RDA Appoints New CEO

Two images. One headshot of Michael Bishop, wearing a blue suit jacket. Second image, Michael riding a horse through water.

Michael Bishop appointed as new Chief Executive of RDA.

Previously, Director of Corporate Strategy and Business Improvement at Historic England, Michael’s career has spanned private, voluntary, and public sectors. He brings extensive leadership experience, and particular expertise in strategy and organisation development, programme and major project delivery, and income generation.

Michael’s passion for horses was sparked at an early age growing up in London, helping at the local stables in return for rides. His enthusiasm for equestrianism endures, and he now competes as a keen amateur event rider.

“It’s a privilege to be joining RDA, and I’m delighted to be starting in this exciting role. I do not come from an equestrian family background, but from an early visit to the local riding school I was hooked. I gained so much confidence and learnt so much about what I was capable of, beyond the classroom, through those early experiences with horses, sport, and being outdoors. That connection with a horse is the most powerful therapy I have experienced.

Opening up that experience to more people, particularly those with less opportunity and diverse needs, is paramount to me. And that is why I am so excited about this role. RDA’s ‘can do’ ethos, and the incredible network of volunteers, local groups, and staff make a profound impact through providing disabled people with the opportunity to take part and experience the social, physical, and mental benefits of spending time with horses.”

Michael is also a Trustee of the British Racing School, which provides training and qualifications for careers in Horse Racing and is also a Trustee of London Youth, a charity which improves the lives of young people in the capital through a network of 600-member youth organisations and two residential centres.

RDA UK Chair of Trustees, Helena Vega-Lozano says:

This is an exciting appointment for RDA as we continue to evolve and develop for the future. Michael brings a unique set of skills and experience, as well as a love of horses and a personal passion for RDA and supporting disadvantaged people. I am delighted to welcome him as our new CEO, and I am confident that he will be able to lead us into the next stage of our RDA journey and shine a spotlight on the incredible impact we make for all our participants throughout the UK network.”