Lucy Edge

Chief Operating Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult

Lucy Edge is Chief Operating Officer of the Satellite Applications Catapult an elite organisation established by Innovate UK to accelerate the growth of the UK space sector. She previously held senior positions at Avanti Communications Group, as Director of Spacecraft and Customer Operations and General Manager at Avanti’s Goonhilly site.

Lucy has a background in Astrophysics and holds an MSc n Astronautics and Space Engineering. Amongst other career highlights, Lucy has been responsible for two satellite launch campaigns which now provide communications for much of the continents of Africa and Asia, and set up the Avanti Communications Spacecraft Operations Centre in West Cornwall, which is now at the centre of one of the fastest growing areas of Cornwall’s burgeoning space industry, employing over 50 highly skilled technologists.

Whilst many view the growing space industry as a potential source of wealth, Lucy sees a different paradigm: “The space industry provides us with two unique opportunities. It enables us to improve the future for everyone through novel applications built on geospatial data, and it offers a unique way of building connections between people and communities to transform the way humans communicate with each other.”

Lucy also expects the space industry to create an exciting range of careers in science and technology for engineers in particular; with an important role to play in the representation of women in these occupations.

Lucy serves as a non-executive director at the Eden Project, a governor at Truro & Penrith College and sits on the board of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership. She is an accomplished athlete, having represented Great Britain in triathlon.


Programme sessions

07:30 – 08:45

TechTonic Breakfast Session

TechTonic, the Oxford based forum for women in tech, invite you to join them for a breakfast session when four leading ladies from Quantum Computing, Autonomous Vehicles, Space and Digital Health will talk about their part in the life-changing technological revolution that has its roots in Oxfordshire.

Location: Clerici Classroom CLC.1.02
Speakers: Holly Baldwin, Lucy Edge, Kirsty Lloyd-Jukes and Ilana Wisby

Venturefest Oxford

The 2019 event will be on  Wednesday 11th September at Oxford Brookes University. 

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Innovation Showcase

The showcase welcomed the most innovative and exciting business innovations. 

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Pitching for Success

Venturefest's elevator pitch competition. Sponsored by Penningtons Manches.

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