Management Team

Dr Randall S Perry
Chairman

Dr Perry is the founder of the UKSDC and the Space Science Engineering Foundation (SSEF). He is the Honorary Chair and board member of the SSEF, a registered UK charity. The SSEF supports the UKMEA and EU Space Design Challenge, Global Space Design Challenge, the Galactic Challenge, and the Environmental Design Challenge (EDC). He is on academic staff and a past Royal Society Fellow at Imperial College London. He has a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, has held the US and Canada National Science Foundation Fellowship at Oxford University, and is a NASA certified Astrobiologist. His current focus is on project learning and constructivism, on which all SSEF programes are based.. He has published widely in his areas of interest of geology, geochemistry, microbiology and education. He is the author of six adventure novels. Besides scientific talks he enjoys giving talks to a wide variety of public venues for example being invited to give the Public Lecture at the Durham Institute for Advanced Studies on a Definition of Life and as a painter and member of the Chelsea Art Club an invited talk on Science and Art. As a script writer he is a member of the Writers Guild of America West. He is a director and producer with Athene Films, a Canadian film company whose most recent film is Meet Beau Dick. In his spare time he enjoys trekking, scuba diving and flying helicopters and aircraft. He was the president of a company before finishing a Ph.D. later in life and has since visited many of the Earth’s extreme habitats including diving in ‘Alvin’ the deep submersible. Dr Perry was shortlisted for a Sir Arthur Clarke Award in 2013 for his work on USKDC.  randallsperry rsperry

Rafael Peters
Managing Director

Rafael (Rafi) has been working in the premium education space since 2015. Former Commercial Director, and Director of Short Courses at Oxford International College, the UK’s No.1 school, he worked alongside some of the best minds in education in delivering unparalleled academic results and university destinations. He is passionate about adopting new, innovative methods of education. He is particularly interested in project-based learning and the important role it can play in their professional development. His goal at ProEd is to inspire and support students in realising their career aspirations. A former semi-professional tennis player, he is passionate about health and wellbeing.

Alison Ahearn
Programme and Education Director

Alison Ahearn became a trustee of the Space Science Engineering Foundation in 2010. She has degrees in civil engineering and law. Besides being the Programme and education director for Pro Ed et al., she is a Principal Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London, teaching undergraduates and postgraduates in civil engineering law and management. At College level, she works with the Educational Development Unit on teacher-development and the formalising of systems for recognising the learning achieved by students outside the classroom. Alison joined UKSDC for its first London final and brings boardroom experience from her 10 years as Chair of the Zebra Housing charity (student accommodation).  Alison has a particular interest in industry-academic partnerships and versimilitude in project-based learning.