Paul Bate is new CEO of UK Space Agency from September 2021

Dr Paul Bate will be the new CEO of the UK Space Agency, effective from September 6, 2021.

Bate’s appointment, approved by UK Science Minister Amanda Solloway, underlines ambitions by the UK government to boost the commercial and scientific contribution of the US$23 billion UK space industry.

Bate, who has a PhD in Particle Physics, is currently Vice President, Commercial at Babylon Health, working with healthcare organisations in the NHS and across the world.

Bate said: “It is a privilege to be joining the UK Space Agency. The space sector is a scientific and commercial UK success story, vital for critical infrastructure, defence and economic growth, and ignites the imagination and wonder of millions across the country and the world.

“I am delighted to have been appointed to lead the team at this unique time of technological progress and government ambition in reaching out beyond the Earth,” he added.

Dr Graham Turnock, outgoing UK Space Agency CEO, said: “Leading this organisation is a job in a million – and I am honoured to have worked with the exceptional UK Space Agency team for four years.

“In those four years, we have seen our agency and our sector achieve more than anyone could have expected. As we stand on the threshold of a new and exciting chapter in our history as a space-faring nation, Paul’s insights and experience promise to deliver more great things for the UK in space,” Turnock added.

Bate has previously served two UK Prime Ministers as a civil servant.

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