The CEOI Leadership Team Consists of:

Nicolas Leveque – CEOI Director

Nicolas is an earth observation mission systems engineer, with major roles on Sentinel 5 Precursor (satellite system engineer and payload interface manager), and more recently as Engineering Manager for the EE9 FORUM Phase A/B1 study. He has also led and managed projects related to EO convoy mission concepts and space debris mitigation.

Josh Vande Hey – CEOI Science Co-Director

Dr. Vande Hey is Lecturer in Environment and Health at University of Leicester, based jointly in the Earth Observation Science Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy, and in the interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Health and Sustainability.  His scientific work is in policy-facing air quality research underpinned by technology development in Earth Observation, with expertise in passive and active optical remote sensing of atmospheric pollution.  He is a senior member of IEEE.  Dr. Vande Hey has considerable experience in knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer through over 18 years of working in or with industry.  As part of the CEOI leadership team, he leads on science workshops, coordinates CEOI inputs to national conferences, and supports the CEOI knowledge exchange programme.

Nicola Oldham – Contracts Assistant / Project Support

Nicola has been part of the CEOI since March 2023, based at the University of Leicester. She supports all of the CEOI administration, including contracts and invoicing. If you have any CEOI queries, please contact Nicola at