The Athena Herd Foundation has established the Accredited Practitioner Register™ ( Register) to create and maintain professional ethics and standards that prioritise the health and wellbeing of clients and public and protects them from harm or injury in the field of Equine Facilitated Interactions. The Register not only strives to set standards of practice, but also act to protect public interest by providing a means by which service users and clients can safely raise concerns or complaints about services being offered or provided.  

The Register is a public record of professionals who deliver Equine Interactions and in so doing meet or exceed our recommended minimum quality standards. Choosing a Practitioner who is listed on the Register offers services users and clients the assurance that their Practitioners meet expected standards of proficiency and ethical practice.

The Executive Committee

Overall governance of the Register resides with the Athena Herd Executive Committee.


The Executive Committee is made up of the Directors of Athena Herd Foundation CIC supported by functional expertise as appropriate.

Any additional or replacement Directors shall be approved by the Executive Committee and advised to the Companies House accordingly.

Powers and Responsibilities

The Directors shall, supported by the full membership of the Executive Committee, take responsibility for all matters relating to management of the Company and the achievement of its Objects. 

Authority and Governance

The Executive Committee is delegated to be the principal governance body of the Company. All strategic financial and operational discussion and decisions will be directed through and resolved by the Executive Committee.

The Athena Herd Foundation has in place an extensive set of operational policies and procedures which provide a framework of guidelines, instructions and best practice for all of its members and activities, which are intended to safeguard the interests of all those with whom it interacts.


The Executive Committee delegates responsibilities to specific sub-committees where appropriate, for example the review of public complaints is delegated to the Professional Conduct Review Committee.

All sub-committees report to the Executive Committee and where required make representations there to for ratification or decision.

The Executive Terms of Reference are available here.


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