AVM Harv Smyth
Director, Space, UK Ministry of Defence
Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth is UK’s Director Space, leading the Space Directorate in the Ministry of Defence (MOD), responsible for defence space strategy, policy, capability planning, and cross-government & international coherency.
Smyth joined the RAF in 1991, and spent 15 years as a frontline Harrier pilot and weapons instructor. He has extensive combat experience across multiple theatres, has operated from land bases and aircraft carriers, and has had the privilege to command at Flight, Squadron, Station, Force, CAOC and Group levels. In staff, he has a background in Capability Development & Delivery, having previously been intimately involved in cutting edge programmes such as F-35 Lightning and Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier.