There are currently nine trustees of Barrow Farm RDA:
- Chair and Parent Representative – Martin Wood
- Vice Chair – Karen Lehner
- Company Secretary and Safeguarding Officer – Jo Moss-Rowe
- Treasurer – Graham Fairhead
- Committee member and Rider Representative – Emma Harris
- Committee member and Parent Representative – Andrea Jessop
- Committee member and Parent Representative – James Kearney
- Committee member and School Liaison – Margaret Cameron
- Committee member – Anne Mitchell
- Committee member – Isobel Gowers
- Committee member – Richard Albon
Vice Chair – Karen Lehner
Karen is a retired community paediatrician and been helping on Saturday afternoon rides since 2002 and joined the committee in 2005. In her career as a paediatrician Karen gained many years of experience of children with special needs. Karen is also a lover of horses and has ridden since the age of 9. She tells us that is quite a few years ago now.
Company Secretary and Safeguarding Officer – Jo Moss-Rowe
Before retiring, Jo worked within finance and social care for a Local Authority. She became involved with Barrow Farm through a riding club in the late 1970’s, when club members used to help with fund-raising and assist as leaders and side-walkers. Representing the riding club, Jo was part of the Barrow Farm team competing for many years with Jet and other Barrow Farm ponies, who are sadly no longer with us. One of Jo’s early memories is of riding Thistle, one of the original Exmoor ponies, in a gymkhana – and coming 2nd!
Jo volunteers on Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons and has been a committee member for some years. She was voted East Region Volunteer of the Year in 2012. If you want to know more about volunteering why not take a look at our How Can You Help Volunteering page. After all her years of involvement Jo says “I am happiest when the riders are enjoying themselves and having FUN.
Treasurer – Graham Fairhead
Graham joined the committee as treasurer in 2018.
Committee Member and Rider Representative – Emma Harris
Emma is one of our riders and has been riding at Barrow Farm for about 15 years. Emma joined the Committee so that she could become more involved in the work of Barrow Farm and provide her valuable and unique input into the running of the group.
Emma says of her Barrow Farm experience “Barrow Farm has given me so much I want to give something back.
Committee Member and Parent Representative – Andrea Jessop
Andrea became involved at Barrow Farm when her daughter started riding in 2014. She joined the Committee in 2015.
Committee Member and Parent Representative – James Kearney
James works as a postman. He became involved with Barrow Farm RDA when his daughter started riding in 2006 and he joined the committee in 2010. James says ‘Riding at Barrow Farm has given my daughter so much pleasure and enjoyment, that I want to give something back in helping in anyway that I can.’ James also spends his time helping another charity Chatterbox where he is the Safeguarding Officer.
Committee Member and Schools Liaison – Margaret Cameron
Margaret is a recently retired head teacher of a special school for severe and profound learning difficulties. She was the head teacher of the school for 23 years and during all that time, and before, her pupils rode at Barrow Farm. She has seen the great beneficial impact riding has on disabled children, over time, and now helps out on Saturday mornings.
Committee Member – Isobel Gowers
Isobel is Academic Lead for Active Inclusive Learning having previously spent time researching arthritis in humans and horses and lecturing equine and animal science at Writtle University College. As a teenager Isobel started volunteering at Barrow Farm on a Saturday and after school in 1986. After a break whilst at university Isobel returned as a volunteer coach in 2009 and has since completed her UK Coaching Certificate level 1 and 2. Isobel became a trustee in 2013. She also owns Rafferty, one of our working liveries. You can find out about Rafferty and the other Barrow Farm ponies on the ‘Meet the Ponies’ page.
Committee Member – Richard Albon
Richard became involved with Barrow Farm, first as a volunteer and then as a Trustee following a presentation at his Rotary Club. He retired from the post of Head of Environmental Health Services at Basildon Council some 9 years ago and has ridden and been involved with horses for as long as he can remember.