At Inkling, we have a passionate and driven team of experts who each bring their own unique flair to a shared vision.
Sophie Hampel is the Co-Founder and CEO of Inkling, a business with a GOLD (Giant Outrageous Liberating Dream): to revolutionise how we live, work and lead and as a result, elevate humanity. Sophie is a registered psychologist who focusses on psychological flexibility and wellbeing to drive more adaptive, inclusive and connected workplaces.
Sophie is sought after as a coach, facilitator and speaker because she is not afraid to take people below the surface to uncover what is holding them back. Sophie has delivered keynotes and worked with organisations around the world including British Telcom, The NHS, Vodafone and Qantas. She understands the challenges that leaders face and how to apply leading-edge neuroscience and psychology to drive success and fulfilment.
With over two decades of facilitation and coaching experience, Mike is a learning leader with demonstrated success designing and delivering organisational leadership and transformation initiatives across the private and public sectors.
Mike is passionate about challenging people to be their best using a strengths-based approach. He is not afraid to disrupt thinking and balances this with a nurturing and authentic approach that enables people to feel safe to step out of their comfort zone and make sustained change.
Through Mike’s unique blend of learning and passion for the Learning and Development arena, he is able to create sophisticated, impactful learning strategies that deliver change and growth for our participants and clients.
Sarah has over two decades’ experience in Learning & Organisational Development roles both in Australia and the UK. She has experience on the “client-side” as an in-house Culture & Capability lead, as a Director in Management Consulting, and ran her own Learning Consulting small business. This gives her a commercial and creative perspective, drawing on experience and insights across a range of industries and Government sectors.
In her role as Head of Client Solutions & Engagement, Sarah’s key focus is to deeply understand the leadership, capability, gender equity, and diversity and inclusion aspirations of our current and future clients, and shape learning experiences to help achieve them. She is curious, collaborative, and quick to identify the unique strengths of the people she works with.
Gagan is a registered Psychologist with close to a decade’s worth of experience applying her skills in clinical and organisational psychology in not for profit, private and public organisations. Gagan has a special interest in developing mental health, wellbeing, coaching and leadership development programs for organisations and brings an infectious warmth, a deep sense of curiosity and a compassionate approach to her work.
As a Senior Manager of Client Delivery, Gagan partners with Inkling’s clients to understand their business and leadership needs and is passionate about helping them to use evidence-based methodologies to create positive change at both the organisational and individual level.
Gina is a deeply curious and empathic learning leader who is passionate about supporting individuals to connect with their purpose and unlock their potential. Gina has over two decades’ worth of experience working as a facilitator, coach and instructional designer, consulting for clients across the public and private sectors both nationally and internationally.
In her role as Senior Manager Program Delivery, Gina partners with Inkling’s clients to design and deliver end-to-end learning experiences that are engaging, meaningful and impactful. Gina has the special ability of being able to quickly identify the unique qualities and natural gifts of those she works with, inspiring her clients to maximise their strengths, move into action, and drive sustained positive behaviour change
Gemma (also known as Gigi) is deeply passionate about developing others and is in her happy place when she is presenting to groups or coaching one-on-one, where she delights in facilitating insights and supporting people to become the best versions of themselves!
Gigi really geeks out on connecting with people through building instant relationships based on trust, mutual respect, generosity and warmth. She also has the “gift of the gab” and you will often find her communicating with others through elaborate story telling (with plenty of hand gestures to go with them)!
Ami’s a natural people person with an optimistic outlook on life. She’s inspired by the future and what could be in a world where people feel empowered to embrace their true potential.
Prior to joining Inkling, Ami worked in the wine industry for almost a decade and completed a Masters of Wine Business. She’s most recently spent a year and a half living and working in New Zealand (which she LOVED), but is thrilled to be back home in Sydney now having the opportunity to play to her relationship building strengths and fulfil one of her true passions: to inspire positive change as a facilitator and future coach with Inkling.
Katrina (or Kat as she is known to many) is passionate about connecting with others and helping them to realise and unlock their true potential. She loves nothing more than to lean into her strengths to facilitate connection and growth for participants at Inkling programs.
Simi has a (healthy!) obsession to help leaders solve challenges and attain brilliance, on their leadership journey.
With over 15 years of business psychology consulting experience, Simi is an insightful specialist in shaping behaviour at the individual, group and organisational level. Known for creating ‘Ah haa’ moments for her clients, she specialises in the areas of psychological coaching and leadership development for executive, senior and emerging level leaders, for both public and private sector organisations in the UK and Australia.
Melissa (or Mel as she likes to go by) is a Brisbane native who set off to London 13 years ago “to see what all the fuss was about” and fell in love with the city (and later, a Scotsman).
A born networker and ‘people person’, Mel genuinely loves helping others grow and succeed. She has a sixth sense for collaboration and opportunity, and loves using this to connect people, brainstorm ideas and promote individuals and companies. When set a challenge, her positivity and excitement is infectious.
With an MBA and close to 15 years’ experience supporting senior executives and teams in multinational IT organisations, including IBM and Microsoft, Anu is a high-performing Executive Assistant who takes initiative and builds rapport and trust with all those she works with. An excellent communicator, Anu loves nothing more than to make new connections and utilise her executing and influencing strengths to meet deadlines and exceed client expectations.
As Executive Assistant to Inkling CEO Sophie Hampel, Anu supports the delivery of our leadership and coaching programs by managing the administrative components and supporting the broader Programs team to deliver outstanding results while consistently bringing a sense of calm to the entire Inkling team.
Libby is a Chartered Accountant who enjoys the gentle hum of a business that is running smoothly. She enjoys working with her intelligent, passionate and committed colleagues at Inkling, and is inspired by the work that Inkling does as she firmly believes that we all have the potential to make a positive impact on the world.
As a Program Manager, Alana brings her extensive organising, executing and listening skills to provide outstanding support to our clients and participants throughout their program journey, and helping us to create raving fans.
An out-of-the-box thinker, Alana delights in coordinating projects, enjoys problem-solving, and finding new and innovative ways for Inkling to deliver our impactful programs. Alana thrives when she is able to utilise her strategic and relationship-building strengths – strengths she has been able to play to throughout her career as an event coordinator in the leadership, not-for-profit and entertainment space – quickly earning the trust of those she works with and helping others to maximise their potential.
As a Finance Assistant, Tyler supports our team by overseeing the majority of the accounts, helping to maintain our financial health and making sure we use our resources beneficially.
A keen and curious learner, Tyler has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), a Masters of Commerce (Finance), and is currently studying toward his CPA. Tyler takes a deliberate approach to his work and enjoys utilising his data and coding skills to help us simplify our workflows and present our data in useful and informative ways.
Ellie’s a big picture thinker who’s fascinated by ethical matters, hidden meanings and the ever- changing ways in which today’s society is finding, consuming and sharing content. She’s an up-beat, glass half-full kind of lady with an infectious enthusiasm and positive outlook on life, work and the future.
A life-long learner with a degree in Literature & Cultural studies, Ellie has a strong appreciation for diversity and building relationships with diverse communities both in and out of work. She loves curating and creating engaging content, building inclusive communities where everyone feels safe to participate. Ellie supports Inkling’s continued growth through building awareness of our Public Programs and working closely with Inkling’s Program team.