Paul has lived in Papamoa since moving to the Bay from the UK in 2007. Paul is one of the owners of Tierra Limited, a local construction company. Married to Carol, he has two daughters who attend local colleges, and a Weimaraner.
Paul became involved with RDA when he was the project surveyor for the build of the indoor arena. At the completion of the arena, and having seen the work done by the RDA team he accepted an invitation to join the Board so that he could give something back to the organisation and local community.
Paul has been involved in a number of voluntary positions in England including the Beaconsfield Town Centre Redevelopment Committee and Chalk Hill Pre-School Board of Trustees.
Family is a high priority for Paul and he spends much of his spare time acting as roadie to his two musician daughters.
Felicity comes from an accountancy and business management background.
Her work history includes time as general manager and group accountant at a marketing company, time in a public practice accounting firm, and in the insolvency arena (liquidations, receiverships and turnarounds). She has also run her own management accounting and consultancy practice.
Characteristic testing (courtesy of Gallup strengths finder) identified her key strengths as: strategic, achiever, responsibility, futuristic, and maximiser.
Felicity has a strong sense of corporate social responsibility and her philanthropy includes support for the Acorn Foundation’s First 11 Giving Cycle. She is the founder of a soon-to-be-launched Make One More programme – an initiative to feed hungry school children.
While Felicity's work focus is business growth and management she is also working towards a degree in psychology.
Felicity is a keen horse rider (although this is on hold at present) and served as an RDA volunteer before taking up her current RDA governance role. She says that stint, while short, impacted hugely - “it provided the unforgettable opportunity to see first-hand the impact RDA has”.
Felicity believes in living a life in which full potential can be realised – and this should be a right for everyone in the community. She recognises that RDA is in the business of striving to achieve exactly that and therefore she is proud to serve as an RDA board member.
Shima is a partner at Sharp Tudhope lawyers, having joined the firm on her return from London in 2008.
Shima is a lifelong horse rider, having grown up riding ponies, going to pony club, competing at shows and at one day events. Shima experienced first-hand what horse riding can do for children when working as a camp counsellor teaching horse riding in Texas. When the opportunity came up to be part of the RDA Board she was very happy to get involved.
Shima has previously sat on the Board of other charitable and not-for-profit organisations, and sees being involved as part of her contribution to the community.
When not working, Shima’s priority is spending time with her husband and two young daughters.
Samantha is a solicitor at Sharp Tudhope Lawyers in Tauranga, working in the property team.
Raised in Mount Maunganui, the incredible benefits the Tauranga RDA offers to riders was a frequent topic of discussion. The Tauranga RDA have always been Samantha’s family’s chosen charity to follow and support so when a position on the RDA Board opened up, Samantha jumped at the chance to be involved in such a deserving organisation.
Samantha is also a committee member of the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Women in Law Association. In her downtime, Samantha likes spending time with family and friends and enjoying the outdoors.
Born and bred in the Waikato region, Rebecca spent part of her childhood growing up on a farm where she developed a love for animals and their therapeutic benefits. Rebecca has now been a Tauranga local for the past 10 years since moving here to complete her degree through the University of Waikato.
Rebecca currently works as a senior accountant for RightWay Limited and is a member of the Tauranga LinkT Committee for Tauranga Young People in Business. She has a keen enthusiasm for business growth and looks forward to working with the RDA team towards our best potential, as well as helping RDA members and the wider community reach theirs.
Rebecca’s other interests include outdoor adventures, meeting new people, personal fitness and spending time with friends and family.
Rhonda was bought up on 10 acres in the Waikato and was fortunate enough to own her own ponies/horses, much time was spent attending pony club and hunts until her teenage years. It is through her love of horses that has bought her to RDA as a volunteer for two days a week once she left her paid employment which was with the Dairy Industry in various roles through out her career.
Rhondas other interests are boating, travel and tramping. She is also currently a volunteer at Tauranga Coastguard as a Radio Operator.
Rhonda is married and has three sons and one grandson. Rhonda is thoroughly enjoying her time as a volunteer at RDA and she gets huge satisfaction when she can see the riders achieving small milestones each week. As a volunteer representative Rhonda is happy to discuss matters with other volunteers and bring to the board.