Beth Greenaway has started work with the UK Space Agency and will be leading work to develop the public sector uptake of Earth Observation Services.

In doing this she will build strong relationships with public sector partners, with service providers from industry and elsewhere, and with organisations such as ISIC. She will also ensure that the UK public sector benefits from GMES services and manage the GIFTSS programme as part of a wider EO Service Framework.

Beth joined the UK’s Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs in 2001 to manage the Flood Risk Management Research Programme.

She then led the production of the UK Governments first assessment of the ‘State of the Seas, Charting Progress’ and in 2005 launched two major public sector partnerships: The Marine Climate Impact Partnership (MCCIP) and the Marine Data and Information Partnership (MDIP now MEDIN) to initiate change, address long standing issues with data stewardship and transfer knowledge to policy.

By establishing the UK-Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy in 2006, monitoring policy was brought to the forefront and marine stewardship and science coordination tools were embedded in the new Marine and Coastal Access Act.

Beth started a secondment, from Defra, to Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) in 2007 and used her previous experience to work with each of the 18 partner organisations to agree a way forward for all environmental observations. She created the vision, wrote the strategy and them led the team and partners to implement the UK Environmental Observation Framework. The UK-EOF covers all observations from butterfly counts to satellites and is seen as a model for other nations.

She was asked to lead the UK delegation to GEO in 2009 and now sits on the GEO Data Sharing Working Group on behalf of the UK. She joins the UK Space Agency with a broad knowledge and enthusiasm for sharing data, knowledge and expertise nationally and internationally to stimulate growth and innovation and find solutions to societal issues.