Satellite Systems & Applications TPN Committee.

Kevin Shaw  

Dr Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw served 34 years in the Royal Navy in a wide variety of appointments as both a communications and data engineer supporting global military operations in NATO, International and Joint Service organisations. In his earlier career, he led research in both Position Navigation and Timing (PNT) and Communication Satellite Technologies, moving on to manage SKYNET Satcom Service delivery and subsequently exploit commercial space-based services.

Now a Reservist, he helps small companies as a specialist consultant and continues to work for MoD in its acquisition of the communications which will enable the mobile warfighters of the next 2 decades. A Chartered Electrical Engineer with a PhD in Electromagnetic Propagation at ELF, he considers himself a well-rounded communications engineer.

Alan Stocker  

Alan Stocker, University of Leicester

Tim Tozer (photo)  

Tim Tozer, University of York

Tim Tozer is with the Department of Electronics at the University of York, and was formerly head of their Communications Research Group. He has many years background in satellite communications, including working on the Skynet military satellite programme.

In addition to teaching and lecturing, he has managed or worked on a wide range of research activities in wireless systems, including VSAT and High Altitude Platform (HAP) based systems.

Tim is a named author on over 200 publications, and presents widely at international workshops and conferences. Tim has now been involved with this IET Satcoms Course for 27 years.

He is a Fellow of the IET, and a former member and Chair of the IET SatSys PN Executive Team; he has also been Chair of the European COST Action 297 addressing HAPs and their applications.

Tim Waterfield (photo)  

Tim Waterfield, Senior Specialist – Antennas, Airbus Defence and Space

Tim has a first class degree in Physics and completed the MBA course at the University of Bradford in 1981. Apart from three years working on Earth station antennas at ERA Technology Ltd (now Cobham) and two years as an overseas consultant in satellite antenna design in France, Spain and Canada, he has worked in the Antenna Group at Airbus since 1982, and as a Senior Specialist since 2000.

He has been a key figure in the development of communications antennas for all generations of the Eurostar series of satellites. He lives in Cambridge, and has been a speaker on the IET Satcoms Course since 2003.



Member - £1999
Member - £2250
Student - £1000
Military/Government - £1250

One day Module rate
Member - £400
Non-member - £450
Student - £250
Military/Government - £350