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The week in which I'm named a finalist in The Inspire Initiative

This week has been rather exciting. I found out on Monday I am a finalise in The Inspire Initiative along with three other women including Anne Harnan, Elly Hudson and Nisha Vyas-Myall. The final awards event will be held on 19 July at The Higgins Museum when we will find out who has won the prize worth £5,000.

To say I am surprised is an understatement. I entered the competition as I love the idea of talking about who and what inspires you, and the prize is pretty awesome, too, but I never for one minute thought I would make it through to the final.

The Inspire Initiative was prompted by The Higgins Museum’s exhibition ‘Celebrating the Women of Bedfordshire’, created this year to commemorate 100 years of votes for women. Elizabeth Toogood, one of the county’s most experienced coaches and creator of The Inspire Initiative, is featured in the exhibition along with two of the competition’s judges: Bridget Harris and Emma Garrett.

As soon as I heard about the competition I knew I wanted to enter as the opportunity to win mentoring for two years with Elizabeth Toogood was not to be missed. I have run my consultancy for almost 10 years, whilst raising my two children, and I am at the point now where I am actively seeking to grow my business.

I am really looking forward to meeting the finalists at the awards event and being a part of what is sure to be a hugely inspirational and meaningful evening.

I would like to congratulate all the finalists and those who entered and wish them good luck for the final.”

The competition invited women living or working in Bedfordshire to submit a video, blog or powerpoint presentation explaining who inspires them and why. As well as the judges’ award to win two years’ free mentoring, every entrant is automatically entered into a prize draw to win one year of free mentoring, with both prizes to be presented by Helen Nellis, Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire and executive coach, at the final on 19 July.

To find out more about The Inspire Initiative and Elizabeth Toogood, visit or