Our annual general meeting is commonly referred to as general council.
Each Ramblers area, and each national organisation affiliated to us, is entitled to appoint members of general council. Whilst our groups and individual members are not directly represented, they can influence the policy of the Ramblers via their area's council members.
General council elects the board of trustees which runs the organisation on behalf of members and for the public benefit. Council holds the trustees to account, considers the annual report and accounts and provides guidance on policy by debating policy motions. It also approves changes to our constitution.
Members of the board of trustees are also members of general council, as are our president and vice presidents and members of the agenda committee (also elected by general council), which has a role in editing, and deciding on the order of, motions submitted for debate.
Ramblers is a company limited by guarantee, and general council is the body of people who are defined as company members for Companies Act and other legal purposes. Members of general council are entitled to attend the annual general meeting, but remain company members at other times.
The 2017 general council annual general meeting took place on 1 and 2 April at the University of Southampton.
The 2018 general council annual general meeting took place on 7 and 8 April 2018 at Bangor University.
The 2019 general council annual general meeting will take place on 13 and 14 April 2019 in Manchester. Further details will be published here in September. Key dates and deadlines are listed below.
Key dates and deadlines for GC 2019
Informal update on 2018 motions
General council 2018 webpage launched with nomination forms and information.
Registration opens, including information about fees for visitors.
Deadline for receipt of special resolutions to amend the articles of association.
Deadline for receipt of other motions.
NB To ease staff workload in the busy period of preparation for the general council meeting it would be greatly appreciated these motions could be submitted by 23 February. However, in accordance with our standing orders, motions received by 23 February will be accepted for consideration by the agenda committee.
Deadline for receipt of nomination forms (trustees, officers, agenda committee members).
Deadline for registration.
Agenda committee meets to consider the motions received.
Motions (and background notes) circulated for discussion at area and group level to enable general council members to form an initial position.
General council papers dispatched (electronically for those opting out of a paper copy).
Deadline for receipt of amendments to motions from general council members, areas or affiliated national organisations and receipt of appeals against alterations to motions from originators of motions.
annual general meeting 2017
The 2017 general council annual general meeting took place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April 2017, at the University of Southampton.
An informal report can be found here.
General council annual general meeting 2017