SKA Organisation Staff

Xiaoxuan Zhu

System Engineer (Modelling)

Xiaoxuan is a System Engineer who is responsible for the SysML modelling and the System Readiness Assessment development. She is currently on a one year secondment from China working at the SKA Headquarters.

Mark Waterson

Domain Specialist (AA & PAF)

Jeff Wagg

Project Scientist

Jeff is a member of the science team. Originally from Canada, he has worked at observatories on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the Very Large Array in New Mexico, and ALMA in Chile. He is the scientific liaison for the LFAA, SDP and TM work consortia, as well as the continuum, cosmology and EoR science working groups.

André van Es

Engineering Project Manager (SaDT and MFAA)

André is responsible for the delivery of the SaDT consortium providing networks and timing and frequency distribution and responsible for the MFAA, part of the AIP program. He has over 15 years experience as a project manager within Radio Astronomy at ASTRON and over 10 years experience in industry.

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Wallace Turner

Domain Specialist (Signal Processing)

Andrew Taylor

Human Resources Manager

Responsible for all HR related activity in SKA Organisation.

Gie Han Tan

Domain Specialist (RF/Dish)

Gie Han is a member of the SKA Architect team contributing mainly to the areas of antennas and receiver systems. He has been working for more than 25 years in radio astronomy on a broad range of research, design and construction projects covering the whole RF wavelength range, going from decameters; LOFAR where he e.g developed the “droopy dipoles”

Corrie Taljaard

System Engineer (RAM & ILS)

Tim Stevenson

Chief System Engineer

Tim’s job is to ensure that the various systems of the SKA fit together when the time comes, that the SKA is fit for purpose and that no unnecessary cost has been introduced by a lack of compatibility across the system. Tim has more than 30 years experience of developing physical sciences instrumentation, mostly for space based astronomy and planet

Harry Smith

Spectrum Policy Manager

Trying to keep our ‘radio window’ on the universe squeaky clean!

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Adriaan Schutte

Power Engineer

Adriaan’s job is to manage and coordinate all power consumption, distribution and supply within the SKA project. This includes working with all consortia to minimize power consumption and to ensure the supply of reliable, low cost and green power to the individual components and the sites.

Juande Santander-Vela

System Engineer (SDP & TM)

Juande will oversee that the work done by the consortia designing the main super-computing SKA subsystems that deal with creating science-ready data, and orchestrating all of the SKA’s functions, complies with all science and technical requirements, and interoperate with the rest of the system elements.

Sarah-Jane Pritchard

Executive Officer

As Executive Officer, Sarah-Jane provides secretariat support to the Board of Directors, its subcommittees and to the SKA Management team

Rodrigo Olguin

System Engineer (SaDT)

Rodrigo joined the SKA System Engineering team in April 2014 to support the Signal and Data Transport subsystem. His previous experience includes the ALMA observatory, where he worked for 7 years.

Susan Nel

Configuration Manager

Susan’s role is to ensure that the functions of product identification, change management, status accounting and audits are implememented and managed throughout the project. Susan has more that 20 years experience in implementing configuration, content management and document management systems.

Helen MacDonald

Finance Manager

Helen’s job is to deal with all of the finance and accounting for the SKA project. This includes everything from producing the accounts, payroll, processing payments and insurance.

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Sarah Lamb

Office Manager

John Kerr

Safety and Facilities Manager

John joined the SKA after a long career, as a civil & structural engineer, working on a variety of multi-disciplinary projects. As our Project Safety and Facilites Manager he brings a collaborative and practical approach to his various roles enabling the strong safety culture that is embedded in all we do.

Evan Keane

Project Scientist

Dr. Evan Keane is a Project Scientist working with the Science Director. Evan is the project scientist allocated to the Pulsars, Transients and Solar/Heliopheric science working groups and the CSP and SaDT design consortia. Evan’s scientific research includes neutron stars, black holes and fast radio bursts.

