Joanne Manville: Virtual Assistant

Joanne Manville: Virtual Assistant

Biggest professional achievement to date?

Starting up my company in 2015 and after only two years (including a period of maternity leave) winning Virtual Assistant of the Year 2017 (South West).

Most profound/life-changing, business moment?

Probably the moment that I handed in my notice to my employer of 8 years.  It was a great job, well paid and working with a team of amazing PAs but I needed something else.  It was terrifying but exciting and less than a year later I had started my own company.

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

Never let anyone hold you back, including yourself.

If you could make one change to the world?

People to be more considerate to one another.

The most influential woman in your life & why?

I have a fantastic circle of women around me; my mum who fought and won against breast cancer, my sister who runs her own successful property business in Brighton, mentors and coaches who have supported and encouraged me to take risks with my business that I would not have done alone and many amazing local business women I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with through networking in Exeter.  

Believe in yourself and anything is possible”

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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