Sanjay Bhandari chairs the Board of the Satellite Applications Catapult. Sanjay has extensive experience in the professional services sector, most recently as a partner at EY where amongst his other successes he served as Chief Innovation Officer and his leadership led to significant growth in the firm’s Financial Services technology business.
He is now pursuing a career as an independent board member, and is an active and recognised leader of equality, diversity, and inclusion practice. He is a member of the Government-sponsored Parker review into the ethnic diversity of UK boards, Chair at Kick It Out, a Non-Executive at the Lawn Tennis Association and a Board Trustee at GreaterSport Manchester.
Sanjay joins the Satellite Applications Catapult at a pivotal time for the space industry in the UK. With opportunities flowing from advances in technology and the UK’s innovation ecosystem, this sector is a massive opportunity for UK PLC and thus a significant focus for government, industry, and investors. Working with the Board and management team, Sanjay sees great opportunity to unlock the potential of the space industry for the benefit of UK PLC and to address some of the biggest issues facing society globally.
Stuart Martin is CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult. He joined the Catapult in January 2013 from Logica (now part of CGI) where he was Business Director for Space and Satellite Communications for nearly seven years, leading all the company’s activities in the Space domain. Stuart is a former vice-chair of UKSpace, the British trade association representing the Space industry, and council member of Eurospace – its European equivalent. He also sits on the UK Space Leadership Council, the top-level cross-industry, academia and government stakeholder group responsible for overseeing and implementing the UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy.
Stuart is a passionate advocate of the Catapult programme, which he considers to be a vital element of the UK strategy to secure and accelerate economic growth from emerging technologies. Furthermore, for satellite applications, he believes there is a great opportunity to establish a world-leading position, and make the UK the place to be if you want to do business in Space.
As Chief Operating Officer of the Satellite Applications Catapult Lucy is responsible for supporting enterprises across the UK in understanding and exploiting the potential of space and satellites to create opportunities and transform businesses.
With a background in Physics and Engineering, Lucy’s career to date has involved the launch of satellites from a few kilograms to a few tonnes, building a satellite operations centre in West Cornwall and setting up the Disruptive Innovation for Space Centre with the Catapult team.
Lucy is vice chair of the board of The Royal Mencap Society and a non-executive director on the board of the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
She is an ardent believer in the Catapult vision “To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites”. Many see the growing space industry as a potential source of economic growth; Lucy also sees it as a way of improving the future for everyone, and of building connections between people and communities that will transform the way we relate to each other.
Richard is responsible for many of the Catapult’s business functions such as Finance, Procurement, HR, IT and Legal. He was appointed as CFO in March 2018. Prior to joining the Catapult, he has spent the majority of his career working within the energy sector, including as CFO of AFC Energy, an AIM-listed company developing commercial-scale hydrogen fuel cell systems, and as CFO of Horizon Nuclear Power, a UK energy company developing a new generation of nuclear power stations. He has also previously held senior management positions within the finance functions of RWE and Innogy.
Richard is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with Arthur Andersen & Co, and holds a degree in Economics & Economic History from the University of Bristol.
Simon Acland has spent 30 years as an investor in young technology businesses. Much of his venture capital career he spent at Quester, which he helped to build into one of the UK’s most active early stage technology investors before the company was sold in 2007. Seven of the companies that he has backed achieved public listings on the London Stock Exchange, AIM, Nasdaq or Easdaq, including two companies which reached the FTSE 250; many others have been successfully sold.
Simon is now a Director of Green Angel Syndicate, and chairs domestic energy storage company Powervault and environmental DNA sequencing company Naturemetrics. He is an adviser to travel time search software company iGeolise. He sits on the board of Triple Point Income VCT and is on the advisory board of their social impact EIS Fund. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the Angel CoFund. He is also a Trustee of Plantlife, the UK’s main wild plant conservation charity.
Simon’s book Angels, Dragons and Vultures – how to tame your investors…and not lose your company is widely regarded as one of the most helpful guides for entrepreneurs to the venture capital world
Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB is working internationally as a senior advisor to governments, inter-governmental organisations including the World Bank and large private sector organisations.
She is a Director of Location International Ltd which provides strategic advice and full operational capacity globally, to the public and private sector, as to how to gain from improving their own use of location information to enhance their decision-making and to meet the ever changing needs of their customers and stakeholders.
In addition to being a Non-Executive Director of the Satellite Applications Catapult, Vanessa is on the Advisory Boards of Seraphim Space LLP, the Space venture capital fund backed by the British Business Bank, and the Urban Big Data Centre. She is a Steering Committee Member of IPP CommonSensing to support the Governments of Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to build resilience to the impacts of climate change and to improve access to climate finance, a Trustee of the Royal Geographical Society, the Honorary Colonel of 135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers, a Patron of MapAction and holds Visiting Professor positions at two UK Universities.
From 2000-2014, she was the Director General and CEO Ordnance Survey, Britain’s National Mapping Authority and the advisor to the British Government for issues involving mapping, surveying and geographic information. She is the longest serving Director General and CEO of Ordnance Survey since 1875.
