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 Nicky Cunningham

Nicky Cunningham

Senior Impact and Partnership Development Manager


 Innovation Centre 


Innovation Centre,  University of Exeter,  Rennes Drive,  Exeter,  EX4 4RN, UK



Nicky works within the Environment and Clean Growth team within Innovation, Impact and Business. Her work supports impact development, research and innovation collaborations involving external partners, particularly within the water industry.


Nicky joined the University in August 2018. Prior to this she spent 16 years at the Environment Agency working in operational and national policy roles, most recently as Deputy Director for Waste Regulation. Nicky has extensive experience working with the water and waste sectors, government, politicians and NGOs. Prior to the Environment Agency, Nicky worked for AstraZeneca, looking at the fate and effect of chemicals in the environment. She taught on the Environmental Management MSc course at the University of Bristol for 5 years.

Nicky is trained in business improvement and facilitation and all of her experience has focussed on working across the public and private sectors to improve water management and environmental resilience.

Nicky has a BSc in Oceanography and Chemistry from the University of Southampton and an MSc in Ecotoxicology and Pollution Monitoring from the Ulster University. She is a Trustee on the Board of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. 





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