University of Exeter
Falmouth University College

Our Senior Executive Team

Reporting to the Falmouth Exeter Plus (FX Plus) Board, our Senior Executive Team (SET), led by our Managing Director, Tony Sanders, works to deliver shared Higher Education (HE) services and facilities for Falmouth University (Falmouth) and the University of Exeter (UoE) in Cornwall.

Our purpose is to help UoE and Falmouth achieve their global ambitions and to support them in providing their students with a life-changing university experience.

Our name reflects the strong link to our university partners. It also signifies the added value that we bring through the development and delivery of shared facilities and services for students and staff.

FX Plus is an exempt charity wholly owned by Falmouth and UoE on a 50:50 basis. We are regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The FX Plus Board comprises an equal number of Directors from UoE and Falmouth, and the FX Plus Managing Director.

Our Senior Executive Team (SET)

Tony Sanders

Managing Director

 As Managing Director of FX Plus, Tony is responsible for a wide-ranging portfolio that includes:

•Library & Information Services
•Student Support Services
•ASK: Academic Skills
•Dyslexia Skills
•Information & Communications Technology Services
•Estates and Facilities
•Building Development
•Campus and Commercial Services including Catering, Retail and Accommodation.

FX Plus currently has about 500 employees and employs a further 150 students and other staff on a casual basis throughout the year.

Tony had been Interim CEO of FX Plus for 12 months before being appointed Managing Director.

In addition to extensive experience in Facilities Management with Interserve in the private sector, where he was Managing Director, he has also been involved in many senior positions in Europcar, Staples, Compass services and Allied Domecq. 


 David Dickinson

David Dickinson
Director of Student and Academic Services

As Director of Student Services, I am responsible for the Compass, Living Support, Multifaith Chaplaincy, Wellbeing, Accessibility, Inclusive Learning, and the Nurseries.

At FX Plus, I’ve overseen diverse projects, from the organisation of student Welcome & Induction; the implementation of the Prevent Statutory Duty; the launch of new services (such as a Nursery at Penryn, or the Compass at Falmouth); as well as more transformational work to ensure students are not disadvantaged by significant reductions to nationally funded support; or improvements to staff wellbeing.

I joined FX Plus in June 2015 and was previously Director of Student Experience at the University of Roehampton, having worked in student services leadership since 2002.

Before joining Roehampton I was Director of Student Support at the University of Surrey and, Secretary and then Vice Chair of AMOSSHE, the Association for Heads of Student Services in HE between 2003 and 2010.

I hold a first class Bachelors degree in Sociology (Surrey), a Masters Degree in Education Management (Open) and am also an accredited practitioner of the FIRO suite of psychometric instruments.



Oliver Lane

Director of Residences and Facilities

Oliver’s background is in student accommodation services which he managed for eight years before joining us, in 2009, from the University of Greenwich. As Director of Residences and Facilities Oliver’s responsibilities encompass Accommodation Services, Facilities Management and Campus Safety and Security.

This also includes care of our beautiful grounds, transport and parking and the environment and sustainability remit.


Stuart Gaslonde

Director of IT and Digital

Stuart joined FX Plus in August 2017. He has a blend of public and private sector experience with strong technical and business skills. His last position before coming to FX Plus was CIO (Chief Information Officer) at Cornwall Council.

Throughout his career the focus has always been on technology and digital services. He is passionate about how digital transformation can affect organisations and is committed to working across the Cornwall campuses to change the digital experience of Education and Research.

To achieve this Stuart is currently focused on leading the Directorate to bring about greater resilience and assurance across our technical environment and business systems, while providing proposals for digital transformations to support the ambitions of both Falmouth University and the University of Exeter.

Stuart grew up in Cornwall, attending schools and colleges in Newquay, and he now lives in Truro.

An Avid rugby supporter Stuart can often be found at Truro Rugby Club where he is an active member and has held numerous voluntary roles within the club including; Youth Chairman and Whole Club Chairman. He can be found every Friday and Sunday (during the season) helping out with coaching and refereeing the youth section.



Sarah Roby

Director of Estates

Sarah is a Chartered Surveyor who joined FX Plus in January 2018 after nine years working at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT). At the RCHT, she most recently held the position of the Head of Estate Development, responsible for the delivery of the Estates capital programme, site utilisation, sustainable development and facilities management of the medical school and residences. Prior to this Sarah worked at Cornwall Council with experience in project delivery of schools and libraries and within the PFI teams both pre and post-contract.

 Sarah’s previous experience includes sales and marketing in the clinical diagnostics field and she has also worked as a researcher for Bristol University Department of Medicine at Southmead Hospital. Sarah has served as Chair of Governors at Chacewater Primary School and is currently a Board Member of Truro and Penwith Multi Academy Trust.



Rob Holmes

Director of Finance, Falmouth University

Rob was appointed Director of Finance in 2014, having been in the deputy post since 1998 and joining Falmouth University in 1992.  During that time he has been involved with finances across the institution from the early days of European funding and the acquisition of the Penryn Campus, the establishment of the joint venture, Falmouth Exeter Plus, the merger with Dartington and, most recently, in achieving University title.

He is responsible for all aspects of finance across Falmouth University, including procurement, and is heavily involved with financial planning. The importance of working with staff across the institution to de-mystify finances is at the forefront of Rob’s approach to finance, supported by tight controls and rigorous financial management and analysis.

Before working at the University, Rob ran the small business unit for a regional accountancy practice having trained both in practice and commerce; his first finance job being with the regional bus company. Rob is a Chartered Certified Accountant and a member of the Chartered Management Institute. He regularly engages with continuing professional development and encourages his team to invest in their own learning. He successfully completed the General Management Programme with Cranfield University in 2013.

Charles Marson

Head of and Employee Relations and Business Partnering

Charles took up the post of Head of Employee Relations and HR Business Partnering in May 2015, working with both FX Plus and Falmouth University. Since his appointment he has been involved in many initiatives including supporting organisational changes, developing terms and conditions of service, creating and reviewing employment policies, delivering staff surveys and responding to their findings and negotiations/ consultations with staff and their representatives.  His practice is shaped by the belief that staff need to be provided with a supportive environment in which they can meet their ambitions and be treated fairly regardless of their background.

Prior to his current role, Charles spent over 27 years in the NHS managing and delivering a range of operational and strategic HR interventions at various levels including some interim Director roles. There he covered workforce resourcing, reorganisation and change, health and wellbeing equality and diversity, staff development and staff engagement. Charles is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, holds an honours degree in Law and a Masters in Work Based Learning Studies.

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