11-12 March 2025

London ExCeL


Chris White-Horne

Deputy CEO and Chief Delivery Officer. UK Space Agency

Speaker profile

As a jobshare partnership Annelies and Chris are the Deputy CEO and Chief Delivery Officer for UK Space Agency. Jointly they lead the delivery of the agency’s portfolio of programmes, missions and capabilities, the agency’s transformation programme and provide professional leadership to the offices of the chief engineer, regulation and programme management. Prior to joining the UK Space Agency Chris was the Senior Responsible Owner (jobshare with Annelies) for the Rail Transformation Programme in the Department for Transport, building the programme to deliver a simpler and better railway for Britain.  Previously Chris had a 25-year career in defence and aviation, was Programme Director and Chief Engineer in the international programme office for the Typhoon aircraft in Munich and a diplomat in Washington DC.  Chris lives in Gloucestershire on a smallholding. He is a trombone teacher, trustee of a youth music charity, runs a swing band and is Non-Executive Director of a multi-academy school trust.


Thursday 07 March


13:40 - 14:30   |   Keynote Theatre

Harmonising Space Security and Orbital Responsibility: The interplay of defence space capabilities and sustainable practices

Neil Rae

Head of Space,

Prof Nicolas Peter

International Space University

Dr Rory Holmes

UK Managing Director,

Nik Smith

Regional Director UK & Europe,
Lockheed Martin UK SPACE

Chris White-Horne

Deputy CEO and Chief Delivery Officer,
UK Space Agency

Louis Head

International Co-Lead, Space Exploration and Innovation,
DLA Piper

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