UK Space Conference Speaker: Emma Lord
Day 1: UK Space Agency Update
Director of Policy and Operations
UK Space Agency
Emma studied mathematics at Sheffield University and after graduating was selected to join the Ministry of Defence fast-track scheme where she became the first force statistician to the MOD Police Force. She then moved to MOD HQ where she had roles in defence exports, statistics and civilian personnel policy before becoming Head of Leadership Development at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham.
Here, Emma supplemented her leadership research by studying Psychology with the Open University and working closely with Cranfield University researchers. Highlights of Emma's MOD career included producing the first government annual report on all strategic defence exports; leading a review of MOD tri-service statistics publications; and – following a recommendation of the 1998 Strategic Defence Review – designing and overseeing the delivery of a leadership training course for all senior civilian and military staff. After 8 years in the MOD, Emma moved to the Department for Communities and Local Government, where she worked with the Home Office to develop initiatives to tackle gang-related crime across the country.
Her research and development work on this contributed towards a series of new initiatives and was recognised by her Secretary of State when she was presented with the departmental award for excellence and achievement.
Emma joined the British National Space Centre (BNSC) in 2008 and oversaw the creation of the UK Space Agency, which was established as an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in April 2011.
As well as managing this process, Emma's other areas of responsibility include supervising the agency's budgets; managing agency communications activities including outreach work with local schools; co-ordinating regulation, space situational awareness and industrial policy work; and managing all corporate functions of the agency. She is delegate to ESA Council and Head of Delegation to the Administration and Finance Committee of ESA. She also attends the Space Leadership Council in an advisory capacity to the minister.
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