Simone Hartless is Head of Cluster Growth at the Satellite Applications Catapult. She works in the National Capabilities and Clusters team who work to create a thriving and connected UK space ecosystem by growing productive UK Space clusters and a vibrant space community, working collaboratively to build national capabilities, delivering UK strategic priorities and growing the economy. With our stakeholders we deliver this by:
- Supporting local leadership teams to develop sustainable growth strategies and become part of a productive cluster network recognised internationally;
- Connecting stakeholder communities and build bridges between industry, government, and academia enhancing knowledge exchange and collaborative opportunities; and,
- Stimulating the growth of national capabilities through improved innovation services, infrastructure interventions and business scale up support programmes.
Simone has over fifteen years’ experience of working in varied roles within the private and public sectors championing regional economic development. Simone holds a first-class Law and Politics degree from the University of Liverpool; a Masters in Public Services Policy and Management from King’s College, London and is a PRINCE2 trained Project Manager. The last ten years of Simone’s career have focused on the UK business growth agenda, particularly in innovative sectors, facilitating the development of local and regional clusters. Working directly in the Space Sector since 2018, Simone shapes and delivers collaborative projects and strategies to help regional localities to grow including supporting Space Hub Yorkshire to achieve it’s strategic ambitions and vision.