Charlotte Hale

High Performance Manager (Sport) - Scholarships, Lifestyle and Support Services

Charlotte oversees the management of the Sport Scholarship and High Performance Programmes at the University. Charlotte works closely with our key partners, service providers and the Directors and Coaches of the university's focus sports to develop and deliver the High Performance Programme. Charlotte has specific responsibility for the high performance aspects of Hockey, Netball, Sailing, Cricket and Lacrosse. She is also the strategic lead for the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) at the University.

Charlotte graduated from the University of Exeter in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, before obtaining an MSc in Sport Psychology in 2004. Charlotte spent several years working in applied mental health and research roles alongside playing and coaching netball at a representative level.

Charlotte leads on the recruitment, academic liaison, scholarship and lifestyle aspects of our programmes. She holds a particular interest in the wellbeing and lifestyle management of elite sportsmen and women, and in particular the dual-career demands and employability of the student-athlete. She holds a Level 3 qualification in Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support (TALS) and is a registered practitioner on the Register of Personal Development Practitioners in Sport (RPDPS).

An Ex-Welsh international netballer, Charlotte coached Exeter Netball Club senior 1st team at regional level alongside the university high performance Netball squad between 2007 and 2015. Charlotte has also worked as an apprentice Coach for Team Bath’s NTL squad, English Universities Assistant Coach/Team Manager and was the head talent scout for England Netball within Devon until 2015. She now provides mentoring for aspiring student-coaches and in particular our university coaching scholars. 

Phone: 01392 722294

Nicky Savill

High Performance Co-ordinator

A former University of Exeter Sports Scholar with a 1st class degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Nicky joined the performance team in 2014. A keen netballer, she has captained the University 1st team, competed at regional level and is a qualified Level 2 coach. She currently coaches the University of Exeter Netball Club 2nd team who will compete in Western 1A next year.

As High Performance Coordinator Nicky leads in the organisation of support services for athletes on the University’s High Performance Programme and also coordinates the core services for TASS athletes as the TASS Athlete Coordinator. These services include physio triage, video analysis, sports science support and employability workshops. She also offers lifestyle mentoring to both Sports Scholars and TASS athletes.

Phone: 01392 722449

James Fleming

Sport Scholarship Recruitment Officer

James (also known as Jamie) is responsible for the University of Exeter's sports scholar's administration and recruitment process. He was a Rugby Union scholar and 1st XV captain as an undergraduate and post graduate. He studied a BSc Exercise & Sport Science and an MSc International Business Management at Exeter. He also recently completed his PGCE in Secondary Physical Education and became a qualified teacher in 2015.

Jamie held a playing contract with Exeter Chiefs whilst studying at the University and represented England Students whilst in the scholar programme. He also won BUCS Gold in 2009 with the Men's 7s team. After graduating Jamie played for Souths Rugby Club in Brisbane, Australia playing in the club's Premier league and then worked for Hong Kong Rugby Football Union as a Rugby Development Officer whilst playing in their premiership division.

Jamie has a RFU Level 2 coaching qualification and is currently playing rugby for Taunton Titans RFC in National 2 South division.

We asked Jamie for his thoughts on coming back to the University of Exeter:

"As an Alumnus of the University and previous scholar for Rugby, I am in a unique position where I can communicate, on a personal level, just how well the scholarship programme facilitates athletes and puts them in an 'as-close-to' professional environment for their sport. This gives aspiring athletes the best opportunity to work hard in their chosen sport and with the best facilities and coaches available. I am really looking forward to working with committed student athletes that are expecting the best university experience throughout their degree."

Phone: 01392 723759

Keith Fleming

Director of Rugby

Having coached at the University on a part time basis since 2008, Keith became a full time Director of Rugby in 2010. His previous experience has seen him coach players of all ages and abilities, from children’s tag rugby to Aviva Premiership side Exeter Chiefs, where he still acts as Match Day Manager and Honorary Education Officer.

