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Claire Wright: Devon County Councillor, Otter Valley Ward (Independent)- 100 Most Influential Women 2018

Claire Wright: Devon County Councillor, Otter Valley Ward (Independent)- 100 Most Influential Women 2018


Biggest professional achievement to date

Coming second in the 2017 East Devon Parliamentary election with over 21,000 votes and a 35 per cent share. I was an Independent candidate.

Best life advice ever received

Feel the fear and do it anyway!  I remember this in my most nerve racking times or times when I need to make a difficult decision; it always helps.


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

Be confident. Be assertive. Be determined. Believe in yourself. Have clear goals. Work hard.

If you could make one change to the world……

That world leaders would wake up and realise the value of nature. If they did, everything else that’s wrong, would fall into place because once you properly connect with nature, it influences all your decisions. 

Heartfelt belief

That life is about love. And that the reason we’re here is to give something of ourselves to others, or to contribute to making society or our environment, or people’s lives, better.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” Margaret Mead


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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