Trustees

PERRY RDA LTD – FEBRUARY 2017 TRUSTEES

Ms Elizabeth Lawrence: CHAIR PERSON
Carriage Driving Coordinator, Horse Behaviour/Stable Management Sessions Tutor. Experience and knowledge of our industry: Long time role as Regional Carriage Driving Rep. Previous employment: 25 years in HM Forces, Senior Church Warden of Morton Church.

Ms Deb Daniel BSC (Hons) Open: TREASURER.
Retired through a paralysing accident from a 16 year career in the police force. She learnt to drive a carriage in one of the Group adapted carriages and has gone on to having her own driving pony and carriage and to being a member of the British Para Carriage Driving Team for several years. She is currently British Para Carriage Driving Champion.

Mrs Jane Barker ORGANISER
Founder of The Perry Group. Involved with all things to do with Riding for the Disabled for over 25 years. Has been a member of the National Coaching Committee, is an Examiner and a Coach Educator. Has worked nationally and internationally for the Riding for the Disabled movement including setting up groups in Romania, Dubai and examining in Hong Kong. Was instrumental in forming the carriage driving and vaulting sections of the group. Is a retired foreign language coach, Administrator and HR manager.

Mr Trevor Benyon
Retired Chief Engineer for Müller UK based in Market Drayton. During the time there he managed through his team all of the development that has made it one of the largest and most technically advanced plants in the business. At peak the team was 116 strong and the total investment was in excess of £250 million. They had a significant maintenance and energy budget which also came under his remit.
They dealt with all facets and disciplines including construction, utilities and services, effluent treatment as well as plant and equipment. He is therefore familiar with many forms of procurement and the subsequent management of the relevant contract. He also had responsibility for dealing with the local authority with regard to planning and environmental issues. Living in Baschurch he has over the years (not currently active in any) been involved in a variety of community activities including Parish Council (period as Chairman),Chairman of the Conservative Association, Chairman of the Tennis Club and a Governor of the Corbet School being nominated Responsible Financial Person when it moved to Academy status.
Mr Danny Budd
Danny is a highly motivated 18yr old and has been involved with community projects since he was 11. Currently studying BA Management at University of Leeds. Member of the Wenlock Olympian Society and organiser of the Equestrian Event for their annual games. In 2011 he formed the Wenlock Events Group to organise a Street Festival & the revival of the Athletes procession. In 2013 by invitation from Jane he joined the Cavalier Centre Steering group with a special interest in fundraising, organising the Christmas cards and the Mud Run. Also sits on fundraising board to provide link with Trustees.

Mrs Valerie Fisher
Retired Post Office Manager and Proprietor, worked previously with BT. Since a serious accident 9 years ago left her paralysed in both legs she has ridden for the English Para Dressage Squad, plays seriously competitive wheelchair tennis, organises wheelchair tennis at the Shrewsbury Centre and also rows on the River Severn in an adapted canoe.

Mrs Judy Fox
Worked in the family hospitality business and now supports her husband in their ATV training company. Been a volunteer with Riding for the Disabled for over 20 years, involved as a Trustee with the Perry Group almost from the beginning. Hosts the annual Mud Run in Marchamley. Volunteers at and caters for the annual Shropshire RDA holidays.

Mrs Selina Graham
Got a law degree from Durham University, qualified as a lawyer, practiced as a solicitor for 4 years in London then moved to Zimbabwe.
She ran a farm of 10,000 acres in Zimbabwe largely cattle ranching but also grew paprika and tried ostrich farming. Mrs Graham employed about 30 people and whilst there she fund raised for and built a school, and served on the Wildlife society charity. She also set up a company doing painting holidays and had people to stay on the farm and learn to paint for about 6 years. She married and had two children whilst out there and returned to England
after 8 years in 2002.
She returned to the family business and has been working here in Shropshire for the past 14 years, initially part time letting houses, and for the past 4 years as Chief Executive.
Mrs Graham has done quite a lot of fund raising since she has been back – the Memories Art Exhibition raised money for the Alzheimers Society and the Brook Weld
Project – about £115,000 total, we built the extension on the Day care centre in Broseley for which about £100,000 was raised, She helped to organise a
lunch for Help for Heroes which raised about £50,000 locally and latterly has raised £100,000 through the K12 challenge for the RDA and many other smaller amounts for other charities. She is currently County President of St John Ambulance. 4 years ago, she helped to set up the first primary free school in Shropshire and she continues as Chair of Governors there, and sits on 9 charities at the moment, as well as most importantly being a wife and mother.

Mrs Avril Pluck
Trained in Speech and Learning Therapy with the Cambridge Area Health Authority, worked with deaf and blind young adults. Involved with the Perry Group since 1991 as a qualified and experienced carriage driving instructor.

Mr Colin Rothwell MSc MBA BSc (Hons)
Having held a number of senior management positions at both regional and national level, Colin recently retired from the NHS. Prior to joining the NHS, Colin worked for a number of international manufacturing companies. Colin’s expertise is supply chain and operational management with experience of managing international supply chains and complex operations in the UK. Experienced at working at Board level, Colin is able to offer insights to further develop our strategies and business plans. In 2013, Colin completed an MSc from Ashridge business school which examined the impact and responsibility business and individuals have in regard to the planet and society. Since retiring, Colin as worked as a volunteer mentor to a number of community sports organisations helping them develop their visions and plans for the future.


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