Vix Southgate

Entrepreneur . Author & Illustrator

Communications and Coordination Specialist

Vix is a multi-skilled entrepreneur who specialises in event coordination, VIP management, and creative communications across many industries.

Vix founded the Vixen empire in 1996, which has evolved from a design and consultation business into a publishing and media network, a design business, and an events company – which has organised and run speaking tours with Col Al Worden; coordinated VIP events; and helped coordinate Helen Sharman’s 25thAnniversary events in London.

Vix is a STEM Ambassador, where she specialises in engaging with young children and Primary schools, with the aid of her creation; SpaceMascotUK.  CASSiE is a Cosmic Hedgehog, developed by Vix with the help of Nasa’s ‘Camilla SDO’, the US Forces Academy, and Vic Minnett at BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire. She is also an expert on the Sokol KV-2 spacesuit, on loan to the UK from the Heinlein Education Trust.

Since 2010 Vix has volunteered with the British Interplanetary Society and since 2013 has been the BIS’s National Coordination Manager for World Space Week UK.

She became European Agent for Apollo 15 NASA Astronaut, Al Worden in 2016; managing his schedule at the Farnborough International Airshow and his WSW2016 Irish tour and coordinating a 2 week UK speaking tour during WSW2017.

Vix is also a two-time Sir Arthur Clarke Awards finalist for her work in Science Communication in Primary schools and was awarded the Sir Patrick Moore Medal in December 2016 for outstanding services.

Vix has an infectious enthusiasm about space and science. She is a creative and clever communicator …the space mascot is a simple but engaging way to enthuse children. Vix is an accomplished social media user, excellent networker …And entrepreneur.     – Heather MacRae, MD at Ideas Foundation


Vix’s publications include:

  • Dogs in Space – The True Story of Belka and Strelka (Wren & Rook 2018) (978-1526360571)
  • Yuri Gagarin – The First Spaceman inc Vostok Cosmonauts (VixenUK, revised ed, 2016) (978-1909405103)
  • Do Spiders Have Ears (VixenUK 2013) (978-1909405011)
  • Yuri Gagarin – The First Spaceman (British Council Funded. ALD Print Ltd 2011) (978-1901587517)
  • Gagarin in Britain (Cornerhouse 2011) (978-0863556630)