Gillian Fowler hosts IoD event about recovering from trauma

Gillian Fowler on a mountain

Learn about the power of leadership this spring with the incredible Gillian Fowler – an entrepreneur committed to helping people recover from trauma after overcoming her own setback

At an exclusive IoD Scotland event on 14 February, entrepreneur Gillian Fowler – founder of BackStrong Adventures – will reveal leadership insights from working with children and adults who are overcoming great psychological and physical obstacles, and discuss how her personal experience of recovering from major trauma led to the founding of her adventure company.

In 2008, Fowler suffered a serious horse riding accident that left her with a broken back and temporary paralysis. Instead of admitting defeat, though, she embarked on a gruelling journey to recovery, which included many painful operations and years of physiotherapy – until a major operation in 2014 enabled her to partly return to the active life she had enjoyed before she had her accident.

Though Fowler still faces limitations, the perseverance and love of the outdoors that kept her focused throughout her long recuperation inspired her to start her own business, which aims to help others overcome ailments, illness, injuries, loss or trauma through outdoor adventures in the UK and overseas. “I have discovered that as long as I adapt how I tackle each challenge, I can achieve so much,” says Fowler. “It’s this mindset and passion that I want to share as I help others achieve their dreams as part of their own personal journey.”

BackStrong Adventures: Back to Basics, Connecting on all Levels will take place at the Hilton Aberdeen Treetops Hotel, Aberdeen. Tickets cost £25 (plus VAT) for members and their guests, and £35 (plus VAT) for non-members.

For more information email the event organisers or call 0131 557 5488

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Hannah Gresty

Hannah Gresty

Until she left the magazine in August 2019, Hannah Gresty was the assistant editor of Director. She previously worked on a local news website and at a fashion PR company before joining the Director team as editorial assistant in 2016.

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