Become a trustee

  • Please note that the deadline for nominations for 2021 has passed. Vacancies for new trustees in 2022 will be announced in December 2021. We are keeping this page live for information.


The Ramblers is looking for new trustees to help the charity grow and develop. 

  • Are you enthusiastic about walking and protecting the places where we walk?
  • Could you offer your time and skills to help us achieve our mission?

The Ramblers helps everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking and protects the places we all love to walk. We are the only charity dedicated to looking after paths and green spaces, leading walks, opening up new places to explore and encouraging everyone to get outside and discover how walking boosts your health and your happiness.

Our trustees govern the Ramblers and direct how is it managed and run, on behalf of members. As a trustee, you will draw on your skills and experience to help shape the strategy for achieving our mission, ensure that the charity’s resources are managed responsibly, and that we remain compliant with relevant laws and regulations.

The role of trustee carries significant responsibility and time commitment but is immensely rewarding. You will be contributing to ensuring the long-term stability and success of the Ramblers, and delivering our vision of a country where everyone enjoys the outdoors on foot and benefits from the experience.

This is an exciting time to join the board of trustees. The charity is undergoing a period of rapid transformation as we react to changes in our external and internal environments. The pandemic has accelerated the need for the Ramblers to adapt to new ways of working, volunteering and experiencing the outdoors on foot, and we are focused on investing for growth, and strengthening our capacity, capability and infrastructure to support our members, volunteers and the walking public in the long term.  

As a new trustee, you’ll receive support through trustee induction meetings, external training, and peer-to-peer mentoring to help you in your role.

If you would like help or further information about completing the nomination form or the election process, please contact Simon Kellas, governance manager, and he will be delighted to help. If you would like to discuss your application informally with me or any other current trustee, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

You can contact us by emailing


Kate Ashbrook - Chair, Ramblers board of trustees



This year there are a number of vacancies on the board of trustees, each beginning in April 2021

  • Chair – three-year term
  • Honorary treasurer – three-year term
  • Ordinary member – three vacancies, each for a three year-term
  • Ordinary member – one vacancy for a one-year term (caused by the early retirement of a trustee)

We welcome applications from all parts of the membership in line with our values of being inclusive to all. The board recognises that having trustees with a variety of perspectives, experiences and skills can help to improve its effectiveness. 

The board has indicated that the following skills, knowledge or experience are important to support the needs of the charity, and to deliver the objectives within our strategic framework and current business plan:

  • Equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in nature and the countryside   
  • Marketing and brand 
  • Income generation and fundraising
  • Campaigning and policy

The board particularly encourages applications from members with a lived experience of black, Asian, minoritised ethnic, and LGBTQ+ communities to help us think through the strategic challenges for the Ramblers, and how we can become more welcoming to everyone. These experiences are currently under-represented on the board.

Members of the General Council vote for the new trustees at the annual general meeting on 17 April 2021.