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Colette Defoe

Impact and Partnership Development Manager - Heritage/Defence


Colette is part of the Knowledge Exchange (KE) team; she builds and manages relationships between businesses and the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI)'s academics. The aim is to identify opportunities for collaborative research in the ESI’s three themes:

  • The natural environment
  • Clean technologies
  • Social science and sustainability

Colette is responsible for delivering the 'business assist', economic growth and job creation targets set against the ESI by its funders, and for securing and managing partnerships with stakeholders, public sector and other academic institutions which support the ESI’s objectives.


Colette has previous experience with the University providing project support, and successfully project led Knowledge Escalator (Convergence) to its full delivery. She previously worked with the Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs to help local entrepreneurs set up new social enterprises; Colette also has a background in media buying and campaign management, publishing and teaching in Japan.

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 1326 255818
Building Tremough Innovation Centre
Address Innovation, Impact and Business
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus

Cornwall TR10 9TA
Days worked Monday to Friday