The University of Exeter’s High Performance Programme (HPP) is proud to work with the following consultants, to provide a comprehensive support package which supports over 300 athletes every year.

Renee McGregor

Renee McGregor

Registered Dietician and Sports Nutritionist

A registered dietician and sports nutritionist Renee has provided nutritional support to a wide range of clients including elite, national and recreational level athletes as well as working as a specialist in the clinical area of eating disorders. She provided nutritional support to GB rhythmic gymnastics and other individual athletes in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics and has continued to support a number of international athletes in their preparations for Rio 2016 Olympics, including marathon distance athletes and wheelchair fencers. With a passion for sports nutrition Renee uses every opportunity to ensure the advice provided to the general public is accurate and evidence based; through radio, blogs, podcasts, writing for several national publications, her first book Training Food, and via her website. 

Working with the High Performance unit at the University of Exeter Renee provides nutritional support and education to our coaches, High Performance athletes, Sports Scholars and TASS athletes via group workshops, practical demonstrations and 1 to 1 tailored sessions.

Annie Vernon

Annie Vernon

Former Olympic Rower

Olympic silver medallist and two-time world champion rower, Annie Vernon has represented GB at seven World Championships and two Olympic Games (2008 and 2012) and spent eight years as a full-time Lottery funded athlete. 

Rowing is the ultimate team sport; successful crews blend the differing personalities into a high performing whole. Annie's approach to her sport was based on the belief that our values and motivations determine how we perform as human beings; treating people like robots will never enable them to reach their potential.

Annie now works as a journalist and coach, inspiring people to strategically analyse their performance in work or life and break down their barriers to success.
Working with the High Performance Unit at the University of Exeter Annie provides workshops and individual development opportunities to our Sports Scholars and HPP athletes covering topics such as building a high performance team, emotional resilience and performing under pressure.

Add Victor


London based consultancy driving business, sports and forces closer in the pursuit of excellence

Add-victor is a company founded in 2011 by Steve White-Cooper, a former international rugby player. Following his retirement from sport and his move into business Steve recognised that the same ingredients for success applied to both sports and business. Add-victor run a series of workshops for teams and individuals interested in building their long term careers. The workshops will ensure that candidates are prepared and ready to secure either internships of final placements.

Working with the University of Exeter High Performance Programme Add-Victor deliver CV writing, interview techniques and networking workshops to our Sports Scholars and High Performance athletes as well as making resources and email support available between sessions.

Ocean Physio

Ocean Physio and Rehab


Ocean Physio & Rehab have been an integral part of High Performance Sport at the University of Exeter for many years, working very closely with the Strength and Conditioning, High Performance and Technical Coaching teams. All Physiotherapists at Ocean Physio and Rehab are Chartered and registered with The Health Professions Council, with a passion for working within Sport. Ocean Physio & Rehab have recognised experts who have worked at regional, National and International level in both Professional and Elite level amateur sport. 



Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme

The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) is a programme funded by Sport England that represents a unique partnership between talented young athletes, national governing bodies of sport (NGB’s) and the higher (University) and further (college/school) education sector.

TASS prides itself on developing student athletes by helping its athletes to balance academic life with training and competition as a performance athlete. Each year TASS supports over 350 athletes in over 25 different sports, aged over 16 years old who are currently in education whilst competing at an elite level.

The impact of TASS has been shown on a global scale with 200 TASS athlete’s and alumni competed at London 2012 with 44 medallists and 10 multi medallists. Similarly at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games former TASS athletes won 18 gold, 23 silver and 22 bronze medals.

As a TASS Accredited Centre (TAC), Exeter has supported a number of athletes over the years and is very proud that two of its own TASS athletes Robin Williams (Blind Football) and Judith Hamer (Wheelchair Basketball) both competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Dr Barry Cripps

CPsychol CSci FBPsS

Having spent his early career in Hampton School, RAF, Loughborough University and St Luke’s, Barry undertook a doctorate in the Social Psychology of Sport, focusing his research on Team Interaction in Professional Soccer.  In sport Barry was the psychologist to the British Olympic Target Archery Squads for 16 years.  Barry has had a portfolio career focusing on individual, team and organisational work in industry and sport. Among the clients who have engaged Barry as a Psychologist are the Grand National Archery Society, CIPD, Cranfield Exec MBA, The Met Office and British Olympic Association. Barry is a Founder Member of the BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology. He was Winner of the Distinguished Contribution to the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology Award presented at the Inaugural Conference of the DSEP, December 2008.

With the University of Exeter Barry offers 1 to 1 specialist Sports Psychology support to TASS athletes, University of Exeter Sports Scholars and High Performance athletes on a needs basis. He also assists with the planning and delivery of workshops as requested by directors and coaches.