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"Kelly is a dynamic Strategist, author, and keynote speaker renowned for her transformative approach to the world of work with a passion for combating Burnout.

With years of studying and experience, Kelly has honed her expertise in recognising, addressing, and preventing Burnout in the world of work.

 Through her speaking, workshops, and personalised coaching, Kelly equips Leaders with the tools and strategies they need to prioritise their wellbeing and Banish Burnout in the workplace.

With her unique blend of empathy, insight, and practical know-how, and forward-thinking vision, Kelly is committed to making a positive impact in the world of work."

Hi, I'm Kelly ...

... I'm a leading voice and expert in Burnout in the world of work.

 My first Burnout made me seriously ill and my second almost killed me.

When I left my in-house corporate career my replacement died in her sleep whilst away on a leadership residential.

My work here at Kelly Swingler Ltd exists because no other Leader will experience Burnout or jeopardise their health for their career, and no other Leader will die.

Clients and Employers

I've worked with employers such as Waitrose, John Lewis, Luminus Group, and Genesis Housing. 

‚ÄčClients have included Thomas Cook, NEWS UK, LUSH, Huawei, Tesco, Walsingham Support, BUNZL, M&S, Affinity Water, Reigate and Banstead Borough Borough Council, NHS, Dominos, LifePlus, Visa, Natwest, and Barclays.

‚ÄčI've led teams of up to 73 people, managed projects and budgets of hundreds of millions of pounds, and¬†worked with Exec Teams and Leadership Teams as a coach, advisor, mentor, and consultant.¬†

I'm a five-time author, and contributor for a variety of magazines, newspapers, and publications, and have appeared numerous times on radio on TV. I speak to audiences around the world and delivered my first TEDx in 2022.


I start my PhD in Organisational Health and Wellbeing in September 2024 at Lancaster University, focusing on Burnout.

I completed my BSc in Psychology in 2007 my MCIPD in 2008 and my MSc in Organisational Change and Development in 2017. 

In 2011 I qualified as an Executive Coach with the AoEC accredited by the ICF. I've completed certificates and diplomas in Neuroscience, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Firewalking, Facilitation, Training Design, Yoga Teaching, Meditation, Breathwork, Empowerment and Breakthrough Coaching, and numerous psychometric tests.  

In 2023 I was named HR's Most Influential Thinker and one of the most influential Neurodiverse Women Founders.


More ...

I live in Cambridgeshire with my partner, sons, step-sons, and rescue dog.  I'm the undefeated Mario-Kart champion, a terrible cook, awesome mum (best accolade ever), and love wearing my Oodie and watching Marvel films with my boys. 

I love reading, I'm a life-long learner and I teach yoga and meditation once a week at the studio where I trained.  

I'm a neuroscience geek.

I love true-life films, listen to podcasts most days, and have a huge variety of music that I listen to depending on my mood and energy - as I write this I'm listening to Ludovico Einaudi - bet you didn't see that coming.

‚ÄčI'm an introvert who loves speaking on stage to thousands of people and I love to dance, although these days it's mostly around the house.

‚ÄčI'm curious, passionate, and straight-talking, and value courage, honesty, fairness, and integrity (doing the right thing even when nobody else is looking).

I'll always be an advocate for Burnout Prevention, as I never want anyone to experience what I experience, it sucked!

I started my career in HR in 1998,  convinced that I could stop the Monday-to-Friday dying cycle that so many people go through every single working week.

I quickly gained a reputation for being a rebel and a rulebreaker and I was HRD, leading a team of 43 incredible HR Pros just 12 years later, in an organisation of over 4000 people, where I was also named by the CIPD as the UK's Youngest HR Director.

In 2002 I started talking about and implementing ways of work that could help to create individualism in the workplace.

In 2008 I scrapped annual performance appraisals.

In 2010 I began to Burn the Handbook.

In 2019, after two periods of Burnout, a divorce, a new home, authoring four books, and growing a multi-award-winning consultancy whilst being a single Mum to my twin sons, I implemented four-day working in my consultancy, following the 100-80-100 four-day working methodology. I closed the business one day a week and paid my team 100% salary for a 28-hour working week.

My mission to banish Burnout in a changing world of work is what gets me out of bed each day.

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