Meet the Learning and Development Teams

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 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 oversee the development of the ‘Personal Effectiveness’ portfolio which covers the following areas: Exeter Entrepreneur, interpersonal skills, health and safety, equality and diversity, wellbeing, environment, career development. I also oversee the ‘Mandatory/Essential to Role’ courses. In addition, I coordinate the provision of training delivered by other internal training providers and can offer expertise to support bespoke development activities.

I am the key contact for Colleges and Services who wish advice or support for development falling within the 'Personal Effectiveness' portfolio. For support for Leadership/Management development - professional staff - see Rachel Brewer's profile.

Areas of expertise:   Course design; evaluation; working with you.

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For the Leadership/Management Development (Prof services 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. I also deal with finance for the team and provide a personal assistant service to the Head of People Development and Deputy Head when required.

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Kelyn Luther- Administrative Assistant (Learning and Development)

Kelyn joined the Learning and Development Team in November 2017. She is responsible for administrating Health and Safety training courses and updating Exeter Academic website, as well as providing general support.