The Business School benefits from a strong community of alumni from around the globe. We welcome the opportunity for our alumni to connect with us in a wide variety of ways, from volunteering to work with our students, to joining an alumni network, to making a donation to our campaign. Working together we aim to support both the future ambitions of our alumni community and the School.
The Business School Alumni Association provides opportunities for alumni of the Business School and the University of Exeter to network with, and support one another, in their ongoing professional development.
Membership to the Association is free and automatic for all Business School graduates, connecting them to a network of professionals across the world.
In addition to Business School alumni, the Business School Alumni Association also welcomes and includes
- Alumni of the University of Exeter from other disciplines who have chosen to associate with the Business School due to professional interest
- Current and former staff of the Business School
- People who have studied with the Business School but not graduated here e.g. study abroad exchange students
Business School Alumni Advisory Group
The Association is supported by the Business School Alumni Advisory Group, led by the following alumni:
|Name||Position||Programme and year of graduation|
|||Nigel Primmer||Executive Director, Willis Towers Watson||Economics, 1977|
|Colin Fletcher||Fellow, SAMI Consulting||MA Economics, 1968
|Martin Wright||Chief Exectutive, CK Re||Geography, 1977|
|Technology Strategy Consultant, Accenture Strategy||One Planet MBA, 2012|
|Adam Zuber||Technology Sales Executive, Big Data & Analytics, Oracle||Management with Leadership with European Studies, 2012|
|Ben Norris||Assistant Director, Numeritas Ltd||Psychology, 1999|
|Stephanie Lindan||Management Consultancy Manager, Accenture||One Planet MBA, 2016|
|Erika Kedvessy||Client Executive, GAM||Business and Management 2013|
The Group meets regularly to discuss alumni engagement events, activities and communications, and works to ensure you find your alumni network rewarding and engaging.
The Association is grateful to a number of alumni who have recently hosted events for us, including Barry Bateman (Economics 1966) Vice-Chairman of Fidelity International, Nigel Primmer (Economics 1977), Executive Director at Willis Limited, Simon Figgis (Law 1977) Partner at KPMG, Christopher Pease (Politics 1980) Director of Private Clients at Sarasin & Partners, Jonathan Heilbron (Economics & Politics 1982) CEO Thomas Pink, Will Kernan (Economics 1990) CEO The White Company, as well as alumni at Markel International and Nomura.
Your relationship with us doesn’t end when you graduate and we are always keen to hear from you. Whether you are an alumnus of the Business School or an alumnus of another Business School with an interest in our work, we are here to support you. Browse the latest news and events, opportunities to get involved and the benefits available to you as an Exeter graduate.
Keeping us up to date with where you are and what you are doing enables us to develop events and opportunities that will be of interest to you. We would really like to hear from you, please do update your details by emailing your Alumni Engagement Officers Beth Cossey (B.Cossey@exeter.ac.uk) and Josh Papanicola (J.Papanicola@exeter.ac.uk).
Volunteering at Exeter is a great way to stay connected with the University and support the alumni of the future. We are continually developing a wide range of opportunities for alumni to get involved in support of College activity and the student experience. These include:
- Give a careers talk
- Mentor a student
- Develop students CV and interview skills
- Provide a work placement
- Recruit a graduate
Open Days: We hold a number of open days throughout the year for prospective and offer-holding students. Alumni are invited to join discipline talks to share their experiences and offer an insight into where their degree has taken them.
Providing a profile: Profiles are a great way to celebrate the achievements of our alumni, to show our current students the kinds of career paths and successes they can look forward to, and to show prospective students what life at Exeter and beyond could offer.
Giving a lecture: Share your expertise with current students as part of a specific subject or society programme.
International country contact: Live outside of the UK? Help fellow alumni renew friendships and strengthen ties with the University by acting as a contact for your country and helping to organise events in your region.
Find out more
If you would like to know more about any of these activities and how you can support the College by volunteering your time, please get in touch with your Alumni Engagement Officers Beth Cossey (B.Cossey@exeter.ac.uk) and Josh Papanicola (J.Papanicola@exeter.ac.uk).
The need to fundraise
In the last ten years the landscape for university funding has changed beyond all recognition. Government funding has contracted whilst tuition fees (payable by students themselves) have increased. In a tough public spending environment we have to invest in our facilities, our students and staff, and in our teaching and research to remain a University of choice for the brightest and the best.
The University aims to raise £60 million from philanthropy through the Making the Exceptional Happen Campaign which will allow us to realise our ambitious plans and cement the University’s long term financial sustainability. Philanthropy on this scale will be transformative for our impact, our reputation and our graduates.
To find out more about the campaign and how you can donate, visit www.exeter.ac.uk/exceptional
MBA Alumni Network
As an Exeter MBA graduate, you are gaining access to the thriving Exeter alumni community of 120,000 alumni in 183 countries worldwide. This gives you access to all of our alumni networks, groups, events and other benefits.
