ALDES Spring Fringe – Speaker Profiles

 Professor Sir Martin Sweeting OBE, FREng, FRS, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd

Sir Martin Sweeting

Professor Sir Martin Sweeting pioneered the concept of rapid-response, low-cost and highly-capable satellites utilising modern commercial off-the-shelf devices to ‘change the economics of space’. In 1985 he formed a spin-off University company called SSTL – Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd – which has now designed, built, launched and operates in orbit a total of 36 nano, micro and mini-satellites including the first Galileo satellite for ESA, the European ‘GPS’.

SSTL employs 450 commercial staff, has annual revenues of £100M and total export sales in excess of £600M. SSTL will launch 5 new satellites this year and is currently manufacturing 14 navigation payloads for the Galileo constellation. Sir Martin is also director of the Surrey Space Centre, leading a team of 90 researchers investigating new satellite concepts and techniques, acting as the research lab for SSTL.

Sir Martin has been appointed OBE and knighted by HM The Queen, elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2010, Sir Martin was awarded the Faraday Medal by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and an Elektra Lifetime Achievement Award by the European Electronics Industry. He is a member of the UK Space Leadership Council.

Richard Peckham, Business Development Director, Astrium Ltd

Richard Peckham

Richard joined Astrium, Europe’s largest space company, in 2000 having worked in the defence and aerospace sector for the last 30 years, specialising in radar, meteorology, air traffic management and navigation, across a broad range of roles in design engineering, system engineering, project management, departmental management and business unit management. Richard managed the Astrium navigation strategy and business development activities across Europe until appointment to his current post in 2007.

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

In his current post, Richard leads UK business acquisition, manages the company relationship with government and Parliament, leads on UK national strategy and acts as the deputy to the CEO on UK national issues. This has included working closely with BIS and other government departments to increase government and parliamentary awareness of the UK space industry – including its world-leading technology and contribution to the economy and society at large.

Richard was until recently chairman of UKspace, the trade association for the UK space industry and also Vice President – Space for A|D|S, the trade association for the UK aerospace, defence and security industries. He continues supporting UKSpace as Head of the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS) Delivery to ensure the IGS meets its expectations. Richard is also a non-executive director of ISIC (the International Space Innovation Centre) and Trustee and board member of INTECH.