Our governance

The main decision-making, executive and managerial bodies for the UK Space Agency.


The UK Space Agency has an Executive Committee, Delivery Board, Steering Board and Audit Committee to manage and advise on activities.

The UK Space Agency Framework Document sets out the broad governance framework within which the UK Space Agency and BEIS operate. It sets out the UK Space Agency’s core responsibilities and describes the overall governance, financial and accountability framework.

Executive Committee

The purpose of the Executive Committee is to provide strategic leadership of the UK Space Agency through effective and timely decisions on UK Space Agency strategic and corporate matters.

A key role of the Committee is to approve material for the UK Space Agency Steering Board (SB) and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC).

Executive Committee members

  • Paul Bate, Chief Executive (Chair)
  • Ian Annett, Deputy CEO for Programme Delivery
  • Peter Finn, Chief Operating and Finance Officer
  • Claire Barcham, Director of Strategy
  • Chloe Sowter, Director of People and Culture
  • Lucy Shirodkar, Director of Transformation
  • Jacob Geer, Chief of Staff
  • Harshbir Sangha (standing attendee)

Delivery Board

The purpose of the Delivery Board (DB) is to manage the portfolio of UK Space Agency projects and programmes, ensuring alignment with Agency goals and priorities and achievement of progress against our North Star Metric and other indicators.

Delivery Board members

  • Ian Annett, Deputy CEO for Programme Delivery (Chair)
  • Paul Bate, Chief Executive
  • Peter Finn, Chief Operating and Finance Officer
  • Matt Archer, Director of Commercial Spaceflight
  • Rebecca Norton Price, Director of International (on maternity leave)
  • Harshbir Sangha, Director of Growth
  • Chris Castelli, Director of Technology, Science and Exploration
  • Andrew Ratcliffe, Chief Engineer
  • Olu Mohammed, Assistant Director of Finance
  • Rachel Leitch-Devlin, Head of Portfolio Office

Steering Board

The Steering Board has no executive functions.

Its role is to advise ministers on the strategic direction of the UK Space Agency and performance against targets as set out in the Corporate Plan.

The Steering Board provides guidance to the Chief Executive and senior executive team on the operation and development of the UK Space Agency.

Steering Board members

  • Lord David Willetts, Non-Executive Member and Chair
  • Paul Bate, Chief Executive
  • Peter Finn, Chief Operating and Finance Officer
  • Peter Watkins, Non-Executive Member
  • Kevin Shaw, Non-Executive Member
  • Fiona Rayment, Non-Executive Member
  • BEIS DG Science, Innovation and Growth or nominated representative

Steering Board attendees

  • Ian Annett, Deputy CEO for Programme Delivery
  • Claire Barcham, Director of Strategy
  • Chloe Sowter, Director of People and Culture
  • Jacob Geer, Chief of Staff

Abbreviated Steering Board minutes - September 2022

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Terms of reference: Steering Board

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Steering Board: Strategy and succession planning paper

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Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

The Audit and Risk Assurance Committee is an advisory body to the UK Space Agency Steering Board with no executive powers. It ensures the use of public money is monitored appropriately, according to National Audit Office guidelines. The Committee supports the Chief Executive in their role as Accounting Officer.

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee members

  • Keira Shepperson, Non-Executive Member
  • Kevin Shaw, Non-Executive Member

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee attendees

  • Paul Bate, CEO
  • Ian Annett, Deputy CEO
  • Peter Finn, Chief Operating and Finance Officer
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy sponsor team representative
  • National Audit Office representatives
  • Government Internal Audit Agency representative
  • Lord David Willetts, NEM (invitee)

UK Space Agency Audit and Risk Committee - Terms of Reference

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