Ms. Judi Spiers: Presenter and Journalist
Biggest professional achievement to date?
Being the spearhead of the BBC Radio Devon Chestnut Appeal, the first charity set up in the Southwest to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer. The appeal raised £1,000,000 in the first year.
Most profound, life-changing, moment?
Breaking my back, which altered my life. I had been on course to be an actress and this would not have been possible for some time given my physical state. Whilst recovering, an advert appeared in the WMN. Westward Television was looking for a woman with speech and presentation experience to be a relief continuity announcer. I applied, got the job and was taken on permanently.
So from actress to broadcaster all from a fall from a window!
Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni?
Listen and learn as much as you can from as many different areas you can; knowledge is never wasted.
Which book has had the greatest influence on your life?
The Woman Without A Number by Iby Knill. It is the inspirational story of a Holocaust survivor who, despite the Nazi’s best attempts to dehumanise and destroy her, not only survived but also married, had children and made a successful career for herself.
“A lesson taught with humour, is a lesson retained”
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!