Ian Taylor MBE
Ian Taylor MBE, was an MP 1987-2010, and Minister of Science, Space & Technology 1994-7. He later chaired the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee and co-chaired the Space Committee. He was a member of the IPPR Commission on National Security. Ian gained the Sir Arthur C. Clarke Award for Individual Achievement in Promoting Space and Science (2008). He has been an advisor to the European Space Agency’s Integrated Applications Programme and was one of the former ESA DG's strategy advisors. He is a founder-director of Living PlanIT which has developed a software platform for real-time big data analysis and integration to enhance health and environmental outcomes in urban areas. He is an advisor to several other technology companies in the UK, Holland and USA. Ian is a Strategic Advisor to Inmarsat, the leading operator of satellites for seamless, resilient global mobile connectivity. Consultation includes planning for preliminary UK efforts to enhance secure Space access to Positioning, Navigation and Timing. He co-chairs DGroup's Space Forum. Ian chaired for seven years (2013-2020) the Advisory Board of UK Innovation & Science Seedfund (UKI2S) which invests risk equity capital in ventures emerging from the national science research base and the Public Sector Research Establishments. He headed the National Space Academy steering group 2012-2018. He was a member of the Science & Technology Facilities Council 2011-2018. Ian chairs the charity League of Remembrance, founded in 1915. He also leads the Development Committee of the British Society for Research on Ageing.