About Us

WHO WE ARE

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Fortitude Front is a leadership training company, which specialises in Mental Resilience.

The owner and CEO Darren Hardy was developed as a leader during his 15 years’ Service in the British Army, where from joining as a Soldier in 2003, Darren stood out as a natural leader. As an athlete he became a Physical Training Instructor and it was from here he was selected to go through Officer training at the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. On completion of the 44 week arduous leadership course, Darren received the Queen's Commission and, as an Officer, took his troops all over the world, developing himself and others in a leadership capacity - often in life threatening and extremely testing environments. At the age of 31 Darren's career was brought to an end through suffering physical and mental injuries during the Iraq war. On the road to recovery Darren had to focus on becoming mentally resilient to match his physical prowess and it is the fusion of the two (mental and physical) that sets Darren's leadership apart – he went on to become a Gold Medallist and record breaker representing Team UK in the Warrior Games 2018 in the 100m and 200m sprint.

WHAT WE DO

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Focusing on strength instead of weakness is the fundamental of recovery. However, for people who have experienced trauma (physical and/or mental), there is a tendency to view themselves as inherently weak. 


Re-aligning the view of trauma as an injury, shifts the perspective away from ‘sickness’ to ‘impact’ and moves the conversation away from “what is wrong with you” to “what has happened to you”.


Mission Statement: To CHANGE negative organisational cultures surrounding mental health and INSPIRE others to speak out by DEVELOPING leaders and communication strategy with partners in industry.

WHY WE DO IT

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As Darren was focusing on his own recovery he was troubled to learn of the 71 Veteran suicides in 2018. Although Darren recovered successfully, the system was failing so many. Why were so many being failed? Where was the system letting people down? Darren's research identified that where this challenge was faced by the British Military, there was a greater, shared challenge for corporate industries.


Darren created Fortitude Front to fill these gaps.


His desire to change lives in all industries came from his own personal experiences overcoming physical and mental injuries through multiple coping strategies. Darren is a widely celebrated expert in Post-Traumatic Growth.


In 2018, Great Britain lost 15.4 million working days due to stress, depression and anxiety. We will reduce these statistics, improving the health and wellbeing of your number one asset, your people.

upcoming events

09/10/2019

UK Construction Week 2019

1530 - 1615

NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

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09/10/2019

UK Construction Week 2019

Darren will be part of a panel discussing 'Building Collaboration and Diversity' on the Main Stage at the NEC.  This seminar is the flagship programme at UK Construction Week and consists of a “Question Time” style panel discussions interspersed with keynote addresses and briefings.  

In its 5th year, UK Construction Week brings together all stakeholders within the built environment across design, build and supply; promoting innovation, projects, learning and networking. It is the largest event dedicated to these topics in the UK.

1530 - 1615

NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

16/10/2019

Motorhome & Caravan Show 2019

1545 - 1645

NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

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16/10/2019

Motorhome & Caravan Show 2019

As a special guest, Darren will be talking again at the NEC, this time about how he copes with his PTSD by getting outdoors and the positive impact that physical exercise and music has on his ongoing journey.

1545 - 1645

NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

PHASE ONE: Music On, World Off