Who We Are

hannahDr Hannah Burgon PhD, MA DipSW, MSc, BSc, Cert in Counselling, Cert in Riding Therapy (Director and Founder)
Hannah is a qualified Social Worker and has completed training in Riding Therapy and Equine Facilitated Learning. She also holds a Certificate in Counselling, and has a PhD into the benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy & Learning from Cardiff University. Her book ‘Equine-Assisted Therapy and Learning with At-Risk Young People’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.

Josie Arscott, BA English and American Literature. Currently studying for an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
(Co -Director)
Horses have been a huge part of Josie’s life growing up. She recognised the power of the relationship that can develop between people and these wonderfully perceptive animals. Josie is also a counsellor in advanced training and values the opportunity that Sirona offers in bringing these two aspects of her life together.


emma 3Emma Matsambanye – Dip. In Counselling, BA (Hons) Steiner/Waldorf Education, MA Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (snr trainee), MBACP (Co-Director)
Emma has worked with children and young people for over 20 years. She has taught young people in schools and colleges for deprived families in Africa , and as a learning mentor in primary schools in the UK supporting and teaching children with emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. She has a particular interest in child development research and is enthusiastic about combining it with her love of working with horses.

Our team hold a wide range of skills and qualifications and include:

Jenny Saxby
As well as being a BHSAI instructor, Jenny has previously worked with our patron, International classical dressage trainer Heather Moffett

Tamsin Norton
Educational Co-ordinator and Animal Assisted Therapist.
HND Equine Science, Dip Counselling

Sarah Urwin
Animal Assisted Therapist, Dip Counselling

Angie Whitehead
Ange is also training in Forest School and will be able to offer skills from this training at Sirona alongside equine activities

Shaun Derioz
Shaun is our fabulous photographer and maintenance man (and Hannah’s husband!)

Modern Apprentice – Rebecca Smith
‘As the new apprentice at Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship, I have already learnt so much. I literally learn new things about the horses every day, the more I get to know them individually. It is really lovely getting to work with the horse’s day in and day out as they are my idea of a ‘break’

We also rely on fabulous volunteers such as Hesti, Louise, Nicole, Sue B, Sue P, Kate, Anne, and Nikki who bring support in all areas such as poo-picking the fields, admin, running our website (thank you Liza!) and support on sessions. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering at Sirona to see what vacancies we have available.