Helen West: Bicton Arena Manager

Helen West: Bicton Arena Manager


Biggest Professional Achievement?

Obtaining International status for Bicton Horse Trials in 2015 and attracting many Olympic riders to the event. This was a real boost for the area as a whole. It was also a real thrill and a huge achievement for me to be upgraded to a FEI 1/2* Course Designer (one of only two women in Great Britain) and have the opportunity to design all of the courses at Bicton, as well as other venues.


Best life advice ever received?

Life isn’t fair. Disappointments are tough but they need to be kept in perspective. It’s the way you deal with things, not what happens, that gives peace of mind.


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

Have a plan. Don’t assume that if you do good work you will be rewarded, and that you shouldn’t have to show off about your successes. Have a strategy to champion yourself on your upward trajectory.


Heartfelt belief?

Being a strong woman doesn’t mean I don’t ask for help. I do. Asking for help doesn’t mean I am weak; it means I am able to acknowledge that I’m not a super woman, and that I’m going to need other people sometimes.


“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained”

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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  1. Siti Nur Amalia

    long time ago, I didn’t want to ask anyone for help cause ‘fear of being rejected’. I always work hard alone, so I’m almost depressed.

    but, now..
    I grateful… I start to open my mind that, whatever anyone choose “to help me” or “reject my asked”.. that not a big problem…

    • Sofy Robertson

      Hi Siti, thank you for your comment. It’s really positive to hear that this article, and I am sure other factors in your life, have helped you.

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