Andy Green, chief executive at IT services firm Logica, has been appointed chair of a council advising the new UK Space Agency.
Green will co-chair the Space Leadership Council, alongside the new minister for universities and science, David Willetts.
The council is a body of representatives from industry, academia and government tasked with providing strategic advice to the Space Agency. It will focus on aiding the agency with a long term work plan, advising on specific parts of the space industry where the UK could develop leadership, and promoting UK space technology and research.
The space sector is “one of the fastest growing, technologically advanced sectors of the world economy”, Green said. “This is forecast to be a £400 billion market by 2030. The Space Leadership Council will be the engine that drives that strategy which supports a growing UK economy.”
The UK space industry reportedly contributes £6.5 billion annually to the economy, but the Space Agency so far only has £40 million government funding.
Other companies with members in the Council include Astrium and Inmarsat. The head of the South East England Development Agency and several government chief scientific advisers are also members, alongside the chief executive of the Met Office.