Keith is a UKCC Level 3 qualified coach as well as an RFU coach educator and assessor. Since joining the University, he has led the men’s first team to the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championship semi finals in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He has also coached the Rugby sevens side to BUCS Gold in 2009 and Mens 1st XV to BUCS Gold in 2016.

Phone: 01392 726246

Jo Yapp

Head of Women's Rugby

A former England international player and squad captain, gaining 70 caps for her country, Jo works closely with the RFU to ensure that all female players follow the appropriate pathway to play and develop. Alongside her role as Performance Coach at the University, Jo is the current England U20s women's head coach with the RFU and has acted as Talent Transfer 7s coach, England Development 7s squad coach and under 18 Talent ID group coach.

A UKCC level 3 qualified coach, Jo’s role in the Sports Office sees her coach, manage, mentor and develop the women’s rugby programme. Since joining in 2010 she has led the side to the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championship semi final in 2014, final in 2011 and title in 2013.

Phone: 07813205880

Richard Tinkler

Director of Rowing

A former National Champion himself, Richard has been in the rowing game for over forty years, during which he worked with GB Rowing for over a decade. A highly motivated coach who cites his biggest achievement as “my next win”, Richard joined the University of Exeter’s rowing programme as Head Coach in 2011, becoming Director of Rowing in 2013.

Richard works across the Rowing Club’s novice and senior squads, developing them through to National Team Selection if they choose. His training regimes are designed to produce fit and technically precise rowers, focussing on the discipline it takes to manage time and the pressures of the sport.

Phone: 07939486955

Ruan Louw

Head of Cricket

Ruan has a Level 4 ECB master coach qualification and a P.G Dip in Elite Cricket. He has previously held roles at Hertfordshire (2012-13), Middlesex Cricket (2013-15), The University of York Head Coach (2015-17), Yorkshire County Cricket Club Women’s 1st XI Head Coach (2016-17). He has also spent much time with Yorkshire CCC men’s 1st XI and was Yorkshire Diamonds Assistant Coach.

More recently he has been Coaching Director at Nelson Cricket in New Zealand and spent time working with the Central Stags as well as assisting with the Pakistan national side in their preparations for their ODI’s against the Blackcaps.

He has a wealth of experience coaching and developing players of all abilities and is also a qualified ECB Coaching tutor. He is also currently a player scout for the England Women’s programme.

Phone: 01392 722296

Salli Byrne

Performance Coach (Netball)

A former netball player at regional and English Universities level, Salli moved into coaching due to injury. Having worked with talented athletes in the England Netball performance pathway at Satellite, County and Regional academy level across Devon and Gloucestershire, Salli now leads on the University of Exeter Netball 1st team coaching and assists with the Exeter Netball Club Regional 1 squad.

Her previous experience of club coaching includes Lyndean Netball Club, Hucclecote Netball Club and Exeter Netball Club, where she has led teams to a number of club titles across several seasons including taking Exeter Netball Club U16’s to Regional Finals on 2 occasions. Outside of performance coaching, Salli is passionate about all levels of netball and established Exmouth Netball Club in 2014 where she is head coach and chairperson.

Simon Tyson

Performance Coach (Men’s Hockey)

Simon is a UKCC and England Hockey Level 2 qualified coach and coaches the Men’s Hockey 1st team. Simon played hockey for the University during his time as an undergraduate student and over four years he reached four BUSA & BUCS Championship and Trophy Finals, winning three Gold’s and one Silver medal. Before joining Exeter, Simon played National League hockey at Firebrands and was selected for junior England representation.

Phone: 01392 722152

Alan Pope

Performance Coach (Strength & Conditioning)

Known to colleagues and clients as “Beef”, Alan has worked for the University for almost 25 years, and became a Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2005. Alan has been working for the University of Exeter for over 20 years, joining the High Performance Unit in 2005. His expert knowledge has led him to sit on the National Advisory Group for Strength and Conditioning and deliver services on behalf of the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). A UKSCA accredited Strength and conditioning coach, Alan has worked with such athletes as Tom Daley (World Diving Champion and Olympic Bronze medallist) and Nick Thompson (GB Sailing Gold Medallist).

