Name: Alan Cross

Company: ESA Business Applications

Job Title: Ambassador

Company Name: European Space Agency – Business Applications

What does the business do: ESA Business Applications helps businesses in non-space sectors to use space to enhance their products and services, primarily with this use of satellite navigation, imagery, and/or communications. (Part of the European Space Agency, an intergovernmental organisation of 22 nations, dedicated to the exploration of space)

Where can we find you: Direct – @ESABA_NW or cross@stfc.ac.uk | Organisation – @ESABusinessApps |Regional host organisation – @STFC_Matters

What are three words to describe yourself: Passionate, focused, playful.

What do you love about working from home: It’s where all my stuff is. Oh, and since Humans left the scene, there’s LOADS of bird song.

Favourite sports team: This’ll make me unpopular, but I honestly don’t care one bit about any sport.

Favourite Book: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Favourite Podcast: The Infinite Monkey Cage

Favourite Band/Artist: Sinatra

Best business moment in your life: Being appointed as ESA Business Applications Ambassador

What advice would you give to 18-year-old you: Keep doing what you’re doing, it’ll all work out fine, BUT, listen more… and prepare to become more introverted the older you get.

If you were allowed to have 5 people, living or dead, in lockdown with you, who would they be: Five dead ones; I enjoy peace and quiet.

What restaurant are you most looking forward to returning to: ‘Fishers’ at The Shore, Leith

Celebrity Crush: Joseph Gordon Levitt and/or Chris Hemsworth

Your Business Heroes are: Elon Musk

What superhero would you be: Florida Man, or Dan Dare (born in the North West, flew into space from his launch facility at Formby… what’s not to love!?!?!)

Complete this sentence ‘Boris Johnson is… in a pickle.’

Why Downtown: It’s the best way for me to be introduced to innovative, engaging businesses across the region