About Our Team

Meet our Trustees and Staff

Cotswold Riding for the Disabled is governed by its Board of Trustees/Directors who are responsible for the management and conduct of the charity. It sets the strategic direction to enable us to work towards achieving our Vision “Where Aspirations become a reality.”

We are very fortunate to have a strong Board that have the right skill sets to work to our Vision. We are supported by an amazing, albeit small, team of employees; a Charity Manager; Equestrian Education Manager; Yard Manager and Groom, all of whom are committed to providing our amazing services. However, without our wonderful band of volunteers we could not operate so it is with their support that we are where we are today.

We are also blessed with having some amazing support through our Patron Natasha Baker, MBE and Vice Presidents Edward Gillespie, OBE, The Lady Vestey and Eileen O’Mahoney. We are extremely grateful for their support and commitment to the charity.

Duncan Smith

Duncan Smith

Chairman/Director

Duncan is an experienced committee chair and has been involved with a number of Charities. He places great value on volunteer support, open communication and visibility of what the Board is doing. He brings a broad range of skills including finance, commercial planning and business development.

Jerry Porter

Jerry Porter

Vice-Chairman/Director

Jerry has over 30 years experience in the Civil Service and brings a wealth of experience including managing complex operational activities and staff management and development. He is a keen participant in animal assisted therapy and can regularly be seen with his accredited therapy dog Matt.

Judith McNeil-Wilson

Judith McNeil-Wilson

Trustee/Director

Judith is one of the qualified RDA instructors who delivers our core lesson schedule as well as a range of other activities and competitions. She has over twenty years’ commercial experience and an honours degree in law.

Judy Johnstone

Judy Johnstone

Treasurer/Director

Judy first started with CRDA in 1965 when the group was formed. She is now a retired Qualified Accountant with expertise in small business turnaround and therefore brings a strong set of skills to the Board to ensure financial best practice.

Jo Cockwill

Jo Cockwill

Trustee/Director

Jo has over 30 years’ experience of bringing the best out of leaders, managers and teams working in the public sector. She is currently training as a therapeutic counsellor.

Julie Gregory

Julie Gregory

Trustee/Director

Julie has worked as a senior nurse and has a wide range of managerial skills. She is currently working as a Training & Compliance Officer for a local care home group, and is responsible for providing training and personal development for new and existing staff members.

Claire Jenkins

Claire Jenkins

General Manager

As General Manager, Claire is responsible for the overall smooth running of the charity. She initially started with us as a Volunteer before joining as a member of staff. Claire has a broad range of professional skills including a strong background in sales. Her organisational skills and attention to detail are key requisite skills for this important role.

Jane Montellier

Jane Montellier

Administration Manager

Our Administration Manager, Jane, comes to us from a long career in the NHS in some of London’s busiest hospitals. Having initially joined us as a volunteer, her role combines her experience in change and operational management, working with vulnerable people and a love of horses to ensure the smooth running of the Centre and its business.

Debbie Powell

Debbie Powell

Operations Manager

Debbie has been with us for over 4 years and is a well respected Yard Manager.  She has overall responsibility for the welfare of our ponies and has been instrumental in developing/choreographing our Musical Rides for which we have received numerous RDA Regional and National awards.

Lou Brook

Lou Brook

Groom

Lou came to us through an apprenticeship scheme, her hard work and commitment has really shone through and she has now become a permanent and valuable member of the team.

Vickey Jowett

Vickey Jowett

Groom

Vicky has a level 3 Diploma in Horse Management from Hartpury and a number of BHS Equine courses under her belt. She is also involved in the Army Cadets, has played many instruments as part of the Cadet Band and has represented Great Britain in the Under 16s rifle team. We are really looking forward to working with her as part of CRDA. Thank you to Awards For All National Lottery for helping to fund the salary.

Rider Story

Miriam has a hidden condition (hypermobility) and most people would not know just by looking at her how much she struggles with daily life, find out how riding helped Miriam.

News & Calendar

There’s always a lot going on, keep up to date through our Facebook feed, or visit our news and calendar page.

News & Calendar

There’s always a lot going on, keep up to date through our Facebook feed, or visit our news and calendar page.

Membership

Why not join us as a Member.  Being a Members is an important part of what we, as a Board of Trustees, do today and what we do tomorrow. Your opinion counts

Get In Touch.

If you are interested in becoming involved with Cotswold RDA, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!