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.

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.

Spaceflight Software Lead
Spaceflight Software Lead

Jonathan has worked on space projects for 25 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, prior to joining Sen, at Airbus on the software to control the European Space Agency's ExoMars Rover. Jonathan studied Physics at Cambridge University before moving into engineering.

Chief Designer Space Systems
Chief Designer Space Systems

Brian is deeply passionate about space and has 12 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.

Electronics Engineer
Electronics Engineer

Elandra graduated in 2020 with 1st Class Honours in MEng Electronic Engineering with Space Systems, including a 12-month internship at McLaren Applied Technologies, where she worked on hardware and software for McLaren's supercars and Formula 1. She was also co-founder and President of her university's Women in Engineering Society.

Senior Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer

Marcin has a BEng 1st class honours in Electronics & Software Engineering, and MSc in Space Studies. He brings substantial experience designing and implementing spacecraft ground systems and mission-critical software. Previously at SSTL including work on Carbonite video satellites. Also worked at CGI on ESA and commercial mission control and planning systems.

Senior Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer

David is an electronics and embedded systems engineer with 15 years of experience working in the industry, both in commercial and military projects, including manufacturing. He has a BSc + MSc (6 year cycle) in electronics from the University of Navarra (San Sebastian campus, renamed as TECNUN some time after). He has specific skills in embedded system bringup and low level programming, microwave and wireless communication systems, and communication protocols. He is passionate about implementing and optimizing valuable technological systems, and seeing them through to customers.

Senior Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer

Jinsong has worked for more than 20 years in universities and companies in different roles, from electronics engineer, research fellow, software engineer to embedded software engineer, and on a range of subjects from embedded control systems, PC software, 3D imaging, medical image analysis, eye-tracking, testing instruments to fire control panels. He has a BEng in electronics, MSc in semiconductor physics, and PhD in computing sciences and engineering. He is passionate about embedded and real-time system software, especially low-level controls and real-time operating systems.

Systems Engineer
Systems Engineer

Nick Graduated with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 and became a Chartered Engineer in 2017. He is currently studying for an Msc in Astronautics and Space Engineering at the University of Cranfield in the UK. Nick has experience leading the design of heavy machinery from a mechanical and control architecture point of view and as a Systems Engineer

Augmented Reality Lead
Augmented Reality 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.

General Manager
General Manager

As a child Kristy spent many of her summers camping in the Midwest of the US. Her love for space began on those weekends at the lake sitting around the campfire captivated by the night sky. Her dream of the stars took her to MIT where she wrote her senior thesis in mechanical engineering on the use of haptics to improve spatial awareness in pilots while concurrently working in the field of plasma propulsion as a NASA engineer. She then transitioned to systems engineering at Raytheon where she gained 15 years of experience in the design and operation of satellite systems. Based in the U.S., Kristy works with Sen's U.S. subsidiary Sen TV Inc. on project management.

Advisory Board, Chairperson
Advisory Board, Chairperson

Dylan Taylor is a global business leader and philanthropist. He is an active pioneer in the space exploration industry as a CEO, investor, thought leader and futurist. Currently, Dylan serves as Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space Holdings, a multi-national space holding firm that acquires and integrates leading space exploration enterprises globally.

Dylan has been cited by Harvard University, SpaceNews, the BBC, CNN, Pitchbook, CNBC and others as having played a seminal role in the growth of the private space industry. As an early-stage investor in more than 50 emerging ventures, including Accion, Kepler, York, Astrobotic, Made in Space, Relativity, Planet and Sen, Dylan is widely considered the most active private space investor in the world.

Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure within his industry. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics.

Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member

Founding partner of U.S. space VC SpaceFund. Considered a “godfather” of the space revolution, spent 30+ years defining, enabling and founding many of the pillars of the “new space” movement, from the private takeover of Russia’s Mir space station, to the X-Prize, and the first private ticket to ISS. Six-time congressional witness.

Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member

Jenny is a venture investor and venture philanthropist based in New Zealand. Formerly a senior partner in one of NZ’s largest law firms and lead counsel at the NZ Bar. She has held a number of chair and governance roles. Jenny founded Greenlight Ventures NZ and is a direct seed investor in ventures with global reach, many of which aim to democratise access to a sector or are strong examples of game-changing deep-tech and clean-tech innovation. Jenny is also an active venture philanthropist, the foundation partner of the Impact Awards in NZ and patron of SpaceBaseNZ.

Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member

Nigel is a strategic and experienced Board contributor and Executive Director, with over 18 years of board level experience, 11 years as an MD of a private equity backed business, 6 years as a CEO of an AIM listed public business and 1 year as chairman of two PE backed businesses. An expert in acquisition strategy, having steered 3 successful acquisitions and leading both a public and private sale, integrating 5 businesses ensuring strict governance promoting accountability and transparency at all levels.

Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member

Transformational and innovative leader. Formerly Managing Director at ABC Studios International, part of The Walt Disney Company, where she built the company’s first international TV studio. Previously Lee was EVP/Head of Talent and Casting at ABC Entertainment Group where she pioneered a strategy of diverse, inclusive and international casting that led to commercially and critically acclaimed iconic series such as “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives.”

Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member

Formerly Director of growth for Waze, now part of Google. Prior to joining Waze, Di-Ann was co-founder and CEO of a user-generated, cartographic website. Di-Ann is an active investor. She is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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.

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.

Jonathan has worked on space projects for 25 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, prior to joining Sen, at Airbus on the software to control the European Space Agency's ExoMars Rover. Jonathan studied Physics at Cambridge University before moving into engineering.

Brian is deeply passionate about space and has 12 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.

Elandra graduated in 2020 with 1st Class Honours in MEng Electronic Engineering with Space Systems, including a 12-month internship at McLaren Applied Technologies, where she worked on hardware and software for McLaren's supercars and Formula 1. She was also co-founder and President of her university's Women in Engineering Society.

Marcin has a BEng 1st class honours in Electronics & Software Engineering, and MSc in Space Studies. He brings substantial experience designing and implementing spacecraft ground systems and mission-critical software. Previously at SSTL including work on Carbonite video satellites. Also worked at CGI on ESA and commercial mission control and planning systems.

David is an electronics and embedded systems engineer with 15 years of experience working in the industry, both in commercial and military projects, including manufacturing. He has a BSc + MSc (6 year cycle) in electronics from the University of Navarra (San Sebastian campus, renamed as TECNUN some time after). He has specific skills in embedded system bringup and low level programming, microwave and wireless communication systems, and communication protocols. He is passionate about implementing and optimizing valuable technological systems, and seeing them through to customers.

Jinsong has worked for more than 20 years in universities and companies in different roles, from electronics engineer, research fellow, software engineer to embedded software engineer, and on a range of subjects from embedded control systems, PC software, 3D imaging, medical image analysis, eye-tracking, testing instruments to fire control panels. He has a BEng in electronics, MSc in semiconductor physics, and PhD in computing sciences and engineering. He is passionate about embedded and real-time system software, especially low-level controls and real-time operating systems.

Nick Graduated with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 and became a Chartered Engineer in 2017. He is currently studying for an Msc in Astronautics and Space Engineering at the University of Cranfield in the UK. Nick has experience leading the design of heavy machinery from a mechanical and control architecture point of view and as a Systems Engineer

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.

As a child Kristy spent many of her summers camping in the Midwest of the US. Her love for space began on those weekends at the lake sitting around the campfire captivated by the night sky. Her dream of the stars took her to MIT where she wrote her senior thesis in mechanical engineering on the use of haptics to improve spatial awareness in pilots while concurrently working in the field of plasma propulsion as a NASA engineer. She then transitioned to systems engineering at Raytheon where she gained 15 years of experience in the design and operation of satellite systems. Based in the U.S., Kristy works with Sen's U.S. subsidiary Sen TV Inc. on project management.

Dylan Taylor is a global business leader and philanthropist. He is an active pioneer in the space exploration industry as a CEO, investor, thought leader and futurist. Currently, Dylan serves as Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space Holdings, a multi-national space holding firm that acquires and integrates leading space exploration enterprises globally.

Dylan has been cited by Harvard University, SpaceNews, the BBC, CNN, Pitchbook, CNBC and others as having played a seminal role in the growth of the private space industry. As an early-stage investor in more than 50 emerging ventures, including Accion, Kepler, York, Astrobotic, Made in Space, Relativity, Planet and Sen, Dylan is widely considered the most active private space investor in the world.

Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure within his industry. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics.

Founding partner of U.S. space VC SpaceFund. Considered a “godfather” of the space revolution, spent 30+ years defining, enabling and founding many of the pillars of the “new space” movement, from the private takeover of Russia’s Mir space station, to the X-Prize, and the first private ticket to ISS. Six-time congressional witness.

Jenny is a venture investor and venture philanthropist based in New Zealand. Formerly a senior partner in one of NZ’s largest law firms and lead counsel at the NZ Bar. She has held a number of chair and governance roles. Jenny founded Greenlight Ventures NZ and is a direct seed investor in ventures with global reach, many of which aim to democratise access to a sector or are strong examples of game-changing deep-tech and clean-tech innovation. Jenny is also an active venture philanthropist, the foundation partner of the Impact Awards in NZ and patron of SpaceBaseNZ.

Nigel is a strategic and experienced Board contributor and Executive Director, with over 18 years of board level experience, 11 years as an MD of a private equity backed business, 6 years as a CEO of an AIM listed public business and 1 year as chairman of two PE backed businesses. An expert in acquisition strategy, having steered 3 successful acquisitions and leading both a public and private sale, integrating 5 businesses ensuring strict governance promoting accountability and transparency at all levels.

Transformational and innovative leader. Formerly Managing Director at ABC Studios International, part of The Walt Disney Company, where she built the company’s first international TV studio. Previously Lee was EVP/Head of Talent and Casting at ABC Entertainment Group where she pioneered a strategy of diverse, inclusive and international casting that led to commercially and critically acclaimed iconic series such as “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives.”

Formerly Director of growth for Waze, now part of Google. Prior to joining Waze, Di-Ann was co-founder and CEO of a user-generated, cartographic website. Di-Ann is an active investor. She is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.