This page is where you will find information about the Governance of the Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled.

Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled is currently recruiting new trustees. Please click here for more information.


ARC 2009 accounts

ARC 2010 accounts

ARC 2011 Accounts

ARC 2012 Accounts

Final signed accounts ARC 2012-2013

ARC Accounts 2013-14

ARC Accounts 2014-2015

Avon Riding Centre Accounts – 2015-2016


Mary Prior MBE JP


The Duke of Beaufort


Luke Yoell – Chair

Luke has several years’ experience in the Human Resources field and presently holds a senior HR position at a division of the international bank, BNP Paribas. Luke’s career has spanned a number of sectors, from health care to financial services, starting in in the early years with support work for young adults with disabilities, through to HR Management in an international setting.

Luke and his family are  close neighbours of the Centre, and are strong supporters of the therapeutic benefits of working  with horses within a healthy, natural setting. Luke is a strong advocate for the preservation and sustainability of the local environment and has an interest in exploring the balance of modern way of living that harmonises  the positive experiences gained the natural world.

Luke will bring his knowledge and skills to support the Board with all People matters and related governance.

Neil Walker – Treasurer

Neil is a Chartered Accountant and has held a number of Finance Director roles and is now a CEO of a law firm based in South Wales.  Neil was keen to get involved and share his finance and business skills, working with the rest of the Trustees to ensure that the Avon Riding Centre continues to be successful.

Gill Edwards – Trustee

Professionally trained as an Orthoptist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Gill was joint head of department at Bristol Eye Hospital before becoming involved almost full time at Avon Riding Centre in 1987. Gill is an RDA Coach, County Coach, Training Advisor and member of the RDA Mid-West Regional Committee.

Dr Kathryn Monk – Trustee

Currently the Principal Advisor for Science for Natural Resources Wales, Kathryn spent most of her career overseas in development and conservation. She now lives near the Centre and cares for a disabled family member.  She is also a keen horse rider.  Kathryn is responsible for sustainable development of the charity and environmental issues.

Vicki Long – Trustee

Vicki is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers with a  background in Corporate Finance, Treasury and Accounting across a range of companies. Vicki has a passion for horses and is a regular volunteer at disabled riding lessons provided by the Centre. Vicki is currently Company Secretary for the Board and also provides support with corporate governance, financial strategy and accounting matters.   Vicki is also a Trustee for the Bristol Rugby Community Foundation.

Daniel Lombardi – Trustee

Daniel is a second career lawyer, currently working as Legal Counsel for a financial services company in Bristol.  Daniel previously worked in the City in telecommunications.  Before relocating to the South West, he volunteered at Mencap where he helped young adults with disabilities learn everyday life skills.

In addition to the Avon Riding Centre, he is also a Trustee for the Luckington Children’s Playground Charity.

Daniel brings his legal knowledge to the Board along with a commitment to support the positive experiences that the Avon Riding Centre provides to its beneficiaries.