Get to know the faces behind our exciting programmes…

Chris Barber

Founder & Executive Chairman

Chris founded the International Space School Educational Trust in 1998 with the aim of instilling the NASA you can do it” spirit in young people around the world. ISSET uses space exploration and the people behind it to drive students into successful futures.

Having been a deputy head teacher in two large high schools, Chris has a long record of leadership and transformation in education. He took his last school from below average to become the most successful school in England and Wales.

Chris says “The change we see in the young people who come on our programmes astounds me time after time. I am always in awe of their accomplishments throughout their time with ISSET and their achievements years later. I am extremely proud to say that work we continue to do at ISSET has a positive impact in both the present and future lives of our participants and people they encounter.”

STEM-X Launch prize Director Ross Barber. Founding team member for Launch Prizes STEM competitions for high school students

Ross Barber

Chief Executive Officer

Ross’ goal is to give young people access to opportunities & the skills needed for a successful future.

He has vast experience working in the STEM education industry and takes immense pride in the different programmes ISSET offer.

Ross has worked in various roles in his 8 years at ISSET, launching over 250 young people’s experiments to the International Space Station.

He believes ISSET’s challenges excite and inspire students to create breakthroughs in real world problems, spurring participants on to explore the possibilities of STEM and STEM careers.

Peter Longstaff

Chief Operating Officer

Peter has over 15 years of initiating and delivering sustained results, growth, and leadership for organisations around the world, in sectors including business development, digital/social media marketing / analytics and international/domestic education & student recruitment.

Joining the team as ISSET’s Chief Operating Officer, Peter over seas the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the business, globally.

As an avid traveller, keen adventurer, STEM advocate and self-professed nerd, Peter says “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this incredible team. We are actively improving lives and helping mould the change we want to see in the world”.

Scott Kelly

NASA Astronaut & ISS Commander

Scott Kelly is a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain. A veteran of four space flights, Kelly commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on three expeditions and was a member of the yearlong mission to the ISS. In October 2015, he set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space, the single longest space mission by an American astronaut.

Nicole Stott

NASA Astronaut

Nicole's experience includes 2 spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space on the International Space Station, including 1 spacewalk!

Nicole painted the first watercolour in space, and as an artist she combines her artwork and spaceflight experience to inspire creative thinking about solutions to our planetary challenges.

Dr. Steve Swanson

NASA Astronaut & ISS Commander

Astronaut Steve Swanson has flown on 2 Space Shuttle missions and 1 Russian Soyuz mission. He was the commander of the International Space Station and he’s completed 4 spacewalks!

Steve was also honoured with several awards including NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal.

At ISSET, Steve is an operations consultant. He brings decades of experience in elite roles to help us make our students dreams a reality.

Dr. Michael Foale

NASA Astronaut & ISS Commander

Dr Michael Foale is the most experienced British astronaut in the history of spaceflight. He has logged a total of 375 days in orbit! In his 26-year career as a NASA Astronaut, Mike flew on several shuttle and Soyuz missions and even serviced the Hubble telescope.

Mike has guided thousands of students in various STEM outreach programmes over the past 10 years, working alongside ISSET Directors. He is a senior judge for ISSET's various challenges. He makes sure we select the best experiments before sending them to his old colleagues on the International Space Station!

NASA astronaut Tony Antonelli is the Director of Advanced Programs for the Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Tony Antonelli

NASA Astronaut

Legendary NASA astronaut Tony Antonelli shares heaps of invaluable advice to ISSET students. He piloted two space shuttle missions STS-119 and STS-132 to the International Space Station. The space missions delivered power-generating solar arrays and the Russian Mini-Research Module 1 to the ISS.

Tony is an engineer and a US Navy test pilot. He currently leads a team that is formulating the future benefits and operations of the International Space Station.

