James is currently the Vice President responsible for Strategic Planning within the Space Systems Business Line of Airbus Defence and Space UK. James has worked in the satellite industry for more than 30 years and has degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration. After leaving university he worked with an Airbus DS predecessor company in the design of propulsion systems for European scientific missions. This was followed by a move to Communication missions, where he has had roles in production, system engineering and project management (working with both Airbus DS and Boeing). As expected, he has travelled extensively and lived in the UK, USA and India.