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Charlotte Hale

Head of Performance

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

Sports Services Manager

A former University of Exeter Sports Science student, completing her undergraduate and masters at Exeter, Nicky joined the performance team in 2014. Part of the netball performance programme whilst at University, Nicky continues to play for Exeter Netball Club in the England Netball Premier 2 League. Outside of the netball season Nicky enjoys running for South West Road Runners and competes in GB AG Aquathlon.

As Sports Services Manager Nicky leads on the organisation of support services for the University performance athletes and also coordinates the core services for TASS athletes as the TASS Athlete Coordinator. These services include S&C, physiotherapy, performance analysis and athlete lifestyle support. She also manages the University of Exeter TASS sailing hub delivered in partnership with the RYA.

Phone: 01392 722449

Holly Jones

Scholarships and Recruitment Officer

Holly is a former University of Exeter Student with a 1st Class degree in Exercise and Sport Science and a Masters in Sport and Health Science. Holly was part of EUAC at university however, her focus has now turned to triathlon. She has recently qualified for the European Championships in Standard and Middle Distance triathlon and the World Championships in Standard Distance triathlon for her age category. Next year, Holly is planning to up the distances, with Brighton Marathon and Ironman Copenhagen on the radar (TBC).

As the Sports Scholarship and Recruitment Officer, Holly is responsible for the coordination and administration of the Sports Scholarship Scheme, working closely with Charlie, Nicky and our Head Coaches. Holly is currently working towards the Level 3 Athlete Personal Development & Lifestyle to support lifestyle mentoring for Sports Scholars, Bursars and TASS athletes.


Merryn Doidge

Performance Sport Coordinator

Merryn has recently joined the performance team after graduating in the summer of 2022 with a first-class honours degree in Exercise and Sports Science. Merryn was also a sports scholar for the duration of her studying at the University and played in the Women’s Rugby First Team. 

Alongside plenty of other sports such as horse riding, netball, gymnastics and the occasional rough shooting, rugby has been a huge part of Merryn's life and is now a regular player in the Allianz Premiership 15s for Exeter Chiefs Women. Merryn has most recently been capped for England 7s after representing Team England at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.

As performance sport coordinator, Merryn assists Nicky (Sports Services Manager) in the organisation of support services for athletes on the University’s Performance Programme. Merryn also offers lifestyle mentoring to Sports Scholars at the University.