It’s all about people and place…longstanding client
We are Sue and Steve Heatherington. And we arrived here in 2006 through Sue’s then job as chief exec of the Swansea Local Health Board. While we are the core team at The Waterside, we draw in partners as the need arises.
Sue’s unusually broad background as a pioneer explains why she is comfortable working across boundaries, drawing people together and integrating thinking. She knows that you can’t move forward until you have made sense of where you are, and delights in the power of questions to get you there.
Sue is now a professional thinking partner and writer. As a professional coach, consultant and conversation host, she has worked with hundreds of leaders in business, public service and the creative sector. As a writer, her first book advocating for quiet disruptors was published in January 2021 and her daily dose of quietly disruptive wisdom is read in many time zones.
As well as launching Waterside Conversations, she is also developing Quiet Disruptors @ Work for people who want to make a difference without shouting. Sue is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Has found his voice as a podcaster and podcasting coach, interested in people and stories. As an experienced alpaca shepherd, his Alpaca Tribe podcast connects listeners across the world, and his role as Head Coach for Seth Godin/Akimbo’s Podcasting Workshop shows the calibre of his craft.
One hundred and forty years ago the valley was a 130m gallon reservoir supplying fresh water for Swansea. Pioneering in its day, it made a significant impact on health and well-being.
Now we carry that mantle of innovation for the greater good forward in how we manage this beautiful 40-acre site, where remnants of its history are still evident.
Until the pandemic, we hosted clients here, where they appreciated the breathing space and tranquilly of this hidden valley, complete with our delightful lakeside long room and herd of alpacas.
As we emerge from lockdown we are re-opening The Waterside as a venue, but only for those we are working with directly. In time, we expect that this will also include onsite retreats and we will continue to share it with you online in other ways – via Waterside Voices.
In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful StillWalks® introduction that our artist friend Alistair Duncan created in 2017.