ESDAR operates as a Charity, with a Board of Trustees, all of whom are volunteers, working together to provide an essential service to older and disabled members of the community. The Trustees have wide-ranging backgrounds and professional experience, including, but not limited to, Business and Operations Management, Human Resources, Banking and Finance, Public and Third Sector.
With a new Chairman, several new Trustees and Advisers, ESDAR continues to build on the talent that already exists in the organisation. It has ambitious plans for developing and building on the service excellence it currently delivers and believes it has an even stronger and more valid role to play.
Former chairmen and chairwomen who have led ESDAR, since its formation over three decades ago.
|2020 to present||Patrick Cannon|
|2019 – 2020||John Orrick|
|2013 – 2019||David Hodgson|
|2003 – 2013||Mike Moss MBE|
|2002||Lady Sheena Large|
|1997 – 2002||Belinda Ford|
|1989 – 1997||Jack Tulley OBE|
ESDAR Patron – Sir Richard Stilgoe
For many people East Surrey Dial-a-Ride is the difference between staying at home or getting out and meeting people; and from the last year we have all found out how important this is.”
Sir Richard Stilgoe has spent fifty years as a performer and writer in all forms of the performing arts. On television he appeared on Nationwide, That’s Life and several series of his own. On stage he toured for many years with his one-man show and subsequently his two-man show with Peter Skellern.
He wrote lyrics for Cats, Starlight Express and The Phantom of the Opera, music and lyrics for Bodywork, Brilliant the Dinosaur, ‘Orpheus – the Mythical’ and the libretto for the community operas Road Rage and The Freedom Game. His broadcasting work has earned him the New York Radio Festival Gold Award, three Monaco Festival Prizes and the Prix Italia. In 1997 he founded the Orpheus Centre in Surrey, where young disabled people prepare for independent living through a series of performing arts courses.
He owns and drives a JCB digger, and has five children and thirteen grandchildren. Sir Richard was knighted in the Jubilee honours list of 2012.