Catapult Advisory Group

The purpose of the Catapult Advisory Group is to bring together industrial, public, and academic representatives to advise and challenge the Catapult Board with respect to its Outputs & Outcomes Strategy and Delivery Plans and activities that form an integral part of the annual Grant Work Programmes (GWP). The CAG provides guidance on the appropriateness of Catapult activity, in order to ensure industry support and transparency.

The CAG also provides periodic guidance and expert advice on the direction and focus of the Catapult – advising on challenges, opportunities, technology roadmaps, and capabilities that already exist in the community.


Dr. Vanessa Lawrence

Dr. Vanessa Lawrence is working internationally as a senior advisor to governments, inter-governmental organizations including the World Bank and large private sector organizations.

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Paul Markwick

Paul is an Engineer with a long career in the automotive industry in both the public and private sectors. Currently, he has a portfolio of business interests, mainly in the transport sector.

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Neale Faulkner

Neale Faulkner has worked within the communications and satellite industry for over two decades. Starting as a Network Engineer, alongside being part of the British Army Royal Corps of Signals Reserves.

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Ian Coady

Ian Coady is a Geospatial Adviser at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office where he specialises in the integration of geospatial and earth observation data into development programmes.

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Joshua Broom

Joshua Broom is the Deputy Head of Space at the UK Department for International Trade. He oversees and coordinates the Department’s space engagement with UK companies looking to export space goods and services to global markets and international companies wishing to invest and locate in the UK space sector.

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Roly Cockwell

Roly is a retired Army Colonel with more than 20 years of experience in Defence geospatial intelligence and information systems. From 2019 to 2023 he was MOD’s Joint User for Geospatial Intelligence.

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Dr. Geoff Busswell

Geoff is Head of Marketing and Sales for space systems and services company Telespazio UK. Geoff has a strong blend of business development, technical, management and innovation skills.

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Una Kent

Una Kent is the vice president of ESG and DE&I International at WBA, a role she assumed in May 2021 after nearly 30 years heading communications and PR efforts at notable companies such as Motorola Inc., Fox Interactive, and Boots UK.

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Jon Pierre

Jon is a tech entrepreneur and President of Mantle Labs, a leading UK-based satellite technology start-up.

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Harshbir Sangha

Harshbir joined the UK Space Agency from BEIS in December 2018 to lead the Copernicus (EU Earth Observation) Programme. Through the UK-EU Trade Negotiations, Harshbir negotiated an agreement in principle for the UK to continue its participation in the programme.

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Olive Powell

Olive Powell is a chartered geographer (GIS) and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG with more than 20 years’ experience in the use of geospatial data and technology in the environment and law enforcement’s sectors.

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Timiebi Aganaba

Timiebi is an assistant professor of Space and Society, in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, an affiliate faculty with the Interplanetary Initiative, and a senior global futures scientist with the Global Futures Lab.

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Jim Campbell

Jim set up and launched the UK’s innovation hub and testbed for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles. Jim is currently working with technology companies for the European Innovation Council.

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Antoine Grenier

Antoine has worked in tech, telecoms and aerospace for over 20 years in both mature and emerging markets, on commercial strategy, new technologies and product introductions, new ventures, partnerships, and corporate transactions.

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