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.
Lucy joined the Satellite Applications Catapult in 2018. With a background in Physics and Engineering, her career highlights include launching science and comms satellites, building satellite operations centres and growing space organisations.
Lucy 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.
Lucy serves as a non-executive director on the board of the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership. She is Vice Chair of the Royal Mencap Society and Chair of space start-up Atheras Analytics.
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 35 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 backed achieved public listings on the London Stock Exchange, AIM, Nasdaq or Easdaq, including two companies which joined the FTSE 250; many others have been successfully sold.
Simon founded and chairs Green Angel Syndicate, the only business angel group in the UK that specialises in the fight against climate change. He is a director of 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.
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 Founder and Managing Partner of Space Capital, a seed stage venture capital firm with $100 million under management. He also serves on several boards including the Satellite Applications Catapult in the UK where he supports the national strategy to grow the space sector in the country. Anderson also volunteers as a board member of the Explorers Club, a non-profit that promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space and is also a member of the User Advisory Committee for the International Space Station U.S. National Lab in Washington.
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 is President of the Academy of Social Sciences, co-chair of the Purposeful Company and an Associate with LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance. He writes a regular column for the Observer and is a well-recognised commentator on economic, financial, and business issues. Previously he was Principal of Hertford College, Oxford, stepping down in 2020.
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, before his subsequent career in the Guardian as Economics Editor (1990-96) , Editor of the Observer (1996-2000) and CEO of the Work Foundation (2000-2008).
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 founded/co-chaired/directed four thinktanks – The Employment Policy Institute, The Work Foundation, the Big Innovation Centre, and the Purposeful Company and now chairs the advisory board of the Fairness Foundation. He has also lectured and given public addresses widely and been invited by Government and parliamentary committees 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 widowed with 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 Tax Advisor, with extensive experience in taxation, treasury, M&A, funding, corporate finance and investment management across a wide range of industry verticals from Telecommunications and IT managed services at Vodafone, Colt and Skype to Electronics, Oil and Gas, Agriculture, Technology and Information Systems in a Global Family Office setting in Monaco/Switzerland where she was responsible for funding, tax, treasury, M&A and investment management activities for $$bns of strategic and financial assets.
More recently, she has been supporting early stage, VC backed companies in their strategic and operational development and fund raising, specifically Life Sciences (Therapeutics and MedTech), AI/Machine Learning, Big Data, High Value Manufacturing, Construction and Energy Systems, Space, and Intelligent Mobility solutions. She gained exposure to these high growth, new technology sectors following on from an interim assignment as CFO of the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. Lynne is also a NED on the Active Building Centre Company, having previously been an Expert Advisor on commercial partnership propositions to the European Space Agency
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 in his role as the CEO of the UK National Robotarium, and previously as CTO of Innovate UK and as SVP of Leonardo UK Innovation and Technology Group.
Stewart has had a broad career in engineering, ranging from Electronic Design through Engineering Management and Business Development to Senior Business Management, and he has worked predominantly in the Aerospace and Defence sector for Leonardo, BAE Systems, GDUK and Thales, as well as a spell in DE&S.
Stewart’s 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.