Richard Bevan is a chartered accountant and director within the corporate finance division of a Big 4 firm of accountants in London, where his wife also works. They have one daughter who has been a Horse Ranger since the age of 8.
Richard first became involved in volunteering with Horse Rangers shortly after his daughter joined the Ponies Section, acting as a parent supervisor in Bushy Park and subsequently became a Trustee in October 2005, with special responsibility for finance. He became Chairman in July 2007. Richard comments "Hampton Court Horse Rangers is a fantastic organisation made even more special by the dedication of its volunteers who give up so much of their time to help our young people and those with special needs. It is a fine achievement that nearly 60 years after it was first established by Raymond Gordon, Horse Rangers is still providing for the local community."
Carola first became involved with HRA when her daughter joined as a member (S5 or 2). In 2008 she started to volunteer with Squadron 6, assisting with our Riding for the Disabled classes on Fridays. As her children grew-up, Carola was able to focus more time on her career as a CIPD qualified Human Resources professional; inevitably this meant she progressed from initially working part-time to returning to a full-time career. As a result, she was no longer able to commit to volunteering with our RDA classes.
Happily now that her children are older and more independent she has agreed to share her considerable HR knowledge with us as one of our Trustees. Her experience in volunteering with the RDA also helps with the breadth of the board’s skills and understanding.
Whilst she currently works for the Royal Borough of Kingston prior to this she had a long career in tourism. Her fluency in Spanish enabled Carola to work overseas in Spain and Mexico but these days her feet are firmly in the UK and she lives with her family in Kingston.
Liam grew up in Ireland where he qualified as an accountant prior to moving to London. He was articled in an Accountancy firm in Thames Ditton where he rose to become Partner. He is currently Finance & HR Director for a Car Leasing & Finance Company in Slough which he joined in 1999 and has helped to build it from a family run business to a national organisation.
Liam lives with his wife and two sons in Esher. His hobbies include gardening, cycling & riding. As a child he rode in Ireland and looks forward to reawakening his childhood memories through his involvement at Horse Rangers.
Kim is a locally based Senior HR consultant and has worked in both the private and public sectors up to and including Board level. She has a wide breadth of experience ranging from recruitment, employee relations, performance management, through to restructuring and strategic development. She worked at Board level as Associate Director of HR for Hounslow & Richmond NHS and prior to this held HR positions at British Airways and the Compass Group where she also honed her skills in training and mediation.
She is passionate about fairness and access for all and was attracted to HRA because of the youth charity development work and volunteering opportunities we provide to people young and old. This being in addition to the opportunities HRA offers to the Rangers; enabling them to have access to our beautiful local surrounding whilst enjoying the freedom and exhilaration of riding. She describes this as "inspiring and beneficial to all concerned and a great opportunity for me to be part of the support and growth of the Trustee's work."
Alongside Kim's HR consultancy work and the time that she commits to HRA, she also volunteers at a local dog charity where invariably she uses any spare time to support fostering, re-homing and walking rescue dogs.
Juliet is a solicitor and Head of Litigation at Howell Jones LLP. She became a Trustee in May 2013 and became involved in Horse Rangers shortly after her twin girls joined Squadron 2. Juliet is keen to learn all about HRA’s activities and has already spent an afternoon with Squadron 2. She thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of the members, the horses and learning how the Squadron operated.
She said "I was surprised and thrilled to be invited to become a Trustee. It is a unique organisation which can benefit everyone who is lucky enough to join. I have been so impressed to see how hard everyone works; they always have to put the welfare of the horses before themselves. The stables and horses are immaculate and that is down to the hard work of the staff, rangers, officers and volunteers. It is an organisation that rangers rarely want to leave. My next goal is to learn the names of all of the horses!"
Gemma is a chartered accountant who currently works as the Finance Director of an International media company based at Shepperton Studios. Gemma is also an Officer and Instructor of number 3 Squadron so brings a unique insight of the organisation to the Board. Having joined the association at the age of 10 she has progressed through the ranks to Lieutenant. In addition, she is an instructor and a member of the Musical Ride Display Team
Jeremy is another parent of a Ranger, so he is well placed to reflect the parents views. He has taken the responsibility of Health and Safety. An ex-TA soldier in bomb disposal, he is also experienced in running a youth organisation himself as Contingent Commander of Rutlish School Combined Cadet Force.