Alison Jordan, Chief Executive Officer, Pete’s Dragons – 100 Most Influential Women 2018

Alison Jordan, Chief Executive Officer, Pete’s Dragons – 100 Most Influential Women 2018

Biggest professional achievement to date

Seeing the real, quantifiable and positive impact that Pete’s Dragon’s is having on its beneficiaries, featured on national television, on Countryfile.

Most profound, life-changing, business moment

Meeting a suicide bereaved family for the first time. I remember feeling completely unprepared, realising that simply providing money and comfort were not drivers for me; the suicide bereaved in Devon, needed much more in the way of front line, timely and appropriate support.    

Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni

Enjoy the journey; don’t rush to each destination. Instead find pleasure in every step you take.

Which book has had the greatest influence on your life?

The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment by Isabel Losada   It made me laugh, cry and gasp as I followed Isabel’s spiritual/self-help journey to becoming happier and more peaceful.

The most influential woman in your life?

Looking back over my life, I have been fortunate to have been surrounded by many strong and inspiring women; it seems at every pivotal point in my life I have been graced with encouragement and wisdom from the right woman at the right time.


“Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.”
― Maya Angelou



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100 Most Influential Women 2018

Grow Exeter Magazine launched the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ in Exeter and the region in December 2017 and we received around 500 nominations for influential women from all walks of life; our panel was spoilt for choice and hard-pressed to select only 100 from the talented nominees that they viewed.  The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.

Women have truly shown that they can shine in any environment, whether that be in the boardroom, teaching our children, climbing mountains, navigating uncharted waters, they can do anything that they set their mind to and we can’t wait to celebrate our own talented 100.

Honouring women in our March edition of Grow Exeter falls in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists will also be featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by pre-ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March so watch our Facebook page or the website for their stories.

A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the finalists, you are all amazing!


March Edition ‘Women in Business’ – AVAILABLE NOW!





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