Richard Blott BSc(Eng) MIET

Richard Blott is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and part time consultant. Until 2016 he has been the Director of Space Enterprise Partnerships a micro-SME leading studies and advising national and international industry and agencies in new business and technical development. This followed 10 years management and business development responsibility for national and multi-national space research and demonstration projects. The projects included feasibility studies, development, in-orbit demonstration and new mission applications for state-of-the-art space propulsion, small satellites and space instruments.

From 2012 to 2015 he was Chairman of the International Astronautical Federation Propulsion Technical Committee whose membership includes representatives from 13 ‘spacefaring nations’. In the past he also chaired the UKSpace Science and Exploration Committee.

During his career he has created many successful national and international partnerships working with industry, space agencies, European, UK and US governments and academia.

After graduation his early career in the Royal Navy involved responsibility for guided missiles. Later responsibilities were for command systems and satellite communications and as Naval Technical Advisor for Space.

Richard is a member of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS).


Charles Matthews B.Sc.(Eng) MIET Barrister

Charles Matthews is a graduate professional engineer and a barrister. His career has been spent initially in the Royal Navy and then in hi-tech industry in the UK and overseas.

He has had assignments as a development engineer on an advanced guided missile project and as director of a major clean room facility manufacturing components and units for incorporation into satellites and undersea telecommunication systems.

Other appointments include the leadership of a multi-national team of in-house lawyers and membership of the senior management team of an Anglo French business which won and implemented contracts for over half the long distance global communication links used by the internet. He also served as CEO of a mid-sized telco.

For several years Charles was Chairman of the UK’s leading exporter of telecommunication equipment; operating out of London’s largest factory, it designed, manufactured and supplied billions of pounds of ultra-high reliability optical communication equipment to customers worldwide.

As a lawyer he has a particular interest in international commercial law and in anti-corruption law and practice. He is called to the bar in England and Australia.

Charles has had a lifelong interest in cosmology.