Norma Hayward – President
Norma joined RDA with 17 years’ experience in management, account management and sales, in NZ and the UK. Norma has led West Auckland RDA through the process of gaining an Auckland Council lease, two feasibility studies and planning for the much needed Covered Riding Facility. She has strong team leadership skills and a determination to see a permanent, purpose built home created for West Auckland RDA to increase service delivery. As well as her role at RDA, she is a facilitator for the Brainwave Trust. Norma strongly believes in the benefits to society of supporting our most challenged or vulnerable children to achieve their goals and do and do better in life.
Pia Saxton – Vice President
Pia joined RDA in 2004, coming from a background in production. She quickly took on the responsibility of Group Coach and has been pivotal in the expansion of our services, more than tripling the number of children participating in West Auckland RDA programmes. Now playing a major part in both operations and strategic planning, Pia is working on further broadening RDA services to aid the West Auckland community. Being a recipient of the prestigious ‘Spark Volunteer Coach of the Year Award’, Pia has the drive, determination and ability to assist the other talented team members of West Auckland Riding for the Disabled to manifest these positive changes over the coming years.
Shirley Furneaux – Treasurer
Shirley joined RDA with previous experience in medical imaging, management and service on not-for-profit committees and as a school trustee. She has led the development and implementation of financial and fund-raising strategies. Shirley is motivated by her desire to contribute to an organisation which makes such a positive impact on the lives of those living with a disability, through providing accessible and life-changing opportunities. She is committed to establishing a Covered Riding Facility for the future of West Auckland RDA and the benefits this would bring to the community.
Glynis Edmunds – Secretary
Glynis has been involved with West Auckland RDA since 2009 in a variety of roles including Coach and Secretary. Her past experience includes administration within the Health sector including implementation of recommendations from the Cartwright Enquiry, and as Executive Officer with Kelston Deaf Education Centre. Glynis is a lifelong horse owner, with extensive experience in Pony Club coaching, racing and breeding. She sees first-hand how RDA riders develop self-esteem, social and physical skills to positively influence their lives.
Erika Bouwmeester – Committee Member
With a background in nursing, teaching, and special needs early intervention, Erika is passionate about ensuring that people with disabilities have access to well-being activities such as horse-riding therapy. Erika works closely with the group’s coaches, physiotherapist and volunteers, to ensure delivery of a high quality service to the community. She has also played a major role in the planning and development of our proposed Covered Riding Facility.
Linda Graham – Committee Member
Linda comes from a farming background and has been directly involved with horses for over 35 years. 15 years as Medical Laboratory technician was followed by volunteering as Treasurer for various community organisations, including sporting groups, a kindergarten and her local Residents and Ratepayers group. As well as serving on the committee, Linda also assists with our horse management, finance, and grounds and property management. Linda has always been passionate about helping and supporting children. RDA provides the perfect outlet for her to use her skills to improve children’s lives through riding therapy.