New RDA Appointments

RDA appoints Director of Activities & Individual Giving Manager New roles to provide strategic direction and boost individual donations.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has made two new appointments at its National Office in Warwickshire. Claire Milican joins as Director of Activities and Sally Atkinson as Individual Giving Manager. Both appointments are for newly created roles, and reflect a more strategic direction for the charity in terms of its core activities and fundraising capability.

Claire Milican joins RDA from Solihull SUSTAiN, where she held the position of Third Sector Development Manager. Claire has a wealth of top-level managerial experience both within the private and voluntary sectors, and brings to RDA her proven team leadership skills and objectives-focused approach. In her new role, Claire will be responsible for the strategic direction of all RDA activities and driving the continued growth of the organisation.

“RDA Groups and their volunteers provide our participants with really positive experiences and can change people’s lives, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work for such an organisation,” commented Claire. “I hope I can help deliver a strategy that will build on all the good things already happening and enable us to grow so that more people can benefit from our activities.”

Sally Atkinson is an experienced fundraiser, who joins RDA from The Stroke Association. She has a proven track record building sponsorship and donor management programmes, identifying funding opportunities and project managing fundraising events. Sally will be responsible for developing an individual giving programme for RDA, managing donor relations and launching RDA Patrons – a new fundraising initiative to recruit high-value givers.

“RDA is currently experiencing a very exciting period of development and expansion,” said Sally. “I am happy to be able to contribute towards this through the newly created role of Individual Giving Manager.”

RDA Chief Executive, Ed Bracher commented, “It’s great news for RDA that Sally and Claire have joined the team. RDA is a federation of 500 Groups – all individual charities – offering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to over 28,000 children and adults with disabilities. In order to support this size of network effectively and coherently, we need to look more strategically at our activities and of course to boost our fundraising efforts wherever possible. Claire and Sally are welcome additions to RDA.”

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