From 2011-2015, she was a founding co-chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).
Prior to joining the Civil Service, she held senior roles with the billion-dollar American software company, Autodesk and also the global media and publishing company, Pearson plc.
Chad Anderson is CEO of Space Angels and Managing Partner of Space Capital, together the world’s leading source of capital for entrepreneurial space ventures. He also serves on several boards including the Satellite Applications Catapult where he supports the national strategy to grow the space sector in the UK. Prior to his current roles, Anderson enjoyed a successful career at JP Morgan Chase where he managed a $50 billion real estate portfolio through the Great Recession. Anderson holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Will Hutton has been Principal of Hertford College, Oxford since September 2011. He also chairs the Big Innovation Centre, a charity devoted to promoting open innovation. Will is also director/trustee of the Scott Trust which owns the Guardian and Observer newspapers, and chairs the Stakeholder Advisory Board for EDF Energy. He writes a column for the Observer and appears regularly on television and radio commentating on economic, financial and business issues. Previously, he was executive vice chair of The Work Foundation, a leading voice on work, employment and organisation issues in the UK.
Will began his career in the City, as a stockbroker and investment analyst where he worked at Phillips and Drew. He then moved to the BBC where he worked extensively as a producer and reporter.
He has co-authored numerous independent reports to government and written a number of policy papers and books, the best-known of which is probably ‘The State We’re In’. He has also lectured and given public addresses widely and been invited by Government to give evidence on a range of economic, financial and industrial issues.
Will was invited by the EU commission to join a high-level group on the mid-term review of the Lisbon strategy and acted as rapporteur for the report published in November 2004. He is a governor of the London School of Economics (LSE), a school governor and a visiting professor at Bristol University.
He is married and has three grown up children, is an active sportsman and enjoys a wide range of cultural and creative interests.
Lynne is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, having trained at Deloitte & Touche as an auditor. She focussed on tax with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London before establishing the tax function at Vodafone in 1994.
Lynne spent 11 years at Vodafone developing the tax function into a global operation supporting all aspects of the business as it grew from a UK-focussed mobile network operator to a global provider of communication solutions, both through organic development and acquisitions, and was intimately involved in the Group’s strategic development, financing corporate development and UK, EU and wider fiscal policy initiatives. After leaving Vodafone Lynne continued to focus on the communications sector in a finance, treasury and tax capacity with Colt, Skype and in supporting smaller communications, software and IT businesses in a consulting capacity. She then took up a role in a Global Family Office in Monaco, where she is now based, as Director of Corporate Finance with TBG Group – an industrial, technology and services focused privately owned group of companies. Lynne supports the Group on funding, tax, treasury and corporate development.
After leaving Vodafone Lynne continued to focus on the communications sector for a while in a broader finance, treasury and tax capacity with Colt, Skype and in supporting smaller communications, software and IT businesses in a consulting capacity. She then took up a role in a Global Family Office in Monaco & Switzerland responsible for all Corporate Development, Funding, Structuring and Investment Activities for the Family Office which was focused on other high-tech verticals in Oil and Gas, Electronics, Agriculture and Information Services as well as having $bn of financial assets and investments under management.
Lynne returned to the UK 2015 where since then she has developed her own strategic financial and business advisory consulting services, focused on supporting early stage emerging and enabling technologies, specifically Life Sciences, AI/Machine Learning, Intelligent Mobility systems and solutions, Software, Big Data, High Value Manufacturing and many other next generation activities helping them strategically and financially through access to Funding options. Lynne’s exposure to this emerging world stemmed from undertaking an CFO Interim role at Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency where she led on Finance Transformation and New Funding Instruments for SMEs.
Lynne is a linguist, speaking French, German and Spanish, and has a passion for polo and outdoor activities.
Sue qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and enjoyed a varied career spanning nearly 20 years. She worked across a wide range of sectors including property and construction, healthcare, and software and IT services. She began her career in Audit and then transferred to Transaction Services providing financial and commercial due diligence to corporates, banks and private equity investors. Latterly she was instrumental in the creation of a multi-disciplinary healthcare group providing strategic advice to both public and private healthcare providers.
More recently, Sue has held non executive directorships in the health, IT and education sectors and is currently deputy chair of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust . She is also a member of the Board of Notting Hill Housing Trust which houses people in need across London, and as one of the capital’s largest property developers, also enables residents to own their own homes.
Stewart is an experienced industrial leader with a reputation in leading business transformation both for recovery and growth. As someone who has always invested in personal learning and development coupled with an engineer’s interest in the application of new technologies, Stewart has hands on experience of Digital Transformation and enabling Innovation, most recently as CTO of Innovate UK and as SVP of Leonardo UK Innovation and Technology Group.
With a career in engineering, ranging from Electronic Design through Engineering Management and Business Development to Senior Business Management. Working predominantly in the Aerospace and Defence sector for Leonardo, BAESystems, GDUK and Thales, as well as a spell in DE&S.
Stewarts skills lie in turning concepts and theories into practical approaches that transform business for the better. Always conscious of the impact of transformation on the people involved and the world around us.