Our People

Meet the people at the heart of what we do

Our Core Team


Dawn Lovejoy

Dawn Lovejoy

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Dawn joined the Trust in 2022 as Executive Assistant to the CEO after a varied career as a PA, business owner and, most importantly, mum to 2 young adults. She supports Leigh and the team in an administration role and looks forward to taking on more responsibilities during her time with the charity.

Kelly Tamplin

Kelly Tamplin

Inspiring Futures Academy Service Co-ordinator & Mentorship Manager

Kelly is an Internationally Accredited Confidence Coach; NLP Practitioner and Female Empowerment Speaker and founder of her own business (Complete Confidence Make-Over). As an inspirational speaker, she designs and delivers our workshops. Kelly also oversees the management of our ILT Mentorship scheme, helping to match beneficiaries with appropriate mentors. 

Kirsten Warrender

Kirsten Warrender

Marketing & Communications Manager

Prior to Kirsten joining the ILT in 2020, she graduated with a master’s degree in marketing. She has a background in marketing, branding and communications and as an artist, she enjoys any creative endeavour. Her goal is to develop and executive marketing plans and strategies that will allow the ILT to become a leading charity in its sector. She supports the team to strengthen services and engagement.  

Kristen Parker

Kristen Parker

Inspiring Futures Academy Curriculum Co-ordinator 

Kristen designs our learning frameworks and curriculum for the Inspiring Futures Academy. With a background in teaching and a passion for people, she ensures we create an exceptional learning experience for our beneficiaries, volunteers and mentors.  

Leigh Bowman-Perks

Leigh Bowman-Perks

Founder and CEO

Leigh is the founder and CEO of the Inspiring Leadership Trust as well as a Performance Coach, Author and Motivational Speaker. Leigh mobilises inspiring leadership to support the charity’s mission and vision.

Our Trustee Board


Danny Payne CMG

Danny Payne CMG

Trustee Board Chair

Chief Executive at the Foreign Office ⎮Chartered  Fellow of FCMI, FIET, FRICS, FIOD

Jane Burton

Jane Burton

Trustee Board Safeguarding Lead

Head at Old Palace of John Whitgift School

Jon Parry

Jon Parry

Trustee Board Member

Vice President – Asda Logistics Services

Michelle Coomber

Michelle Coomber

Software Delivery Manager at Howdens

Nicola Kerr-Shaw

Nicola Kerr-Shaw

Trustee Board Member

Global Co-Manager of the LEGAL Digital & IP Platform at BNP Paribas

Unette Spencer

Unette Spencer

Trustee Board Member

Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships at MasterCard | Personal Development Programme Lead | Diversity and Inclusion Programme Lead

Victoria Cope

Victoria Cope

Trustee Board Member

Commercial & Procurement Leadership | Corporate Strategy | Change & Transformation | World Commerce & Contracting Council Member | Keynote Speaker

Our Delivery Partners


Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey

Delivery Partner – Students in Mind

Owner at Students in Mind and coach in education

Our Volunteers


Charlotte Page

Charlotte Page

Marketing & Engagement

Former ILT Beneficiary and Health & Social Care Student

Jordan Dovey

Jordan Dovey

Volunteer

Student at Aston Business School

Karla Linnell

Karla Linnell

Fundraising and Friend-raising Volunteer

Senior Revenue Delivery Executive at British Airways

Liz Holmes

Liz Holmes

Volunteer

Senior Learning and Development Lead
Sarah Barlow

Sarah Barlow

Inspiring Futures Academy Volunteer

Talent Development Manager at Cabinet Office

Susan Callan

Susan Callan

Fundraising & Friend-raising Volunteer

Co-founder, Systemic Macro Hedge Fund

Wendy Henry

Wendy Henry

Blended Learning, LMS & eLearning specialist

Head of Business Change & Digital Adoption at Embridge Consulting

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"To mobilise an extensive network of talented business leaders to inspire and empower women and girls to achieve their full potential and drive social change."

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