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.
Treasurer: Kha Dabbagh
Having retired from his own business in 2005, Kha’s daughter who has been riding with us for 25 years, thought it would be a good for him to return to doing something worthwhile instead of lazing in the sun! Kha has a wealth of business knowledge particularly in finance as well as in administration and procedural systems. He has previous experience as a trustee and treasurer of a local hospital charity as well as being a retired treasurer of a social society.
Secretary: Anne Nudd
Anne has been the Honorary Secretary for Gaddesden Place since March 2009 and enjoys attending the fundraising 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.
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.
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.
Dr Samantha Bell
I have had a love of horses for as long as I can remember. For years I have been aware of and so impressed with the work done by the RDA, and in particular have seen at first-hand how Gaddesden Place RDA can make such a positive difference. I hope that by being a trustee, I can help to ensure that horse riding continues to be a sport that is accessible to everyone.