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 Council members at the 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 and the oversight of the implementation of that strategy across our range of activities. This includes our values, ethics, image and communications.
Day-to-day management of the organisation is delegated to a senior leadership team led by the Chief Executive Officer, Vanessa Griffiths.
The full board focusses mainly on the strategy for delivering our charitable objectives.
The board of trustees comprises:
The board elects a vice chair from its own membership.
Meet the trustees and senior leadership team.
The role and responsibilities of trustees are governed by charity law and further information is available from the Charity Commission, in particular The Essential Trustee publication.
Working collectively, trustees have three main responsibilities:
The duties of a trustee are to:
In addition to these duties, trustees should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which the trustee has expertise.
Each trustee must have:
The Charity Commission (the body which regulates charities like the Ramblers in England and Wales) 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 has a finance and risk committee, chaired by the honorary treasurer. The committee has delegated authority from the board of trustees to oversee and advise the board on:
Find out more about the Ramblers Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team.