Benedict Olivier

Ben Olivier is a recognised leader in the international aerospace technology industry with diverse technical, industrial and organisational experience. He has had significant roles in growing complex, technological businesses whether as an SME or part of a major industrial grouping. His engineering career has included responsible roles on the Hubble Telescope, SOHO, ENVISAT and Rosetta. As an engineering manager Ben has led teams that have made important contributions to space missions XMM-Newton, INTEGRAL, CLUSTER 2, Planck and the Beagle 2.

Ben contributed to the commercialisation of EO data ground and space data systems that started at British Aerospace and led the SME, SEA, to produce the first UK scientific optical instrument for an ESA Earth Explorer Mission. After SEA was acquired by Thales Alenia Space (TAS) Ben became the CEO, establishing and expanding its UK operations, developing new competences and helping TAS to improve its competitiveness. Ben currently works as a coach and advisor to businesses and international organisations starting and scaling up in the space industry.

Last updated: 31 March 2022

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