SPAN operates an open membership to its working groups. Please contact to join one of the working groups. Membership of the SPAN board is outlined in the Terms of Reference for SPAN. The board comprises of the Chair of SPAN, the Chairs of each of the Working Groups, representatives of universities contributing to the funding of SPAN, and representatives of UKSA, government fund laboratories and UKRI.

Professor Andrew Holland (Chair of SPAN)

Chair of SPAN, Director, Centre for Electronic Imaging and the Space Strategic Research Area, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, Chair of the Space Science and Exploration Working Group

Professor Andrew Fazakerley

Director, Mullard Space Science Laboratory University College London and member of the Space Science and Exploration Working Group

Dr Neil Bowles

Atmospheric Physics Clarendon Laboratory Oxford and member of the Space Science and Exploration Working Group

Professor Kai Bongs

Director of the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology, University of Birmingham and member of the Space Engineering and Technology Working Group

Dr Stephen Hobbs

Chair of the Engineering and Technology Working Group, Director, Cranfield Space Research Centre, Cranfield University

Dr Nic Walton

Chair of the Data and Analysis Working Group, University of Cambridge

Professor John Remedios

Chair of the Earth Observation Sciences Working Group, Director, National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), University of Leicester

Professor Christopher Mutlow

Director, RAL Space, STFC RAL

Professor Gillian Wright

Director, UK Astronomy Technology Centre

Dr Colin Vincent

Head of Astronomy Division and ESO Council UK delegate, STFC

Dr Andrew Lawrence

Head of Engineering, Capability Delivery, EPSRC

Representative of NERC

NERC - the Natural Environment Research Council - is the UK's leading public funder of environmental science. Investing £330 million each year in cutting-edge research, postgraduate training and innovation in universities and research centres.

UKSA Growth Directorate

Members from the Growth Directorate in Industrial Strategy, Regional Growth, Technology or specific applications areas attend as appropriate.

Chris Lee

Chief Scientist/Head of Science Programmes, UKSA representative

Representative of the Space Universities Network

One of the three co-Chairs of SUN attend the SPAN Board meetings

Chairs of UKSA advisory committees

The Chairs of SPAC, STAC and EOAC are invited to attend the Board meeting

Representative of UK Space

Professor Mark Sims

Professor in Astrobiology and Space Instrumentation

Professor Tim Horbury

Professor of Space Physics Director, Imperial Space Lab, Imperial College London

Prof Richard Harrison MBE

Chief Scientist

Paul Ecceleston

Chief Engineer

Dr Manish Patel

Senior Lecturer

Dr Jonathan Eastwood

Senior Lecturer

Professor Don Pollacco

Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Dr Ewan Fitzsimons


Professor Mark Cropper

Professor of Astrophysics

Professor Paul O'Brien

Head of Department Department of Physics and Astronomy

Professor Richard Ambrosi

Space Instrumentation & Space Nuclear Power Systems

Dr Nigel Bannister

Senior Lecturer

Professor Michelle Dougherty

Head of Department of Physics, Professor of Space Physics

Professor Monica Grady

Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences

Dr Leigh Fletcher

Associate Professor in Planetary Science

Professor Carole Haswell

Professor of Astrophysics

Dr Richard Ghail

Dr Eamon Scullion

Associate Professor

Professor Matt Griffin

Head of School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Cardiff

Dr Chris Bridges

Senior Lecturer in On-Board Data Handling

Professor Lucy Berthoud

Chair of the Space Universities Network University of Bristol

Professor Hugh Lewis

Astronautics University of Southampton

Professor Malcolm Macdonald

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering University of Strathclyde

Dr Gary Verth

Senior Lecturer in mathematical modelling of plasma processes, e.g., with application to the Sun's atmosphere. Interested in rocketry and student space competitions.

Dr Viktor Fedun

Senior Lecturer in Control and Systems Engineering

Dr Matthew Soman

Image Sensor Scientist

Dr Richard Cole

Industrial Programme Manager

Dr Peter Shaw

Senior Lecturer in Astronautics

Professor Terry Moore

Director of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute, Faculty of Engineering

Dr Sarah Beardsley

Head of Space Engineering and Technology

Professor Stuart Marsh

Deputy Director and Professor of Geospatial Engineering Nottingham Geospatial Institute, University of Nottingham

Professor Barry Evans

Professor-Information Systems Engineering

Dr Patrick Harkness

Reader (Systems Power & Energy)

Professor Abdulnaser Sayma

Professor of Energy Engineering

Dr Min Kwan Kim

Lecturer in Astronautics within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton

Dr Matthew Santer

Reader in Aerospace Structures

Helen O'Brien

Senior Instrument Manager

Dr Leshlan Uggalla

Senior Lecturer ‚Äď School of Engineering, University of South Wales

Dr Karen Aplin

Associate Professor

Dr Biagio Forte

Lecturer, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

Dr. Cyril Bourgenot

Research Associate in the Department of Physics

Dr Mark Post

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Prof Mini C. Saaj

Global Chair in Robotic Engineering

Dr Chris Toomer

Principal Lecturer and Associate Professor

Professor Paul Palmer

School of GeoSciences University of Edinburgh

Professor Chris Merchant

Professor and Research Division Lead University of Reading

Members of the NERC EO Centres

The NCEO are a NERC research centre with more than 80 scientists distributed across leading UK universities and research organisations and led by Professor John Remedios at the University of Leicester.

Dr Nicholas Walton

Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge

Professor Mike Watson

Professor of High Energy Astrophysics

Prof. Bob Mann

Prof Ian McCrea

Head of Space Physics and Operations Data

Dr Clare Jenner

Deputy Director for the DiRAC (Distributed Research utilising Advanced Computing) Facility

Mr Steve Groom

Head of Science at PML, leading the Earth Observation science and applications area which focuses on the science and application of remote sensing to observe and understand coastal and marine processes and to validate and support model predictions.

Dr Jeyan Thiyagalingam

Head of the Scientific Machine Learnig (SciML) Group

Dr David Clements

Dr Hugh Dickinson

Peter Kirsch

Data Manager

Prof Richard Massey

Prof Andy Taylor

Prof Jan-Peter Muller

Professor of Image Understanding and remote Sensing

Dr Victoria Bennett

Director of the STFC Centre for Environmental Data Analysis

Member Organisations June 2020

29 June 2020

UKSA / SPAN Seminar – National Space Innovation Programme and the International Space Programme

UKSA / SPAN online meeting is planned for the 1st of July from 3pm to 4pm. To participate, contact

05 June 2020


Academic institutions and research labs in the UK are invited to complete the survey which will be repeated on a two week cycle. The current survey runs until 11:30 pm on the 14th of June.

04 June 2020

SPAN-UKSA Academic COVID-19 Webinar

More than 70 attendees joined the webinar on the 2nd of June to hear from UKSA and SPAN what impacts the UK's space research organisations have been reporting in COVID-19 surveys. A recording of the webinar is available here and the questions and...