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."
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!
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.
Lesley got to know the staff (and horses) at Gaddesden Place as a dragon in The Dragon's Apprentice scheme in 2015 which enabled the purchase of Codey. She has kept in touch and been a follower ever since. Having had horses when younger, Lesley has a keen interest in the trust and the work they do. Lesley is an accredited business advisor working locally and also runs her own business. She is keen to help the trust however required and is looking forward to getting 'stuck in'!
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.