We are seeking a new Chair of Trustees for Wilton RDA and would be delighted to meet candidates who feel they could join us in the wonderful work we do
We are seeking a new Chair of Trustees for Wilton RDA, which is an independent Charity providing equine therapy to adults and children, based at the purpose built Pembroke Centre.
Established over 40 years ago, this much loved charity is expanding its therapy provisions and is looking for someone with an ability to facilitate change and development. We are keen to welcome a new Chair who will contribute their leadership skills and understanding of working with vulnerable people and a volunteer workforce.
This is an enormously rewarding position, where you get an opportunity to contribute to, shape the direction of and oversee the governance of this long established and dynamic organisation. This is an opportunity to give back to the Salisbury and Wilton Communities.
The job description and an account by our current Chair of her time on this role are below. Applications should consist of a cover letter and CV sent by 12 noon Friday 27th May to The Secretary, Trustees Wilton RDA, Pembroke Centre, Home Farm Lane, Wilton, Salisbury SP2 8PJ and marked Private & Confidential.
Anyone interested in the role would be made very welcome to come and visit the Centre informally and be shown around to see some of the wonderful work we do. Interviews for the role will take place the week starting 13th June.
The job description can be downloaded here
An Interview with the current retiring Chair
Lady Alex Hill, Chair of Wilton RDA, has announced that she will be standing down after 8 years in the seat, this autumn.
Alex first came to the Pembroke Centre as a volunteer in 1998, when she had time to fill between dropping off a child at nursery and collecting him a few hours later. Once she had begun volunteering she was so taken by the impact the Centre has on people’s lives that she went on to become a Trustee in 2006 and Chair in 2014. Alex says that she has found her time at the Centre an incredibly rewarding and uplifting experience, recalling one parent saying to her 'recently that coming to the centre had “made his son’s life worth living”. Being Chair of Wilton RDA has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.'
Having seen the Centre through a period of many changes and COVID during her tenure, Alex feels the Centre is on a strong and even keel and it is time to “pass on the reins”. During Alex’s time as Chair, The Pembroke Centre has appointed a dedicated Centre Manager, the construction of Jonathan’s House and the extension of the new Club Room. The Centre has also changed from a riding only group, to a centre for many more equine therapies such as ‘Tea with a Pony’ for Alzheimer’s and MS sufferer groups, and there is scope for many more activities like these in the years to come.
Alex feels that one of her greatest achievements during her time as Chair has been keeping everyone involved united throughout this period of change. The Centre has over 100 active volunteers each week, and everyone is there because they want to be - not because they have to be. Volunteers undertake roles ranging from feeding and grooming, to side-walking, gardening, and many more, to help the running of this wonderful Centre.
The group is now looking to recruit a new Chair who will help continue Alex’s legacy.