"My role involves movement assessments, injury rehabilitation and sports psychology, as well as advising athletes on lifestyle, diet, nutrition and coaching. I get to work with athletes competing in a wide variety of sports - from Hockey to Rugby, Triathlon to Netball and Tennis to Wheelchair Rugby. It is a constantly evolving role which is both challenging and hugely enjoyable. As for the best part of the job, it's great to see a young 18 year old fresher transform into an athletic 21 year old that has succeeded with both their academic degree and their sport at Exeter. I don't know of many similar programmes in the UK that offer such a complete package for such a high number of athletes. This year we are delivering to over 300 athletes across more than a dozen sports that compete in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) competitions. The vision for the programme is to develop our athletes and teams into BUCS contenders, whilst offering student athletes an experience as close to professional sport as possible, and through this further enhance their overall student experience."

Phone: 01392 722387

Lee Kirk

Performance Coach (Strength & Conditioning)

Lee joined the University of Exeter having previously worked with Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club. He worked with the club's senior players while also running the highly successful Exeter Chiefs Ivybridge Academy. Prior to working within Strength and Conditioning, Lee worked with numerous sports as a personal trainer and fitness consultant for over 8 years. Lee has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Gloucestershire in Strength and Conditioning, where he studied under Dr Rhodri Lloyd. He is also an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) with the UKSCA, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA.

"Our primary role as Strength and Conditioning Coaches is to reduce injury prevalence, and improve physical performance. This involves improving numerous qualities from strength and power, to movement quality and efficiency. We also have to make sure our athletes are of the required level of fitness to compete. The high performance programme here at Exeter will rival that of many professional clubs. We may be an educational establishment, but we expect nothing short of excellence. We treat our athletes as professionals and they are expected to act that way. In return they get four coaches with a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as a facility well equipped to achieve everything required of them. The ADC is a fantastic facility and is always progressing, and moving forward. The facilities we have are already of a high standard and they will only get better. As coaches, having this facility allows us to give an extremely high level of service within the High Performance programme."


Wayne Pattinson

Performance Coach (Strength & Conditioning)

Wayne joined the University of Exeter in 2013, after spending a year at the Strength and Conditioning department at Durham University. He has previously worked with Crystal Palace FC, Hartlepool United FC and Castleford Tigers RLFC, providing Strength and Conditioning support for first team and academy players. As an acreditted Strength & Condition Coach (ASCC) with the UKSCA, Wayne currenlty leads the Strength & Conditioning programme for England U20s Women's Rugby. He is also a certified personal trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist. Wayne is responsioble for devising programmes for a variety of the University’s High Performance Squads and ensuiring all athletes are coached through their programmes.

"As a Strength & Conditioning coach I design and implement programmes for various sports within the high performance programme at the University. These are designed to prevent injury and enable the athletes to become stronger, fitter, faster and more powerful so they can perform to the best of their abilities on game day. The best part of my job is interacting with the athletes and seeing them progress not only as athletes, but also as people.  The high performance programme at the University is one of the best in the country due to its strength in depth and multi-disciplinary approach. Athlete welfare is vital and the Strength & Conditioning team interacts weekly with Ocean Physio and various directors of sports to ensure that it is kept to a high standard. The environment is kept as fun and professional as possible, we have high expectations of the athletes, whilst also ensuring that we improve the students experience around their studies, which are paramount."