Barbara Morgan

NASA Astronaut

Barbara Morgan is an American teacher and astronaut and is the first teacher to travel into space! She flew on the space shuttle Endeavour on Aug. 8, 2007, on STS-118. The mission was an assembly-and-repair trip to the International Space Station (ISS).

Barbara operated the shuttle’s and station’s robotic arms to install hardware on the ISS and to support spacewalks. Whilst in space, she also conducted lessons for school children!

Dr. Dave Williams

NASA Astronaut

Dave is a Canadian Astronaut, Medical Doctor, Cardiac and Nero Surgeon and pioneer of telemedicine. He has flown on 2 Space Shuttle missions and completed 17 hours of spacewalks (which earned him a Canadian record). His first mission was called Neurolab, which studied the effects of microgravity on the brain and the nervous system with the crew as subjects and operators of the experiments.

Bill McArthur

NASA Astronaut

Veteran NASA astronaut Bill McArthur lived in space for nearly 8 months on board the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle and the Russian Space Station Mir.

He has travelled almost 16 million kilometres (10 million miles) in space.

Following his expeditions, Bill went on to manage the Space Shuttle Safety and Mission Assurance Office, then the Space Shuttle Orbiter Project. Since 2011, he has been the director of Johnson’s Safety and Mission Assurance directorate.

Alyssa Carson

Mission Discovery Host & Future Mars Walker

Alyssa Carson is an American space enthusiast and undergraduate student.

Alyssa was invited by NASAin 2013 to be on the MER 10 panel in Washington DC to discuss future missions to Mars live on NASA TV. She was later selected as one of seven ambassadors representing Mars One,  a mission to establish a human colony on Mars in 2030.  In October of 2016 Alyssa was the youngest to be accepted and graduate the Advanced Possum Academy, officially making her certified to go to space and an astronaut trainee.

More than anything, Alyssa is driven by an insatiable desire to live life to the fullest; to break through the ceiling of possibility and make a positive and lasting impact on the world.

Alyssa says “Always follow your dream and don’t let anyone take it from you.”

ISSET and Launch Prize lead Space Scientist Julie Keeble. Julie is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at King's College London

Dr Julie Keeble

Chief Space Scientist

Julie Keeble is our expert in space science, she has been responsible for ensuring that all Mission Discovery experiments are launched to the International Space Station. Julie is a lecturer in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King’s and is a jointly affiliated with of the Centre for Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences. Her research focuses on the role of sensory nerves, pain, inflammation and thermoregulation.

Prof. Steve Harridge

King's College London Consultant

Steve Harridge is Head of the Centre for Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences at King’s College London—a world top 10 University. He has been Professor of Human & Applied Physiology at King's College London since 2005.

Steve leads the team who will build your winning experiments before they launch to the International Space Station! Through Steve’s work ISSET has access to the incredible team and facilities at Kings College London.

Zoë Gaffen

Chief Payload Developer

Zoë is a senior technician and Registered Scientist in the Multi-Disciplinary Teaching Laboratories at King’s College, London. After an HND majoring in Analytical Biochemistry and Microbiology, then Neuropharmacology, she accumulated an extensive range of skills over many years working in Teaching and research: the first 18 in Pharmacology and Neuroscience, then 6 years in Physiology, before switching to Molecular Biology and taking charge of her own Teaching Laboratory.

Outside term time, she does research, and is co-author on many Pharmacology research papers and articles, and at least 2 Neuroscience publications, on the blood-brain barrier. Since 2010, she has been involved in protein production and purification for research on the DNA sequences involved in coding the active sites for smooth muscle contraction and the types of proteins involved in certain ataxias

Since 2013, she has become involved, via the ISSET Chief Scientist, Julie Keeble, in developing the winning experiments from the Mission Discovery Summer School programmes, to a format that can be launched to the International Space Station, for initiation and monitoring. Since 2018, she has been assisting project students in developing further microgravity experiments, which are now her primary research commitment, as the number of Mission Discovery winning experiments has increased

Jason Schnell University of Oxford

Lead Scientist

Jason is an Associate Professor in Biochemistry at University of Oxford. He tutors Biochemists and provides tutorials in biochemistry to the first year Biologists, Biomedical Scientists, and pre-clinical Medics at St. John’s College, Oxford. For the Department of Biochemistry Jason provides a lecture series in Protein Structure and Chemistry to all first year Biochemists and Biomedical Scientists and another series on Biomolecular NMR to third year Biochemists.

