The board of trustees and sub-committees

The board of trustees role is to determine the strategy for achieving our mission and to oversee the strategy implementation across our activities. This includes our values, ethics, image and communications. 

The board of trustees comprises: 

  • A chair and honorary treasurer, elected by General Council 

  • Nine 'ordinary' members, elected by General Council 

  • An appointee from Ramblers Scotland 

  • An appointee from Ramblers Cymru 

  • Up to two members who are co-opted by the board 

The board elects a vice chair from its own membership. 

The role and responsibilities of trustees are governed by charity law and further information is available from the Charity Commission. 


Board of trustee meeting minutes 

Minutes of board meetings are published immediately after they are approved, normally at the following meeting. While the governing principle of the published minutes is one of openness and transparency, from time-to-time certain confidential information may be excluded from the published minutes (unless otherwise already in the public domain), but this is always kept to the absolute minimum. 




The board has four sub-committees, each chaired by a trustee and with terms of reference and functions delegated by the board:  


Finance, risk and audit committee  

  • Provides oversight of the overall financial and operational health of the Ramblers and its ability to continue to fulfil its charitable purpose. 

  • Co-ordinates the external audit and preparation of the annual statutory financial statements. 

  • Ensures there is an effective risk management and assurance framework in place. 

Nominations and governance committee 

  • Provides oversight of the board and organisational governance arrangements. 

  • Leads on the recruitment and selection for appointments to the board, committees and other bodies.  

  • Plans and prepares for board meetings and the annual general meeting of General Council. 

Strategy and delivery committee  

  • Provides oversight of delivery of the agreed portfolio of strategic and operational programmes of work required to deliver the Ramblers’ strategy and charitable purpose. 


People and culture committee  

Provides oversight of: 

  • The people and culture strategy including the equity, diversity and inclusion programme. 

  • Safeguarding, and health and safety matters. 

  • The overall employer offer, including setting and reviewing the remuneration of the Chief Executive. 

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Our history

Since 1935, we’ve been doing everything we can to make sure everyone everywhere can enjoy nature on foot.

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What we do

The Ramblers open the way for everyone to enjoy the simple pleasures of walking. And we step up to protect the places we all love to wander.

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Our impact – what we have achieved

By becoming a member of the Ramblers you will help to protect the places we all love to walk. Join us and help make a difference.