with the National Space Strategy due to be published soon, this event will allow members to engage with the primary drivers of that strategy, understanding their aims and their expectations for its delivery.
The National Space Strategy should be published imminently and this event will allow members to engage with the primary drivers of that strategy, understanding their aims and their expectations for its delivery.
Rebecca Evernden is Director for Space at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Her responsibilities include developing the first National Space Strategy, establishing a new space policy and strategy hub in close partnership with the Ministry of Defence, sponsoring the work of the UK Space Agency and overseeing several of the Government’s major space programmes. Rebecca had a previous role as Director for International in the UK Space Agency where she took the Space Industries Bill (now Act) through Parliament and led on the UK’s participation in the EU Space Programmes. During her career in the Civil Service, Rebecca has worked in several government departments, including spells in the Cabinet Office, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Transport and Department for Exiting the European Union, as well as a posting to Brussels.
Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth is UK’s Director Space, leading the Space Directorate in the Ministry of Defence (MOD), responsible for defence space strategy, policy and capability planning. Promoted to Air Commodore in 2015 he became the Force Commander for both the Tornado and Lightning Forces. After a short period as Head of Carrier Enabled Power Projection in the Ministry of Defence in summer 2017, Smyth deployed to the Middle East where he was the Director of the Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) in Qatar, where he was responsible for the planning and execution of upwards of 1000 air & space missions per day across the Middle East. On promotion to Air Vice-Marshal, Smyth retrained as a Typhoon pilot and was appointed Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group in July 2018. In April 2020 he become UK MOD’s first Director Space. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in 2003 for air operations over Iraq’s Western Desert, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2011 and Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) in 2020. He received the Meritorious Service Medal and the Legion of Merit from the US Sec Def in 2013 and 2018 respectively. From 2013-15 Smyth had the honour of being an Aide de Camp to Her Majesty the Queen.