This is us

At Inkling, we have a passionate and driven team of experts who each bring their own unique flair to a shared vision.

Sophie Hampel
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer - M.OrgPsych Registered Psychologist

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.

Gemma Cunningham
Senior Manager Client Delivery

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)!

Mike Newman
Mike Newman
Senior Manager Client Delivery

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.


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Ami Sheehan
Facilitator and Coach

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 Cole
Facilitator and Coach

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.

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Simi Rayat
Facilitator and Executive Coach

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.


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Diana Mezei
Program Manager

Diana, or Dini as she’s known to many, has been dedicated to the cause of imposing order upon chaos  throughout her career with extensive experience in managing programs in the higher education, not for profit and healthcare sectors.

As a Program Manager here at Inkling, she helps us keep our many ducks in a row and goes the extra mile to take care of our clients, making sure our programs run seamlessly and are enjoyable for everyone involved.

Alana Raco
Alana Raco
Program Manager

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.


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Melissa Hay
Partnership Manager

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.


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Libby Morrish
Senior Manager Finance and Operations

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.

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Ellie Somers
Marketing and Engagement Specialist

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.