Our Team

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Dr Richard Hilton

CEO and Co-Founder of GlobalTrust

Richard comes from the UK's Satellite Applications Catapult, a government established not-for-profit technology innovation centre, tasked with accelerating the growth of the UK space industry. Richard served as the Director for the market-facing "Explore Markets" and "Climate & Sustainability" programmes that built upon many years as the "Head of Technology Solutions" and the "Head of Applied Digital Intelligence" teams, which include the Catapult's Earth Observation (EO), GIS and data science capabilities.

Prior to the Catapult, Richard worked for Airbus Defence and Space for more than ten years, focusing on the exploitation of EO/geospatial data, including the building and operations of satellite ground segments, and new mission concepts.

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Steve Spittle

CTO and Co-Founder of GlobalTrust

Steve Spittle previously worked as the Global Extractives Industries Technical Lead at the Satellite Applications Catapult. Within this role Steve engaged with stakeholders across the mining sector, from large multinational commercial companies to governments and investors, creating satellite-based solutions. Prior to this role, Steve held two additional roles at the Catapult. The first as Senior Earth Observations Specialist, creating and developing EO technology demonstrations and concepts. The second role was as Emerging Technology Lead in Digital, focusing on AI, visualisations and quantum.

Alongside these roles at the Catapult, Steve spent three years as a technical and business mentor for satellite start-up companies across Europe, as part of the Copernicus Accelerator programme. Finally, Steve is a non-executive director of Lux Aerobot, an exciting Canadian high-altitude platform start-up.

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Dr Estel Blay Carreras

Senior Business Development Manager

Estel is the Senior Business Development Manager at GlobalTrust, with a strong background in opportunity identification, data analysis, and public communication. Estel is an Aerospace engineer with over 10 years of experience working in the UK, Spain, and USA.  In her role, she is responsible for developing strong partner relationships to maximise commercial exploitation opportunities, market analysis and stakeholder management (national and international), and maintaining and reporting sales performance. 

Previously, Estel was the Head of the Extractive Industries Programme at the Satellite Applications Catapult, where she helped create and maintain meaningful partnerships, establish a presence in new markets and build on relationships for the space industry in the mining sector, with a key focus on South America.

Pritimoy

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Pritimoy is a Senior Geospatial Engineer at GlobalTrust. His current responsibilities include designing and developing geospatial solutions, managing the company-wide cloud-based applications, and leading the development and maintenance of the CI/CD pipelines. Specifically, Pritimoy has demonstrable knowledge in procurement and management of EO datasets. He is also very familiar with the AWS infrastructure, including the design and development of secure, scalable and highly available cloud solutions. 

Pritimoy previously worked as Senior Development Engineer at Deimos Space UK Ltd. Within this role, Pritimoy designed and developed the commercial agricultural service KORE (a precision farming solution), operational since 2017. Pritimoy also held two additional roles in Deimos. The first as a System Engineer, to perform the requirement analysis, Services4EO (SAT4EOCE project) platform design, and coordinate several technical teams to reach the common goal. As a Technical Lead, the second role was managing several projects like S4EO-ETI, APPIDE, SIBELIUS, etc., to build the backend pipelines for Earth Observation applications using both low and high-resolution Satellite sensors.  Pritimoy is also a Certified Scrum Master and has experience of managing several scrum teams in the past to follow the Agile software development practices.

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Rowan Edwards

EO Data Scientist

Rowan is an EO Data Scientist at GlobalTrust. His key responsibilities include managing and supporting the creation and delivery of a portfolio of user-driven satellite EO and geospatial technology projects, demonstrations, products, and services. Additionally, Rowan writes and contributes to technical reports and presentations delivered to various stakeholders, contributes to the creation of project proposals and quotes, and supports engagement with existing and prospective clients. With a background as a geologist, Rowan has focused the majority of his career on Earth observation. 

Rowan previously worked as a Structural Geologist in CGG’s Satellite Mapping team, working and leading projects predominantly involving large infrastructure in the oil and gas, as well as mining, environmental and geothermal sectors. The role involved a variety of tasks, including the creation of satellite derived geological content, creation of geological cross sections and restorations, leading the companies seeps to seismic work, and being the geoscience lead in the development of machine learning based solutions.

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Liisa Kiviloog Emilson

Business Developer and Sustainability Manager (Sweden)

Liisa is Senior Business Development and Sustainability Manager at GlobalTrust. She is located in Sweden and responsible for GlobalTrust’s business development in the Swedish market. In her role she focuses on stakeholder management, partnership development and sales. She also functions as the company sustainability manager leading GlobalTrust’s internal and external sustainability efforts.

Liisa holds a M.Sc. in Cognitive Science and has 20+ years of work experience in Europe and Africa. Before joining GlobalTrust, Liisa has held several management positions focusing on sustainable business development and strategy in industries such as energy, space, and ICT. Liisa also holds a position as a board member for a Swedish NGO focusing on educational development in West Africa.

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Euan Harvey

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