Dr Howes has a PhD in hydrology, an early career in international satellite programmes and has worked in aerospace, digital, cyber, government and higher education sectors, most often at the boundaries between technology, research and commercial business.
She has performed a diverse range of roles including software engineer, programme manager, entrepreneur, strategy consultant, chief executive, member of the Senior Civil Service, business mentor and visiting professor. All of this experience is now applied to support those leading major programmes in government and Parliament, helping them to address complex digital transformation and governance challenges.
Non-executive roles have included the Chair of the UK Space Agency, Council Member of Surrey University and Chair of Surrey University Research Park. She is currently the Chair of HR Wallingford, an Independent Director of the Copyright and Licensing Agency and an external non-executive member of Parliaments Joint Investment Board.
She was awarded an OBE for services to the UK space industry in 2004 and an Honorary Fellowship for the Institute for Project Management in 2019.