Satellite Finance Network

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Finance and regulatory network for the UK space industry

Steering Board

The Satellite Finance Network Steering Board consists of the following people. Please click on the photos below for a short biography of each Board member.

Joanne Wheeler (Co-Chair)

Joanne Wheeler (Co-Chair)

Partner, Communications Group
Bird & Bird, London
Tel: +44 (0)20 3017 6847
joanne.wheeler@twobirds.com

Joanne Wheeler is a Partner in the Communications Group at Bird & Bird. She specialises in satellite and telecommunications regulatory and policy matters, and commercial contracts.

She represents operators, manufacturers, communications companies, financial institutions, governments and international institutions in all aspects of domestic, European and international communications and spectrum regulations, and in all forms of commercial contracts.

In addition to her private practice experience, Joanne has extensive and unique experience from her work at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Paris and at the UK Office of Communications (Ofcom). She also represents the UK at the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), and is a columnist for the journals Satellite Finance and Via Satellite.

Joanne was named by The Lawyer magazine in the 2013 'Hot 100 Lawyers' for her work in the UK space industry, and won the individual Financial Times Legal Innovator of the Year award in 2014 for her work with, amongst other things, the UK space industry and Government as part of the UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS), which has led to legislative and policy changes to encourage growth in the UK space industry.

Richard Peckham (Co-Chair)

Richard Peckham (Co-Chair)

Business Development Director (UK)
Astrium
Tel: +44 (0) 23 9270 5360
richard.peckham@airbus.com

Richard is Space Business Development Director for Airbus Defence & Space in the UK, having worked in the aerospace sector for the last 30 years in a range of senior engineering and management positions. In his current post, he leads business acquisition, manages the company relationship with government, and leads on national strategy.

Richard holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Management, is a chartered engineer and member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.

Richard is a member of the UK Space Leadership Council and has previously been chairman of UKspace, VP Space for the industry association ADS, a founding director of the International Space Innovation Centre (now part of the Satellite Applications Catapult) and has served on UK Trade & Investment advisory boards.

Professor Richard Brook OBE, FREng

Professor Richard Brook OBE, FREng

Co-founder
E-Synergy

Richard is a member of the UKspace Executive. He has led on aspects of the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy concerning the UK’s relationship with its European partners and on the application of Earth Observation data to climate services.

He is also a co-founder of E-Synergy, a successful early stage venture capital and pre-investment training company. Richard currently has a shareholding in, and is an advisor to, InvestingZone, a web-based platform for high net worth investors. His experience covers angel investor, lender via peer-to-peer lending platforms, UK and EU grant funding, and coaching for start-up and growth companies.

His earlier career in engineering provided extensive experience of proving applications of new technology in business and industry, and of building early stage technology businesses.

Bruce Colley

Bruce Colley

Access to Finance Manager
Innovate UK

Following a BSc and then PhD at Plymouth University, Bruce’s early career was focussed around computer simulation in large corporates and then small SMEs. Following an MBA, he moved across to finance just over 10 years ago, including six years as Investment Director for a regional business angel network, SWAIN, and more recently, over two years as a lead for the Access to Finance team for the GrowthAccelerator service across the south of the UK. As Investment Director for SWAIN, Bruce facilitated more than 50 equity deals ranging from £50K to £850K. He also ran the Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION) on an interim basis.

Following his first degree at Plymouth University, Bruce was awarded a PhD “Computer simulation of marine traffic”, before going on to work for Plessey Naval Systems and British Aerospace (Plymouth).

Subsequently, he became Technical Director of PC Maritime Ltd where his team developed the first training package for the RYA and then developed one of the first computer electronic charting systems, PC Wayplanner, and a commercial training package for Officers of the watch. He then built and exited an e-commerce business.

Bruce is based in Bath and enjoys rowing and canoeing, watching Bath rugby and the fantastic social scene around Bath and Bristol.

