Management Team

Mark Hewer – Chief Executive Officer

Mark Hewer became CEO of Telespazio UK in September 2020.

Prior to working for Telespazio UK, Mark was with Leonardo UK in Luton for 5 years as Vice President - Integrated Mission Solution. He and his team of over 220 people provided large integrated mission support systems, solutions and services to the UK Ministry of Defence and export customers, generating over £90M in annual sales.

Mark has worked in Leonardo in various programme roles since 2007 before becoming a Vice President in 2015. His roles have covered programmes such as Typhoon electronic warfare, military helicopters and operational support.

In 2002, he began work for BAE Systems Avionics as a Production Engineer and progressed to Project Manager where he delivered mission critical projects to UK and export military customers.

Mark graduated from the University of Manchester with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Management.

Patrick Lacey – Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Patrick was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in November 2010.

He is responsible for Administration, Finance and Control, Legal & Contracts (Inc. Company Secretarial), Procurement and Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Prior to joining the company, Patrick worked at Appletise (a division of SAB) Food Brands Group, Dial Media Group and The Guy Salmon Group.

His company experience ranges from finance through to commercial management, having lead specific projects with the Metropolitan Police plus Surrey and Suffolk Constabularies.

Geoff Busswell – Head of Marketing and Sales

Geoff was appointed Head of Marketing and Sales in September 2020. He was promoted to this role after 5 years as Head of Marketing and Sales for the Satellite Systems & Operations Line of Business.

Geoff’s career has spanned sales & business development, technical, management and innovation roles across the space and energy sectors, having previously worked at CGI, the Satellite Applications Catapult and Schlumberger. His extensive space business experience encompasses domains of Earth Observation & Climate Change, Navigation, Launch, Space Situational Awareness and Satellite Communications.

He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Space Specialist Group, a member of the Satellite Applications Catapult Advisory Group, a Governing Board member of the Space4Climate Stakeholder Group, and a STEM Ambassador for the South-East of England.

Geoff has a 1st Class Honours degree in Mathematical Physics from the University of Warwick; a Master’s Degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge; and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Durham.

Paul Atkins – Head of Satellite Systems and Operations

Paul joined Telespazio UK in 1996 and has over 30 years of expertise in delivering innovative projects in the space industry.

In 2017, Paul was appointed Head of the Satellite Systems and Operations business area with a large portfolio of projects, delivering to a number of high profile institutional and commercial clients.

The projects cover a wide spectrum including ground segment software systems, climate data web portals, data processing architectures, encryption key management, engineering support and earth observation data quality.

During his career, Paul has worked in a wide range of roles including technical, engineering management, project management and business area management.

Prior to 1996, Paul was an Aerospace Engineer at MMS Space Systems Ltd (now Airbus Defence and Space). During his time there, he worked on spacecraft operations and in the development of ground-based software systems to support those operations, in particular for satellite flight dynamics during the launch and early orbit phase for Skynet, NATO and Orion missions.

Paul graduated from Durham University with a 1st Class Honours degree in Mathematics.

Geraint Cooksley – Head of Geo Information

Geraint was appointed Head of Geo Information in April 2017.

He is responsible for the overall operations of the Geo Information Team, GI project and budget control, product development, and resourcing. 

Geraint joined Telespazio UK in 2013 and prior to this was Operations Director at TRE-Altamira of the CLS Group (Spain); he started his career at CGG NPA (UK) in 1997. 

He has long-standing expertise in the application of SAR and other earth observation data to serve user needs. Geraint has led major projects focused on the surveying and modelling of natural hazards and the monitoring of oil and gas operations.

Geraint graduated from University College London with a Master’s degree in Remote Sensing.

Suki Kaur – Head of Quality and Risk Management

Suki joined Telespazio UK in 2016 and was appointed Head of Quality Assurance and Risk Management in February 2018.

She is responsible for defining and implementing quality policies in line with the Telespazio's strategic vision. Suki’s role involves providing a framework for establishing and reviewing quality objectives appropriate to Telespazio UK’s business strategy that are measurable through process improvement, project management, product acceptance and compliance.

This dual role includes identification, assessment, management and monitoring of business risks through a systematic analysis interfacing with all organisational units.

Prior to joining the Telespazio UK, Suki worked at Whitbread PLC and InterContinental Hotels Group PLC.

Suki has a degree in Law LLB from the University of Hertfordshire; and a postgraduate diploma in Legal Studies from the University of Law, London.

Siân Riches – Head of Human Resources

Siân joined the Telespazio UK HR team in May 2011, becoming Head of HR in April 2012.

Prior to joining Telespazio UK, Siân worked for Kodak Ltd where she gained experience in large multi-national, manufacturing and multi-site organizations. Siân has also worked for a local council as well as a number of smaller international companies through all HR, Payroll, Data Protection and HSE activities.

Siân supports all HR and recruitment activities across all Telespazio UK’s European sites.

She is a Chartered CIPD member, as well as a GDPR-certified practitioner and an employee-nominated Pension Trustee for the Leonardo Group FuturePlanner Pension scheme.

Yeqiu Ying – Head of Innovation & Technology Governance

Yeqiu Ying started his role as Head of Innovation & Technology Governance at Telespazio UK in March 2021, to lead and drive the company’s Research & Development (R&D) and innovation projects during an exciting time for the space sector.

Yeqiu joined the company in Oct 2019, as the Head of Navigation, leading the company’s strategy, business and technology development in the Positioning, Timing and Navigation (PNT) domain. Yeqiu has more than 15 years of experience working in the space and telecommunication sectors, specialising in wireless communications and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).