About general council

General council 

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.

General council annual general meeting 2016

The 2016 general council annual general meeting took place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April 2016 at the University of York.

You can read a report on general council 2016 here.

General council annual general meeting 2017

The 2017 general council annual general meeting will take place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April 2017 at the University of Southampton.