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Please note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the team are currently working away from the office. Please direct any correspondence to email in the first instance.

Richard Foord

Acting Head, Global Partnerships
+44 (0)1392 726340


Richard joined the University of Exeter in 2010 and is responsible – along with members of the Global Partnerships team - for the initiation and development of the University’s key global academic partnerships.  The Global Partnerships team is responsible for creating and delivering partnerships aspects of the University’s overarching Global Strategy.  Previously, Richard has led on the University of Exeter’s engagement in East Asia and continues to work closely with the international student recruitment, research support, Global Opportunities and Global Advancement teams.  

Prior to joining the University of Exeter, Richard was an education officer in the British Army for ten years. In his final role he was Executive Officer at the UK’s Defence Academy. He trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he was awarded the Sheikh Salem Al Sabah prize for Defence and International Affairs. He has completed three Master’s degrees - in Global Security, Development Management and Business Administration.

Stuart Westhead

Regional Head for North America - Cornwall
+44 (0)1326 259224


Stuart joined the University of Exeter in February 2016. He is responsible for identification of key academic partnerships with leading global HE institutions in North America, and for delivering sustainable, integrated research and education partnerships that generate mutual advantage through collaboration.

Stuart previously worked for the government in Japan, developing internationality in schools’ curriculum in Kochi prefecture from 2002–04. Then coordinated international programs for Brown University in the USA between 2004 – 2007, with responsibility for programs in India, Japan and Italy. In 2007 he became Head of the International Office at Falmouth University (University College Falmouth at that time) and led development and implementation of the Internationalisation strategy. Stuart created a team that grew the International student community at Falmouth University by 400%, established over 50 Global Partnerships and was recognised as the UK’s number 1 (Global #2) International Office by the International student barometer for its services in admissions and student support. Stuart holds a BA in Economics & History from the University of Liverpool and an MA in Management of International Higher Education from Edgehill University.

Nick Chavasse

Regional Head for Europe and the Middle East - SSIS
+44 (0)1392 722482


Before joining Exeter’s Global Partnerships Team in 2018, Nick worked in International Student Recruitment & Partnerships for 8 years, with Oxford Brookes University’s International Office and the University of Exeter’s International Student Recruitment team, with regional responsibility for the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central Asia.

As part of the SSIS Professional Services team, he looks forward to developing the college’s Global Plan to increase both partnership and international recruitment activities. As Regional Head for Europe, he has worked with colleagues across all colleges and professional services to create the university's Europe Plan, to deliver strategic engagement with priority European partners after the EU referendum.

Prior to joining Exeter, Nick spent 14 years working in tourism marketing, sales, and business development at executive and managerial level - as Sales Director with GTA Travel (London) and with South West Tourism (Exeter). He spent 6 years with Visit Britain (Chicago, USA) as Marketing Executive and Business Development Manager for the Central USA Region – building partnerships and joint-marketing initiatives with airlines, travel agents, tour operators, and professional associations. He has worked as Director of Tourism & Heritage at Coventry Cathedral; maintains an interest in peace, nonviolence, and reconciliation studies; and is completing a part-time Masters at Coventry University in Peace & Conflict Studies. For 3 years, he chaired BUIC (British Universities in Iraq Consortium), and maintains an active interest in the role played by UK HEIs in supporting post-conflict reconstruction.

Rachel Jones

Head of International Partnerships for UEBS (and lead for Latin America)
+44 (0)1392 725107
+44 (0)7825 979293 (WhatsApp/WeChat)


Rachel joined the Global Partnerships team in January 2017 and is responsible for international partnerships activity in the Business School. This includes international academic partnerships, as well as working with partners on recruitment and TNE.

Rachel has a BA in Economics & International Relations and an LLM in International Law. After completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice course, Rachel worked for international development NGOs managing projects in Spain, East Africa and South America, before coming to Exeter in 2012 as the Development Analysis & Projects Manager in what is now Global Advancement.

Charlotte Elson

Regional Head for Africa and ODA - CLES
+44 (0)1392 726314


Charlotte joined the University of Exeter in 2015 and has progressed to Business Partner responsible for the College of Life and Environmental Science. Charlotte supports the Associate Deans Global (ADG) with college global partnership strategy advising on university led initiatives and aiding College owned strategic international partnership goals.

