Stuart Martin is a well-established industry leader in the UK space sector. Having recently stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of the Satellite Applications Catapult after 10 years, Stuart now works to support a number of different organisations, mostly in the space sector, in the capacity of Chair, Non-Executive Director, or Strategic Advisor.
Stuart began his career in 1989 working at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Germany, developing flight dynamics systems for ERS-1, Europe’s first remote sensing satellite. Since then, mostly working for UK-based Logica (now CGI), he has worked on many different satellite systems, including Meteosat, Ariane 4/5, EGNOS, Skynet, and Galileo.
In 2006, he became Director for Space at Logica, responsible for the global space portfolio of the company employing 500 people. In 2013, he was appointed as the founding CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, one of a new breed of R&D centres being established at the time. The purpose of the Catapult is to foster the establishment and growth of the emerging satellite applications industry in the UK.
Stuart holds a BSc in Physics (first class) from Imperial College and has been elected Fellow of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Physics.