Marie Belsten: Director of Music In Devon Initiative CIC / Administrator at Exeter Foyer supported housing project (Stonewater)

Marie Belsten: Director of Music In Devon Initiative CIC / Administrator at Exeter Foyer supported housing project (Stonewater)

Biggest professional achievement to date?

Securing around £200k in grant funding for charitable projects involving disadvantaged young people in creative music-making.

Most profound, life-changing, business moment?

Witnessing a formerly homeless young drug addict turn their life around and go on to help others in similar circumstances, after discovering a passion for music-making.

Best life advice ever received?

Make peace with your past so it won’t disturb your present.

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

Follow your passion with unswerving determination, and the rest will follow. Treasure the simple things in your life; they are usually the most important. Learn from the past, plan for the future, and live in the present.

Which book has had the greatest influence on your life?

Animal Farm by George Orwell. It paints such a clear and illuminating picture of how power can so easily lead to corruption and oppression, even when people start out with the best of intentions for the greater social good.

If you could make one change to the world?

An end to poverty, inequality and abuse.


“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics

are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”


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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