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.
Chair: Cathy Bolshaw
Cathy has been a volunteer for 15 years, and an instructor for 11 years. She joined the trustees in 2011 and has been Chair since 2012. 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 am 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."
Treasurer: Rob Jennings
Rob has 35 years commercial banking experience and has been our volunteer Treasurer since 2007. 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.
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 has recently begun volunteering as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
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"
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 is the Group Organiser for the riders, an instructor with a Level 2 coaching certificate and a Trustee.
After a career as an investment manager and stockbroker in London and New York, Christina began volunteering with RDA in Hong Kong in 1997 where she trained as an instructor and ran small groups in both Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She joined Gaddesden Place RDA as a volunteer in 2004 and has been a trustee and instructor as well as serving as Group Secretary for several years. Christina is now a County Instructor for Hertfordshire and is also a Dressage coordinator for East Region.
Kedar has over 17 years of experience in advising multi-national organisations on how to plan, design and deliver their business and IT programmes. He is passionate about helping some of the most vulnerable groups in society especially the aged, children, and animals and in the summer of 2013 got the opportunity to experience first-hand the tremendous impact a place like Gaddesden RDA can have on the children and their families. On becoming a trustee in 2014 he said "I am hugely excited that this will allow me to remain actively involved with an organisation I have come to respect, admire and be proud of".
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.
Incoming Treasurer David Sapte
David is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales having been senior partner of a firm of Accountants in London which he sold in 1997 with the intention of retiring, but instead went to the USA where he became Trustee/Director of several local charities which led to being fire chief of the local fire department. Now back in the UK, he hopes he can bring his experience and knowledge of financial affairs and fund raising to Gaddesden Place RDA. he knows little about horses but can learn!