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 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 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 became Chair of Glasgow Young Walkers in January 2019, with the group facing the prospect of becoming a Sub-Group of Glasgow Ramblers if we were unable to secure a new committee. Since then, we’ve doubled our group membership, have a booming walk programme and are welcoming new people to walks every single weekend. I’m particularly passionate about making sure that anyone and everyone can get out walking and anyone of any ability can enjoy the outdoors. Scotland is the most magnificent playground and one of the privileges and responsibilities of the Ramblers is to protect that space and keep it available for everyone to enjoy. The campaigns the Ramblers have run recently have been successful in raising the profile of the Ramblers and particularly the young walkers and there’s only more we can do!
I have been a member of the Kirkcaldy Group of Ramblers Scotland since 2013 but have only really been walking regularly with our Group since 2016 when I retired from work. Since 2018, I have been Chair of the Group as well as Web Editor. My background is in Human Resources and Employment Law in the public sector and I have worked in Health, Local Government and Education, as well as in a Scottish Government Education Policy Division. I have extensive experience of working on strategic management and leadership and in policy development, as well as chairing committees in the sectors in which I have worked. This has involved working with people of all backgrounds and with trades unions and politicians and I believe that I am good at forming effective relationships and getting the best out of the people I deal with.
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 am a retired GP and have been a Rambler, an enthusiastic walker and Walk Leader for many years. I’m currently Chairman of our group and Vice Convener of the Forth Valley, Fife & Tayside Area Group. In addition to the above committee commitments, I organised First Aid and Navigation courses for the Area Group. With the advent of more formally organised training, I became the Area Training Co-ordinator for our Area. Whilst in that post I ran First Aid courses, navigation courses, helped to create the content list for First Aid kits and also wrote a paper on ‘minor injuries’: their avoidance and treatment. As an Area Training Co-ordinator, I worked closely with Ramblers Scotland and was asked to join the Scottish Council’s sounding board.
I have followed the Ramblers for several years now and have seen the progress and change it has, and continues, to go through. With an extensive background in commissioning, developing and delivering health services, that change would not only include supporting the organisation to continue and grow as the number one volunteer walking organisation but also to explore and develop new opportunities to promote the valuable health and wellbeing benefits that being outdoors can bring. I have served on a number of other Boards that support people with special needs to live a full and active life which I have found extremely rewarding.
I’ve been a Committee member for Edinburgh Young Walkers for about 8 years and I recently started providing Walk Leader training for the Ramblers. I work in IT and have delivered large change projects within multinationals and local charities. I’ve created a successful website for Edinburgh Young Walkers which acts like a social network, allowing members to post walks, sign up to events and communicate easily. I’ve. It’s an exciting time for the Ramblers with their new IT developments and I feel I could bring a lot of knowledge and experience relating to this to SCEC. I’m also keen to make the outdoors more accessible to everyone and would love to get more involved delivering this vision.
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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