Mathieu Isidro

Deputy Communications, Outreach and Education Manager

Mathieu’s job is to help grow political, financial and public support for the SKA project, using print material, media relations, online communication, outreach and education. He is particularly interested in social media tools and has been fascinated by astronomy and space since childhood.

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Peter Hekman

Engineering Project Manager (AIV)

Currently seconded to the SKA Office from ESO, Peter is the AIV Engineering Project Manager. In is spare time he is designing and building a amateur radio station to experiment with microwave wave weak signal detection.

Daniel Hayden

Graduate Support Engineer

Daniel’s role includes supporting the systems engineering effort using modelling, which involves aligning certain modelling activities across the design consortia. Daniel first did an internship with SKA SA ten years ago, and now enjoys reading and the idea of guerrilla gardening.

Mark Harman

Engineering Project Manager (Dishes)

Mark co-ordinates all SKA dish activities at SKAO working with the Dish consortia tasked with developing SKA Dishes, Phased array feeds and Receivers which convert the Radio signals from the sky into digital data . This will be transported by the SADT consortia and delivered to the Central signal processor.

Valerie Gresley-Jones

P.A to Senior Management

Colin Greenwood

Head of Administration and Legal

I oversee the administrative and legal activities of SKA Organisation in support of the operational activities of the Company. I ensure secretariat support is provided to the SKA Board of Directors, its Executive Committee and Members as required.

James Green

Project Scientist

Dr. James Green is one of three Project Scientists working with the Science Director. Jimi is the project scientist allocated to the HI Galaxy, Magnetism and Pulsar science working groups and the DISH, CSP, Infra-Aus and WBSPF consortia. Jimi’s scientific research includes masers, star formation, magnetism, galactic structure and dynamics.

Philip Gibbs

Engineering Project Manager (CSP & LFAA)

Philip is responsible for the delivery of the Central Signal Processor (CSP) and Low Frequency Aperature Array (LFAA) at the SKAO and co-ordinates activities between the consortia and the SKAO. Philip is experienced in Radio Telescope Design and Deployment having worked on the engineering teams of the KAT-7 and Me

William Garnier

Director of Communications, Outreach and Education

William is in charge of all aspects of communications, outreach and education at the SKA and coordinates comms activities around the world. William has been working in science communication for more than 10 years, first as a science journalist and then at ESO, ALMA and the SKA since November 2012.

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Qiyang (Angela) Gao

Outreach Officer

As a Outreach officer, Angela provide assistance and guidance to develope the SKA China mini-site to represent the SKA officially in China and an online presence for the SKA on popular Chinese social sites.

Paul Furness

IT Manager

Paul runs the internal networks and staff computing within the SKA Organisation HQ. A lot of his work is involved with providing communication tools such as video conferencing and web servers to enable the SKAO to effectively work with the thousands of people and organisations all around the world which are contributing to the SKA Project.

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Miles Deegan

Engineering Project Manager (SDP & TM)

Miles’s job is to work with the consortia tasked with developing the hardware, software and algorithms needed to process data coming from the SKA correlators into science products (Science Data Processor), and the hardware and software necessary to control and schedule the telescope operations and associated infrastructure (Telescope Manager).

Joseph Diamond

Communications and Outreach Assistant

Joseph’s job is to assist the Communications and Outreach team with specific, one-off projects, and with general day-to-day operations. He is particulary interested in graphic design tools and has been interested in astronomy since growing up next to the VLA.

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Gary Davis

Director of Operations Planning

Prior to joining the SKA project, Professor Gary Davis was Director of the two UK telescopes on Mauna Kea: the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope. He brings a wealth of experience of observatory operations to his new role of planning for the operational phase of the SKA.

Anne Curran


Anne has worked as a Receptionist since January 2013 and is responsible
for welcoming visitors, from across the globe, to the SKA Headquarters. Also
involved in arranging, and ensuring the smooth running of, meetings and events
as well as promoting the SKA project at every opportunity. What a fantastic job!

