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Olivia Sugdon - CEO

Olivia.sugdon@ridehigh.org

 

Olivia was introduced to Ride High in early 2019 through a friend, at a time Ride High were looking for Non-Executive Directors. The pro bono board work appealed, as she could “give back” and be part of a team who helped disadvantaged children using equines as part of their experience. The ethos of Ride High, and the use of horses to help children felt second nature, given Olivia’s long affinity with horses, having ridden from a small child to present day, in addition to also having a child of her own. A degree in Agriculture at Reading University led Olivia to start working in the sector, but the onset of BSE rerouted her through to starting a sales career in the Pharmaceutical world. Within a few years, Medical Devices became the niche sector where the next 15 years of her career were spent. During this time Olivia worked not only in Sales & Marketing in the UK and Internationally, but also in Senior Management Roles. When not at work Olivia can be found at home with her partner Ed, son, Larry, two Spaniels, Horses, chickens and a cat!


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Jayne Clent - Centre Manager

centremanager@ridehigh.org

 

My roles within the education sector for the local authority have enabled me to support children and families across Milton Keynes for the past 18 years. My passion for delivering the best outcomes for children started in the early years. With a degree in early education, I understand that fulfillment of potential is dependent on wellbeing. My belief that a person's future should not be determined by their past, led to a 10 year career in Children's and Family Centre's, during which time I witnessed many families overcome a variety of challenges and make positive changes to their lives. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to be part of the Ride High team and to continue to be part of the transformation of young lives.


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Hannah Thompson - Children's Manager

childrensmanager@ridehigh.org

 

I joined Ride High as a Club Leader, working with groups of members in their riding lessons and clubroom sessions. Now as the Children"s Manager I still have the pleasure of working with groups but also play a part in making sure Ride High is reaching the children who need us most, through maintaining relationships with referrers, parents and carers, managing the waiting list and monitoring the progress of those attending sessions. We have a wonderful team here, all of us working together to help our members change their lives.

Animals have always been an essential part of my life and in the past I"ve worked as a class teacher and as an educator for a conservation charity. It is fantastic to be able to bring both of these things together at Ride High and the rewards of working with the children and young people we help are huge.


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Deborah Clancy - Club Leader

www.clubleader@ridehigh.org

 

There is nothing lovelier than seeing a child's face light up when they are here at Ride High. Seeing the connection they have when they are with the horses and the hugs they give them make it all worthwhile. Our clubroom sessions are a great way for the children to interact with each other, get support and make new friends. I have seen huge changes from when a child arrives to their last day; seeing them so much more positive and ready for new challenges makes my job so worthwhile and rewarding.


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Mark Robbins - Club Leader

clubleader3@ridehigh.org

 

My name is Mark and I am one of the Club Leaders here at Ride High. I have the fortunate pleasure of supporting our young people during riding lessons, and working closely together during clubroom sessions. I came to Ride High because I’m passionate about helping young people discover their potential, build confidence within themselves, and become confident working as part of a group. I now have the fantastic opportunity to not only work with the horses, but also to continue to work with young people which I’ve done for over 20 years in different types of environments. Nothing can compare to the sheer joy of seeing our young people grow as individuals and flourish.


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Jackie - Club Leader

clubleader2@ridehigh.org

 

As a club leader I work closely with the children, supporting them with their riding and in the clubroom. I enjoy working with the children, getting to know them, helping them to develop new skills and watching their confidence grow. I have been working with young people for over 10 years in various positions and also have experience of working with animals having worked as an educator for a conservation charity. Working for Ride High has enabled me to combine by passions for education and animals.


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Sam Ball - Business Development Manager

business@ridehigh.org

 

My name is Sam and I’m the Business Development Manager at Ride High. My role involves establishing and sustaining partnerships with schools and agencies, with referrals to our programme. This includes sourcing funding streams to support the work of the charity. I also work with businesses to raise awareness of what we do. This could be a business having us as their charity of the year, supporting us with funding projects and volunteer days at the Centre. All of this work helps generate income to continue supporting 80 of Milton Keynes most disadvantaged children every week. I have 19 years experience in supporting children and families within the education sector and I am passionate about transforming the lives of young people. I have always loved animals and it is amazing to see the positive connection the children have with the horses, during their time at Ride High. If your business, school, or agency would like to work in partnership with us, please get in touch.


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Susan Mears - Office Coordinator

admin@ridehigh.org

 

I have been working with pre-school children and those with special needs as a qualified practitioner and Sen Co-ordinator for the last 10 years. I saw an exciting opportunity to work at Ride High and was at the stage in my life where I needed a change and a new challenge. Although I’m office based I love seeing how this charity transforms children’s lives and seeing the happy faces every day when they arrive is lovely and makes me feel proud to work here. I knew about how animals can help children with the difficulties in their lives but seeing it first hand is amazing.


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John Chapman - Driver

 

My name is John. Although my official title is mini bus driver, I also help around Ride High in many other capacities. My main role involves collecting the children from either schools or homes and returning them after their sessions at Ride High. As far as I'm concerned, once they have joined Ride High, they become part of our family and I like to keep that feeling on the mini bus. It is truly an emotionally rewarding career.


Children we help each week

88

Total children we have helped so far

1500

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How many years we have been running

10

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