Meet the experts that make up the Geovation team.

Gareth Sumner
Head of Geovation
Gareth leads the Geovation team, and has a wealth of experience in connecting start-ups and corporate innovators to solve challenges. He is driven by the desire to make things better – whether its cities, products or simply life – and sees immense value in innovators and corporates joining forces to solve genuine challenges – whether they are big or small.
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Isabelle Chatel de Brancion
Business and Innovation Lead
Isabelle is a seasoned RIBA architect and MBA, turned impact tech entrepreneur. She leads the Ops team (accelerator, marketing, events and community) and focusses on developing and delivering the best customer experience as well as new opportunities.
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Jonathan Lewis
Technical Lead
Lewis leads the Technical team at Geovation, he has a wealth of experience in building complex scalable geospatial solutions to solve business needs. He loves a good map and anything related to data. Lewis has a background in maritime navigational systems.
Alex Reynolds
Programme & Community Lead
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Luke Hampson
Partnership & Outreach Manager
Luke is the Innovation & Outreach Manager. He scouts, develops and grows new relationships and outreach activities for Geovation, both in the UK and globally. He also works collaboratively with our existing network of national partner hubs and similar, to deliver support and activity for our community. Luke also helps start-up’s to develop, refine, and test their propositions, using recognised innovation tools.
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Wayne Newton
Account Manager
Wayne is the Account Manager in the Commercial team at Geovation. He is responsible for developing and running Geovation’s Innovation as a Service including Innovation Challenges, Hackthons, Geo Sprints and Ideathons. He has a keen interest in the environment and the impacts of climate change and pollution, a passion for mapping and has achieved a BSC and MSC in Geographical Information Systems. He is currently studying for his MBA.
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Aidan Watts
OS Graduate & Ecosystem Lead
Aidan oversees the Geovation Ecosystem development, fostering partnerships and connecting stakeholders. Aidan has a background in GIS, Environmental Sciences and has a passion for entrepreneurship. He is keen to help develop startup propositions and identify unique innovations.
Claire Corlett
Marketing Manager
Claire leads the marketing and communications for Geovation. She is responsible for showcasing the successes of the team and our start-ups as well as promoting the work we do across the geospatial sector and beyond.
Bryn Medd-Sygrove
Innovation Researcher
Bryn oversees all the research needs for Geovation. He has a background in Political Economy and is responsible for market mapping, scouting start-ups, sourcing business development leads, and coordinating deep dives into geographic problem spaces for innovation initiatives.
Richard Hargreaves
Geospatial Developer
Richard is a data developer with a breadth of geospatial know-how. With a background in indoor mapping, he is keen on new and interesting ways of leveraging geodata. He’s here to support when it comes to spatial questions and is always keen to get stuck into database development as well as chat maps and visualisations over a brew.
David Rowe
Full stack Developer
Dave has 20 years industry experience in mobile, database, desktop, and web software. From Microsoft technologies to more recently modern JavaScript web frameworks, and geospatial software. He has a background in community open data and is passionate about working in the open to make things better.
Maeve Slattery
Accelerator Programme Executive
Maeve sees the day to day running of the accelerator programme and works closely with our startup cohort and alumni. She works with Alex to organise the accelerator programme content, mentoring and workshops. Maeve has a background in engagement, youth work, partnerships, and strategy in charitable and community settings. She’s committed to facilitating nurturing spaces and opportunities for people, as well as working more broadly towards social and environmental justice.
Shaheer Khan
Community Manager
Shaheer is the Community Manager at Geovation. He has a background in education, government, and start-ups. He is main point of contact for members of the community – you’ll find him at the Geovation hub or online available for a chat! His day-to-day responsibilities include managing the operations of the Geovation hub, carrying out inductions for new members and organising and delivering community events to drive engagement.
This page was last updated on September 12th, 2023