Ian Taylor


Ian Taylor MBE, was an MP 1987-2010, and Minister of Science, Space & Technology 1994-7. He later chaired the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee and co-chaired the Space Committee. He was a member of the IPPR Commission on National Security and is a past Chair of the European Movement.

He gained the Sir Arthur C. Clarke Award for Individual Achievement in Promoting Space and Science (2008).  He has been an advisor to the European Space Agency’s Integrated Applications Programme and was one of a former ESA DG's strategy advisors.  

Ian is currently a Partner at Planit Ventures Inc., which invests in innovations to create interconnected, intelligent, enhanced urban environments. He chairs Nuvo Assets Inc which advises on critical raw metals mining supply chains.  

He is on the Advisory Board of D Group and has co-chaired its Space Forum. The D Group is the UK's leading cross-sector strategic business development network.

Ian was for many years a Strategic Advisor to Inmarsat (the leading operator of satellites for seamless, resilient global mobile connectivity) on subjects such as Positioning Navigation & Timing, Space Domain Awareness and ESA's Project Moonlight.  

He chaired for seven years (2013-2020) the Advisory Board of UK Innovation & Science Seedfund (UKI2S) which invests risk equity capital in ventures emerging from the national science research base and the Public Sector Research Establishments. He headed the National Space Academy steering group 2012-2018 and was a member of the Science & Technology Facilities Council 2011-2018.

Ian is President of the charity League of Remembrance, founded in 1915. (He was its Chair 2015-2022).  He also remains an advisor to the British Society for Research on Ageing.

Contact details:

Mobile: +44 (0) 7860 327 416 


Twitter: @iancolintaylor

Business email: ian@fentimanconsultants.com 


Comment as co-chair of D Group's Space Forum:

Ian Taylor
Strategic Advisor
'D Group have deep expertise and influence, which is why their Space Working Group discussions have included top executives, academics and politicians from home and abroad to discuss and analyse a wide range of topics which are relevant not just to the Space sector but impact on the broader economy. 

Space is critical both to safeguarding the resilience of UK’s national infrastructure and for future strategic capability across multiple domains. As the UK’s Space Strategy moves from concept to implementation, this Working Group will, if anything, become more important.    


BioChemist Article:  https://portlandpress.com/biochemist/article/44/1/2/230733/Government-science-ambitions-require-greater#.YgDy_89RQ0k.linkedin

Interview (2019) with IT Archives:  https://archivesit.org.uk/interviews/ian-taylor-mbe/

Valedictory UKI2S blog December 2020:-


UKI2S collaborates with InnovateUK's Catapult Network and the Accelerator Grants Scheme.