The Satellite Applications Catapult appoints Sanjay Bhandari as its new Chair of the Board of Directors

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The Satellite Applications Catapult is pleased to announce that Sanjay Bhandari will be appointed as a non-executive director from 1 July 2021 and will take on the role of Chair of the Board of Directors with effect from 1 August 2021.

Sanjay has extensive experience in the professional services sector, most recently as a partner at EY for twelve years where amongst his other successes he served as a Chief Innovation Officer and his leadership led to significant growth in the firm’s Financial Services technology business. Before that, he spent 15 years as a lawyer establishing a powerful reputation, in particular specialising in fraud and white-collar crime. He is now pursuing a career as an independent board member, and he is currently a non-executive director in a government law enforcement agency, a Board adviser, and charity trustee. Sanjay 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, and a Board Trustee at GreaterSport Manchester.

Tim Sherwood, Outgoing Chair of the Board of Directors, said:

It has been a pleasure to contribute to the growth and success of the Satellite Applications Catapult and the UK space industry over the last eight years, and I am delighted to be able to hand over the responsibilities of Chair of the Board of Directors to Sanjay. In Sanjay, we have appointed a hugely experienced leader who will continue to drive forward the innovative work of the Catapult and the sector we support.

Will Hutton, Chair of the Nominations Committee, said:

Since Tim Sherwood announced his intention to retire earlier this year, the Nominations Committee has undertaken a rigorous process resulting in the selection of Sanjay Bhandari as Chair. We are delighted to have found someone whose values, experience and leadership qualities will drive the Catapult forward to deliver its ambitious vision.

Stuart Martin, CEO, said:

I am delighted that we have found an exceptional individual like Sanjay to chair the Satellite Applications Catapult Board. With such a wide breadth of skills and expertise, Sanjay will bring a new outlook to the role, and his interest in innovation and technology will be of huge benefit to our existing team.

Sanjay Bhandari, said:

I am really excited to join the Satellite Applications Catapult at such 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. I am very excited to work with the Board and management team to unlock the potential of the space industry, building on the important work the Catapult has done over the last eight years.

Richard Tuffill – Company Secretary
Satellite Applications Catapult