It’s my favourite time in my blog schedule when I shine a light on my incredible clients by way of my The Proust Questionnaire feature. Today we have fabulous Tanya Heaney-Voogt. Tanya works with organisations to get and keep them mentally healthy and is partial to a well-placed f bomb from time to time. 


The Proust Questionnaire by Tanya Heaney-Voogt


What’s your idea of perfect happiness?

Sitting in nature, surrounded by trees and gently swaying branches on a perfect 24 degree Spring day.  A champagne flute in hand is a bonus – the green trees and mindful study of the leaves that are the essential part.


What is your greatest extravagance?

I would say a stunning English antique clock affectionally known as the Ice Cream Truck due to its delightful sounding little bell.  But we’ve just treated ourselves to some outlandish accommodation in Queenstown NZ, for a holiday later in the year, which is way up there!


Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


The one beginning with F that Holly knows well.

Bollocks… No, I’m just joking, but I do love that word!

FFS… sadly not joking. Sometimes stories I hear about work environments still generate that phrase in my head, if not out loud.


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Ha. I actually think “surviving” to this point in my life with my sanity more or less intact 😝 would have to be my greatest achievement. My life, like most, is full of rich experiences (the good, the bad and the ugly), but I celebrate surviving those challenges as we all should. 


What is your most treasured possession and why?

Photographs of my babies. Because they are small for such a short time, and there’s just so much love in those photos (and also, they couldn’t run away from my incessant hugging then).

What is your most marked characteristic?

I’d like to say my smile. I’m generally a happy bubbly individual, but in full disclosure, I’m sporting a back injury at the moment of writing, and my grumpy frown is getting pretty good work out too. But let’s go with the smile, shall we? 😊.


Who is your hero of fiction?

Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility.  The Emma Thompson Elinor. 


Who are your heroes in real life?

Jane Austen, Martin Luther King Jnr, Nelson Mandela, Jacinta Ardern


What is your motto?

I’m not sure I have one, so I’ll supply one of my favourite quotes.  “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have a LOT of favourite quotes, though. This sits on my fridge and reminds me regularly to stay true to my beliefs. 


What is your story?

I’m a mentally healthy workplaces and safe and effective leadership expert, author, thought leader and workplace coach. I work with individuals, teams, leaders and whole of workplaces to create better ways of working that are more sustainable and reflect modern work principles, transforming outdated beliefs and behaviours and making work environments places that enable everyone to bring their best self and thrive.  It’s a privilege and, at times, a challenge as it’s ground-breaking change in many respects.


The best place to connect with my content is on LinkedIn, where I contribute regularly.  My website also has lots of information and up to date blogs – – where you can also subscribe to my newsletter and blog series. But you can always jump on the phone or email me, and I’ll happily chat with you!  0438 513 929 [email protected]


I love shining the spotlight on some of my clients and colleagues. If you’d like to know more about my work or would like the full 35 questions from the Questionnaire, please shoot me an email or give me a buzz, and I’ll respond in a jiffy. 

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