I’ve always been a walker, but it’s only since retiring to Argyll a few years ago and joining Lochaber and Lorn Ramblers that I’ve been able to gain my rambling spurs in some of the most glorious scenery in the country. I’ve served as treasurer of our group and am now chair. I worked internationally for BP mainly in retail strategy and operations and have a Masters degree in organisational change. I hope to bring something of my experience to the Ramblers. I feel fortunate to live in Scotland where access to walking is generally good, but there remains work to be done, as there does on rights of access in the rest of the country.
I joined the Ramblers over 30 years ago when a group was formed in my home city of Aberdeen - and I have been supporting them ever since. For many years I have undertaken roles in the Aberdeen group and Grampian area committees. With a good knowledge of the local countryside, I am also a walk leader. I am heading up a team of volunteers organising the annual Ramblers Scotland Gathering, which I enjoy. Having served on SCEC as a committee member, vice convener, and convener, my knowledge of the organisation has grown. From 2000-2010, I served as a Ramblers GB trustee and also have served two spells on the Board of Trustees ex offico as Scottish Council convener. From 2009-2017, I was treasurer of the European Ramblers Association and therefore had a role on its Presidium. My working life was spent in British Telecom and the NHS in Scotland in personnel, training, and finance management roles.
I have a background in housing, environmental issues and conservation and I am interested in land reform, access, devolution and good policy development. I live in Edinburgh with my family and have three children.
I have been in the Ramblers for four years, although have always enjoyed walking and the great outdoors. I am an active member of Edinburgh Young Walkers, leading all grades of walks in summer and winter. I have been treasurer of EYW and am currently Chair person. I joined SCEC in 2015 and am now Vice Convener. In my professional life, I am a scientist at SEPA working on aspects of air quality and flooding.
I've been a Lochaber & Lorn group committee member since November 2014, membership secretary 2014-2016 and on Highland and Islands committee since February 2016. I want to encourage more people out walking for its health and social benefits. I would like to see more being done to bring together Ramblers and health walking groups to encourage people to get fitter and support people to continue walking as they grow older and less able. I'm keen to see Medal Routes developed as a gateway to growing Ramblers membership and I want to support groups widen their offering to be more inclusive of all sections of their communities.
I have been a member of the Edinburgh Ramblers Group since 2012 and am a former Secretary and a walk leader. For many years before I joined Ramblers I have enjoyed the Scottish hills both on foot and on skis. I have a strong feeling for the importance of both preserving and enjoying our iconic landscape. I also lead walks for HF Holidays both in the UK and Europe. I am a retired lawyer having latterly worked in senior roles in the Scottish Government. I have found it very rewarding to be able to contribute my legal skills and experience to an organisation as worthwhile as Ramblers Scotland.
I joined Ramblers in 2015 when Aberdeen Young Walkers was founded, and I was persuaded to become a walk leader. I first became involved in hill walking as a teenager, largely as a result of support from family and teachers, and I think it's vital to pass on that support and encouragement to others.
I have been a keen walker and outdoor person for the past 30 years and like nothing more than exploring the countryside and finding new places to walk. I am a committee member of Dunfermline and West Fife Ramblers as well as some other clubs and am also on the West Fife Access Forum. I am keen to find ways of promoting walking to more people, especially the younger age group and those who are not sure about the health benefits of walking. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, pet rabbits and exploring islands. I love archaeology and history and currently work as a lecturer.
I've been a member of the Ramblers since soon after moving to the UK in 2010 from my native Virginia, and a member of Ramblers Scotland since moving to the Highlands in 2016. I've gotten to know the team at Ramblers Scotland as part of my work on the John o' Groats Trail, and I look forward to working more closely with the team as a member of SCEC. I hope my experiences in rural trail development will be helpful to the Ramblers. Besides rambling both in Scotland and abroad, I also enjoy reading classic novels, watching films, and travelling.
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