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About Inspiring Works

I passionately believe that the ability to inspire and be inspired is naturally inside each of us. The biggest challenge, I think, starts with truly believing that this is the case and not that inspiration is just the domain of a few “charismatic leaders”. 

I have been working in the field of development and improvement since 2000 after working in marketing and business development in nuclear power and the car industry, and then in communications, strategy and OD in the NHS and private sector.

As one of the founding directors of the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) from 2000-2008, I met and worked with amazing people from frontline services to inspection and policy making bodies who share a passion to change outcomes for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Since 2008, I have worked independently with organisations in the public sector, charities and private sector. I work with a diverse range of clients, from the NHS and local authorities, to the finance sector, from schools and academy partnerships to SMEs.

I work with three evidence-based, core principles: we are enough and we want to be more; the only person we can change is ourselves; and, we create the context for people to flourish. My work with individuals and teams may be when they feel most vulnerable, to help people to face their challenges, achieve their aspirations and grow. What I’ve always found most exciting is supporting people - and challenging myself - to reflect more deeply and evolve mindfully so we can achieve more in our lives, be the best version of ourselves. I have developed an expertise and special interest in emotions, emotional intelligence and resilience, and have developed a practice-based self-assessment and framework to measure and develop resilience in the workplace.

I live in Leeds, which became my home in 2006 after a period of about 15 years living in London. I have two beautiful and rapidly growing daughters. Education-wise, I have a degree from Sheffield City Poly in business studies and languages. I am a qualified coach, NLP practitioner, qualified in organisational development and in emotional intelligence, trained in various personal and team assessments, in restorative practice, mindfulness and meditation. I have recently started a Research Masters in emotions and resilience at the University of Leeds, and hope to progress this learning into a PhD in the not too distant future.


  • Senior Manager, RBS

    "Thank you to Ingrid for delivering a session around emotional intelligence, which is imperative for entrepreneurs and business owners in order to drive their business forward even when faced with difficult decisions. Ingrid’s workshop had the perfect balance of theory and practical tools to help support business owners, her interaction and hands on approach with the audience left everyone feeling engaged and motivated. I came with away with a much better understanding and some tangible techniques to use to increase my EI. Thanks Ingrid!" Melissa Hulme, Entrepreneurial Development Manager, RBS

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  • Executive Director, NHS

    "The Board feels very different now. We're a team, more conscious of each other's strengths..."

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  • Exec Headteacher

    "I highly recommend Ingrid. She has a varied and effective set of coaching strategies that have been so valuable in allowing me to really identify the key issues going on in my mind and focus on action which will move me and my schools nearer to our goals..."

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  • Building a culture of recognition and gratitude

    Gratitude and recognition impacts more on people’s motivation and drive than any pay rise. And isn’t just a fad – the evidence is in the science. It encourages greater activity in the hypothalamus part of the brain, which controls essential bodily functions like eating, drinking and sleeping. It helps us to put problems into perspective and so people tend to be less stressed and experience less anxiety and depression. When we recognise and value people, we encourage the release of the hormone dopamine, a feel-good hormone connected with our motivation and drive. When we give recognition, it also encourages the release of oxytocin, which is connected with our empathic and caring nature, which also helps us to feel good and positive about ourselves.

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