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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 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

Jemma Westgate

Sports Scholarship Officer




Matt Shepherd

Recruitment & Engagement Manager

Having graduated from Bournemouth University in 2017, Matt joined Exeter in 2019 as Sport Scholarship & Recruitment Officer and has been Recruitment & Engagement Manager since August 2021, leading on all communications, marketing and commercial aspects of sport. 

Alongside this, Matt works cross-department within the University and with the performance sport coaches to lead on strategies and delivery of recruitment of student-athletes into our performance sport programmes.

For all prospective student enquiries regarding the performance sport programme, please contact Matt on

Phone: 01392 723359

PJ Dundass

Sports Science Support Officer

PJ (Patrick John) has worked in a number of high performance environments around the world. This includes assisting athletes in the USA in the NFL, NHL, NBA and NCAA in Phoenix, Arizona to Columbus, Ohio assisting with the physical preparation of weightlifters, MMA athletes in the UFC and university athletes at The Ohio State University.

PJ initially joined Exeter as an MSc Sport and Health Sciences Student. As a student PJ completed a Strength and Conditioning (S&C) work placement with the Performance team before gaining a GBP position upon graduation. Passionate about S&C, PJ enjoys the opportunity it provides to physically develop individual athletes as well as the chance to work with squads. Currently he is leading on the netball and men's hockey programmes and also delivers to Team Bath Netball hub and Academy and is the S&C coach for Western Storm (Women's Cricket Super League).