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Stephen Attenborough

Stephen Attenborough

Commercial Director at Virgin Galactic

Stephen Attenborough leads commercial activities for Virgin Galactic, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, which is on track to become the world’s first passenger carrying commercial spaceline.

Stephen was invited by Richard to join Virgin Galactic as the company’s first full time employee in 2004 to put in place the commercial foundations of the business and to create a new market for private space travel. He now leads the company’s commercial activities, covering brand management, sales, marketing, customer care, communications, education and outreach, as well as partnerships for the human spaceflight business. This work has now attracted around 700 Future Astronauts from more than 50 countries along with $80m in deposits. He has also been responsible for work-streams investigating and now building the non-tourism applications for the new space vehicles, particularly science research and small satellite launch.

Stephen speaks regularly around the world about the importance of opening access to space for the benefit of life on Earth.

Stephen joined Virgin Galactic following a career in investment management in the City of London, most latterly as a Director at Fund Managers, Gartmore.

He lives in London and Sussex in the UK, but spends a lot of time in the Mojave and New Mexico deserts!

"Maria and the team have consistently brought Virgin Galactic high quality and well matched opportunities, and are a pleasure to work with." Stephen

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Virgin Galactic - Reaching for the Stars

Virgin Galactic - Making the Future Now

The Final Frontier – the Ultimate Challenge

Virgin Galactic - One Giant Entrepreneurial Leap

Responsibility for operations for the business on-track to become the world's first passenger carrying commercial spaceline

Managing the astronaut experience

I want to say thank you again for speaking at the 2013 Npower Energy Debate last week. It was great to hear your insight into the world of commercial space travel and the kinds of challenges you face – which you linked to our energy issues really nicely. I personally found it really interesting but more importantly, from speaking to some of our delegates facing their own challenges, I know they found your talk very inspiring.


The three days at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum 2011 have come to a close and it's time for me to thank you personally for making this event a great success. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the effort that you took for designing and curating your respective sessions to make them come as a breath of fresh air for the attendees. And thanks for the time that you spared out of your busy schedule to be with us.


Thank you so much for speaking at the World Routes Strategy Summit last week in Las Vegas. There was standing room only during your session and many of the delegates whom I spoke to during the event said that they found your session absolutely fascinating. You are a great speaker and lively interview interaction between yourself and Aaron made the session all the more engaging. World Routes Summit

World Routes Summit

Great insights on how to overcome barriers/challenges that seem impossible to face, never give up, thinking BIG is the secret for success.


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    £15k to £30k

  • Europe:

    £15k to £30k

  • US:

    £15k to £30k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £15k to £30k

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  • United Kingdom



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