Government comms man achieves escape-velocity for space agency role

The UK Space Agency has appointed Ben Hemington, a former chief press officer for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), as its head of comms.

Ben Hemington has left his job at BEIS for a new role (pic credit: Ben Hemington)
Ben Hemington has left his job at BEIS for a new role (pic credit: Ben Hemington)

Hemington joins the agency from a six-month secondment as chief press officer for Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser.

The UK Space Agency, an executive agency of BEIS, is responsible for strategic decisions on the UK’s civil space programme, which includes satellite launches for telecommunications and “sub-orbital spaceflights from UK-based spaceports”, according to its most recent corporate plan.

The ‘Rosalind Franklin’ rover (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The ‘Rosalind Franklin’ rover (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The agency is also responsible for providing a “single voice for UK space ambitions”.

Its work is part of the government’s industrial strategy. It is estimated that space data and services support up to £250bn of UK GDP, with an ambition to double this value in ten years as part of a new industrial revolution.

Career path

Hemington began his comms career with Barclaycard and went on to work for creative agency Beattie Communications, where he rose to become a senior account manager, and then Clarion Communications.

From there, Hemington moved into government comms, with a press officer role at BEIS.

He was at the department for more than three years, rising to chief press officer, ahead of his secondment with the chief scientific officer.

Hemington declined to comment on his new role.

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