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Hello and thank you for your interest in becoming a trustee of the Ramblers.

This is an exciting time to join the board of trustees. We have recently launched our plan for 2017 to 2020 articulating how we will continue to deliver our charitable objects and help to create a country designed for walking and to help everyone to find their feet and to connect people through the Ramblers

As a trustee, membership of the board carries significant responsibility but is immensely rewarding in terms of contributing to the health and development of the Ramblers and our vision of a country where everyone enjoys the outdoors on foot and benefits from the experience.

If you would like to discuss your application informally with me, or you would like help completing the nomination form or navigating the election process, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the contact details below.

Best wishes,


Des Garrahan
Chair, Ramblers board of trustees


What are we looking for?

We need Ramblers members with fresh perspectives and insights who understand our values. As well as looking for a new chair and honorary treasurer, there are three ordinary member vacancies, and we’d particularly welcome walkers with specialist skills in IT and data, HR processes, charity law and the changing policy and funding landscape in England, Wales and Scotland.

You can find more detail about the skills and experience we are looking for in the role descriptions.

If you’re a current Ramblers member and have been for at least a year, you can apply to become a trustee. You'll need to have been a member of the Ramblers for at least the last 12 months as of 24 February 2018. (NB The rules for the honorary treasurer vacancy are slightly different and for that role you must be an individual member on 7 April 2018.)

You do not have to be active within your local area or group or part of any local committee to stand for election.

What's in it for me?

This is a unique opportunity to influence our work.

Trusteeship provides an excellent opportunity to use the skills and experience gained in your career to make a valuable contribution to the governance and strategy of the Ramblers.

For members at an early stage in their careers it can be a useful opportunity to gain board-level experience and build skills for future employment.

You’ll get plenty of support, including an induction, training and mentoring. Our trustees are volunteers, but we cover reasonable expenses.

We aim to promote diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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.

About the board of trustees

The Ramblers is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee which is governed by a board currently comprised of 15 trustees. The board of trustees has overall responsibility for the work of the organisation, and has the following role:

  • To oversee the Ramblers’ governance
  • To establish strategy
  • To performance manage the achievement of the strategy
  • To contribute to the leadership of the Ramblers

The board of trustees is responsible for setting the strategic aims, objectives and direction of the charity, delegating day to day management to a senior management team led by the Chief Executive.  The board of trustees comprises:

  • the chair elected by the general council;
  • the honorary treasurer elected by the general council;
  • nine ordinary members elected by the general council;
  • not more than two members co-opted by the board of trustees; and
  • a person appointed by each constituent part of Ramblers (Scotland and Wales).

The board appoints a vice chair from among the trustees. More information about the board of trustees can be found here.

In addition to being a registered charity, the Ramblers is a company limited by guarantee, and our trustees are registered as directors at Companies House.

In practical terms, however, the board has delegated day to day management to the Chief Executive Officer, Vanessa Griffiths, who is supported by a senior management team comprising six directors. 

The board is supported in its work by three sub-committees, which provide an opportunity to engage in more detailed scrutiny and discussion of the Ramblers’ work than would otherwise be possible in an ordinary board meeting. The sub-committees are:

  • Mission sub-committee
  • Finance and operations sub-committee
  • Devolution sub-committee

How do I apply?

Please take a look at the application pages and complete the simple application form. Candidates will then be invited to Ramblers general council in April, where members will vote for their chosen trustees. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Saturday, 24 February 2018. 

We've created guidance for you here.

Who can I talk to with further questions?

If you would like further information about any aspect of the nomination process, or would like to discuss your nomination with the chair or a member of the general council team please email us using and we will be delighted to help.