Heather Foster qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1983 and has been a Finance Director in industry, public and charitable sectors. She graduated in law from London University in 1997, specializing in commercial law and then volunteered with Mary Ward Legal Centre as a debt adviser and later a Director of that Law Centre. Heather then trained as a commercial mediator and was accredited through the Centre for Dispute Resolution in 2005. She then extended her accredited mediation offering to include Workplace and Employment in 2013.
Heather trained in family mediation through National Family Mediation in 2014, and became an accredited FMCA mediator through Family Mediation Council in 2018, having completed a course in family law through CILEx Law School. She has volunteered as a family mediator with West Sussex Mediation Service since 2015.