Leadership Coaches & DEI Consultants

We encourage our people to be fearlessly human and to bring authentic adaptability to work.

This means being unapologetically themselves, while also ensuring they create an inclusive and safe space for others.

We motivate our people to be curious, push ideas, and imagine possibilities. We all contribute to the transformative thinking that our clients crave. And we have a lot of fun while we are at it.

Our team is powered by experts in D&I and Leadership development and assessment, and supported by our global network of highly experienced associates.

Meet the Inkling team

Alana Raco.

Senior Program Manager

Alana Raco (she/her)

Empathy | Achiever | Strategic | Learner | Maximizer

An out-of-the-box thinker, Alana delights in problem-solving to find new and innovative ways for Inkling to deliver our impactful programs. As Senior Program Manager, Alana provides outstanding support to our clients and participants throughout their program journey. She combines her extensive organising, executing and listening skills to coordinate high-impact programs and develop innovative learning content.

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.

Humble and genuine, she quickly earns the trust of those she works with and helps others to maximise their potential.

Accreditations

Bachelor of Commerce (Event Management)

Ami Sheehan.

Senior Manager, Client Delivery

Ami Sheehan (she/her)

Individualisation | Achiever | Positivity | Focus | Futuristic

Ami is deeply passionate about developing others and helping them to realise, grow and unlock their potential so they can live a little more courageously. She has a strong ability to create meaningful connections with others, and quickly creates safe spaces for people to go below the surface and move past any barriers to their success.

With a background in commercial, management and stakeholder engagement roles across ANZ, Ami brings a wealth of experience to the complexities of the corporate world in her work as a facilitator and coach. Ami balances her warm, calm energy with a curious, practical and grounded approach that ensures her clients experience outstanding outcomes.

Accreditations

Bachelor of International and Global Studies
Masters in Wine Business
Coaching Professional Development Program Graduate – Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology
RocheMartin Emotional Intelligence Diagnostic Training

Cat Stewart

Senior Program Manager

Cat Stewart (she/her)

Responsibility | Relator | Achiever | Developer | Positivity

Cat has over 16 years of HR Consulting experience delivering client and business projects across the Asia Pacific region and has a passion for people and delivering outstanding outcomes for all stakeholders.

Cat leverages her background in Human Resources and Psychology and her diligent, inquisitive, and problem-solving style for both client and business projects including solution design, project management and delivery, technology and processes.

Cat’s natural style is genuine, calm, professional and confidence-building with a thorough mind and a desire for outstanding outcomes for all. Her positivity, support and genuine care for people is at the heart of everything she does.

Accreditations

Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology (Organisational Psychology), Macquarie University

Bachelor of Business Administration (Human Resources) & Bachelor or Arts Psychology (Organisational Psychology), Macquarie University

Associate Member of Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Mental Health First Aid Certificate, Mental Health First Aid Australia

Ellie Somers.

Senior Manager, Marketing and Engagement

Ellie Somers (she/her)

Learner | Developer | Input | Connectedness | Ideation

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 is passionate about facilitating meaningful connections and inspired by the changing ways in which our global communities are creating and learning from one another.

A life-long learner who has lived and worked in 4 countries across 3 different continents, Ellie has a strong appreciation for diversity and building relationships with diverse communities, both in and out of the workplace. As Senior Manager, Marketing and Engagement  Ellie is responsible for building Inkling’s brand salience, market penetration and credibility across the growth journey, supporting the business to expand into new and existing customer segments and markets.

Accreditations

Honours Bachelor of Arts (Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies)

Executive Assistant / Office Manager

Ffion Haynes (she/her)

Responsibility | Discipline | Belief | Developer | Input

With over 15 years of corporate experience across the UK and Australia and a strong operations background, Ffion excels in overseeing day-to-day business operations. Her proactive and seamless support plays a vital role in managing the Inkling CoLab and keeping the executive team on track.

Ffion earns trust and maintains confidence companywide, and her calm and composed nature enable her to tackle big projects and foresee potential roadblocks to proactively solve problems. With a unique set of ownership, adaptability, and organisational skills, Ffion is constantly challenging existing processes to maximise efficiency and always looking for opportunities to add further value to Inkling.

Her innovative ideas, exceptional problem-solving skills, and passion for achieving the best outcomes make her an invaluable member of the Inkling team and the glue that holds it all together!

Fiona Lyons McBeth.

Senior Manager, Client Delivery - EMEA and America's

Fiona Lyons McBeth (she/her)

Fiona is an exceptional cultural change consultant, facilitator and executive coach with close to two decade’s worth of experience working in the learning and development field. Action-oriented and driven to challenge her clients to unlock their potential, Fiona is passionate about delivering high-impact programs with real-world success strategies that can be implemented at both the individual and organisational levels.

Fiona’s ability to build rapport quickly allows her to drive real, personal growth and positive change with the clients she works with. Her sessions are practical, engaging, challenging and fun, and deliver the right balance to provide accelerated learning for her participants so that they walk away with clear action steps and strategies to implement them.

Gina Zoia.

