About General Council

Our annual general meeting is commonly referred to as General Council. 

Each Ramblers Area, and each national organisation affiliated to us, is entitled to appoint members of General Council.  Whilst our Groups and individual members are not directly represented, they can influence the policy of the Ramblers via their Area's Council members. Trustees, our president, vice presidents and members of the Motions Review Committee are also members of General Council.

General Council elects the board of trustees which runs the organisation on behalf of members and for the public benefit. Council considers the annual report and accounts and provides guidance on policy by debating policy motions. It also approves changes to our constitution.

Ramblers is a company limited by guarantee, and General Council is the body of people who are defined as company members for Companies Act and other legal purposes.  Members of General Council are entitled to attend the annual general meeting, but remain company members at other times. 

2020 General Council

The 2020 General Council annual general meeting will take place on 4 and 5 April 2020 in Bristol.

Dates and deadlines

22 October Informal update on 2019 motions published (and included in October newsletter)
22 October Nominations open for trustee vacancies (GC forms available on website)
24 January Registration for General Council opens
8 February Deadline for receipt of special resolutions to amend the articles of association
22 February Deadline for receipt of other motions, all nominations and registration
6 March GC papers published
31 March Deadline for receipt of motion amendments and appeals
4-5 April General Council


Guidance to Areas for the appointment of Council members PDF
General Council 2020 FAQs Link 
General Council in more detail Link

Nomination forms and information

 Become a trustee - nomination form and information Link 
 Officer (president / vice president) - nomination form and guidance Word doc 
 Motions Review Committee - nomination form and guidance Word doc


Update report on motions passed in April 2019 PDF
All open motions, including those approved in 2019 PDF
Motion submission guidance Link
Motion submission form, including guidance  Word doc
Motion amendment / appeals form, including guidance (published Feb 2020) Word doc


For further information about General Council, please email Simon Kellas (simon.kellas@ramblers.org.uk).