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 Jo Shuttleworth

Jo Shuttleworth

Deputy Director of Faculty Operations, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences

 Medical School Building 


Medical School Building, St Luke's Campus, Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Jo Shuttleworth is the Deputy Director of Faculty Operations (DDFO) for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (HLS). Working in close partnership with the Director of Faculty Operations (DFO), we have overall leadership responsibility for operational and adminstrative support in the faculty.  We ensure that our professional services support the faculty and university strategies in the delivery of world leading education, research and global activites. 

Prior to this role, Jo was the Operations Director for the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration for the South West Peninsula (PenARC), working in partnership with the South West's leading NHS and HE Institutions to improve services and increase the capacity of the local health economy by using and generating patient focused research evidence.  Within this role, Jo also supported the University to expand its NIHR Infrastructure portfolio; supporting the establishment of the South West's first £15m Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), and also creating a professional services network across all programmes including the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit and the Schools of Primary Care and Public Health.  

Jo has over 20 years of leadership and management experience; in defence and healthcare as well as more recently in the education sector.  Jo spent 12 years as an Army Officer in the Royal Logistics Corps, leading and training soldiers at home and oversees in Bosnia, Norway and Afghanistan, before retiring at the rank of Major in 2008.  She then worked for the NHS, providing leadership training to NHS managers, before moving into HEI management at Plymouth University and then the University of Exeter.

Jo has a BSc (Hons) in Physical Education & Sports Science from Loughborough University and a MSc in Leadership and Management from Portsmouth. 

Armed Forces Covenant Champion: As an Army veteran, I am happy to talk to anyone from the service community, find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant.


  • 1995 BSc Physical Education & Sport Science (Hons) (Loughborough)
  • 2018 MSc Leadership & Management (Portsmouth)


  • 2022 to present Deputy Director of Faculty Operations, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences 
  • 2019 to 2022 PenARC Operations Director, University of Exeter
  • 2012 to 2018 PenCLAHRC Operations & Finance Manager, University of Exeter
  • 2010-2012 Project Facilitator, PenCLAHRC, University of Plymouth
  • 2008-2010 Project Manager, NHS Plymouth
  • 1997-2008 Army Officer, HM Forces



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