Every year, we hold elections for the Ramblers Scotland Strategic Committee (RSSC) to guide the work of Ramblers Scotland.
If you are passionate about the outdoors and have ideas about how we can get more people walking in Scotland, we’d love you to stand for election.
Those who have given their time to this work have found it to be an exciting and rewarding role.
RSSC considers matters with staff relating to the Ramblers in Scotland, except those matters reserved to the GB Board of Trustees who have ultimate responsibility for the organisation.
“Before being asked if I would be interested in joining the Committee, I'll admit I didn't really know what they did. A quick bit of research and the prospect of learning more about how the Ramblers operates, as well as being able to query/input on decisions, certainly appealed. Since joining, it has been great learning from the others, discussing ideas and topics with people passionate about the outdoors and the Ramblers cause and I look forward to hopefully making a meaningful contribution in the years ahead.” David Webb, RSSC member
Matters covered by the RSSC include:
An effective RSSC member will:
The committee is keen to hear from members with knowledge of constitutional issues affecting charities, legal background, knowledge of countryside access issues and public health improvement issues. We particularly welcome applications from those who have lived experience of inclusion and diversity issues and how we can become more welcoming to everyone.
We have formal quarterly meetings throughout the year as well as informal meetings in the months when there is no formal meeting. Informal meetings are currently held via video conference 4.00 – 5.00pm. Once travel restrictions are lifted, some formal meetings in person will resume. These are generally held 4.30 – 8.30pm in central belt locations including Edinburgh, Stirling and Perth.
"Scottish Council was formed in 1985 and I was elected to the Executive Committee not long after that and have never looked back. It has been so interesting being involved at a time of change when national parks were formed in Scotland and the Land Reform (Scotland) Act became established. I have gained a huge wealth of experience and been able to represent the organisation both here and abroad at European Ramblers Association meetings and events. Finding myself working, and then volunteering in the voluntary sector, has given me an understanding of the vital role that volunteers play in organisations. I have also learned so much about landscape, trees, plants from others that it has only enhanced my love of the countryside and this, along with getting out to enjoy the company of other walkers, and visiting interesting places along the way." Alison Mitchell, convener, RSSC