Richard Foord

Acting Head, Global Partnerships
Phone: +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

Assistant Head, Global Partnerships (Focus on strategic relationships in North America & Japan)

Phone: +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 Japan, 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 – 07, 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

Assistant Head, Global Partnerships (Focus on strategic relationships in Europe)

Phone:  +44(0) 01392 72 2482

Before joining Exeter’s Global Partnerships Team in 2018, Nick has 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 Global Partnerships team, he looks forward to developing the University of Exeter’s Global Partnerships strategy and engagement in Europe. 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 Membership Executive 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 2 years, he managed a national Nonviolence Education & Training Programme with FOR USA – the Fellowship of Reconciliation – based in New York State, USA, and managed the International Peacemakers Fund for FOR UK (Oxford, England).

James Smith

Assistant Head, Humanities and Social Sciences and International Studies
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 723063

Dr James Smith joined the Global Partnerships team in August 2016, working as a Business Partner responsible for supporting the College of Humanities and the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. James works closely with both of these Colleges to support a wide range of international partnership activity. He provides direct support to the two Associate Deans Global (ADGs) to research, develop and maintain relationships with institutions from around the world, which both support the strategic goals of each College and enhance Exeter’s Global 100 ambitions. 

James received his PhD from Exeter’s department of Classics and Ancient History in 2013, having completed a BA and MA in Ancient History at Cardiff University in 2009. Upon completion of his PhD, James remained at Exeter working as Academic Representation Manager for the Students’ Guild before taking up his current position in the Global Partnerships Team.

Rachel Jones

Head of International Partnerships, University of Exeter Business School and Asst Head GP

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 725107

Rachel joined the Global Partnerships team in January 2017 and is responsible for supporting Global Partnerships activity in the Business School, working closely with the Associate Dean Global (ADG). 

Rachel has a BA in Economics & International Relations and an LLM in International Law, then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice course. After deciding not to become a lawyer, Rachel worked for international development NGOs managing projects in Spain, East Africa, Brazil and Ecuador, before coming to Exeter in 2012 as the Development Analysis and Projects Manager in what is now Global Advancement. 


Charlotte Elson

Assistant Head, Life and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 726314

Charlotte joined the University of Exeter in 2015 and has progressed to Business Partner responsible for the Colleges of Life and Environmental Science, and Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Charlotte supports the two Associate Deans Global (ADGs) 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

Assistant Head, College of Medicine and Health

Phone: +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.


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Limin Dai

Senior Business Development Manager (China Office – Shanghai)
Phone:  +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.

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Nicole Wu

Business Development Manager (China Office – Beijing)
Phone:  +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.


Emma Clarke 

Partnerships Engagement Manager 

Phone: +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

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 722699

Sarah joined the Global Partnerships team in January 2018, responsible for organisation of senior delegation travel overseas, and executive level inward visits to the University. Sarah graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011 after completing a degree in Tourism Management, since then Sarah has worked for a global tour operator specialising in educational group travel. Sarah’s love for travel and adventure led her to taking a late gap year, working and living in Australia before travelling around the South Pacific and Asia.


Matt Collins

Global Partnerships Administrator

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 722955

Matt joined the University of Exeter in 2018 and is responsible for supporting the Global Partnerships team, including the Director and Assistant Head; managing operational support, coordinating travel and visits, and also supporting on the QUEX partnership.  Specific support is focused on Australasia, East and South East Asia, Latin America, and the colleges of CLES, CEMPS and CMH.  Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Matt gained extensive experience in executive support and event planning in London, as well as hospitality management in both the UK and Spain.

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Anna Stephens

Global Partnerships Administrator

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 726779

Originally from Cornwall, Anna joined the University in October 2019 as an administrator and is responsible for supporting the Global Partnerships team; managing operational support, coordinating travel and visits, as well as additional logistical details.  Specific support is focused on North America, Europe and India, as well as the colleges of SSIS and HUMS.

Prior to moving to Exeter, Anna completed a BSc in Criminology and upon graduating chose to pursue a career in the travel industry. Anna’s passion for travel has led her to work in the travel industry in Australia, as well as working in corporate travel in London. In her spare time, Anna enjoys running, surfing and travelling to warmer climates.


Jade Schneiders

Global Partnerships Coordinator

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 727657

Jade joined the Global Partnerships team in November 2019 and is responsible for supporting Rachel Jones, Head of International Partnerships, and the Global Partnerships activity in the Business School.

Prior to joining the University of  Exeter, Jade worked for the University of Oxford and has extensive experience in senior executive support within industry.