Introducing… Ann Hunter

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen Ann Hunter; the woman at the heart of In Exeter, the city’s business improvement district, is one of the city’s newest recruits. Heading up the dynamic organisation that gives a voice to over 640 businesses in the city, she draws on over 10 years’ experience, her most recent role seeing her as Chief Executive of Ealing’s Business Development Programme. Attracted to the region by the city’s sought after work/life balance, along with its vibrancy and energy, we caught up with Ann, at Hotel Du Vin, to talk challenges, pushing your limits and living […]

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 […]

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.  […]

The Road Ahead – Louise Fellows

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen   Head of O2’s Public Sector, Louise Fellows is both dynamic and values led.  As mum to three, Chair of Governors at Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA), Board Member on the Young Enterprise Committee & Board Director at Slough Business Community Partnership, she’s no stranger to challenge. Chatting with our Editor Tracey Duke, Louise speaks with passion & honesty about her journey to the top.  Ok Louise, as always, let’s jump straight in… We’ve known each other a little while now and, as a working mum of three myself, you never cease to […]

Introducing… Keyvan Nosrati

Written by Tracey Duke, Photography by Pip Andersen At just 27 years old, and with premises in both Exeter & London’s exclusive Savile Row, Iranian born entrepreneur Keyvan Nosrati is deep in plans for the expansion of Zebel Outfitters; a bespoke tailoring experience for both established businessmen and young professionals alike. With a recent move to new, larger premises on Exeter’s Fore Street we caught up with the young entrepreneur whose reputation for outstanding customer service, price points and attention to detail, has attracted the attention of some of the world’s most discerning clients.   Keyvan, what an amazing achievement! Not […]

Kelly Forrester – The Woman Behind the Business…

Written by Tracey Duke – an interview with Kelly Forrester Confident, secure and oozing with a genuine love of her work and of those around her, Kelly Forrester; founder of Clear Property, has plenty to teach us about running a values driven business, in the heart of Exeter.  I caught up with one of the city’s most dynamic, forward thinking & heart led business women, to talk work, life and making time for the ones who matter.  On doing a job you love I’ve been an Estate Agent in Exeter, for 21 years and, honestly, I couldn’t imagine a better […]