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Emma Kessie:  Centre Manager of Wonford Sports Centre and Northbrook Golf Course and Founder of Heavitree Running Group 

Emma Kessie:  Centre Manager of Wonford Sports Centre and Northbrook Golf Course and Founder of Heavitree Running Group 

Biggest professional achievement 

Winning pride of Exeter award for community contribution in 2017

Most profound, life changing moment 

Setting up active activities in Heavitree Park, which has led to over 400 people taking part in a healthy, more active lifestyle. 

Best advice ever given

Journeys are made, not given. Never give up.

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

Don’t wait for others. Go out there and challenge each day.  Learn from your choices. Be positive. Be proactive. Be proud.

If you could make one change to world….

End poverty.

The most influential woman in your life

Paula Radcliffe. For proving that achieving the impossible is possible and for her dedication to her sport and family. 

Heartfelt Belief

Time is of the Essence, so use it wisely; don’t waste it by making excuses.


“If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you”


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’





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