Vanessa Griffiths

… Vanessa Griffiths!

Last month we were excited to welcome Vanessa Griffiths as our new Chief Executive! 

2016 was an emotional year for the Ramblers, as we said goodbye to Benedict Southworth, who had led the charity for four successful years.

But we were delighted to welcome Vanessa – who can be seen below getting her hands dirty with path maintenance volunteers on Offa’s Dyke as part of our Pathwatch campaign launch in November. Vanessa was super keen to get stuck in, trying her hand at installing way marks – before she had officially started in her new role as Chief Executive.

Vanessa before her first day

Vanessa Griffiths said: “I’m delighted to have joined the Ramblers, who do so much to protect our right to access Britain’s countryside and historic path network. This is an exciting time for the charity, with lots of opportunities to get more people walking and enjoying the many benefits that walking can bring.

“I am a keen walker myself and look forward to helping people connect with the beautiful landscapes Britain has to offer. The Ramblers has a proud history of involving people in protecting our paths and countryside for future generations, and I’m looking forward to working with the staff, members and volunteers who make the Ramblers what it is today.”

Vanessa joined the Ramblers from National Trust Wales, where she was Assistant Director, responsible for leading the Trust’s North Wales team of staff and volunteers. With more than 10 years experience in the charity sector, Vanessa has also previously successfully led a Groundwork Trust - a social enterprise which works with disadvantaged individuals and communities to help them to improve their own lives through the creation of green spaces, green jobs and green energy. Prior to this Vanessa was a senior civil servant within the Welsh government, where she was responsible for economic development and business support and has previously held senior management roles at the BBC and Mars.