Katherine Coutney

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Strategic Advisor


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Professional Profile

Katherine Courtney provides strategic advice at Board level to help innovative technology businesses to start strong and grow. Her early career was spent developing new products and services in the global telecoms industry as a senior executive with both major multinationals and a series of start-up companies.

She moved to the public sector in 2003 to lead the UK government’s National Identity Scheme Programme and then went on to lead a number of other flagship programmes including Universal Credit, Growth Vouchers, Business Growth Service and UK Small Business Commissioner - steering four cross-cutting pieces of legislation through the UK Parliament.

Katherine's last public sector role was as Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency - where she opened the UK market to Satellite launch, spaceflight and spaceport operators (creating new commercial growth opportunities for the UK economy); established UK leadership of the European Space Agency's Telecoms, Navigation and Earth Observation programmes; and inspired a future generation of scientists and engineers through Major Tim Peake's highly successful Principia Mission to the International Space Station.

The theme running throughout her career has been creating growth through market insight applied to technology innovation. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from London Business School. She lives in Brighton, England with her husband and three young children.