General Council 2018

Bangor pier

We are delighted to share information about the Ramblers 2018 general council, which will be held at Bangor University on Saturday 7 April and Sunday 8 April.  

General council is an important and valuable moment in our year. It elects the trustees, holds them to account, approves the annual report and accounts, provides policy guidance and approves constitutional changes. It is also a precious chance for us to spend time together as one team and share best practice and new ideas.

In developing the programme for Bangor, a group of trustees and staff has reviewed feedback from this year’s successful meeting in Southampton, and some of the further improvements in 2018 you will see include: 

  • Streamlined hustings and elections, with clearer information provided about these processes.
  • Volunteer-led workshops on topics of interest to areas and groups.
  • A speaker at the conference dinner on Saturday night, with more opportunity for socialising.
  • Improved and simplified nomination forms and guidance.

To allow more time for some of these activities, the formal business of the meeting will start a little earlier on Saturday at 2pm. We will be able to share the final meeting programme with you in January. 

If you have any suggestions, feedback or questions about general council at this point in the planning process please don’t hesitate to contact the general council team, led by Simon Kellas, governance manager, at



General council  
Introduction to general council  Download (pdf)
General council 2017 - draft minutes  Download (pdf)
General council 2017 - informal report  Download (pdf)
Motion submission form and guidance  Download (word)
Motion amendment and appeals form and guidance
 from 9 March
Informal update on general council 2017 motions   Download (pdf)
Nomination forms  
Trustee nomination form and guidance  Link
Officer nomination form and guidance  Download (word)
Agenda committee nomination form and guidance  Download (word)

Online meeting registration (inc. accommodation) from 25 January
Meeting programme from 25 January
FAQs (further information will be included in the formal papers)



12 Dec

General council 2018 webpage launched.

25 Jan

Registration opens, including information about fees for visitors.

10 Feb

Deadline for receipt of constitutional motions.

24 Feb

Deadline for receipt of all 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 17 February. However, in accordance with our standing orders, motions received by 24 February will be accepted for consideration by the agenda committee.

Deadline for receipt of nomination forms (trustees, officers, agenda committee members).

Deadline for registration.

26 Feb

Agenda committee meets to consider the motions received.

9 March

Motions (and background notes) circulated for discussion at area and group level to enable general council members to form an initial position.

16 March

General council papers dispatched to delegates (electronically for those opting out of a paper copy).

3 April

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.