He joins the ISSET team as a lead scientist, Jason and his team at Oxford University will build student experiments in the Oxford Uni laboratories before flying them over to NASA for launch to the ISS.

Dr Hannah Wilson

Lead Scientist

Dr Hannah Wilson is currently working on experiments bound for the International Space Station. She will be part of the team that builds your winning ISSET experiments and launches them to the Space Station.

Dr Wilson can’t wait to getting stuck into more exciting experiments that could better help humankind. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Human & Applied Physiological Sciences at King’s College London.

Daniel Molland University of Oxford

Lead Scientist

Daniel is a Researcher at King’s College London working as part of the research team who will develop your experiments! He has produced three experiments for launch and helped in the development of several others. His main focus area within the team is in developing any protein-based experiments where Daniel applies his experience in Biochemistry to make sure any experiment that uses proteins are ready for launch.

For the Mission Discovery programme, Daniel says “ I absolutely love seeing all the amazing ideas that student produce which come into our laboratory, they all come up with such unique designs! I can’t wait to meet the incoming team of students at Mission Discovery who will create the next set of new and exciting ideas!” 

Dean morgan a graphic designer for the International Space School Educational Trust.

Dean Morgan

Design & Communications

Dean Morgan has over a decade of experience as both a freelance and in-house designer. His work has been featured in various publications & workspaces such as New Scientist, BBC, National Geographic & Google Headquarters.

Dean created the branding for ISSET and his main focus areas are branding, visual identity & publication design. He strongly believes in ISSET's goals, which guide his work attitude.

Guymon Cheung film director and producer, having worked in Hollywood with stars Drake, Rihanna, Ariana Grande

Guymon Cheung

Videographer

Guymon Cheung started his film career working on music videos in Hollywood CA. with artists Drake, Ariana Grande and Katy Perry.

Guymon has won awards from the British Film Institute Network. He also directed pieces starring Andrew Howard, who is known for movies such as the Hangover and Limitless.

He says “I’m delighted to be involved with such an exciting team. I can’t wait to see participants ideas.”

Karim Saleh, King's College University london graduate

Karim Saleh

Launch Prizes Virtual Host

Karim Saleh was the first graduate from a UK School of Pharmacy to work at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. He developed two biomedical experiments which launched to the International Space Station.

Coming from an Asian, African & European background has gifted him with a worldwide perspective. He says "Being international has let me dream of the extent of our potential as humans when chasing a common goal. I'm very excited to be part of an awesome team that aims to inspire the next generation of people to venture to the stars and beyond.”

Marcus Magee

Associate

Marcus Magee is a global entrepreneur, business leader and high-impact change agent with over 20 years’ experience. A seasoned event evangelist, he is passionate about purposeful and outcome-driven interactions that drive change, for all.

Marcus says of Mission Discovery "Seeing the kids reaction when an Astronaut walks out is simply magical, and it's that reaction that drives my involvement in and commitment to this truly once in a lifetime opportunity for kids.".

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Web Development

Webjects create innovative platforms for a varied scope of high performing businesses. Their ideology is all about simplicity, however complex the project..

After 10 years in the industry they’ve not only perfected customer orientated websites but built a family of clients who wouldn’t go anywhere else for web design and development.

Launch Prize is thrilled to have partnered with such a strong reliable local brand.

SpaceX dragon capsule sat on NASA Kennedy Space Centre Florida launchpad waiting to launch America. With inspirational quote from NASA apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin - I know the sky is not the limit because there are footprints on the moon and I made them