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our People

Our RDA Tasmania team of dedicated individuals at State and Centre level, are integral to RDA's mission towards providing opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy, therapeutic, horse-related activities.

The RDA Tasmania Board Members and Executive Officer oversee everything that is "RDA" in Tasmania. Some have horsey backgrounds and some are not-so-horsey, but they all share one thing in common and that is to contribute their individual areas of expertise and knowledge towards shaping the future of RDA in Tasmania. 

The Centre volunteers oversee everything that is required at their Centre. Whether a committee member, coach, lesson day volunteer or volunteering in another capacity, the Centre volunteers work tirelessly to ensure their Centre can provide the valuable RDA programs to their clients in a safe and engaging environment. 

Our PEOPLE in STATE roles ...

 

Board Member

Chair

Mark Purcell

Dorothy Topfer

Board Member

Dorothy Topfer

Pauline Perry

Tasmanian Based 

National Assessor

Pauline Perry

Board Member

Vice Chair

Conor Hallahan

Jane Bendall

Board Member

Jane Bendall

Jordan Bush

Technical Support​

Jordan Bush

Board Member

Secretary

Madeleine Figg

Executive Officer and

State Coaching Coordinator

Claudia Nevah

Sue Cole

Web Media

Development

Sue Cole

Board Member

Treasurer

Sam Naragala

Gary Guiver

Member Protection
Information Officer (MPIO)

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Our PEOPLE in CENTRE roles ...

Committee meeting

Each centre has their own Committee of management. All committee members are volunteers who work behind the scenes to manage their Centre's finances, write grants, plan and run fundraising activities, oversee property management, support Coaches and volunteers, and ensure their Centre is running in accordance with RDA State and National policies and procedures.

If you have skills and knowledge that you feel could benefit a Centre's committee, please contact your local Centre to find out how you might be able to help.

Centre
Committees

RDA Tasmania Coaches

RDA Tasmania Coaches are qualified under the RDAA National Coaching Accreditation Scheme. They are all volunteers and they offer their coaching time without remuneration. Coaching responsibilities include planning and running lessons, training volunteers, ensuring the safety of all participants (both riders and volunteers) on a riding day, and overseeing the selection and training of RDA horses.

 

If you are interested in becoming an accredited RDA Coach please contact your local Centre or State Coaching Coordinator. If you have an existing coach qualification, it may be transferrable to the RDA coaching qualification.

Centre
Coaches

RDA Tasmania volunteers

Where would we be without our Centre volunteers? Theses are the people who give up their time to help on lesson days, to help with Centre maintenance, feeding horses, help with fundraising activities, and so many more roles that are too many to mention here. We are fortunate to have wonderful teams of volunteers at our Centres. They are an integral part of the our amazing RDA TEAM and are key to enabling our horse related programs to run. 

Our Centres are always looking for volunteers. Previous horse experience or working with people with additional needs is not necessary; all training is provided. Please contact your local Centre to find out how you might be able to help as a volunteer.

Centre
Volunteers