Jo Yapp: Exeter University Director of Women’s Rugby & England Women’s Rugby U20’s Head Coach

Jo Yapp: Exeter University Director of Women’s Rugby & England Women’s Rugby U20’s Head Coach

Biggest professional achievement to date?

Being the second Woman to complete their level 4 Rugby coaching award and captaining England at the 2006 Women’s World Cup. 

Most profound/life-changing, business moment?

After retiring from playing rugby, I moved from Worcester to Exeter, started coaching and fell in love with it. Rugby gave me so much as a player and being able to coach it professionally and see how it helps develop young people both on and off the field is extremely rewarding.

Best life advice ever received

Stay true to yourself and do you what you believe in.

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

Find something that motivates you.

Which book has had the greatest influence on your life?

Mindset by Carol Dweck. I believe in the way it promotes growth mindset, hard work and a strategy to maximise potential.  

If you could make one change to the world?

Find a cure for cancer.

What does 2018 hold for you?

I have got the BUCS knockouts coming up with Exeter University and a tour to Canada with the England U20’s squad.

Heartfelt belief?

Treat others the way you want to be treated. Be true to yourself.

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”

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’ – AVAILABLE NOW!





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