Would have had the necessary experience for this role.
Fancy a career change? Be quick, and the chief exec's desk at the UK Space Agency could be yours. The permanent full-time position with a salary of £125,000 is likely to be challenging as the UK seeks to maintain its position as a space-based international leader in the wake of ructions such as the country's departure from the …
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I suspect most of the intellectual challenge will be making sense of any response from a politician who is holding the purse strings when asked to payfor something.
Any leadership shown in space related industry and science from the UK is largely in spite of the government, not because of it.
I'm not the first and I won't be the last: This has to be Dido, El Reg's answer to Boxxy.
She pulled £37bn out of taxpayer's pockets for £20k worth of track and trace app that regards proximity+time to be a world-beating diagnostic for viral spread, delivering as many false positives and negatives as an astrologer on meth. Think how many squillions she can tug from taxpayers to build the USS Boris, a world-beating intergalactic starship. Only Dido can do this.
She pulled £37bn out of taxpayer's pockets for £20k worth of track and trace app
If pubs were open that would be another example of pub-bore bullshit. So I guess it can be Faecebook bullshit instead. The big money is for test and trace. That’s including all those millions and millions of free tests that are distributed and processed in labs and new industrial scale labs. Dunno how much the app cost to develop but I guess some was wasted on v1 which was binned and the back end stuff.
The Public Accounts Committee disagrees with you.
Comments by the Chair of the Committee:
"The £22 billion for test and trace is about the annual budget of the Department for Transport. Test and Trace still continues to pay for consultants at £1000 a day.
Yet despite the unimaginable resources thrown at this project Test and Trace cannot point to a measurable difference to the progress of the pandemic, and the promise on which this huge expense was justified - avoiding another lockdown – has been broken, twice.
DHSC and NHST&T must rapidly turn around these fortunes and begin to demonstrate the worth and value of this staggering investment of taxpayers' money."
And that's just from the webpage's summary.
(Note: £22bn was last year's budget. As the webpage above notes, it has since been allocated another £15bn for this year, hence the original poster's total of £37bn.)