Associate Facilitator and Coach

Gina Zoia (she/her)

Individualisation | Empathy | Adaptability | Connectedness | Maximiser

Gina can 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 behavioural change. Her relentless curiosity drives the expansion of her thinking skills and to constantly challenge the boundaries of what is possible.

At Inkling, Gina utilises this to generate impactful design and engaging facilitation and coaching delivery. Gina’s playful style and effortless use of humour creates welcoming spaces where people are comfortable to unlock their authentic selves and explore what is meaningful in their lives.

Accreditations

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Masters of Adult Learning

Jules Franzen.

Principal, Client Delivery and Practice Lead - Professional Wellbeing

Jules Franzen (she/her)

Relator | Empathy | Individualisation | Ideation | Connectedness

When it comes to talking about new ways of learning, few people get more excited than Jules. With over 20 years designing learning and development experiences, Jules brings a bright sense of creativity and problem solving to every opportunity. After working and consulting across a number of industries, Jules became an accredited coach and uses her keen eye to think outside the obvious.

Jules is here to develop our future focus and keep our eye on emerging trends in behavioural psychology, leadership and culture. She takes our research, data and programs to the next level by testing the boundaries of what we do now and what comes next.

Accreditations

Bachelor of Psychology and Sociology
IECL Coach
Accredited MBTI, TMS and NLP Practitioner

.Katie James

Associate Facilitator and Coach

Katie James (she/her)

Individualisation | Futuristic | Communication | Achiever | Developer

Katie is driven by a genuine passion to learn about individuals and support them to fulfil their personal and professional goals. Through encouragement, goal setting and positive psychology, Katie helps them unlock their full potential. Her bubbly personality and sense of humour allows her to effortlessly build long-lasting connections with people, leaving them energised and happy.

When coaching, she enjoys empowering others to create change in their own lives. Celebrating the progress and success of her clients throughout their growth development journey is one of Katie’s favourite parts of her role.

Accreditations

Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
Post Graduate Diploma Applied Sport Psychology
Diploma in Advanced Coach Mastery

Katrina Cole.

Manager, Client Delivery

Katrina Cole (she/her)

Maximiser | Learner | Futuristic | Connectedness | Relator

Katrina (or Kat as she is known to many) is passionate about people. With over 15 years’ experience leading others, Katrina knows how to connect with individuals to unlock their true potential. By maximising the abilities of those around her, Katrina creates developed and deeply connected teams with exponential growth potential.

Her role as Manager, Client Delivery is a natural fit that allows her to lean into her strengths, creating connections with others and developing outstanding performances for participants of Inkling programs.

Accreditations

Bachelor of Commerce
Coaching Professional Development Program Graduate – Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology
RocheMartin Emotional Intelligence Diagnostic Practitioner

Libby Morrish.

Head of Finance

Libby Morrish (she/her)

Input | Futuristic | Strategic | Learner | Positivity

Libby is responsible for the financial stewardship of Inkling, as well as driving the strategic and operational planning for the business. With over 20 years of commercial accounting experience from a range of industries, including marketing, publishing, and multinational pharmaceutical, she enjoys the gentle hum of a business running smoothly.

Libby’s love of learning means she’s continuously testing how Inkling can grow and evolve. Driven by her strategic and futuristic strengths, her incredible mind not only crunches the numbers, but connects past, present, and future to ensure Inkling operates more effectively and sustainably. Libby firmly believes that Inkling’s work has a positive impact on the world. Her experienced commercial focus ensures we continue to support organisations as they unlock human potential.

Accreditations

Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting CAANZ (GradDipCA)

Mike Newman.

Principal, Client Delivery and Practice Lead - Leadership

Mike Newman (he/his)

Strategic | Connectedness | Empathy | Relator | Positivity

Mike expertly oversees the design, delivery and quality of Inkling’s client experiences. With over 20 years of experience as a facilitator and coach, Mike effortlessly leads our team to deliver large scale programs that focus on personal and professional growth. His passion for Learning and Development drives his creation of sophisticated, impactful learning strategies that deliver change and growth for our participants and clients.

As a learning leader, Mike has demonstrated success across both the private and public sectors. Mike challenges people to be their best. Using a strengths-based approach, he is not afraid to disrupt thinking yet balances this with a nurturing authentic approach that enables people to feel safe to step out of their comfort zone and make sustained change.

Accreditations

Bachelor of Education

Strengths Finder 2.0 Accredited coach

Chief Delivery Officer and Practice Lead - Diversity and Inclusion

Rashida Lowe (she/her)

Communication | Individualisation | Strategic | Achiever | Discipline

Rashida brings a mix of in-house and consulting experience that spans a range of industries and sectors. She has held various people-focused roles specialising in leadership development, cultural change, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As a results-oriented professional, Rashida thrives on developing and nurturing strong client relationships, facilitating successful leadership programs, and coaching leaders at all levels.

Rashida pairs her passion for Diversity, equity, and inclusion with her strong interpersonal skills and strategic problem-solving to help leaders broaden their thinking, elevating both performance and engagement in organisations.

