Team

Charles Black

Founder and CEO

Charles Black

Founder and CEO

Charles has been passionate about space since he was a child, and came up with the original vision for Sen under the beautiful dark skies of Yorkshire during his final year at school, aged 18. Prior to founding Sen, Charles set up his first company, cloud computing business Nasstar, in 1998. Nasstar plc was admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange (ticker symbol NASA) in 2005. Charles stepped down as CEO of Nasstar in 2014 in order to focus on Sen, pursuing his life-long dream to democratize space by streaming real-time videos from space for the benefit of all humanity.

Electronics Lead
Electronics Lead

Ed is an experienced satellite engineer. He has a BSc. Electronics (1st Class) and MSc. in Space Technology and Planetary Exploration, awarded with merit. Ed completed his PhD in Advanced Receiver Design for Modernised Global Navigation Satellite Systems signals. Prior to joining Sen, Ed was a Research Fellow in Systems and Avionics at the University of Surrey, Surrey Space Centre. Ed worked with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd on the UK’s first ever CubeSat, STRaND-1.

Spaceflight Software Lead
Spaceflight Software Lead

Jonathan has worked on space projects for 20 years, in software and systems engineering roles. He was Lead Systems Engineer for the RapidEye constellation of 5 Earth Observation spacecraft, (now owned by Planet). Jonathan’s experience includes working on the ground control systems for the XMM-Newton orbiting X-ray observatory, and most recently at Airbus on the software to control the ExoMars Rover, due to land on Mars in 2020. Jonathan studied Physics at Cambridge University before moving into engineering.

Analytics Lead
Analytics Lead

Matt joined the team full time in May 2017 having completed his PhD in computer vision and machine learning with topics including deep learning, caption generation, face and location recognition. Matt completed his undergraduate degree in electronic and computer engineering at the University of Surrey in 2012 (1st Class with honours). His degree included a 12 month placement at Sharp Laboratories of Europe working on software for head tracked 3D displays.

EarthTV Manager
EarthTV Manager

Brian is deeply passionate about space and has 11 years engineering experience in quality-certified design and manufacturing environments, with specific skillsets in radio, low-power electronics, and reliable long-life systems. Graduating BEng (Electrical) with Honours from the University of Queensland and starting out working on radar systems, he has since advanced through a diverse set of commercial industries and brings a wealth of modern electronics and firmware knowledge.

Deep Space Manager
Deep Space Manager

Brian has a wealth of experience of space communications, robotics and systems engineering. Previous roles include Space Sector Lead at the Oxford Robotics Institute and Satellite Communications Lead and Robotic Platforms Lead at the Surrey Space Centre. Brian has an MSc with Distinction in Space Technology and Planetary Exploration, and a PhD in Space Robotics sponsored by the European Space Agency.

Non-Executive Chairman
Non-Executive Chairman

Peter joined The Greenalls Group plc in 1977 and became CEO in 1993, building the Company to an annual turnover of £983 million and a FTSE market capitalisation of £1.7 billion, and taking it into the FTSE 100. He is also Chairman of Nasstar plc, Haydock Racecourse Company Limited and Auriant Mining. Peter is also a Director of Credit Bank of Moscow. Peter was Chairman of Aintree Racecourse for 25 years, and rode in the Grand National in 1975. He has an MA in history from Cambridge University and a Sloan Fellowship from London Business School.

Non-Executive Director
Non-Executive Director

Harry is an entrepreneur with over 30 years of international business experience, almost 20 as CEO/Company Director. Harry has a passionate interest in space science and technology, and has a degree in Electronic Engineering, a postgraduate MBA, a CertAps from the Open University in Astronomy & Planetary science, and is an accredited STEM Ambassador.

Harry is a Limited Partner in a number of Venture Capital funds. He is also Chairman of the HBAN London investment syndicate.

Charles has been passionate about space since he was a child, and came up with the original vision for Sen under the beautiful dark skies of Yorkshire during his final year at school, aged 18. Prior to founding Sen, Charles set up his first company, cloud computing business Nasstar, in 1998. Nasstar plc was admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange (ticker symbol NASA) in 2005. Charles stepped down as CEO of Nasstar in 2014 in order to focus on Sen, pursuing his life-long dream to democratize space by streaming real-time videos from space for the benefit of all humanity.

Ed is an experienced satellite engineer. He has a BSc. Electronics (1st Class) and MSc. in Space Technology and Planetary Exploration, awarded with merit. Ed completed his PhD in Advanced Receiver Design for Modernised Global Navigation Satellite Systems signals. Prior to joining Sen, Ed was a Research Fellow in Systems and Avionics at the University of Surrey, Surrey Space Centre. Ed worked with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd on the UK’s first ever CubeSat, STRaND-1.

Jonathan has worked on space projects for 20 years, in software and systems engineering roles. He was Lead Systems Engineer for the RapidEye constellation of 5 Earth Observation spacecraft, (now owned by Planet). Jonathan’s experience includes working on the ground control systems for the XMM-Newton orbiting X-ray observatory, and most recently at Airbus on the software to control the ExoMars Rover, due to land on Mars in 2020. Jonathan studied Physics at Cambridge University before moving into engineering.

Matt joined the team full time in May 2017 having completed his PhD in computer vision and machine learning with topics including deep learning, caption generation, face and location recognition. Matt completed his undergraduate degree in electronic and computer engineering at the University of Surrey in 2012 (1st Class with honours). His degree included a 12 month placement at Sharp Laboratories of Europe working on software for head tracked 3D displays.

Brian is deeply passionate about space and has 11 years engineering experience in quality-certified design and manufacturing environments, with specific skillsets in radio, low-power electronics, and reliable long-life systems. Graduating BEng (Electrical) with Honours from the University of Queensland and starting out working on radar systems, he has since advanced through a diverse set of commercial industries and brings a wealth of modern electronics and firmware knowledge.

Brian has a wealth of experience of space communications, robotics and systems engineering. Previous roles include Space Sector Lead at the Oxford Robotics Institute and Satellite Communications Lead and Robotic Platforms Lead at the Surrey Space Centre. Brian has an MSc with Distinction in Space Technology and Planetary Exploration, and a PhD in Space Robotics sponsored by the European Space Agency.

Peter joined The Greenalls Group plc in 1977 and became CEO in 1993, building the Company to an annual turnover of £983 million and a FTSE market capitalisation of £1.7 billion, and taking it into the FTSE 100. He is also Chairman of Nasstar plc, Haydock Racecourse Company Limited and Auriant Mining. Peter is also a Director of Credit Bank of Moscow. Peter was Chairman of Aintree Racecourse for 25 years, and rode in the Grand National in 1975. He has an MA in history from Cambridge University and a Sloan Fellowship from London Business School.

Harry is an entrepreneur with over 30 years of international business experience, almost 20 as CEO/Company Director. Harry has a passionate interest in space science and technology, and has a degree in Electronic Engineering, a postgraduate MBA, a CertAps from the Open University in Astronomy & Planetary science, and is an accredited STEM Ambassador.

Harry is a Limited Partner in a number of Venture Capital funds. He is also Chairman of the HBAN London investment syndicate.

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