Will Whitehorn joined UKspace as President in September 2019. He is Chairman, Deputy Chairman or a non-executive director of several public bodies and companies including The Royal Air Force, Stagecoach Group PLC, Good Energy PLC, the Glasgow SEC /SSE Hydro, The Scottish Gallery and Clyde Space Limited, the UK’s leading space satellite manufacturer, which was recently acquired in a ground-breaking £30 million deal by ÅAC Microtec. He remains on the board of the renamed ÅAC Clyde Space.
Having learned to fly as a 16 year old RAF cadet, and completing an MA Hons at Aberdeen University, Will has spent substantially all his working life in the transport and technology industries. Starting out as a helicopter crewman in the North Sea Oil Industry, he went on to become a graduate trainee with Thomas Cook and eventually joined Virgin in 1986 where he established a career as Sir Richard Branson’s corporate affairs advisor and brand development director for the group globally.
Will helped develop Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Trains and Virgin Media as businesses, and went onto become the first President of Virgin Galactic, taking the business from a dream to reality. In 2010, he left Virgin to embark on a non-executive career and was a founder shareholder in Purplebricks Group PLC.
He is a Fellow of The Royal Aeronautical Society and the Marketing Society, and Vice President of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, having been President in 2016. He holds the Royal Aeronautical Society’s prestigious Geoffrey Pardoe Space Award for services to the industry.
Will describes his hobbies as everything that moves and he is a keen scuba diver, skier, shot, classic car restorer and hill walker.
He is NOT an accountant!