Meet The Team


Hi, I’m Jana

Yard Manager

Hi, I am the Yard Manager here at The Hugs Foundation. This role utilises my skills I have gained over the years working within the equine industry –  U.K and abroad. I also have a degree in Animals Science, Behaviour and Welfare. I enjoy breaking down the horses reactions and ‘problems’ to really understand the why it is exhibiting different behaviours. The wild horses and ‘worriers’ are my favourite to work with – it is just facinating to see their transformation after a small amount of time here at Hugs.

I have personally competed my own horses – favourite discipline being cross country.

Hugs is amazing as not only do we help these abandoned and unwanted horses, we also open our doors to volunteers and work experience students. This ensure that we can help educate others about the difficulties horses in the U.K can face.

Hi, I’m Hannah

Yard Assistant 

I am one of the Yard Assistance at Hugs.

I have grown up with horses all my life. I currently own two horses which i compete regularly.
I am studying my BHS Challenge Awards along side work. This gives me lots of knowlegde and skills to bring forward to Hugs.

I enjoy the challenge of unhandled horses watching their transformation to ‘well behaved’ rehomable horses.

Hi, I’m Laura

Fundraising Manager

I’m the Fundraising Manager here at Hugs. My role is really varied and includes fundraising, project managing our veterans well-being project, administration and office duties PLUS helping out the equine and well-being teams. I am very excited to be working with such an amazing team and charity. I have an FdSc in Animal Behaviour and Psychology and a BA (Hons) in Human Behavioural Studies, which I completed in June 2019, specialising in mental health and well-being. I am working towards becoming an expert in both animal and human behaviour to work with both to improve mental well-being and give a sense of purpose and happiness back into their lives, with a focus on military veterans.

I am extremely driven and passionate and am very outgoing, friendly and caring. I have ridden most of my life but I like to be a bit different so I ride western style, like a cowgirl! I have studied lots of different horsemanship methods such as Tom Dorrance, Buck Brannaman, Pat Parelli and Monty Roberts and have learnt to use a bit of everything to train my horses. I find it really useful to have lots of tools in the bag so if a horse doesn’t understand what I’m asking, I can try a different way.

I am also passionate about equine-assisted therapy and have trained in the Eagala method. Coming into the office every morning and being greeted by the dogs, the office cats and all the other animals is always a great way to start the day. Hugs, is such an amazing place, helping both animals and people and I can’t wait to see what the future brings for the team here.

Hi, I’m Hazel

Mental Well-Being Intervention Support Worker

I am excited to be a part of the Youth Services team here at Hugs. I have held many different roles in the childcare/education sector, giving me experience with a variety of children and young people and the problems the face. With the variety of different experiences I have gained, I have found a real passion for all things outdoors, sports based and arty and I enjoy utilising these when working with children. I have lead many alternative art and craft lessons, often bringing the outside in, and really appreciating what the Cornish countryside has to offer. I have helped to create different areas in other settings such as raised beds and even built a traditional roundhouse.

I also have a real passion for horses, having owned them all my life and now living on a farm, I spend a lot of my time outside. I have found that animals of all shapes and sizes can be very exciting for children but they can also offer a calming and understanding experience for children and young people suffering mental ill health.

I am really looking forward to bringing all of my passions together for the different projects that are ongoing here at Hugs and I look forward to making a difference to humans and animals alike.

Hi, I’m Nicki

Mental Well-Being Intervention Support Worker

Hi everyone, I am excited to be part of the growing youth services team, my name is Nicki and I have relocated to Cornwall from the South East of England. I have a degree in Physical Education and my employment background is within the educational sector. I have been fortunate to teach both primary and secondary school children. I initially started my career as a PE teacher and then retrained and specialised as a Primary school teacher.

I love the outdoors and being creative. I also have a passion for all animals especially horses, having been fortunate enough to own my own since a young age. One of my memorable achievements was retraining an ex-racehorse and seeing her transform into a beautiful mare both inside and out. This is the first time working for a charity and I am excited to work with such an amazing team. I am looking forward to working with children and young people in this unique environment and combining all my passions in life.