Natalie Vizard : PR, Marketing & Events Manager (Exeter Cookery School) & City Councillor representing Newtown & St Leonard’s Ward (Exeter City Council)
Biggest professional achievement to date?
I have enjoyed a fantastic career in international book/magazine publishing and in PR / Marketing, in London and Exeter. However, as I am a firm believer in focusing on the present and the future, I feel my greatest achievement has been to have so quickly placed Jim & Lucy Fisher and their fabulous cookery school firmly on the South West foodie map.
Most profound, life-changing, business moment?
This would have to be when my Husband and I decided to take a leap of faith and leave London with our two young children (and two cats) in search for a better life in the South West. We left behind two successful jobs in the media, with no jobs to go to and no house to move into. Now, 9 years on, we have never looked back and both have fulfilling jobs.
Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni?
Be brave, be strong and don’t let bullies make you doubt your worth.
I believe that we have been put on this Earth to make a difference and that we must do all we can to make a positive impact on others.
“We realise the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
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!