The PL Team

Irene Afful

Background: Irene is an award-winning businesswoman and specialist in the field of diversity, equality & inclusion. She is the Founder & Director of Ametrine Coaching & Consultancy where she pursues her passion for diversity and inclusion, supporting businesses and individuals to be more effective by offering a variety of tools, bespoke workshops, personal and group coaching and consultancy services.

Her clients cover an array of public and private sector businesses nationally and globally as well as educational institutions. Irene is also a highly sought after keynote speaker, performing at a vast array of business and educational events. She is a TEDx speaker.

Prior to setting up her own business, Irene was a Detective Inspector and served 25 years in Merseyside Police, where she became the first black, female Inspector in the history of the force. Her career incorporated critical incident management, professional standards, safeguarding (children and vulnerable adults), community engagement and serious crime investigations. In addition to her core role, she was instrumental in re-establishing, relaunching and chairing the Black Police Association, a support network for BME staff and served as Female Vice President of the National Black Police Association, advancing equality on the national stage. Irene was also actively involved in the Women’s Network and Part Time & Flexible Workers Network.

Irene holds a Master’s Degree in Police Leadership and is a published authr of academic research concerning equality, diversity and inclusion, a subject she has had a lifelong passion for and lived experience.

Interests: Irene is a keen runner and enjoys gym training. She also plays Touch Rugby for a local ladies team. She enjoys travel, hiking and the great outdoors as well as spending time with friends and family.

Favourite Films: ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy for pure escapism, ‘Pretty Woman’ for the feel good factor ‘Overboard’ for sheer comedy, ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ with Anthony Andrews and Jesus Christ Superstar (fantastic music)

Favourite Music: Varied eclectic taste but 80’s music is a favourite Favourite Books: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield