Meet The Team

Hard Days Out Made Easy has many people working to support our business.  We are so lucky to have a wealth of professional and personal experience in the field of disability. Our team of reviewers, trainers and business advisers bring a personal perspective as they are people touched by disabilities. We have a wealth of knowledge and many years of working with individuals with additional needs and have studied disability at degree, masters and PhD level.

Vic Buchalik , Inclusion Consultant, Owner and Founder of Hard Days Out Made Easy

I have worked in education for the last 18 years teaching in a variety of secondary and specialist schools. I have an 8 year old son with autism and understand the challenges faced by families when venturing out and about. I am also a qualified trainer and run a variety of workshops for businesses, the community and charities including inclusion awareness and adapting businesses to become more SEND friendly.

Qualifications and Education

  • BA 2:1 History Honours
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education
  • Level 1 and Level 2 IMPACT (Including and Motivating Pupils with Autism and Communication Needs) training and certified
  • Talk Boost qualification and trained (SLT support within schools)
  • Positive Behaviour Support training (working with individuals who have a learning disability and challenging behavior).
  • National Autistic Society Early Bird Plus course
  • Occupational Therapy level 1 children conditions and behaviours
  • MA SENDCo training (in progress 2019-2020)

Charlotte Lucas, Inclusion consultant & trainer, co-founder & manager

I am the owner of Free Rangers forest school nursery just outside of Bath, which caters for over 300 children aged 0 to 5 years old, and I employ around 40 members of staff. I was previously a Primary School teacher and since starting my nursery I have qualified as a trainer and am forest school trained to level 3. I am excited to collaborate with Hard days Out-Made Easy as I am passionate about support individuals and families with additional needs.

Qualifications and Education

  • BA 2:2 Spanish and Business Honours
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education
  • Level 3 Forest School Leader’s qualification
  • Business trainer

Helen Keogh, Media advisor & reviewer

I have worked in the media for nearly 20 years and currently freelance as a Digital Producer, specialising in first class education and entertainment products for the children’s market. A former CBeebies Senior Producer, I was awarded the Interactive Children’s BAFTA in 2010. I have an 8 year old son with a rare genetic disorder, resulting in global delay, speech and language difficulties and sensory processing challenges. I am acutely aware of the need for inclusive businesses, venues, companies, groups and clubs. I am supporting HDO with their social media platforms and digital marketing, and frequently write reviews based on personal experience.

Qualifications and Education

BA 2:1 English Honours and Post Graduate Journalism

Dr Jered Bolton, Website designer and IT

I am the managing director of “Not Just Code”. I have worked with Hard Days Out Made Easy to formulate an easy access website to support their followers. I am so happy to work with this project as I feel businesses need to make further steps to become inclusive.

Qualifications and Education

BA Honours, PhD Glasgow University

Jodie Davies , PR consultant

I currently work at Performance Communications. Previously I was a former Senior Manager of Communications at INFINITI. I am supporting HDO with there PR strategies and marketing.

Qualifications and Education

BA Honours: Public Relations and Media Studies

Axelle Volgo, HR consultant

I am a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) with over 18 years experience of in HR. My background is mostly with multi national firms working in the Bahamas, Tahiti, France and the UK to name a few.

When working in partnership with HDO, I offer HR knowledge and expertise to businesses whilst ensuring that they become and remain desirable compliant workplaces. Area of expertise includes policy writing on GDPR, Diversity and Inclusion and Health and Safety. Finally, my qualification in equality and diversity has assisted my support with HDO.   

Jo Harley, Business consultant

I am the managing Director, people + tech specialist and all-round advisor at Purple Cubed. I have been supporting HDO with business strategies, advice and ways to engage businesses to discuss inclusion in the workplace. I have been an advisor to business for over 20 years and fully understand the need for more disability engagement.

Martina Smith, Reviewer & SEND advisor

I have worked in education numerous years teaching in a variety of primary settings. I have an 8 year old son has a diagnosis of Dravet Syndrome (a severe epilepsy syndrome). The poor seizure control we had in the early years of his life, coupled with frequent hospital admissions and appointments made full time work impossible but I did go back to university part time and am now in my final year completing a doctorate PHD in early childhood, education and disability. I have joined the HDO team as a reviewer, trainer and coach, as I am fully of aware of the challenges faced by families and individuals. I want more businesses to embrace this by making small changes which will make a difference.

Qualifications and Education

  • BA 2:1 Honours
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education
  • MA in education
  • EdD in early childhood, early education, parenting and disability

Tamsin Egan, Reviewer, trainer & coach

I have worked in education for over 20 years teaching in a variety of secondary and specialist schools. I have two children who both have dyslexia. I am also a qualified trainer and run a variety of workshops for businesses, the community and charities including inclusion awareness and adapting businesses to become more SEND friendly. I am level 2 Forest School trained.

Qualifications and Education

  • BSc 2:2Honours
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education
  • Level 3 Forest School Leader’s qualification

Michelle Dix, Reviewer, trainer & coach

I have worked in education for over 15 years teaching in a variety of secondary schools. I am also a qualified trainer and run a variety of workshops for businesses, the community and charities including inclusion awareness and adapting businesses to become more SEND friendly.

Qualifications and Education

BSc 2:1 Honours, Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education

Vicky Gardiner, Reviewer, trainer & coach

I have worked in education numerous years teaching in a variety of primary settings. Prior to education I worked in industry and ran my own business within stained glass art. I have an 8 year old son who has a diagnosis of crohns disease. I have joined the HDO team as a reviewer, trainer and coach, as I am fully of aware of the challenges faced by families and individuals, and I want more businesses to become inclusive to support all.

Qualifications and Education

BA 2:1 Honours, Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education, Adult education certificate of training