Sonya Bedford: Head of Energy and Partner Stephens Scown (Also on the board for Exeter Community Energy and Regen)

Sonya Bedford: Head of Energy and Partner Stephens Scown (Also on the board for Exeter Community Energy and Regen)

Biggest professional achievement to date

Building a renewable energy team from scratch to a large team carrying out multi million pound renewable energy projects; winning community energy champion, energy champion and environmental champion in Devon in 2017.

Most profound,life-changing, business moment

Realising that you can have a career doing something you love and change the world at the same time!

Best life advice ever received

That anyone can achieve anything, as long as you put the work in.

If you could make one change to the world

Change really does start at home and in the community; if we could change all  energy to be run from renewable sources that would be a start. If we could all talk to our neighbours more that would help even more: small things matter.

Heartfelt belief

That we can change things for the better & that one day everyone will realise that wind energy is a good thing! Communities are the future for housing and energy.


“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”



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 fell in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists have each been featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March and April so keep an eye on our Facebook page or website for their stories.

A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the #100WomenExeter, you are all amazing!



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