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The inspired2learn team

We are a well-established team, who have known and worked with each other for many years. We share the same desire to help and support clients, whether that be through workshop design and delivery, personal tutoring for a qualification or executive coaching.

The most important thing for us all is customer service and personal regard for everyone we with work with. It maybe sounds a bit cheesy, but we really do care and as a result, are proud of our reputation and client relationships.

Barrie Smale MA, FCMI is a Director of inspired2learn. For over 20 years he has been involved in the design & delivery of a wide variety of accredited and non-accredited development programmes to a diverse range of clients across different sectors, both in the UK and overseas. He is BPS Level A & B qualified and licenced to use MBTI, MiRo Behaviour Modes & the Hay Leadership Style Inventory. Enjoying time outside of work is very important to him. I'm a regular supporter of Devizes and Bath Rugby. I love mountain/trail/bike riding - the Manx 75km End 2 End Challenge, Plymouth Bontrager 24 hours being my toughest events so far. I also do some road cycling, mainly for training and charity events including the France 400 with Bath Rugby Foundation. I spend a lot of my spare time dog walking in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.

Clare Smale BA (Hons) PGCE is a Director of inspired2learn. Clare is the lead tutor and assessor for ILM caching qualifications. She is an expert in coaching and has published two books:

  • Transform your Goals with VISION
  • The A-Z Coaching Handbook.

Clare works closely with a wide variety of clients to design and deliver specialist training in coaching for beginners through to advanced skills such as NLP. Clare is an NLP Master Practitioner and trainer and delivers NLP programmes up to Practitioner Level. She is a very well regarded coach, trainer and speaker in a wide variety of organisations and is part of the VISTAGE speaker network.


The inspired2learn Team A-Z

Helen Hardman (specialist dyslexia tutor) has experience of assessment, teaching, and study support, at all ages including experience in the workplace advising employers and employees on managing learning. Helen’s career has been in Education, starting as a classroom teacher, GCSE and A level examiner, before training as a Specialist Dyslexia Tutor and Assessor. She has a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties and holds The Practising Certificate for Assessment, being a member of PATOSS (Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties) and AMBDA (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association).

Heather Humphries is an assessor for Management and Leadership qualifications (CMI). Heather worked in the public sector for 30 years in a variety of management roles including internal consultancy and training, assessment and verification. She is currently Director of her own retail company which she runs with her husband.  Heather has been an assessor with i2L since 2008 and enjoys reading learners' work-based examples when reviewing assignments.  In her spare time she loves long walks in the countryside with her two border terriers.

Emily Proom LLM MA MCIPD is an associate tutor for distance learning management qualifications. Emily is a leadership and management specialist and qualified HR professional. She has held management roles in the Civil Service, Health and Housing sectors and has been involved in the design and delivery of Leadership and Management training and CMI (Chartered Management Institute) qualifications for the past ten years within Local Government. She holds Occupational Psychology qualifications and is an experienced trainer, coach, assessor and verifier. Emily brings together her understanding of people and passion for learning to assist teams, managers and elected Councillors to build confidence, skills and become more effective in their roles. Emily also leads Women in Leadership programmes which focus on developing female leaders and provides personal development training using the FREEDOM method to empower women to make positive changes in their lives.

Julie St Jean Dick is an assessor for Management and Leadership qualifications (CMI). She is a management and business development specialist, skilled in both group facilitation and individual learning through coaching. Using her extensive learning and development experience and that as an operational manager, Julie has delivered and designed bespoke leadership and team building events across the private and public sectors at all levels. Her work is underpinned by accelerated learning techniques and NLP principles. More recently, Julie works with the voluntary and public sectors providing employability programmes and first step qualifications. In so doing, she has successfully engaged hard to reach learners not in education, employment or training. 

Russell Stratton is an assessor and tutor for inspired2learn's Management and Leadership qualifications (Chartered Management Institute). He is an accomplished management and learning and development professional with a proven track record of working with clients in the public, voluntary and private sectors. Russell specialises in providing business-focused learning solutions and is able to provide added value to clients working with them to achieve lasting, measurable, step changes in business performance. Through experiences as both a Personnel Manager and an Operational Manager he is able to successfully link both theory and practice to provide practical solutions for clients’ development requirements.

Caroline Talbott is an associate trainer. She has over 37 years of business experience in organisations ranging from global blue chip, through to professional services to public sector and not for profit. She is an Accreditation Assessor with the Association for Coaching (AC) and is qualified in a range of coaching related disciplines. The author of a widely acclaimed book on coaching, she has also published articles in Coaching at Work Magazine.

Steve Thom (associate trainer) has over 15 years of experience working Local Government where he has worked as a manager, organisational development facilitator, coach and trainer.  His training specialisms include coaching, leadership development and communication skills.  He is a Level 5 ILM qualified coach and has been coaching since 2007.  He has worked with managers and staff at all levels to help them maximise their performance and improve their confidence. In 2012, Steve became interested in mindfulness and has attended Foundation Teacher training at the Centre for Mindfulness Research, Bangor University and is also an accredited WorkplaceMT Trainer. He has been trained by Juliet Adams and Marina Grazier, who have been at the forefront of developing workplace mindfulness, both in the UK and internationally. In his spare time, Steve loves to roam in the countryside and he’s also a volunteer ranger for the Mendip Hills AONB. 

Natalie Watkins is an associate trainer with inspired2learn. She is also and assessor and tutor for CMI distance learning qualifications. Natalie has over ten years experience in leadership and management learning design and delivery. She is an experienced coach and creates a relaxed, challenging and thought provoking learning environment. Her career spans management, HR, L&D, business partnering and coaching. Natalie's work is influenced by mindfulness, clean coaching, psychometrics and NLP. Natalie lives in Wiltshire with her young family and two recently adopted 'golden oldie' cats. She is a volunteer mentor with the ASPIRE foundation, mentoring women from voluntary and not for profit organisations.

Peter Williams is a tutor and assessor for inspired2learn's qualifications in Management and Leadership (Chartered Management Institute). Peter has operated in a variety of Executive and Senior Operational Management roles, primarily within the Voluntary / Charitable Sector, for over 30 years. He has significant experience within Corporate Governance and a proven track record of leading on, and managing significant transformation and change agendas. Drawing together his knowledge of both theory and practical application, Peter has been more recently and directly been supporting SME Business owners through the implementation of his coaching and Peer Board Business. Peter has a real passion for delivering change and Organisational Development applying authentic management styles, majoring on workforce management and the development of high performing teams. Other skill sets have included Project Management, Risk Management, PR, Marketing and sales. He has developed an authentic style in effective networking and relationship management applying coaching and mentoring skills.

Penny Wood is an associate trainer with inspired2learn. With a background in the delivery of management development training, project management in the construction sector as well as being an international professional speaker, Penny brings a wide variety of skill sets to the team. Having worked globally in New York USA, India, the Philippines and Romania, Penny has experience of working within different business cultures with a wide range of management and leadership styles. From the construction sector delivering Cabot Circus and the Colston Hall in Bristol UK, to the $2 billion Capital Master Plan at the United Nations HQ in NYC as well as delivering management training across the globe, Penny is a great asset to the Inspired2Learn team.  She is passionate about leadership and in 2017 she championed a brand new women’s networking group called Empowering Women in the South West (UK), supporting the growth of women through their careers in the construction industry. Penny is also a professional speaker and speech coach. In 2015 she became a Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest educational level achievable for Toastmasters International, a global public speaking and leadership organisation.







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