Inspirations Learning & Development

The Team

Our team provides us with world class experience supported by their strong track record in all areas of people development. The Inspirations team is the foundation of our success and our strength; they make us who we are.

Our Leadership programme, has helped us to create a high performance culture where people feel motivated to deliver and this has created the foundation to achieve the IIP Gold standard and gain the One to Watch status in the Times BEST companies to work for. Inspirations facilitators are engaging, fun to work with and have the ability to challenge in a way that gets the best out of the team. I highly recommend Inspirations."

The initial Train the Trainer programme with Karl was fantastic and gave them lots of new ideas to use in house, following on with the Sales Programmes with David which provided great ideas for sales methods which to date were a bit stale. Following the more recent self development with Penny and Sue they are all so highly motivated now - the change in all of them has been immediate and brilliant to see that they are putting what they have learnt to good use and also taking the initiative to arrange ongoing team-bonding amongst themselves."

I would have no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending Inspirations; any organisation requiring leadership development with a heavy emphasis on customer service, stakeholder engagement and a resulting tailored programme would be very well served in bringing in Inspirations."

The two words that spring to mind straight away are professionalism and trust. I always feel like I'm in a safe pair of hands and this makes for a great working partnership. Inspirations has built an excellent working relationship with all our team members so that we can have really productive, open and honest discussions. They will sometimes ask us difficult questions, challenge our assumptions and this is fantastic because it makes us stop and think about the way we do things. Inspirations has really taken the time and effort to really get to know our "business" and this makes a huge difference in facilitation or coaching relationships, hence why we come back for more."

'ENGAGING AND EMPOWERING' describes the development programmes that Inspirations designed and delivered for us. They helped us chart a new course for our USA division of computer software products and services. If you are considering professional development for your staff, look no further. The Inspirations unique approach will empower your staff to 'Think, Believe, and Achieve'."

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Penny Le Besque

Penny Le Besque

Penny one of Inspirations founding partners has an absolute passion for people and a fearless reputation for challenging the status quo. With over twenty five years of experience in Leadership and Management Development across the UK, US and Australia, Penny relishes every day that she's "out there" coaching, training and changing peoples' worlds. Outside of Inspirations Penny's passions are family, friends, cycling, hiking, travelling and all things Italian including of course pizza, pasta, prosecco and wine.

Sue Nobbs

Sue Nobbs

Sue founded Inspirations with Penny and has spent her whole career in Leadership and Management Development across the UK. Recognised for her, warmth, engaging style and pragmatic approach, Sue is passionate about developing people so that their confidence and natural talents flourish. Sue's mountain biking and triathlon exploits keep her busy outside of work, when she's not running, cycling or swimming, she's planning her next adventure.

David Maylor

David Maylor

David’s background is in sales and customer service within sectors such as Medical, Technological, Financial and Service. David specialises in sales development and presentation skills; working across the UK, US, Europe, Australia, India, Asia and South America. David’s focus is on helping people to get the result they want from the interactions they have with their customers, colleagues and employees and using the resources they already have. Outside of Inspirations, life revolves around full bodied red wine, growing, cooking and eating fresh food, then burning it all off in the gym.

Steve Clark

Steve Clark

Steve's first career was as a Seismologist, leading teams of up to 200 people in the remote oil fields of Libya, India, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea. This gave Steve an abundance of learning experiences and he developed a talent for enhancing team and individual communication. Steve is passionate about helping people believe in, and achieve, their personal potential. Weekends and holidays, Steve’s rarely off a bike and has, at last, exhausted his lurcher dog!

Steve Clews

Steve Clews

Steve is a qualified chartered accountant and PRINCE 2 project manager, with years of experience operating as a Finance Director. He was Training & Development manager for Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) in South Africa and has considerable experience running leadership development programmes & coaching leaders to improve performance and achieve their potential. Steve loves all matters sporting - coaching, managing, supporting and occasionally even playing!

Jane Riley

Jane Riley

Jane’s background is in the world of theatre and dance. She is a fun, engaging and experienced consultant both in the UK and internationally, with a practical approach to leadership development. Jane has unique talents in helping individuals build self esteem, confidence, and develop their communication skills. Back at home, Jane loves spending time with the 3 males in her life; husband, dog and horse!

Alun Maxwell

Alun Maxwell

Alun has a background in Field Sales, and Telesales Management experience in sales training working across Brazil, Morocco, China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, India and Pakistan. He has a real talent for developing face-to-face salespeople using his role-playing skills, above all else, Alun puts the fun back into sales! In his spare time, he enjoys playing drums, harmonica and guitar, travelling and reading.

Clive Sanders

Clive Sanders

Clive is our Wellbeing Consultant and has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 17 years, he provides bespoke personal training and lifestyle consultancy. Clive enjoys anything energetic and with a large family, he loves long walks with his little one, Farrah and his dog Ted. Clive believes a healthy Life-Work balance is the key to happiness.

