The charitable mission of the Ramblers is defined by our legal constitution - the Memorandum and Articles.
The Ramblers is run by a board of trustees elected by delegates to our annual meeting of general council.
The trustees are all volunteers. They steer the charity and guarantee its long term health and strength. They appoint and oversee the chief executive, approve the business plan and agree the annual budget. The minutes of board meetings are available online so that members can see what the board is doing on their behalf.
The key role of the board is to determine the strategy for achieving our mission (subject to general council consultation and approval) and the oversight of the implementation of that strategy across our range of activities. This includes our values, ethics, image and communications.
The board delegates the running of the Ramblers to the chief executive as its chief officer. The chief executive enacts the mission of Ramblers through its volunteers and staff.
The full board focusses mainly on the strategy for delivering our charitable objectives. In addition there are two oversight committees who are responsible for the detailed oversight of the implementation of the mission and the enactment of the business plan.
Composition of the board of trustees
a person appointed by each constituent part of Ramblers.
The Charity Commission (the body which regulates charities like the Ramblers) produces a useful guide to the role and responsibilities of trustees, called The Essential Trustee. For more information visit www.charity-commission.gov.uk.
The board of trustees have two oversight committees who are responsible for the detailed oversight of the implementation of the mission and the enactment of the business plan.
The mission sub-committee is chaired by the vice-chair Christine O'Byrne and focusses on four areas - footpath protection, the right to roam, countryside protection and promoting walking. This includes improving people’s lives through walking and education.
The finance and operations sub-committee is chaired by the honorary treasurer, Alex Mannings, and focusses on four areas - finance, risk, information and communication technology systems and democracy.
The agenda, minutes, and papers from these sub-committee meetings are available to all trustees. Each sub-committee provides to the next board of trustees meeting a summary of the performance data supplied to them, a summary of key decisions made by the sub-committee and potential risks and recommendations on those matters to be determined by the board of trustees.
Find out more about the Ramblers Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team.