Management Team



Marco Folino – Chief Executive Officer

Marco Folino was appointed CEO of Telespazio VEGA UK in January 2017.

Marco began his professional career in 1985 as an analyst/programmer.

In 1987 Marco joined Datamat Spa, after fulfilling a number of strategic operational and managerial roles in different market domains.  Marco was promoted in 1998 to Head of Meteorology & Environment Unit .

From 2004-2010, under Elsag Datamat (previously Datamat), Marco was the Head of a number of business units for Space & Environment (including Director of Dataspazio SpA and Elsag Datamat Space Business Unit).

In 2011 Elsag Datamat Space Business Unit was merged into Telespazio SpA. Marco took up the position of Head of Satellite Systems & Applications Italian Business Unit.

In 2013 was appointed as Director of Satellite Systems and Applications Business Unit with responsibilities at transnational level.

Marco was born in 1959, in Italy. He graduated from Università La Sapienza (Roma), and holds a Master of Science in Electronic Engineering.


Patrick Lacey – Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Patrick was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in November 2010.

He is responsible for Administration, Finance and Control, Legal & Contracts (Inc. Company Secretarial), Procurement and Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Prior to joining the company, Patrick worked at Appletise (a division of SAB) Food Brands Group, Dial Media Group and The Guy Salmon Group.

His company experience ranges from finance through to commercial management, having lead specific projects with the Metropolitan Police plus Surrey and Suffolk Constabularies.



Michael Lawrence – Head of Marketing and Sales

Michael was appointed Head of Marketing and Sales in July 2018. He is responsible for Commercial, Sales and Communication functions.

Michael graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked in Product Development at Jaguar Cars for 26 years.

His roles included; Project Manager for the Jaguar S Type, Business Director for Product Development and Director of Jaguar and Land Rover Special Vehicles.

From 2005 to 2008 Michael worked in Local Government as Director of Housing, Health and Community at Oxford City Council.

Michael joined the Technology Strategy Board (now InnovateUK) in 2009 as Head of Special Projects. His responsibilities included the development of programmes to stimulate UK research and development in satellite telecommunications and satellite navigation. He was the UK delegate for Telecommunications programmes on the European Space Agency Joint Communications Board.

Michael joined the image processing software SME Magellium Limited in June 2012 as Managing Director and following the sale of the company to Elecnor Deimos in December 2014 he was appointed Business Development Director and Head of EO Applications at Deimos Space UK Ltd.

He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


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