Our Leaders – Hiranya



I work in the finance department of a national charity.  I help implement change, with an emphasis on the human element. Understanding user needs, communicating in plain English and facilitating training.

I have felt a spiritual connection with nature my whole life.  As a child, I watched the ants on the patio and wanted to be a vet.  I spent holidays in Wales, flying kites and collecting eggs from the henhouse.  I lived in a small Essex village, where my mum would take me to feed the ponies.  I rediscovered my love of nature in my mid-twenties, after going back to Wales on a climbing course.  I believe that life moves in cycles. Nature, the cycles of the moon, and of the seasons, inspires my own inner work.  I try to have daily time in local green space.

Over the past decade, I have frequently spent time in the outdoors. This includes hiking 570 miles alone around the Welsh coast.  I can count on the fingers of one hand, the number of occasions I have seen anyone else that “looks like me.” Brexit increased my awareness of structural racism and the legacy of colonialism.  I long to experience community with other BAME women, heal together and take up our space in the outdoors.

I want to make new friends, listen to personal stories and learn from one another.  I want to develop my outdoor skills and confidence, particularly in navigation. I want to be witnessed, and guided, to express and own my unique style of leadership.

I am a South Asian woman.  I have experienced anxiety, low self-worth and disordered eating.  My hunch is that I am not alone. I have experienced healing, self-confidence and personal growth in the outdoors.  I dream of sharing the outdoors with other BAME women, such that they too may benefit. Tools, such as outdoor skills, creative practice and cocounselling, have build my resilience.  I would like to share them with others.