Philippa Waddell: Filmmaker

Philippa Waddell: Filmmaker

Biggest professional achievement to date?

I could mention big brands, huge budget productions and my global travel, but the two documentaries that I made about my children mean the most; one about my daughter and her pony club, which I sold to Horse & Country TV and the current doc I’m making about the Exeter Chiefs U16s Academy, which features my son. I’m hoping it will go on Sport in Focus on BT Sport and World Rugby. Made by me with love.

Most profound/life-changing, business moment?

Deciding to buy a camera to make a film for my mother’s 70th birthday, which turned into my filmmaking career. I love learning new things, challenging myself and it was this mindset which took me from being a Producer, Director to Filmmaker. I’ve had my three docs broadcast, so I must be OK.  I can’t shoot everything I do or I wouldn’t be able to manage and grow the business, but I’m still hands on when I want to be, knowing I can shoot something if I need too.

Best life advice ever received?

Follow your dreams. Do your best. Be kind.


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

If you want to run your own business be prepared to work really, really hard, then work even harder. Be a sponge; take in everything you hear and see. Never be afraid to ask questions. Keep earning and keep FOCUS on your goals. Be compassionate and share your knowledge. If you do what you love, it will happen; it might not make you rich (or it might), but you’ll be happy and fulfilled.


Which book has had the greatest influence on your life?

There are so many amazing books, but I’m going to go for my current read Brené Brown, Braving the Wilderness. I love her studies and take on life; it’s simple when you know how. Another avourite read is Dame Stella Rimington (ex MI5, Director General), writing as Liz Carlyle MI5 agent. I’m working on a documentary about women high up in the police force, so this springs to mind.


Educational background?

The university of life; my school didn’t’ get me… I left as soon as I could.


If you could make one change to the world?

Access to FREE sanitary wear for all teenage girls in the UK and NO TAMPAX TAX.  Why should girls be humiliated and not be able to attend school because they can’t afford, don’t have access to sanitary wear. This is the 21st Century; ludicrous.


The most influential woman in your life?

My mother, for letting me be, she has always supported my bonkers ideas and has always believed I could be whoever I wanted to be. LOVE HER. Gill Donnell MBE – she was a superintendent in the police force for 30 years and now runs Successful Women in Business. I love her support, her outlook and what she’s done in her career and continues to do in supporting women.

What does 2018 hold for you?

WILDHORSE FILMS – to continue to grow and develop the business.

WILDHORSE ACADEMY – working with Exeter College & Plymouth University to give film/media students a “LIVE PLATFORM” to work on and gain real life production experience. Setting up video workshops, for small businesses that can’t afford our video services to help make their own GOOD quality videos.

WILDHORSE WOMEN – giving back what I can to help women,  free sanitaryware, female film/media support and female business networking (WHF sponsoring Successful Women in Business INNOVATION Award).  And lots more films, ponies and rugby. Working on documentary ideas, one of which would be going to the Japanese world cup in 2019!


Heartfelt belief?

Be honest. Be kind. Be wild and have fun! You only get one life – LIVE IT!


“Live the life you love, love the life you live”


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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