Accreditations

Bachelor of Arts in Organisational Learning, Human Resource Development and Adult Education

Cert IV Training and Assessment

Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Level 1 Organisational Coach – Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership

Hogan Assessment Certified

Sarah Davie.

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Davie (she/her)

Strategic | Individualisation | Ideation | Connectedness | Relator

Sarah’s background is in leadership and learning, and she’s passionate about growing leaders and creating workplaces where everyone can thrive. Sarah is curious, collaborative, and quick to identify the unique strengths of the people she works with.

Sarah has worked extensively on the client side within Organisational Development, Leadership and Learning, and Culture & Capability. She founded her own consultancy business, and was a Director within a Management Consultancy.

This gives her a unique 360-degree view of how important it is to choose the right organisation to partner with, to develop inclusive cultures and develop exceptional leaders. Her broad experience of partnering with clients in ways that are an extension of their team influences her playful and authentic approach within Inkling.

Accreditations

Bachelor of Arts (Communication & Cultural Studies)
Master of Arts Management

Sophie Hampel.

Chief Executive Officer

Sophie Hampel, R. Psych (she/her)

Learner | Achiever | Woo | Activator | Positivity

Sophie works with global executives and senior leaders to drive 21st century leadership.

Sophie (or Soph as she likes to be called) is passionate about teaching people to access the best version of themselves by digging deep to rewire their thinking and habits resulting in sustained behaviour change.

She is a Registered Psychologist with 10+ years’ experience as a coach and facilitator of transformational development programs and has a Masters in Organisational Psychology.

Accreditations

Masters of Organisational Psychology
Bachelor of Psychology
ECR Roche Martin Certified

Sugandha Chapman

Senior Manager, Client Delivery

Sugandha Chapman (she/her)

Strategic | Ideation | Adaptability | Relator | Futuristic

Sugandha (Sig) is a multi-passionate leader that loves the intersection of human-centered design, purpose and technology to drive diversity, equity and inclusion and create working environments where every human can flourish and thrive. A credentialed organisational and life coach with post-graduate studies in social impact and women’s executive leadership and wellbeing, Sig brings almost 20 years of experience across corporate consulting, the NFP sector, and the tech start-up sector to create impactful learning experiences to optimise practical inclusion and belonging, team effectiveness and innovation, conscious leadership development, courageous conversations, and coaching.

Her experience in DEI includes building out core DEI strategy, partnering with progressive organisations across APAC to enable leaders to build innovative, inclusive, and productive workplace cultures.

Throughout her career, Sig has been known for her positive attitude, energy, and her passion for people. At Inkling, Sig’s goal is to connect ambitious leaders of change with their best version of themselves, and her easy-going, human-centered approach enables them to catalyse the long-term, powerful changes they seek in their being, business, and world.

Accreditations

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Information Systems

Certified Organisational Coach, Level 1 (IECL)

Implementing Strategy for Results, AGSM – UNSW

ICF Certified Life Coach

Certified Holistic Health Coach, Institute of Integrative Nutrition

 

Alana Raco.

Senior Program Manager

Alana Raco (she/her)

Ami Sheehan.

Senior Manager, Client Delivery

Ami Sheehan (she/her)

Cat Stewart

Senior Program Manager

Cat Stewart (she/her)

Ellie Somers.

Senior Manager, Marketing and Engagement

Ellie Somers (she/her)

Executive Assistant / Office Manager

Ffion Haynes (she/her)

Fiona Lyons McBeth.

Senior Manager, Client Delivery - EMEA and America's

Fiona Lyons McBeth (she/her)

Gina Zoia.

Associate Facilitator and Coach

Gina Zoia (she/her)

Jules Franzen.

Principal, Client Delivery and Practice Lead - Professional Wellbeing

Jules Franzen (she/her)

.Katie James

Associate Facilitator and Coach

Katie James (she/her)

Katrina Cole.

Manager, Client Delivery

Katrina Cole (she/her)

Libby Morrish.

Head of Finance

Libby Morrish (she/her)

Mike Newman.

Principal, Client Delivery and Practice Lead - Leadership

Mike Newman (he/his)

Chief Delivery Officer and Practice Lead - Diversity and Inclusion

Rashida Lowe (she/her)

Sarah Davie.

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Davie (she/her)

Sophie Hampel.

Chief Executive Officer

Sophie Hampel, R. Psych (she/her)

Sugandha Chapman

Senior Manager, Client Delivery

Sugandha Chapman (she/her)

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Interested in growing your career at Inkling?

At Inkling, we know building the best teams starts with meaning, purpose, and a sense of belonging. We value diversity and believe having a team in which everyone can be their authentic self is key to our success.

Our team members are valued and respected, we work with high levels of trust and flexibility, encouraging our team members to work in ways that meet their well-being. Learn more about growing yourself and your career at Inkling.

Join Inkling and Inclusive Leadership Compass for an exclusive virtual session exploring the state of Inclusive Leadership today on Wednesday 27 March, 12-12:45pm AEDT.
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