Debbie Carey

Debbie Carey

Debbie’s HR and leadership development experience spans over 25 years working in a variety of organisations in the telecoms, hospitality, retail, construction and public sectors. She is a qualified psychometric test practitioner and enjoys helping others learn more about themselves and reach their full potential. When not working, Debbie likes all things outdoors, she has now "bagged" Wainwrights 214 Lake District Peaks and is looking for the next challenge!

Fliss Bridgewater

Fliss Bridgewater

Fliss is an HR specialist, Fellow of the CIPD, a qualified coach, and has also held a number of non-executive Board positions. Fliss’s goal is always to make a real difference in the performance of the individuals and companies that she works with through building strong relationships and working in partnership with them. In her free time, Fliss enjoys wine and walking, cake and coffee shops!

Karl Cheek

Karl Cheek

Karl has 18 years learning & development experience, with key areas of expertise including state of the art training design, workshop delivery and e learning. For him "There's nothing better than seeing an enthusiastic yet raw new manager growing into a fully capable and rounded leader, respected by all.” Outside of work Karl is a family man with four children, a volunteer First Responder and a passionate Rugby Union follower.

Lynn Harrop

Lynn Harrop

Our uniquely efficient and much admired Operations Manager, Lynn has over 20 years experience in a variety of fields such as Learning & Development, Media, Event Planning and Engineering. Whether arranging workshops or ensuring venues, timings, facilities and materials are just perfect, Lynn and her team work meticulously to ensure every programme runs like clockwork! Outside of work, Lynn loves walking her dog, scooting with her little boy and making time for some mindful meditation each day.

Rufus Hall

Rufus Hall

Rufus has held CEO positions in leading UK pub and restaurant companies for over 15 years. He has a track record of developing successful businesses for both public and private owners with a primary focus on core 'people' values. Known for his engaging style and natural warmth Rufus now advises, supports and invests in leadership teams and owners of growth orientated companies. When he’s away from work Rufus spends time with family and friends and enjoys sailing.

Antonia Pickles

Antonia Pickles

Antonia is a Chartered Accountant with a wealth of experience operating at Board level and with expertise in strategy development, process improvement, and leadership. Antonia’s unique talent lies in process improvement through understanding complexity, and engaging others to deliver pragmatic results quickly. Outside of her day job, Antonia is a runner and enjoys skiing, holidays and everything she does with her family.

Sharne Seed

Sharne Seed

Sharne is an experienced virtual assistant based in Liguria, Italy, who provides support of the highest quality to Lynn and the Inspirations team. Having professionals such as Sharne behind the scenes ensures programmes are of the highest quality and clients needs are at the centre of everything we do. Outside of work Sharne loves walking, travelling and growing her own veg - she’s currently cultivating lemons, tomatoes and chillis!

Sue Shorthouse

Sue Shorthouse

Sues has an extensive background in Human Resources and Leadership Development in a variety of work sectors and uses this real life experience when facilitating workshops and training events. She has a pragmatic approach, is a passionate life coach and relishes developing people in order for them to reach their full potential. When not working, you will find Sues walking in the Lake District or Peak District with her working cocker spaniel called Bella.

Paula Johnston

Paula Johnston

Paula is an experienced learning consultant and coach with a creative and energetic approach to developing outstanding leadership and customer service capability. Her work with organisations in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand links the latest theories in neuroscience to personal development, organisational change, service transformation and leadership development. She is passionate about self development and enjoys the great outdoors, horse riding, swimming and family time on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Leah Sparkes

Leah Sparkes

Leah is an experienced leadership development consultant and executive coach with a special interest in the fields of positive psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness. Her philosophy is that we all have so much untapped potential and coaching can be a powerful process to help uncover our strengths, deepen self-awareness and allow us to move forward so we can thrive in our professional and personal lives. She is an exceptionally passionate ‘people person’ with a great zest for life. Outside of work she is a dedicated practitioner of Yoga and enjoys camping, bushwalking and spending time with her family in Sydney, Australia.

Aggie Aitken

Aggie Aitken

Aggie is a leadership coach, consultant, facilitator and trainer. She is passionate about coaching leaders during times of personal growth and business change and has several decades experience in senior executive roles across various industries. Over the course of her corporate career she successfully delivered property, change and business results in large, multi-faceted, global organisations. Aggie loves to get out for a meandering walk, relax with a good book or learn something new – her natural curiosity often inspires her to try new things.

John Dyer

John Dyer

John is a multi award-winning diversity and inclusion consultant with a strong background in learning and development, gained over a number of years as the principal consultant running the National learning and development Centre of a major Government Department. He has been involved with diversity and inclusion for over 25 years as a trainer, consultant, adviser and practitioner and has helped a wide range of companies to develop and implement positive diversity and inclusion policies, practices and procedures. John is also a professional mediator, Solutions Focus Coach and practitioner, and administers Emotional Intelligence and Unconscious Bias tests."

Away from work he is an avid Tottenham Hotspur supporter and a keen golfer.

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