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Published: 19/03/2019

NZRDA appoints new Chief Executive

The Board of New Zealand Riding for the Disabled (NZRDA) has appointed Jill Laplanche as the organisation’s new Chief Executive. Jill replaces previous Chief Executive Chris Hooper who left at the end of 2018.

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Jill has spent many years in executive roles in the health and disability sector. She has also worked in the education sector. Her most recent roles were as a Regional Manager for the New Zealand School Trustees Association and, before that, the General Manager Operations for Deaf Aotearoa.

In accepting the role at NZRDA, Jill said "Working with people is my passion. I can’t wait to be part of such a fantastic organisation which reaches across New Zealand. I look forward to using my skills and experience to help take NZRDA through the next phase of growth and development so that ultimately we can reach more riders, offering a sustainable, safe and valued service. I look forward to learning with you all."

Jill begins with NZRDA on 1 April 2019. Interim Chief Executive Donna Kennedy will continue through to 5 April 2019 to assist Jill to get up and running in the role as quickly as possible.

Board Chair Sarah Haydon said "Donna has done a great job for us and the Board is very grateful to her." Sarah also extended a warm welcome to Jill. “We are looking forward to Jill joining the team."