Nathan Cunningham

IT Systems Analyst

Phil Crosby

Industry Liaison Officer

Based in Australia, Phil supports the SKA Policy Development team with expertise in procurement and global industry engagement strategy.

Martin Austin

Engineering Project Manager (Site and Infrastructure)

Martin is a civil engineer and project manager. His job is to work with the separate Infrastructure consortia in both South Africa and Australia tasked with the design of SKA1 infrastructure; roads, buildings, site monitoring equipment, power, water and sanitation.

Dan Brown

IT Assistant

Dan’s main role is to provide IT and Videoconferencing support for the SKA Staff. After completion of his internship he will be going to Manchester Metropolitan University to study Computer Forensics and Security.

Robert Braun

Science Director

Frances Bell

HR Assistant

Frances’s job is to assist the HR team with general day-to-day operations. She is currently studying Human Resource Management at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Andrea Cremonini

System Engineer (Dishes)

As system engineer for the dish element my role is to support, build and keep on track the system engineering process from the requirements definition to the first light. Before I’ve joined to the SKA Office at the beginning of September, I’ve been employed for 13 years at the Radioastronomy Institute, in Italy.

Tyler Bourke

Project Scientist

Dr. Tyler Bourke comes to the SKA via the CfA in Boston and originally from Australia. He is the PS allocated to the Cradle of Life and Transient SWGs, and the Infrastructure Africa, SaDT, AIV, and MFAA Work Package Consortia. Tyler’s scientific interests lie in the area of Galactic star formation and he has been hooked on astronomy since 3rd grade

Antonio Chrysostomou

Head of Science Operations Planning

Antonio came from the University of Hertfordshire where he was a lecturer and reader in Astrophysics. Previously he was the Associate Director of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, in Hawaii. His scientific interests are in star formation. He is also a keen photographer.

Andrea Casson

Head of Project Management

Andrea’s job is to develop & implement project management procedures including planning, reporting & risk management. She joined SKA in June 2014 following 20 years working as a project & programme manager on multi-national projects in the telecoms industry & a brief stint as a secondary school physics teacher.

Marco Caiazzo

System Engineer (CSP)

Marco is a member of the SKA System Engineering team contributing mainly to the Central Signal Processor Work Package.

David Bolt

Graduate Support Engineer

David is a member of the SKA systems engineering team, his role is to provide SE support to the AIV team in the main, his time is also allocated to supporting the Infrastructure team to. David’s background is Integration Engineering with companies such as Rolls Royce Nuclear Submarines, Eurocopter and Thales.

Qiming Wang

Head of Policy Development

Dr. Qiming Wang works closely with StratCom and the Board members to develop key policies including an Observatory Agreement, a long-term governance structure, a plan for procurement of SKA construction and operation, funding mechanisms and access of observation, etc.

Maria Grazia Labate

System Engineer (LFAA)

Dr. Maria Grazia Labate’s role is to form the primary link between the Aperture Array Element and the system technical efforts, overseeing and collaborating with the Aperture Array Design and Construction Consortium to ensure that the Element level system engineering products are coherent with the system level.

Simon Berry

Director of Policy Development

Simon joined the SKA Organisation in January 2014. He is responsible for all aspects of policy development in the project, ranging from how the future legal structure and organisation the project will work, to how it will be funded and the broader non-science case for countries investing in the project.

Altomese Brown

Project Officer

Alistair McPherson

Deputy Director General & Head of Project

Alistair is reponsible for the delivery of the Construction Proposal for SKA-1and to achieve that, he coordinates the activities of all the consortia developing the current Preliminary Design. In his free time, he deputises for Phil Diamond. Alistair is experienced in large astronomical programmes, having been the E-ELT PM.

Philip Diamond

Director General

As Director General of the SKA Organisation, Professor Philip Diamond provides overall leadership for the international coordinating body for the SKA telescope. Philip has 30 years’ experience in the field of radio astronomy and a long standing involvement in the SKA project. Phil’s biography is available at