Rebecca Evernden

Rebecca joined the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology as Director for Space in March 2021.

Her responsibilities have included delivering the first National Space Strategy, the establishment of a new space policy and strategy hub in close partnership with the Ministry of Defence, sponsoring the work of the UK Space Agency, and overseeing several of the Government’s major space programmes.

Rebecca had a previous role as Director for International in the UK Space Agency where she took the Space Industries Bill (now Act) through Parliament and led on the UK’s participation in the EU Space Programmes and EU exit contingency planning. During her career in the Civil Service, Rebecca has worked in several government departments including roles as Director for Citizens Rights and Data in Department for Exiting the European Union, Senior Private Secretary to the Environment Secretary of State, a posting to Brussels and work at Defra and in the Cabinet Office on climate change policy.