Chief Executive, UK Space Agency

Katherine Courtney

Katherine Courtney

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Biography

Katherine’s early career was spent developing new products and services in the global telecoms industry as a senior executive with both major multinationals and a series of start-up companies.

She moved to the public sector in 2003 to lead the UK government’s National Identity Scheme Programme and then went on to lead a number of other flagship programmes including the development of Universal Credit, Growth Vouchers, Business Growth Service and UK Small Business Commissioner - steering four cross-cutting pieces of legislation through Parliament.

The theme running throughout her career has been creating growth and efficiencies through technological innovation. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from London Business School. She lives in Brighton, England with her husband and three young children.

Chief Executive, UK Space Agency

The chief executive leads a team of 60 who manage the UK’s civil space policy, regulation and programmes. She is responsible for realising the agency’s aims of increasing the size of the UK space industry, using space to understand planet Earth and the universe, and improving public services such as weather forecasting and communications.

The chief executive helps explain the agency’s work to the public and represents the UK’s space-related interests abroad. To do this effectively she keeps abreast of the latest developments in space technology and applications and actively assesses the usefulness of new space missions for the UK.