Amanda Kilroy: Director of Social Innovation at CoLab Exeter – 100 Most Influential Women 2018

Amanda Kilroy: Director of Social Innovation at CoLab Exeter – 100 Most Influential Women 2018

Biggest professional achievement to date

The transformation of Wat Tyler House, from a dark, damp warehouse of a building into CoLab Exeter; a beautiful, bright, dynamic wellbeing hub, where people struggling to manage difficult life situations, can connect with professional support and opportunities and begin to change their life.


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

Nothing is as powerful and beautiful as the real you.  Don’t waste another moment worrying about the “should”. Find out who you are for yourself and be her without hesitation or apology.


Which book has had the greatest influence on your life & why?

The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho.  It inspired me to walk The Camino de Santiago, to find the magic in the world and share my truth with power and humility.  


If you could make one change to the world

Learning should be a wonderful experience, but for so many it is, or has been, something to be endured.  I would rip up the blueprint for the education system, starting with schools, and begin again from scratch.


“We see things as we are, not as they are”  Anais Nin


Video From The Celebration



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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