Paul Flanagan

Paul Flanagan

Secretary General
UKspace

Paul Flanagan is the Secretary General of UKspace, responsible for the operation of the principal trade association for the UK space and satellite industry. It represents the interests of industry with the UK government, parliament and national and international stakeholders. Paul works with the industry membership to achieve the best business framework to promote growth. The association has a vibrant group of specialist groups that represent interests of member companies and has an active SME Forum to provide support to smaller companies.

UKspace partners with ADS and techUK to link with the advanced manufacturing and downstream services and applications sectors, whilst working in close cooperation with the Satellite Finance Network and Parliamentary Space Committee. UKspace works with key governmental stakeholders – UK Space Agency, Technology Strategy Board, and the Satellite Applications Catapult – as well as governmental organisations such as Ofcom and UK Trade and Investment.

Nick Flitterman

Nick Flitterman

Head of Telecoms
Portland Advisers

Nick is Head of Telecoms at Portland Advisers, a Project & Structured Finance debt advisory boutique. He has over 15 years’ experience acting in senior advisory and lending roles across the spectrum of communications, technology and satellite sectors. He has previously held senior roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland, PricewaterhouseCoopers and, most recently, as Head of Telecoms for the Project & Export Finance team at HSBC.

Nick’s recent satellite clients include Skybox Imaging, O3b Networks, Azercosmos, Asia Broadcast Satellite, Indosat and Yahsat.

Nick has a BA (Hons) in International Economics, a Maitrise in International Commerce, is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA), and is a regular speaker on the telecom sector conference circuit.

Antonia Jenkinson

Antonia Jenkinson

Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd

Antonia Jenkinson joined the Satellite Applications Catapult in April 2013. Antonia was previously Chief Financial Officer of The Garden Centre Group Ltd, the UK's largest group of garden centres, with £270m of sales across 130 garden centres and 5,000 employees.

Antonia started her career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and then joined Apax Partners Corporate Finance, later Altium Capital, where she performed numerous early stage private equity fundraising transactions.

Alongside her executive roles, Antonia is a Non-Executive Director of Country Homes and Gardens Plc and Ocean Safety Ltd.

Peter Maplestone

Peter Maplestone

UK Export Finance
Liam Martin

Liam Martin

Director for Technology Media and Telecoms
Access Partnership

Liam Martin is Director for TMT at Access Partnership, a specialist ICT consultancy. He has 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, providing technical and regulatory support to financial institutions, operators and governments interested in the development of new telecommunications infrastructure. He supports commercial and development banks, equity providers and Export Credit Agencies such as the Export-Import Bank of the United States, France’s Coface, and Export Development Canada.

He has provided independent technical advice during the due diligence and project monitoring phases on over £4bn of investment in the satellite industry, assessing feasibility of the technical solution, the programme for delivery, strength of contractual arrangements, viability of the overall business plan, and the experience of the parties. He has advised on projects including O3b, YahSat, Skynet 5, RapidEye, New Dawn, and MEASAT 3b.

Liam also assists governments and operators procuring new satellite systems and managing regulatory interests through the International Telecommunications Union.

Neil Stevens

Neil Stevens

Director, Space Underwriting Division
Pembroke Managing Agency Ltd

Neil Stevens is an English trained lawyer with Law Degree (Hons), Master of Laws Degree and Legal Practice Course qualifications. Whilst studying for his Masters’ Degree, he studied Space Law and wrote a dissertation titled “Risk and Legal Liability in Commercial Space Launches”.

Neil has worked as an in-house lawyer in space insurance since 1997, working for brokers and more recently as an underwriter at Lloyd’s of London. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has had many space-related articles published. He has also been an advisor to the UK Government and Government of Bermuda on matters which concern space insurance.

Bob Waters

Bob Waters

Senior Civil Servant
UK Space Agency
Stephen Ainsworth

Stephen Ainsworth

Terry Coxall

Terry Coxall

Space Specialist
Department of International Trade

Terry is the Space Specialist with the Department of International Trade which is a part-time role. Previously he has 40 years’ experience within the space industry, culminating as Project Director for the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy in 2010.