Elizabeth Seward has over 20 years’ experience in the space industry and is Head of Space Strategy and Future Business for BAE Systems, responsible for defining the strategic direction and new business delivery across defence and civil space.
Prior to this, she was Senior Strategist for the Space Systems division of Airbus Defence and Space. Previous roles at Airbus included leading the Earth Observation, Navigation and Science marketing team, thermal engineering and mission systems engineering in the future programmes team, where she worked on projects such as the first study for the ExoMars rover and a mission to return a sample from an asteroid.
Elizabeth was a founder member and past leader of the Women in Aerospace Europe UK local group, and previous executive board member. She is also active in the International Astronautical Federation, sitting on the Entrepreneurship and Investment committee, the Honours and Awards committee, the GEOSS committee and is a previous vice chair and continuing committee member of the Workforce Development and Young Professionals Committee.
As a STEM outreach ambassador, Elizabeth has presented to groups and schools, and has made appearances as a space expert in various media.
Elizabeth has an MPhys degree in Physics with Space Science & Technology from the University of Leicester.