Join the RDA UK team

Our volunteer groups around the UK are supported by a dedicated team of RDA UK staff and volunteers and we are always looking for talented and enthusiastic people to join us. Take a look at our current vacancies – and we look forward to hearing from you.

These vacancies are for staff and volunteer roles supporting RDA at national, regional and county levels. If you are looking to volunteer or support your local group, please find them here.

At RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association), our horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. Through activities like riding and carriage driving, we provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 trained volunteers and qualified coaches at nearly 500 RDA member groups all over the UK.

RDA is an inclusive and diverse organisation. We welcome clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, and there are no age restrictions. Through our network of member groups, RDA is at work in every corner of the UK, in our cities and remote rural areas, bringing the therapy, achievement and fun of horses to as many people as we can.


RDA UK provides support services, leadership and guidance to member groups, to help ensure the best possible experience for participants, and to promote the growth and development of the whole organisation. Our activities include volunteer training, the delivery of our coaching pathway, education programmes, governance and safeguarding support, research and insight, brand awareness and fundraising support.  For more information about our work and outcomes, please see our most recent Impact Report here.


The Board governs RDA UK and is made up of 11 Trustees – some elected by Member Groups and some recruited directly.  It is supported by the National Office team and the volunteers that make up RDA UK (a network of regional, county and national volunteers).

Member Groups are separately registered individual charities, tied into RDA by the membership agreement and adherence to the operating procedures agreed by RDA UK.  This requires Groups to fulfil specific obligations covering how they operate.

Role specification

RDA is a broad federation encompassing a wide range of volunteers whose commitment to the charity drives the organisation forward.  The Chair plays a key role in leading this team.  The Chair leads the Trustee team and chairs Board meetings, they also chair the Finance and Investment Committees.  With a strong tradition of collaborative and productive engagement with Trustees, the Chair will be able to work with colleagues on the Board to get things done.  Where possible, the Chair plays a key role in helping us broaden our network and cultivating our stakeholders to ensure that we work as productively as possible.  Supported by a strong fundraising team, the Chair has a key role in helping motivate and maintain current and potential donors to the organisation.

Person specification

We are looking for a Chair who can approach the role with a clarity of purpose and a good understanding of RDA, its values and culture. The new Chair should have highly developed influencing, communication and interpersonal skills; able to connect with individuals at all levels of the organisation. 

Required skills

You should be able to act as a strong and ‘visible’ leader of the RDA Board. You will have experience of steering a committee to strong decision-making, and have operated at Board level. You will bring your business skills to the role, with strategic thinking and a good understanding of modern business processes and practices. Your exceptional communication and listening skills will quickly gain the confidence of the Board and allow you to connect effectively with volunteers and staff across the organisation. You will have a good understanding of the voluntary sector, as well as the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship.

Desired skills

You should mention any experience as a charity trustee, a fundraiser or any other involvement with the charity sector. Public speaking experience is also desirable. A direct knowledge of RDA and some experience with horses are also a bonus. 

Location and time commitment

The Board meets four times a year at RDA’s Head Office and National Training Centre in Warwickshire. Other essential engagements include committee meetings, the AGM and the RDA National Championships. There are further opportunities to engage with RDA’s work through group visits and regional events, fundraisers and visits from RDA President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

In total, a realistic expectation would be 3-4 days per month.

Terms of Appointment

This role is voluntary but reimbursement is made for all reasonable expenses. The appointment is for a three-year term, which can be renewed at the discretion of the Board.

The process

Click here to view a full recruitment pack for this role. Application by the submission of a full CV and covering letter should be emailed to the same address.

The deadline for applications is Friday 22 January 2021.

The Regional Chair is a vital volunteer position that provides development and direction to RDA groups within the South West Region.

This role provides an excellent opportunity to use your leadership skills and will enable you to drive wide impact to RDA groups across the whole of your Region.  We are looking for a professional with managerial experience who is reliable, warm and empathetic with the ability to motivate others. Experience of chairing meetings would be an advantage along with strong organisational and listening skills.

The Regional Chair;

  • Provides opportunities to influence the wider RDA community: within the Region and to National Office
  • Proactively consults with the region’s groups and members, ensuring collaborative involvement in decisions and actions.
  • Works closely with National Office, Regional Volunteers and Groups.
  • Encourages high quality recruitment, induction and training of volunteers at all levels, from groups to Counties and across the Region.

Why take on a RDA UK position?  You will:

  • Make a big difference right across the RDA community
  • Have the opportunity to gain new skills or further develop existing ones
  • Learn more about RDA and how we work
  • Get to meet and understand the impact of our work on our incredible participants and volunteers.
  • Be able to add this substantial role to your CV

For more information contact:

Faye McKenning (Projects Co-ordinator: Volunteer Development) at RDA National Office by 20 November.

Phone: 01926 405966