India Meets……Rebecca Hooker

Written by India Nye, Photography by Olly Woodburn I’ve always loved the arts; drama has always been a big passion of mine, so this month I jumped at the chance to meet an Exeter based dance teacher who is harnessing the positive power of social media to create awareness of her own lifestyle and anti-bullying brand  #COMMITTED Clothing Company. Rebecca Hooker, the woman behind #COMMITTED, is both passionate and driven; she’s determined to play her part in encouraging others to work hard, follow their individual passions and interests and stamp out bullying for good. I met with the founder of the […]

Interview with….. Jackie Jenks OBE

Grow Exeter Jackie Jenks

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen A pioneer in the field of mentoring, Jackie has led and advised on numerous enterprise support and mentoring programmes for high profile names, charities, and organisations across the UK. Pearsons, The Lloyds Banking Group, Lloyds Foundations, The School for Social Entrepreneurs, the UK and Belgium Governments and the charity, School of Hard Knocks, are just a few she works with. We made the drive to Jackie’s home, near Watergate Bay, in Cornwall, to meet with one of the UK’s most sought-after mentors.  Jackie thank you so much for meeting with me here […]

India Meets….. The Deep South FreeRunning Team

Grow Exeter Deep South Free Running

Written By India Nye, Photography by Tom Taylor We all want to turn our deeply loved hobbies into a business opportunity, to feel as if we aren’t working at all. That’s exactly what the team Captain of Deep South, Exeter’s own free-running group, is trying to do. I met up with Tom Taylor and his teammate Ed Scott, in Artigiano, to talk all things free-running; a sport I had very limited knowledge of.  One of the things I was curious about, was the point at which Tom realised that his hobby could be so much more. “I think it’s mainly due […]

Catching up with… William Laitinen

Grow Exeter William Latinen

Written by Joff Alexander-Frye It isn’t every day that you meet someone for a coffee and end up having your mindset expanded. This is exactly what happened though,  when I recently had the pleasure of meeting William Laitinen, the Managing Director of global recruitment firm Exige International, at Hotel du Vin in Exeter. After we had made our initial introductions (and ordered a round of, what I have found to be, some of the finest coffee in Exeter) William went on to talk me through his fascinating personal history. He explained how he had moved to Devon as a young […]

Ollie Phillips – Living an Extraordinary Life

Written by Tracey Duke, Ollie Phillips is one of life’s true adventurers; constantly challenging himself to grow and develop his skill set.  During the course of his 14 year professional rugby career, Ollie captained his country in three Seven’s World Cup tournaments and was voted the ‘Best Sevens Player in the World’ in 2009. He also happens to be one of life’s true gems, knowing a thing or two about turning challenges into opportunities and on setting his heights high. I caught up with the man I’m proud to call a friend, in London’s Embankment. Ollie, as always, let’s jump straight […]

A Man With A Vision… Owen Richards

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen Owen Richards is a man with a vision. Dynamic and driven, his game-changing, can do attitude has, in the last three months alone, secured his Exeter based company; Air Marketing, contracts worth over a million pounds in additional revenue for 2018.  I caught up with the man behind one of the city’s fastest growing marketing companies to talk mentoring and finding ways to make it happen.  Owen, it’s great to meet with you this morning. As usual, we’ll jump straight in. I know that the whole idea and ethos of coaching and mentoring […]

Sandra Sampson…… It all starts with you!

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen Inspirational & emphatic, Sandra Sampson exudes a positivity & razor-like focus, unlike any other. There is simply no barrier, no obstacle that she believes cannot be overcome; a mere 20 minutes in her company will have you reaching for the stars and eating them for breakfast. I caught up with one of the city’s most influential and respected coaches, at the Hotel Du Vin, and kicked troublesome worries into touch along the way.    Sandra, if I were to write a list of the most influential women in Exeter today, your name would very […]

An Interview with… Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO of Flybe.

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen With a background in aeronautical engineering and the travel industry, French born Christine Ourmières- Widener; CEO of the UK’s largest regional airline Flybe, currently heads up a workforce of 2,400 employees.  She holds one of the highest profile roles in the industry and is respected, across the globe, by both industry peers and staff alike.  Christine is, without a doubt, one of the most inspirational women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting; calm, focused and genuinely invested in the well-being of her staff, she truly is a role model for us all.  […]

Kirsty Barker – My Morning Routine

Kirsty Barker is an Exeter based Landscape Architect.  She also happens to be part of a three woman team in training for the biggest challenge of their lives later this year; a 3000 mile row across the Atlantic Ocean!  It’s a 90 day challenge that would bring the strongest of us to our knees! We caught up with Kirsty earlier this month to find out how she gets her day in gear…. How does your morning get going? Before I begin, I should probably mention that I am rowing the Atlantic next December, so now as well as working 9-5 […]

The 8th Habit – Pete Beaumont

Written by Tracey Duke With a focus on designing cutting edge learning programmes, for the world’s leading blue chip corporations; BT, Citigroup, Accenture, & Thomson Reuters being just a few, Pete Beaumont knows a thing or two about nurturing talent within high performing teams. A passionate mentoring professional, he has supported leaders, and professionals in over 30 countries across the globe. I caught up with the former SVP and Global Learning Director of Citigroup, to get to the core of what it means to mentor and the vital importance of taking the time to invest in yourself.  Pete good morning! Thanks […]