Lesley Robson: The Right Worshipful, The Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Mrs Lesley Robson

Lesley Robson: The Right Worshipful, The Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Mrs Lesley Robson

Biggest professional achievement to date?

Whilst teaching Maths in Greece, four of my students were given Scholarships for major schools along with some of the work that I have done with dyslexic people, helping them achieve their degrees.

Most profound, life-changing, business moment?

The choice I made at 15, to choose maths and science over history, which I loved….I thought it would give me more opportunities job wise, whereas I could always enjoy history as a hobby. I was right, AND I am now a Trustee of RAMM Museum.

Best life advice ever received?

Listen to everyone and respect their views… BUT you don’t have to agree.

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

Go for it! Don’t be afraid. Failure is not the end of the world. 

Which book has had the greatest influence on your life?

Jane Austen’s Letters; You watch her turn from a young and giddy girl obsessed with boys, to a mature and perceptive woman who died with great dignity.  Humbling.

If you could make one change to the world?

To help people respect and find value in each other.


“Unite and lead or divide and rule”

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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