Meet the team
Director and Team Heads
Shaun leads the University’s supporter engagement and fundraising activities in the UK and overseas, and led the delivery of Exeter’s largest ever fundraising Campaign ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’, which raised over £71m at its close in December 2020. Over 100,000 volunteering hours had also been secured.
Shaun joined the University as Director of International Exeter in August 2009, where he delivered the University’s first, fully-integrated ‘Internationalisation Strategy 2010-2015’.
Previously, Shaun was the inaugural Head of the UK Higher Education International Unit (now Universities UK International) influencing and advising universities and agencies on the opportunities of internationalisation, and delivering a range of bilateral education agreements between the UK and overseas governments.
Over three decades Shaun has worked in the public and private sectors in several countries. Shaun studied Politics at the University of Exeter, and holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto.
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David manages a diverse team that encompasses volunteering, regular giving, alumni benefits in the UK and Internationally, in addition to our events, communications and alumni relations programme. For the 10 years previous to joining the University, David has been involved predominantly in the charity sector, and has a wide range of experience in fundraising and marketing, latterly as a Director in an agency owned by a charity, the Aspinall Foundation.
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Lisa graduated from Exeter with a MMath degree in 2003 and since graduation has worked in various roles across the Global Advancement team. Lisa now leads the Operations team, which is responsible for identifying potential supporters, managing the data of alumni and supporters, ensuring that financial donations are processed in line with donors wishes and that all donors are thanked appropriately for their support.
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Olivia supports all areas of the Philanthropy team’s work, helping to organise meetings, travel and events, as well as administering systems and monitoring Campaign activity. She has worked at Exeter for just over two years, prior to which she was a Personal Assistant and Corporate Administrator at a housing association.
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Stephanie joined the University in 2015 having spent her career in the charity sector. She has a wide range of experience working for local, region and national charities, has held trustee positions and has a proven track record in fundraising and programme development.
Stephanie leads the environment focus for Global Advancement, where philanthropic support helps to drive forward innovations in climate change, ecology, conservation, low carbon agenda, renewable energy, food security, sustainable finance and circular economy. In addition, philanthropy helps Exeter improve access for students from all backgrounds and nations to gain vital skills, knowledge and experience in sustainable climate solutions from world class researchers.
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Simon graduated from the University of Exeter in 2008 in Exercise & Sports Science. He was then elected Athletic Union President, a role that exists to ensure the quality of the student sporting experience. Simon has held various positions within the University since then before taking up his current role of Senior Development Manager. Simon also coaches the University's Men's Hockey 1st team and represented England at junior level in the sport.
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Jess focuses primarily on securing support to grow and enhance our research and teaching in the area of Sustainable Futures - particularly areas such as Ecology and Conservation, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Water Systems and Food Security. Jess has a variety of experience in Higher Education Development having held an Alumni Engagement role for three years; designing and delivering programmes of alumni engagement firstly in the College of Humanities and more recently for the sciences (College of Life and Environmental Sciences; College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences; Medical School).
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Susanna specialises in writing funding applications to charitable trusts and foundations for a variety of projects across the University. Prior to joining the University she worked in public health in the NHS for a number of years and then managed a small, local charity in London for over 13 years. This has given her an excellent understanding of the charitable sector and significant fundraising experience to bring to her current role.
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Alison has been supporting alumni engagement for the College of Social Sciences for the past two years. This is her second role in Higher Education, having worked in the past at UCL developing course specific volunteering opportunities for students. Aside from this she has worked primarily in the charity field, beginning as a youth worker specialising in supporting young homeless people. She has been a volunteer manager within a number of different housing and children’s charities, previous to the university in a charity retail context.
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Beth previously managed a careers and volunteer programme for a federation of schools before moving to the University of Exeter Business School where she has been for eight years. In her role as Alumni Engagement Officer in the Business School, Beth is responsible for devising and delivering a programme of alumni engagement for the School, in tandem with work across the Global Advancement team. In particular, Beth will focus on international alumni engagement, events and volunteering. The Business School’s volunteering programme has grown rapidly in the last few years, with volunteering hours having doubled since 2015 which has significantly contributed to the wider University’s alumni programme and Campaign targets.
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Josh graduated from Exeter in 2013 having studied Italian, Spanish and Portuguese as part of his degree, which included a year abroad studying at the Università degli Studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo" and then interning with Giorgio Armani in Modena. After graduating, Josh worked in the Development and Alumni Relations office for almost 2 years in the Data Team before joining the Business School in March 2015.
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Kate has worked at the University since 2010, first supporting Student Employability in both the Business School and the College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Science. Kate then spent 3 years with Event Exeter before providing cover as Alumni Engagement Officer for Humanities and Sport at the University of Exeter. Kate is now responsible for Alumni Engagement in Humanities at the University.