Charlotte joined the University of Exeter in 2015 as Global Partnerships Officer where she was responsible for the planning and overseas management of Vice-Chancellor led international visits to partner universities, and equivalent inward VIP visits. Prior to joining the University of Exeter, Charlotte worked in regional, and later national, event coordination and marketing for Riverford Organic Farmers.

Emma McFadyen

Global Partnerships Business Partner for CMH
+44 (0)1392 725632


Emma McFadyen joined the Global Partnerships team in September 2019 as Business Partner for the College of Medicine and Health. She supports a range of international partnership activity, working closely with the Associate Dean Global (ADG) and is keen to hear from any academic staff who would like to explore any aspect of international collaboration.

Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Emma worked in alumni relations, first for the Business School, and more recently heading up the University’s alumni volunteering programme. Prior joining the university and returning to Exeter, Emma taught in Japan for two years after graduating, before working in various London-based international events and project management roles. Emma loves being back in the South West and can often be found at weekends hiking across the moors, sailing on the Exe or pottering around the countryside with her son and husband in their campervan. Emma has a BA Double Hons in French and Comparative Literature.

Limin Dai

Senior Business Development Manager (China Office – Shanghai)
+86 21 3100 7900 ext.225


Limin Dai is the Senior Business Development Manager representing the University of Exeter in Shanghai. She facilitates partnerships and research and education collaborations between the University of Exeter and top Chinese universities in south and east China and supports career and network development of Exeter alumni.  She also supervises Exeter’s Business Development Manager in Beijing. She has extensive experience in media, public relations, and business development. Before representing the University of Exeter in 2010, she worked with China Daily Group for over 10 years. She holds an MA in International Journalism from City University London and a BA in English from Nanjing University.

Nicole Wu

Business Development Manager (China Office – Beijing)
+86 186115304896


Nicole WU is the Business Development Manager representing the University of Exeter in Beijing. She manages partnerships, research collaborations and student mobility between the University of Exeter and top Chinese universities in Beijing.

Before joining the University of Exeter, Nicole has worked with international organizations like Save the Children and the UN Environment Programme as a project officer and interpreter. She also worked with the private sector to develop and localise public-private business models in China’s education industries.

Nicole holds an MA in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Bath.

Dr Emma Clarke

Regional Head for Australasia and South East Asia - EMPS
+44 (0)1392 723687


Dr Emma Clarke joined the Global Partnerships team in January 2019, working as the Partnerships Engagement Manager responsible for managing our portfolio of tier 1, strategic partnership relationships. Emma works closely with the Regional Heads and college facing Business Partners in supporting the delivery of a wide range of partnership activities including but not limited to, internal funding calls and a variety of split-site and dual PhD programmes.

Emma received her PhD from Exeter’s Department of Engineering in 2017, having completed an MSc and BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science: biodiversity and conversation in 2006 from Plymouth University. For the intervening years, Emma worked in the Pulp and Paper Industry responsible for the environmental aspects of the industrial operation. Since completing her PhD and prior to joining Global Partnerships, Emma had been managing a couple of UKRI funded academic led networks, which sought to foster and encourage national and international multidisciplinary collaboration under the themes of decision making under uncertainty and research on changes of variability and environmental risk.

Sarah Newby

Global Partnerships Officer
+44 (0)1392 722699


Sarah joined the Global Partnerships team in January 2018 and works closely with the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Executives to manage international visitors to the University and the logistical coordination for senior delegation visits overseas. Sarah leads on administrative support to the Global Partnerships team covering a wide range of activities including financial transaction record-keeping, supporting existing partnership programs, internal funding calls and monitoring return on investment of partnership activity.

Sarah graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011 after completing a degree in Tourism Management. Sarah enjoys all things travel related and has spent time living and working overseas prior to joining the university.

Matt Collins

Global Partnerships Administrator
+44 (0)1392 722955


Matt joined the University of Exeter in 2018 and provides extensive administrative support to the Global Partnerships team. This can include coordinating operational activites, supporting partnership programs, researching markets, and administering internal funding calls. Specific regional support is focused on Australasia, East and South East Asia, Latin America, Africa and Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries.

Alongside Business Partners, Matt also provides support for Global Partnerships activity within three Colleges: the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES), the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS), and the College of Medicine and Health (CMH).

Matt's background includes executive support and event coordination for multinational companies in London, as well as hospitality management in both the UK and Spain.


Global Partnerships Coordinator
+44 (0)1392 727657