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- March 26th, 2024 Posted in News

UKspace has appointed an Executive Director to lead the organisation, following the decision by its Director, Lizzie Kerr, to step down from her role with the official trade association of the UK space industry. Lizzie will be retiring on 30 June 2024, after more than five and a half years in her post.

Recognising that the space sector is at a crucial time, and noting the importance of continuity within UKspace, the Board is pleased to announce that it has appointed Colin Baldwin as Executive Director of UKspace, with effect from 1 July 2024. Colin joined UKspace in June 2022 in the newly-created role of Head of Policy, and has played a significant role in strengthening the way UKspace supports its members and interacts with stakeholders in Government, industry and academia.

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UKspace Chair, John Hanley, paid tribute to Lizzie’s “transformative” contribution to UKspace and the wider sector, saying: “Since taking up her role as Director of UKspace in September 2018, Lizzie has transformed the organisation, growing the membership to more than 170 companies, across four membership levels – start-up, SMEs, full members and clusters – and developing key strategic partnerships in the public, private and academic sectors. Under her leadership, UKspace has also played an important role in helping shape Government policy, including on the National Space Strategy and regulation of UK launch capabilities.”

John added: “The Board was unanimous in its view that Colin was best placed to build upon Lizzie’s achievements and support the evolution of UKspace as the industry-led trade association dedicated to supporting space companies of all sizes across the breadth of the space value chain. We look forward to working with Colin as he develops his thinking.”

Dr Paul Bate, CEO of the UK Space Agency, said: “Lizzie has been a fantastic advocate for space in the UK, helping the sector grasp new opportunities and navigate challenges over recent years, while always ensuring the voice of UKspace members is heard loud and clear. I wish her all the very best for the future. Congratulations to Colin on his appointment as Executive Director. I look forward to working closely to meet our shared ambitions for the UK’s growing space sector.”

Further details on recruitment will be shared in the near future.