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Who We Are

Employers have legal obligations to create healthy workplaces, that integrate physical and mental health, an environment where people can thrive:


  • Health and Safety At Work Act 1974; 'Duty of care',

  • The Equality Act 2010

  • Policy


But organisations cannot do this alone, and this where SVH Inc. CIC comes in. 

About Us

We're SVH Inc., acronyms for Strong Vibrant, Happy and Incorporated. We foster wellbeing and happiness at work through mental health training and workshops, speaking engagements and away day experiences.

At SVH Inc.​ CIC, our wellbeing solutions incorporate the 5 Ways to Wellbeing delivering Strong Vibrant Healthy and Incorporated workplaces:

  1. Keep Learning - We provide mental health training, leadership and self development workshops and keynote speaking for events

  2. Give - Every client that engages our services get the added benefit of supporting our climate action commitment- planting trees and backing carbon offset projects around the world, supporting projects that support the wellbeing of people from underrepresented communities, and keeping a small social enterprise going

  3. Connect - Our Away Day experience offer clients unique opportunities to connect with team members and build stronger relationships, reducing conflict and disengagement

  4. Be Active - Our Away Day experiences boosts physical activities through a range of activities which include walking tours

  5. Take Notice - We use the science of Awe at our Away Day experience through storytelling and visualisation. Our Keynote speaker uses the science of connections to encourage people to take notice. 

Choosing us as your wellbeing partner helps you deliver on your ESG (Environmental Social and Governance) goals quickly, sustainably and creatively.

Customer Commitment

Our mission is to foster wellbeing and happiness at work and in communities through mental health training and workshops, speaking engagements and away day experiences. 

Authenticity is our core service standard, with a promise to deliver intrinsic value in every service. Our MHFA England-accredited instructors exemplify our commitment to quality, complemented by our stringent safeguarding policies, overseen by our designated Safeguarding Lead. As an ICO-registered entity, we assure the highest standards of data protection. We actively seek and thoughtfully act upon client feedback to perpetuate excellence in our service delivery.

We offer accessible and responsive support via email, phone, and social media, ensuring swift and personalized responses. Our comprehensive client care encompasses pre-service consultations, support during service delivery, and dedicated aftercare to maximize the value you receive from our services. We're committed to being there for you at every step of your journey with us.

As a social enterprise, SVH Inc. CIC is dedicated to community betterment. Our funded projects, like the Mental Health First Aid Champion training for 40 individuals in various industries, were made possible by the National Lottery Fund. This initiative has empowered professionals in beauty, hospitality, and leisure to support mental health proactively. Through our partnership with Co-op, we've hosted vital community initiatives such as Great Big Green Week, Culinary Away Days, and Time to Talk Day, Conversation Cafes in schools, care homes and GP Surgeries, demonstrating our commitment to communal wellbeing. These efforts, in collaboration with our clients and partners, amplify social impact and deliver substantial community value. 

We also have a partnership with Ecologi helping us deliver on our climate commitment. We plant a tree and support carbon offset programs each time we sign a new contract or provide a service. 

Diversity and Inclusion are fundamental to every aspect of our work at SVH Inc. CIC. Our leadership board reflects this commitment, encompassing a wide range of racial, gender, and psychological perspectives. We understand the importance of diversity not just theoretically, but through our own personal experiences. This insight drives us to constantly seek new opportunities to broaden our perspectives, ensuring our services are inclusive and accessible. We're dedicated to continuously learning and evolving, so we can better serve our diverse clients and communities.

Our Story

They say that when a major life event happens, it creates a tsunami effect that affects everyone. In 2017, Stephen and Valentina's lives changed when he suffered a heart attack induced by work related stress and anxiety. 

The trauma of this led to our commitment to foster wellbeing and mental health support in the workplace.

Work can protect our mental health, if, wellbeing is engrained to the culture of the workplace. The benefits of a wellbeing infused culture in the workplace have been reported to yield a return on investment of £5.30 for every £1 spent on employee wellbeing. While, unsupported mental health create volcanic effects that cost organisations £53b annually.

SVH Inc. was created to work with organisations in ensuring they don’t lose their people due to stress, anxieties and other mental health issues that lead to physical illness, burn out, staff turnover, presenteeism, absenteeism, and disengagement. 

On 30 December, 2021, SVH Inc. became a Community Interest Company, making us a social enterprise. 

Get To Know Us

Valentina Hynes
Chief Executive Officer

My name is Valentina Hynes.

I come from a background rooted in Corporate Social Responsibility, Experiential Marketing, Hospitality and Team Building. I am proud to have been recognised with an Associate Fellowship from the Royal Commonwealth Society, an award from the Lagos State Government of Nigeria for my work in in Corporate Social Responsibility, and an award as Business Woman of The Year, 2023 by Yorkshire Choice Awards.

As a specialist in Wellbeing & Happiness at Work, I bring my expertise as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and my role as Wellbeing link Community Governor at Harrogate High School to enrich my mission. My approach is that of a storyteller and a connector – I delve into culture and behaviours, translating everyday experiences into immersive learning opportunities.

My vision is to weave together diverse strengths and backgrounds, creating a tapestry of collaborative and effective teamwork. At the heart of my work is the drive to cultivate environments where Strong, Vibrant, Happy teams can thrive, echoing our commitment to fostering inclusive, supportive communities.

Jo Thackwray

My name is Jo Thackwray.

My background is rooted in coaching, consultancy, and charity work, which has been an enriching journey. I take pride in my roles as a trustee for YMCA, Ripon, an Ambassador for Investors in Community, and as a Wellbeing radio presenter for Yohwah radio.


I specialise in developing unique methods like Positivity Pauses and Vision Boards, which are instrumental in fostering self-development, self-awareness, and improved mental health. My approach is often likened to gardening for the mind – nurturing and clearing away mental obstacles to unveil the best in people.


At the core of my work is a commitment to building Strong, Vibrant, Happy teams and communities. I believe in the transformative power of positive mental health and its ripple effect in creating thriving, inclusive environments.

Stephen Hynes

My name is Stephen Hynes.

I come from a background that spans over

30 years in the real estate sector. My journey has taken me across the globe, leading significant projects and working in diverse environments, with a current focus on decarbonising homes in Yorkshire. These vast experiences have equipped me with a deep understanding of the unique pressures in fast-paced industries, especially in real estate.


My own encounter with the severe impacts of stress and a lack of work-life balance in the workplace was a pivotal moment for me. It’s why I am now passionately dedicated to guiding organisations in fostering happiness and engagement at work. My aim is to alleviate the detrimental effects of stress, creating a healthier, more productive work environment.


As an Identifier, I have a knack for pinpointing key elements that can drive change. I work alongside Valentina, who, as a connector, seamlessly brings these pieces together. Together, we’re committed to building Strong, Vibrant, Happy, and Inclusive teams. 

Lara Oyedele

My name is Lara Oyedele.

With over two and a half decades dedicated to social housing in the UK, my career has been a journey of commitment and leadership. Serving in roles like President of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Chair of Hope Housing has been both challenging and immensely rewarding.


My passion lies in empowering individuals, helping them to not only envision big dreams but also to achieve them. This I achieve through promoting education and exposure. It’s about unlocking potential and nurturing confidence.


One area particularly close to my heart is enhancing diversity within boardrooms. I’m devoted to fostering environments where diverse voices are heard and valued, contributing to the creation of Strong, Vibrant, Happy, and Inclusive teams and communities.

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