Our Trustees are from various backgrounds with complementary skills that make a great working team. We all have a common goal and are committed to ensuring that Gaddesden Place RDA continues to thrive and provide a unique experience for all our riders.
Cathy has been a volunteer for 15 years, and an instructor for 11 years. She joined the trustees in 2011 and has been Chair from 2012-2018. Cathy said that "being an instructor means that I can enjoy seeing our riders benefit first hand, from their riding, and see their smiles! I was honoured to be the Chair of Gaddesden Place and am very pleased with the progress of moving it upwards and on wards for the future."
Secretary: Anne Nudd
Anne has been the Honorary Secretary for Gaddesden Place since March 2009 and enjoys attending the fund raising activities we hold throughout the year. Anne’s daughter, Alex, also shares her love of horses and volunteered as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award.
Jean runs a financial services company and for leisure rides her horse Clover in Ashridge, wher she lives. She became a volunteer in 2015, "I had been thinking of getting involved for some while and having met all our lovely riders and volunteers I can't understand why it took me so long and urge eveyone to get involved"
Chair; Margaret Keith
Margaret spent all of her previous life either teaching in secondary schools or being with horses so RDA appeared to be the natural progression. She spent time in Singapore and Tokyo as an instructor and active member of different riding for the disabled groups, and after retiring from A level teaching in the UK, began volunteering at Gaddesden. Margaret became Chair in 2018 and is also an instructor with a Level 2 coaching certificate.
Being a games maker at The London 2012 Olympic Games was the catalyst for Karen to continue volunteering, and, together with her love of horses, this led her to RDA. She works with the horses and the riders as a volunteer - and in 2013 also became a trustee where she helps in all aspects of the Centre’s challenging fundraising and social media programme.
Rob has 35 years commercial banking experience and has been our volunteer Treasurer from 2007 - 2017. As well as looking after all aspects of our finances he also gets involved in fundraising, including being one of the main organisers of our Sponsored Dog Walks and our Pony Sponsorship Scheme.
Ashley became a volunteer at Gaddesden Place RDA in November 2016. Having grown up around horses she has a love and passion for them that remains strong to this day. She hopes that her background in law and psychology, and work in the field of mental health will be helpful to Gaddesden and allow her the oppotunity to contribute positively to this wonderful charity.
Chris has been a volunteer at Gaddesden Place RDA since 2015 and is now training to become a coach. After initially training in photography while working for the BBC; the early part of Chris’s career was spent working as a manager in the printing and publishing industry. From there he moved on to take up senior roles within the IT and Software industry. Having grown up opposite a racing stables, horses have always been an important part of his life and he stills loves riding and caring for horses. Two of Chris’s grandchildren have disabilities and so, when he retired, volunteering at RDA was a natural thing for him to do.
Having spent 25 years working as a teaching assistant in a primary school, and with previous experience in Child Protection, Ann took early retirement in May 2018 and immediately became a volunteer at Gaddesden Place. She brings a wealth of experience of working with children and has a clear understanding of how to help them in this new situation. She is enjoying gaining experience and knowledge of working with the ponies/horses and in addition finds the benefits to the riders, whether it is the pure fun and enjoyment or the physical and cognitive therapy, a hugely rewarding experience. Ann hopes the important work of Gaddesden Place will continue and grow.