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Ruth is responsible for devising and delivering a programme of alumni engagement activity for the Business School, in tandem with work across the Global Advancement team. Ruth joined the University in 2014, and has since worked within the areas of marketing, outreach and within the careers team.
Imogene is responsible for alumni engagement and volunteering across three colleges: the College of Life & Environmental Sciences, the College of Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Sciences, and the University of Exeter Medical School. A University of Exeter alumna herself, she completed her doctorate in 2019. Prior to her current role, she supported fundraising activity at the University and also worked in corporate partnerships, liaising with financial firms such as JP Morgan and Bloomberg to deliver Degree Apprenticeships at Exeter.
Megan graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA (2016) and MA (2017) in English Literature. In her role as a Communications assistant she works with Emma Clark, the Communications Manager, and assists with alumni communications including the annual magazine, website, social media and email newsletters.
Prior to this role Megan worked in the College of Humanities as an Employability and Alumni Assistant for a year and a half, planning and delivering a range of events as part of the Employability programme which frequently involved alumni support, processed placement paperwork, and led on student communications.
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Becca is responsible for supporting alumni engagement outside of the UK.
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Natalie is responsible for supporting alumni engagement in sport. Since graduating from Exeter in 2013, she has worked across various sporting events in and around London as well as yachting events on the South Coast. Natalie now works on delivering a programme of events and volunteer opportunities across the university’s sports clubs.
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Emma is responsible for alumni communications including the annual magazine, website, social media and email newsletters, as well as supporting the philanthropy team and speech writing for senior staff. Prior to joining the University, Emma spent 10+ years in corporate marketing, media and PR across a range of industries.
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Angela is responsible for delivering a wide range of alumni events across the UK including informal gatherings, black-tie receptions and seminars. As well as delivering events, Angela also provides professional advice for alumni events that are delivered by colleagues working in Colleges to ensure the consistency in standard, style and approach of University events is maintained.
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Julie is the Alumni Relations Assistant for the Supporter Engagement Team. Responsibilities include; responding to alumni enquiries, providing admin support around the planning and management of alumni events, undertaking travel and accommodation bookings for the Supporter Engagement team. Prior to joining Exeter, Julie worked for the Devon Partnership NHS Trust and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.
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Rose manages the Regular Giving Programme and is responsible for delivering the mass fundraising strategy within Global Advancement, including telephone, direct mail and digital campaigns, ensuring this complements the University’s wider fundraising and engagement strategy. Rose also has experience of Alumni Relations and Employability, having worked within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Before joining Exeter in 2011, Rose worked as a Sales and Marketing Executive for a Higher Education Publishing Company, responsible for all of their direct marketing activity and managing a portfolio of accounts.
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James is a recent Exeter University history graduate. At University James was one of the student callers for the annual Telethon Fundraising Campaign. He has now come full circle, working in Global Advancement helping to support the Regular Giving programme and providing support to the Volunteering programme and Data team.
David leads the Data Team within Global Advancement, responsible for managing the database of alumni and supporters which underpins all of our fundraising and stakeholder engagement activities. Prior to joining the University, David worked for a number of local authorities and social housing organisations, in information management, regulatory and service improvement roles.
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Coming from a background in web advertising and account management Kayleigh joined the Global Advancement team in October 2016. She now holds a varied role within the operations team where she’s responsible for managing online event listings, coordinating a busy email schedule, data preparation and processing financial gifts.
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Tom has worked in research at Exeter since 2015 and is responsible for identifying potential supporters and maintaining database records. Before joining the University he worked as a Marketing Consultant and Statistical Analyst. Tom also volunteers as a co-ordinator and commentator of football matches and Exeter City FC for Soccer Sight – providing communications for visually impaired fans.
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Louise leads the Donor Relations team and is responsible for the delivery of an institution-wide Donor Relations programme that supports the University’s philanthropic strategies, and informs supporters about the impact of their gift. Prior to joining Exeter, Louise developed a career in fundraising within the charity sector, having worked with Cancer Research UK and the West of England School and College for visually impaired children and young adults.
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After a number of years supporting the data team, Matt now works as a Prospect Research Officer. Matt is a Plymouth graduate (Media Arts/Music), and prior to the University worked within the health, finance and local government sectors.
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An Exeter alumna, Kate supports the donor relations programme with a specific focus on scholarships, bursaries and other student awards, ensuring that donors receive timely feedback on the use and impact of their gifts. Kate also supports more generally on the wider donor relations programme. Prior to joining Exeter, Kate held a similar role at the University of Surrey.
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Nico graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BA in Intercultural Communication with Business Management. After completing his internship with Optix Solutions, an award winning digital agency based in Exeter, he joins the global advancement department as part of the data team.