Phone: 01392 722387

PJ Dundass

Placement Student (Strength & Conditioning)

Before joining us at Exeter, PJ (Patrick John) graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology in Southern Ireland. Having been impressed with Exeter due to its international reputation for excellence across teaching and research, PJ is now studying for an MSc in Sport and Health Sciences. Passionate about Strength and Conditioning (S&C), PJ enjoys the opportunity it provides to physically develop individual athletes as well as the chance to work with squads. He was previously in post as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Aberdeen Grammar School and has also coached professional and elite athletes across both the UK and USA. Within his S&C placement PJ is delivering to rowing club, men’s football 1st team as well as assisting with men’s rugby. He is also currently working as an S&C coach at talent development camps for Western Storm, one of the Women’s Cricket Superleague franchises and is enjoying working with female cricketers who have the potential to play at international level.

Filippo Baldasso

Placement Student (Strength and Conditioning)

Before joining us at Exeter, Filippo graduated from University of Verona in Italy and is now studying for an MSc in Sport and Health Sciences and completing an S&C placement with our High Performance squads. Specifically interested in injury prevention and training load, Filippo enjoys working with individual athletes and squads. He was previously in post as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Benetton Rugby Treviso in PRO12 after a successful internship within the academy teams, coaching professional and elite players from England, New Zealand, Australia and Italy. Filippo is currently assisting with rowing club, men’s rugby and delivering to the women's football 1st team. He is also currently completing an internship as an S&C coach at Exeter City FC, to provide support with the U13, U14 and U16 teams in the academy, and is enjoying working with children and youngsters who are developing and have the potential to play at a high level. In his spare time Filippo is a keen ultra-runner and active member of the University climbing club.

Thomas Driscoll

Placement Student (Performance Analysis)

"I wanted to complete a placement because in my previous studies I had an analysing performance module and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I wanted to get more involved in the analysis side of a team’s performance and try to learn and develop my skills, as well as hopefully playing a part in a team being successful. During my placement with women's hockey I have learnt how to break down and analyse performances and look different aspects of the match (such as positioning of players on and off the ball) and looking at the overall effect that it had on the match. I have also gained the ability to interpret data and recognise certain trends and patterns within matches. I believe performance analysis is becoming very important for a club to be successful. The ability to breakdown aspects of the game and offer feedback on how to improve technical/ tactical aspects of the performance will become ever more demanding in the future. In the future I am looking to join a Performance Analysis Department for a Football Club".  

Alex Reader

Placement Student (Strength and Conditioning)

Prior to joining us at Exeter, Alex graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first class honours degree in BSc Applied Sports Science. Looking to further his knowledge of fitness and wellbeing, he is now studying for an MSc in Sport and Health Sciences.  During his undergraduate Alex become particularly involved with Strength and Conditioning (S&C) having picked it has his optional modules and partaking in numerous S&C opportunities. Previously he was a S&C coach for the High Performance Academy at Solent University, where he worked with international and national athletes, he has also been an assistant S&C coach at London Irish RFC bronze academy and been a S&C coach for a Wheelchair Rugby Team. As part of the S&C placement Alex is assisting with delivery to the rowing club and men's football.

Natalie Woolven

Placement Student (Performance Analysis)

"I wanted to complete a performance analysis placement as I had enjoyed my performance analysis internship at Exeter City, and wanted to gain further experience, especially in sports other than football, and sports that I'm not quite so familiar with. I've learned a lot already during this placement. I have definitely improved my skills using sportscode and feel more confident using it now. Also I've learned more about how and why the data is used once it has been coded, and information that can be gained from it. In the future, I would like to work within performance analysis, either at a football or rugby club, or within university sport. I would also love, at some point in the future, to see and experience how performance analysis is used within collegiate level sport in America".

Chris Bradley

Placement Student (Performance Analysis)

"I enjoy working as part of a team/club and like the idea that information collected by performance analysts can influence the outcome of games or tournaments. The placement has given me the opportunity to work in a professional environment with a top team such as EUWRFC. So far I have learnt how to use professional analysis equipment such as Gamebreaker and feel I have improved in my attention to detail when identifying areas for improvement for both the team and individual players. To further my experience within performance analysis I am looking into completing a placement with the Exeter Chiefs and am currently investigating studying a masters degree in performance analysis".