Satellite Finance Network

With you every inch of the way

Finance and regulatory network for the UK space industry

SFN Board

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

Joanne Wheeler MBE (Chair)

Joanne Wheeler MBE (Chair)

Tel: +44 (0)7384 258 047

Joanne is a Director at Alden, and one of the leading experts in the field of satellite regulation and commercial contracts, having worked at both Ofcom, the European Space Agency and for over 20 years in private legal practice in this area.

She was awarded an MBE for services to the UK space industry in 2017. She is ranked in Tier 1 in legal directories for her satellite and communications expertise.

Joanne won the Financial Times European Legal Innovator of the Year award in 2014 for her work with the UK space industry and government. She is a founder and Chair of the Satellite Finance Network, and writes two regulatory columns for international satellite industry journals: Via Satellite and Satellite Finance. Joanne is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Professor Richard Brook OBE, FREng

Professor Richard Brook OBE, FREng


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.

Sam Adlen

Sam Adlen

Chief Strategy Officer
Satellite Applications Catapult
Rob Spurrett

Rob Spurrett

Lacuna Space