Why SCEC needs you

Every year, we hold elections for the Scottish Council Executive Committee (SCEC) to guide the work of Ramblers Scotland. 

If you are passionate about the outdoors and have ideas about how we can get more people walking in Scotland, we’d love you to stand for election. 

Get your nomination form here

Those who have given their time to this work have found it to be an exciting and rewarding role: 

  • "It has been fascinating to learn how Ramblers Scotland operates. The committee helps to guide the future direction and priorities of the organisation. It's a great opportunity to make a difference and give something back, while also contributing to your continuing professional development."  Andy Malby, Chair of Edinburgh Young Walkers and SCEC Vice Convener

SCEC considers matters with staff relating to the Ramblers in Scotland, except those matters reserved to the GB Board of Trustees who have ultimate responsibility for the organisation. 

Matters covered by the SCEC include:

  • Monitoring the performance of Ramblers Scotland – including members, volunteers and staff – so that we meet our charitable aims
  • Stepping back from day-to-day operations to take a strategic view on critical issues. For example, you will take decisions relating to our mission, objectives, resources and long-term financial security
  • Anticipating and planning for the future, including determining policy and strategy
  • Balancing the different interests of stakeholders –including the public, members, volunteers, policy makers and funders 
  • Recruiting and inducting new members of SCEC to meet present and future requirements of Ramblers Scotland
  • Ensuring we are legally responsible
  • Having a commitment to promoting equality and diversity 
  • Adding value to Ramblers Scotland through your insight, wisdom and judgement 
  • Enjoying the process of guiding a Scotland-wide campaigning charity of 6,500 members 

An effective SCEC member will: 

  • Be able to meet the time commitment required of the role
  • Have skills and experiences to make a positive contribution
  • Understand the political and social context of our work
  • Be a team player, willing to work with colleagues and take the occasional difficult decision
  • Believe in the work of Ramblers Scotland
  • Be focussed on aiming high and delivering
  • Be respectful of other’s opinions, even when they differ from their own

We are particularly keen to hear from those with experience in the public health sector, and current marketing techniques used by charities and organisations.

You would be expected to attend four or five meetings a year, every three or four months. These are generally held 4.00pm to 8.00pm. We currently meet in Perth or Edinburgh.

  • "Scottish Council was formed in 1985. I was elected to the Executive Committee not long after that and have never looked back. It has been so interesting to be involved at a time of change when national parks where formed in Scotland and the Land Reform (Scotland) Act became established. I have gained a huge wealth of experience and been able to represent the organisation both here and abroad at European Ramblers Association meetings and events. Finding myself working in the voluntary sector has given me an understanding of the vital role that volunteers play in organisations. I have also learned so much about landscape, trees, plants from others that it has only enhanced my love of the countryside." Alison Mitchell, Convener, SCEC

Get your nomination form here