The National Space Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Martin as the new chair of trustees, succeeding Prof Sir Martin Sweeting, who retired at the end of 2023. With a background in the space industry dating back to his university years and a decade spent as Chief Executive of the Satellite Applications Catapult, Stuart brings a wealth of experience to his new role.
In an interview for the Space Centre’s blog, Stuart remarked, “I have been aware of the charity from its early days as a Millennium Project, and visited many times. So I already knew something of its mission and purpose. But after speaking with Chas Bishop (the Space Centre’s Chief Executive) and Prof Sir Martin Sweeting (the previous chair of trustees), I realized just how much the values and objectives of the National Space Centre aligned with my own, and it made me very excited to have the opportunity to be part of the team.”
Stuart expressed his admiration for Sir Martin and his eagerness to continue the work that has made the National Space Centre such a vibrant and important institution, both regionally and nationally. Looking ahead, Stuart aims to expand the centre’s charitable objectives, including the IGNITE! Project and community outreach efforts, and to establish a systematic funding program to ensure the future needs of the centre are met.