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SPRINT recruits new Head of Programme and National Innovation Manager

By Eric Van Rees - 26th August 2021 - 05:19

The national SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology) business support programme has made two new appointments in senior roles.

Rain Irshad (left on picture) joins as the new Head of Programme and Ann Swift (right on picture) is the new National Innovation Manager.

SPRINT provides unprecedented access to university space expertise and facilities, helping businesses through the commercial exploitation of space data and technologies.

In her new role as the Head of SPRINT, Rain Irshad will be responsible for delivering the SPRINT programme successfully to target, on time and on budget, as well as looking at ways of ensuring the long-term sustainability of the programme by developing high value research and innovation partnerships.

Ann Swift brings considerable industry experience to her new role as SPRINT National Innovation Manager, having formerly supported advancements in the space sector, first through the South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications at the University of Portsmouth and then at the University of Surrey in the Surrey Space Centre.
Ann will be working across the UK with the Associate Member universities to oversee collaborative opportunities and support the broadening of the research and innovation that SPRINT delivers, both thematically and geographically.

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