Heather Hardy, Chair, Trustee & Facilitator
Heather is Chair of the Charity and a co-founding director of HorseHeard. She was CEO for the first five years of the Charity and continues to actively promote the benefits of equine facilitated learning (EFL) to as many people as possible.
This has been ever since she was a Special School teacher, where she noted the huge impact horses had on the emotionally and behaviourally disturbed (EBD) young people she taught and took weekly to a local riding stables. The time spent with the horses and the self-awareness it brought, helped to bring about positive short and long term sustainable behavior changes into these young people’s lives.
Heather has worked in partnership with colleagues from the NHS to improve the health and well-being of children, young people and their families and also the staff who support them. This included developing innovative ways to improve emotional and mental health which are still being implemented today.
Heather is an experienced teacher, qualified counsellor and life skills and leadership coach. Her coaching style is built on self-awareness, intuition and sensitivity, helping others to reflect, manage change and achieve their potential. Heather enjoys spending time with her own horses who continue to help her learn, grow and enjoy the moment.