The Ramblers chief executive Benedict Southworth stands down

After four successful years, Benedict Southworth has stepped down as our chief executive. Benedict will continue in his capacity until 29th July and the search for a successor is underway.

Over this time, we’ve continued to expand our work opening up more places for walkers across Britain while defending their rights and promoting the benefits of walking to everyone, everywhere.

Benedict Southworth

Under Benedict’s leadership, we’ve seen many great successes:

  • Following the One Coast For All Campaign, walkers now have a renewed commitment from government to build a path and provide access around all of England’s coast.
  • Last year we launched our most ambitious project ever - the Big Pathwatch - which set out to do something that had never been done before and capture the state of the nation’s footpaths in England and Wales.
  • We are now the leading supporter of short free health walks in England and Wales and Medal Routes – the equivalent in Scotland - continues to expand
  • With elections in Wales and Scotland, we continue to press the importance of walking to the economy and health.

Benedict has established a new vision and a long term strategy, improved support for volunteers, made internal devolution to the nations work and strengthened the finances of the charity.

Benedict has always provided the board with insightful and robust information on our performance and impact. This was one of the reasons he enjoyed the trust and confidence of the board. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

Benedict says; “I will be passing on the baton to a new chief executive who can lead delivery of the direction agreed by the charity in our 80th year. They will find a charity capable of great things for its members, communities and the country.”