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Department of Management

Mrs Gemma Smale

Mrs Gemma Smale

Academic Mentor


 Streatham Court 


Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK


I was excited to join the Business School in September 2021 as an Academic Mentor for Degree Apprenticeships. This was following a 2 year career break with my young family - prior to which I enjoyed a 19 year career in Retail Banking.

I am incredibly passionate about supporting, coaching and developing others to realise their potential and thrive on seeing them achieve this.


Prior to my career break I worked at Barclays Banks for 19 years. Most recently in senior leadership where I led a large team across 5 diverse sites.

I started my banking career as a cashier and progressed onto a variety of roles -  including training and  mentoring other leaders, working on a national project and leading on colleague development and well being.

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External Engagement and Impact


- Mum of 2

- Director of a property business alongside my husband

- Primary school governor

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