Cllr Rachel Sutton: Deputy Leader of Exeter City Council and Lead Councillor for Economy & Culture

Cllr Rachel Sutton: Deputy Leader of Exeter City Council and Lead Councillor for Economy & Culture

Biggest professional achievement to date?

Being chosen as Deputy Leader of Exeter City Council by my fellow Labour Councillors; it’s an honour and a privilege to work with this group of people who are so committed to making positive differences to the city and for the people who live and work here.

Most profound, life-changing, business moment?

Being made redundant from a job I loved with the words, ‘We don’t think you are the sort of person who makes big things happen’.  I’ve been working to prove them wrong ever since.

Best life advice ever received?

You won’t know if you can do it, unless you try. 

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

Look brave even if you don’t feel it. Ask questions and listen to the answers before you make up your mind on something.

If you could make one change to the world?

That every child should have access to clean water, a safe place to live and an education.

Heartfelt belief?

The arts have the power to change lives.


“We have more in common than the things that divide us”


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 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!


March Edition ‘Women in Business’




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