Dr Joanna Hart joined UKRI-STFC in November 2017 as the Harwell Space Cluster Development Manager, helping the Harwell Space Cluster to grow. This involves attracting new companies to the Harwell Space Cluster and helping the space companies that already have a presence at Harwell Campus to grow. Joanna is raising the profile of the Cluster internationally, helping build collaborations and working closely with stakeholders across the UK space sector. The Harwell Space Cluster has grown to 105 space organisations collectively employing over 1,100 people (from 80 organisations employing 800 in December 2017).
Previously, Joanna worked at the Satellite Applications Catapult for four years, as Head of Evaluation and Impact, tracking key performance indicators and understanding the economic impact that Catapult is having on UK space companies, in terms of jobs and revenue growth. Joanna has nine years of experience in equity research at investment banks UBS and Credit Suisse. This involved advising global fund managers to buy and sell shares in European telecoms companies. Joanna holds a DPhil in Particle Physics from the University of Oxford, which involved working on the ZEUS Central Tracking Detector (now a museum piece at the entrance to her office building).