Meet the People Development Team

Clive Betts – Head of People Development

I lead and manage a team of nine staff who support and deliver all of our services. I am responsible for a broad portfolio of courses, one-to-one support, mandatory training, online resources plus other services and am accountable to Senior Management for the effective planning and delivery of this portfolio. I also work with senior colleagues to plan our strategic approach to learning and development for all staff roles, contributing to key initiatives such as “Exeter Academic” and "Positive Working Environment".

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have a background in science research and education along with two decades of experience in vocational qualifications (VQs), information technology and management development. I am an accredited VQ Assessor, Verifier, Mentor, Tutor and ESCI 360 reviewer and hold qualifications in operational management and event facilitation.

Areas of expertise: leadership and management, structured professional and career development; vocational qualifications and accreditation; e-learning; coaching and mentoring   

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Rachel Brewer – Learning and Development Manager (Leadership & Management)

I am responsible for the development and delivery of the leadership and management development portfolio for professional staff and the key contact for Colleges/Services with queries in this area. This portfolio includes programmes leading to Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualifications, as well as a range of shorter management workshops: 'Management Know-How'; 'Exeter Entrepreneur' and programmes without qualifications.

I can support you with bespoke development activities and training delivery.

I provide a brokerage service for staff interested in accessing external coaches on our register. 

Areas of expertise: leadership and management development, management qualifications, PDR (within Professional Services), running team events, programme design, working with you.

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For the 'Personal Effectiveness' portfolio - contact Rebecca Ledger

Jonathan Cresswell – Learning, Development and Apprenticeship Manager

Working as part of a team of learning and development professionals, I deliver and grow the range of services available to all employees. I am developing professions frameworks to ensure that all professional services employees have access to the most up to date programmes to support them within their current role and can clearly identify future development opportunities. I also develop, implement and provide advice on Professional Development apprenticeship programmes for new and existing staff to ensure that the University maximises the benefit of the Apprenticeship Levy to support the aims of our “Attract, Perform, Retain” People Strategy.

Areas of expertise: Development frameworks for Professional Services, Apprenticeships for current and new staff, professional registration, consultancy relating to the entire People Development Portfolio.

Fellow of the Institute of Science and Technology (FIScT), an active member of the South West Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and an Apprenticeship Champion

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Rebecca Ledger – Learning and Development Manager (Personal Effectiveness)

I manage and coordinate the Personal Effectiveness Portfolio, as well as delivering training to staff. The Personal Effectiveness portfolio contains a suite of learning and development opportunities that are available to all staff.  The portfolio aligns staff development with the strategic aims of the University and supports the Positive Working Environment initiatives, as well as identifying immerging development needs.  The development opportunities are categorised within the following areas: Working within a Team, Professional Knowledge and Business Skills, Developing Yourself and Your Career.  Also within my remit is the coordination of courses delivered by internal University departments such as Health and Safety, Finance, Information Technology, Equality and Diversity, Wellbeing, Environment and more. I also oversee the policy for and coordinate Mandatory Training and Induction and linked with this, the University’s e-learning system LearnUpon.  Working with and helping to develop teams within the University is another key strand of my work.

Areas of expertise:   Mandatory training, learning needs analysis, training and learning delivery, course design, evaluation, programme design, team development and consultancy relating to the wider People Development portfolio.

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For the Leadership/Management Development (Prof Service staff) - contact Rachel Brewer


Bryony Vandenberg – Learning and Development Manager (Exeter Academic)

I am responsible for the development and delivery of Exeter Academic. This portfolio includes Academic Induction, Promotion/ Progression in your Career, Academic Leadership and Management Development, Development Opportunities for your Success, Coaching in Academia and Academic Community and Citizenship development.

I can support you with bespoke development activities and training delivery.

Areas of expertise: leadership and management development, PDR (for Academics and Professional Services), team development, managing conflict, programme design, working with you.

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Kathryn Coombes - Administration Team Leader

I am the Team Leader for the People Development administration team.  I have oversight of the work of the administrative team and am responsible for learning and development data, budget monitoring, support for Learning & Development Managers, bespoke events and contracts for external suppliers.  I am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

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Hannah Moore - Learning and Development Administrator

I am the Learning and Development Administrator for the People Development Team. I support the Open Programme, Bespoke Programmes, the Aurora Programme for Women and our ILM Programmes, as well as various ad-hoc events. I also deal with finance for the team. I am currently studying towards a Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor Diploma & Apprenticeship.

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Amelia Ware - Apprentice Administrative Assistant (Learning & Development)

Amelia joined the People Development Team in October 2017 and is responsible for administering our open programme of courses as well as providing general administrative support.  Amelia has completed her Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship and will be commencing her Level 3 in Spring 2019.

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