Ciara Eastell OBE : Chief Executive, Libraries Unlimited – 100 Most Influential Women 2018

Ciara Eastell OBE : Chief Executive, Libraries Unlimited – 100 Most Influential Women 2018

Biggest professional achievement to date

I led the development of Libraries Unlimited in 2016 to secure the future of Devon’s libraries. I’m incredibly proud that we’ve been able to set up a modern and fast-paced organisation offering a diverse range of services. It’s been a team effort and I’m very proud of everyone who’s made it happen.

Best life advice ever received

You can only do one thing at a time.  Though we all try to multi-task, I’ve learned that if you want to do something really well, you have to give it your full attention.


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

Have absolute confidence in yourself.  You are more brilliant and talented than you realise.  Find yourself a coach or mentor to help you realise your goals.


Which book has had the greatest influence on your life?

TS Eliot’s, The Waste Land is a piece of poetry that, once learned, can never be forgotten – every time I go to London, I’m reminded of the odd phrase from it.


Heartfelt belief

Arts, culture and literature can help all of us live better lives.


“Shy bairns get nowt”



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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