Joanne is one of the leading practitioners in the field of satellites, having worked at both the European Space Agency and Ofcom and for over 20 years in private practice, giving her an unparalleled understanding of the challenges facing the sector. She is qualified to practice as a solicitor within England, Wales and Scotland and is ranked as a Top Tier lawyer in legal directories for her satellite and communications work for over 20 years.
She was awarded an MBE for services to the UK space industry in 2017. She is ranked in Tier 1 in legal directories for her satellite and communications regulatory and commercial contracts expertise.
She won the Financial Times European Legal Innovator of the Year Award in 2014 for her work with the UK space industry and government in drafting and changing satellite-related legislation. She was also nominated as lawyer of the year in the United Kingdom in 2017.
She is the co-founder and chair of the Satellite Finance Network (www.satellitefinancenetwork.org) and writes a column for the international satellite industry journal Via Satellite. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Aeronautical Society, deputy chair of the National Space Centre, chair of the steering board of the National Space Academy, and an honorary professor at the University of Leicester.