Furthermore you will also have access to the MBA alumni network’s own alumni events, news and benefits, including fantastic opportunities to enhance your knowledge and network further with a global network of like-minded leaders and executives.
Prizes play an important part in recognising in a public way high levels of student achievement. For those who receive them, prizes enhance their relationship with the University, hopefully well into the future.
Meet our alumni
Zeyin Zhao - Precious Commodity Trader, Bocom
Zeyin enjoyed the practical elements of the FAFM programme and applies the skills he learned and his financial knowledge on a day to day basis.
"I chose to study for a Masters after graduating with my bachelor’s degree from ACCA to further my financial knowledge. I applied to the MSc Financial Analysis and Fund Management programme due to its challenging curriculum, the integration with the CFA and because it covers all the fundamental knowledge and techniques of finance."
Laura Brownsell - Assistant Manager, UK Media & Relations, Fidelity Worldwide Investment
Laura Brownsell completed three internships before moving into her current position at a leading asset management company.
I think work experience is essential if you want to work in PR and media relations. I took every work opportunity that came up, even if they are voluntary. My first internship opportunity came about during my third year abroad, as part of my BSc in Economics and Politics.
Nick Hungerford - CEO of Nutmeg
Ten years on from graduating from Exeter, Nick Hungerford is about to launch a brand new kind of investment management company.
Colin Fletcher - Fellow, SAMI Consulting
Valerie Deiss - Trainee, Daimler AG
Valerie starter her career at Daimler AG in Germany after completing her postgraduate studies in Marketing at Exeter.
My time at Exeter was probably the academically most satisfying. The MSc in Marketing at the University of Exeter gave me the opportunity to truly specialize in the field of marketing.
Nicholas Smith - Insurance broker, Willis
After completing his BA in Geography at Exeter, Nicholas Smith felt undecided about what career path to pursue.
Dmitry Pak - Commodities and Energy Associate, Thomson Reuters
It was during Dmitry Pak’s second Economics Masters at Exeter that one of his lecturers suggested Thomson Reuters as a possible company to work for.
I came to Exeter from Russia in 2007, first to study a Diploma in Management and to learn academic English, and then to do a Masters in Financial Economics. I was considering a PhD next, but one of my professors suggested I do a Masters in Economics first, so I stayed on for a second MSc.
Jo Goodall - Strategy & Operations consultant, Deloitte
While studying for a BA in Business and Management, Jo used the Careers Service at the University of Exeter to steer her career into the right direction.
The course covered many different aspects of business so gave me a good grounding in accounting, marketing, strategy, technology etc. I enjoyed the group work and practical presentation, as it reflected what work is like in real life.
Andrew Mason - Capital Planning, Royal Bank of Scotland
Andrew Mason has worked at the heart of the financial industry since graduating from the Business School in 1999. He cites the financial crisis as one of his career highlights.
My first job was as a summer intern at the Bank of England in between my second and third years at university. That led to me being accepted on the Bank’s graduate programme. I have been with them ever since – although I am currently on secondment at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
Sarah Palmer - Investment Analyst, Crowdcube
Sara studied Business Economics with European Study in 2009. A short career break helped her focus on finding something to inspire her. She is now back on the University of Exeter campus, working as an Investment Analyst at Crowdsource.
I would not have got any of the jobs without a degree as a minimum, and I believe this has helped me to 'fast track' my career. I apply my degree knowledge regularly.
Nigel Primmer - Executive Director, FINEX at Willis Ltd
Nigel's career in insurance spans over 30 years. He worked for Lloyds as an underwriter before university, and has since enjoyed a variety of broking roles.
Caroline Bird - Senior Partnership Manager, United Nations World Food Programme
After graduating from Exeter University with a BSc in Business Economics, Caroline worked for several public and private sector firms across the UK, Europe and Australia before she took on her role within the largest humanitarian organisation.
I get to work with smart people who understand that the private sector has a crucial role to play in ending hunger.
Andrew Chebsey - Product Executive, M&G Investments
Since leaving the Business School in 2013, Andrew has spent over two and a half years on the graduate scheme at Fidelity International where he worked across four different areas.
I benefitted from my Strategic Management final year module, when I had to interview for M&G Investments. I was asked to provide an evaluation process for making a business decision and applied frameworks which I had learnt through my studies.
Humaira Asad - Assistant Professor, University of the Punjab
After completing her PhD in Economics, Humaira returned to Pakistan to take on a role as lecturer and researcher. She is intending to join the State Bank of Pakistan, Asian Development Bank or World Bank as a data analyst in the near future.
The different data analytic techniques and the academic writing skills which I have learnt during my PhD help me considerably in performing the tasks assigned to me.