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Meet the Team

Vaughan Shayler
Operations Manager

Vaughan is passionate about great service delivery. He has helped organisations in the public, not-for-profit and commercial sectors in various roles, including as IT Director, Operations Director and Head of Transformation. He also built a business improvement system for IT companies that was taken over by a global organisation.

His mission at Space Park Leicester is to provide all its users with the tools and support they need so they can focus on their growth and success.

In his spare time, Vaughan runs a local community football club for players aged 5 – 19, and tries to cycle and run a few times each week. 

Arjan Giga
Finance

Arjan is a business professional whose commercial acumen has been demonstrated over two decades of advising senior people in sectors including energy, financial services and construction. He prides himself on his culturally aware, customer-orientated and results-driven approach.

Having worked in technology innovation, Arjan was drawn to Space Park Leicester’s potential to be a major component of the UK’s Space sector.

Arjan is a qualified accountant. He holds an ACCA fellowship and has a BSc International Economics degree from Loughborough.

Away from work he is a keen football follower and family man.

Chris Hewitt
Partner Support Manager

Chris has a passion for customer excellence. A career in the hospitality sector, and extensive event management experience, positions Chris perfectly to lead a small team supporting our partners at Space Park Leicester. Partner Support are here to ensure the Space Park community realises its potential to successfully collaborate and grow.

In his spare time Chris is a keen golfer and sports fan. He enjoys experiencing new cultures on his travels.

William Wells
Commercial Director

Will is the University of Leicester’s Commercial Director. His activity covers a wide range of commercial areas: managing a team; developing commercial/collaborative partnerships with industry; developing commercial propositions and business plans; developing products and services; and delivering a strategy to support sustained research and enterprise growth within the college. Over the past 5 years he has been the commercial lead on the University’s Space Park Project.

Will graduated with a federal history degree from the University of London in 1994 and he completed an executive MBA with distinction at Leicester Business School in 2004. He is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Alex Wheldon
Head of Strategic Communications and Marketing

Alex is an experienced and creative marketer and communicator. He has experience within the engineering, third and higher education sectors.

He enjoys strategy development and planning and thrives on developing successful teams.

Excited by the growth of the UK space sector, he’s looking forward to telling the story of Space Park’s impact on everyday lives in the years ahead.

In his spare time Alex leads a local Beaver Scout section, coaches a junior football team and plays tennis.