Angela Pedder OBE: Director Pedder Consultants Ltd – 100 Most Influential Women 2018
Biggest professional achievement to date
Being the Chief Executive of Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust for nearly 20 years. It was a privilege to lead 5000+ staff who provided outstanding compassionate care every day. The NHS faces many challenges but the commitment of staff and a relentless focus on doing the best for people, in their care, shines through.
Most profound/life-changing, business moment
Stepping forward to tackle an underlying problem within my organisation to challenge, and secure, change in the national approach to reviewing performance and outcomes for women receiving breast screening services. I had to decide what I was prepared to be sacked for. Doing the right thing for patient safety was the only choice I was prepared to make.
Best life advice ever received
On becoming a chief executive for the first time I was told; it is a lonely role. Seek out and recruit the best people and, most importantly, find someone who will speak openly to you and challenge your approach or behaviour.
Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni
Do not over think things; make the best decision you can, with the information you have available.
“The middle course, adopted from desires for safety and a quiet life, may be found to lead direct to the bull’s eye of disaster”
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 falls in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists will also be featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by pre-ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March so watch our Facebook page or the website for their stories.
A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the finalists, you are all amazing!