Ross Maloney has been appointed new chief executive of The Ramblers. He will take over in July 2022 from Tanya Curry who has served as interim chief executive since February 2020.
Ross is currently deputy chief executive and chief operating officer at the Scouts, and prior to that, chief executive at WorldSkills UK. He joins the Ramblers at a key time, after the charity’s recent re-brand to broaden its appeal to all walkers.
On his appointment, Ross said, “I’m honoured to be joining the Ramblers and being given the opportunity to lead the charity towards a bright future. I have long held a passion for the outdoors and especially walking, which I have enjoyed with family and friends throughout my life.
“The rich heritage of the Ramblers and its ambitions really excite me. I am keen to start working with the board of trustees and the staff team to make sure that we do everything we can to enable as many people as possible to enjoy nature on foot, and to maintain our relentless focus on improving our access to open countryside and ensuring our urban and rural path network remains open to all.
“I look forward to working on providing a great experience for Ramblers’ members and volunteers, supporting them to deliver so much of the Ramblers’ work, whether it’s running group walks or protecting and improving hundreds of thousands of miles of well-loved paths, tracks, and trails.
“I’m especially passionate about seeking to make the Ramblers accessible to, and reflective of, communities across Great Britain, and I’m pleased to be joining at a time when there is so much opportunity to make that a reality.”
Chair of the board of trustees, Rebecca Dawson, said, “I am delighted that Ross is joining the Ramblers. He brings a wealth of experience from his time with the Scouts, and WorldSkills UK, including knowledge of membership organisations with large volunteer bodies, and devolved structures.
“Ross’ enthusiasm for walking and the outdoors will stand him in good stead as he leads our organisation into a future where we make walking accessible to everyone, wherever they live and whatever their background or ability.”
Ross will join a recently refreshed senior leadership team, with three new directors recruited within the past 12 months to bring a stronger strategic focus to the charity.
On behalf of the board of trustees, Rebecca thanked Tanya Curry for her service as interim chief executive. She said:
“We are very grateful to Tanya for her dedication and resilience in leading the Ramblers through what has been a tumultuous two years with the Covid-19 pandemic. She and the staff team ensured that as many people as possible could experience the benefit of walking in green spaces, at a time when our mental and physical health needed it most, and the Ramblers is well set up for its next phase of development."
Ross will take up his post on 18 July 2022 with Tanya remaining as interim chief executive until then to ensure a smooth handover.