Grafton Espace


Grafton Espace has for over 30 years been supporting leading space industry companies and institutions by tailoring its efforts to the specific needs of the client’s programmes and projects.

This support is in most engineering disciplines but also in Project Management, Bid Management and Bid Writing, Feasibility Studies and Investigations.

Over the years Grafton has been involved in many programmes including Ariane, ExoMars, Galileo, MTG, Proba, Sentinel, Small GEO, Vega and many others.


   Is to complete the process from initial “Task Description” to the start at the Customer Site.

   When we take on a Client request we give it our full support. We don’t give up. Whether sourcing a candidate or

   ensuring that they start smoothly and without distraction due to our help with paperwork and travel and accommodation

   we are “on the case from start to finish”         


John Harris

Managing Director 

John served his apprenticeship in precision engineering during which he attended technical college finishing his time in the drawing office. Soon after, he moved on to work in production design involving assembly jigs and fixtures. He then moved to Germany initially as a design engineer working on avionic test rigs. After this he worked as a general manager for a sub-contract design company prior to acting as an engineering consultant to a software company.


Upon returning to the UK in 1986 he worked briefly as a consultant before setting up Grafton Espace to support the space sector. As principle and managing director, John has gained a broad knowledge of the workings of the industry having worked closely with many companies on various projects, including their resource requirements.

Oana Marele

Head of Finance  

An experienced finance director with expertise and proficiency in financial and management accounting, with strong technical and commercial strategic experience within a leadership role.

ACCA Certified Accountant

ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business

B.Sc. (Hons) Applied Accounting

Bachelor Degree in Economics

Jack Pittwood

Senior Accounts Assistant  

Jack is the Senior Accounts Assistant at the company. He has been a proud member of the team for over three years. Jack particularly enjoys being part of a unique industry & working with such a diverse range of people. He is a supporter of local football club AFC Bournemouth.

Qualified member of the Associate of Accounting Technicians (MAAT)

Maksuda Kadirbekova

Customer Liaison Manager 

Maksuda is dedicated, passionate and straight forward. Being a technically qualified member of the resourcing team means she is very familiar with the needs of space industry companies. Maksuda has been successfully building and maintaining relationships with our clients for 4 years. 

B.Sc. Aerospace engineering

M.Sc. Aerospace engineering

Caroline Baker 

Senior Resourcer

Caroline studied Business and Management at Bournemouth University. In 2006 Caroline joined Grafton as a PA. After a year in that position she moved into the recruitment side of the business. Now with over 11 years’ experience she has built up an excellent rapport with engineers and clients. 

BA (Hons) Business and Management

Roger Dewell

Senior Consultant 

Business development, senior management and business growth strategy in the space industry. Satellite communication systems, large IT systems and health sector technologies. Special projects advisor to UK Space Agency, SME advisor to the European Commission, Business Coach and funding applications assessor for various funding agencies.