Andree Funnell

Andree Funnell is a multi-award winning coaching, learning & development consultant, author, speaker and founder of the successful Aspiring Future Competence (AFC). Her debut self-help book, ‘Behind the Mask’ was published in 2019. Her impending new book is launching on 30th January 2024 called ‘My Path to Hope and Wellness – Self-care and resilience strategies for those diagnosed with a serious illness.  The book is in two parts. Part one is her own inspirational story about her challenging and own journey with cancer. Part two is a range of self-care and resilience strategies that can be used to enhance wellbeing for those who are facing a challenging illness. 

She is a sought-after inspirational speaker and facilitator who loves to  help people reveal their true selves and discover who they are and what they want from life.

She is on a mission to help individuals break through behaviour patterns, challenging the norm, gain confidence and be authentic to live their desired lives.

Tell us about your life before the venture/ leading up to your venture?

I spent 25 years as a HR & Training Manager in large corporations in the UK. The last role I was looking after 800 staff for the UK’S No 1 retailer and it was a male dominated environment. I left after 7 years suffering from burnout, overwork, overwhelm and did not feel valued or listened to.  I was unhappy and unfulfilled and had no quality of life. I started my own business AFC in 2022 as an HR Consultant and Leadership & Management trainer. After a while I walked away from the HR Consultancy and decided to concentrate on the learning and development. In 2009, I qualified as a professional executive coach helping others to get clarity on their ideal career, get the promotion they deserve, get seen and get heard.

Following the launch of my first book in 2019,  I decided to re-niche my business and now work with Senior Professional career women as a Confidence and Wellbeing Coach. I am passionate about helping others discover their authentic selves, discover their purpose in life, passions, career and self-care and resilience strategies to prevent burnout and encourage wellbeing. I now speak at global women’s conferences on the subject of authenticity, confidence, resilience and wellbeing.

Tell us something about your organization. What is it about and how is it helpful for people?

Aspiring Future Competence is a coaching and training organisation who inspire others to develop, grow and flourish to reach their true potential, get balance in their lives and improve their confidence and wellbeing.

What has been the response of the consumers towards your venture?

I am a multi-award winning coach and trainer winning awards such as a global inspirational leader, – Exceptional Women of Excellence – 

See my LinkedIn profile: and my website for testimonials  for more details.

How has your life changed because of your venture?

I am in charge of my own destiny and am recognized as a global entrepreneur who inspires other women to improve their lives.  I have a better quality of life and am passionate about what I do and know that I make a difference to people’s lives.

What are you working on right now?

The launch of my second book (30.1.24) called ‘My Path to Hope and Wellness‘ – Self-care and resilience strategies for those diagnosed with a serious illness.

Give a motivational message for the audience/women who are reading this.

Love and Believe in yourself. Be authentic and passionate about who you are and what you do.

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