After four years as Chief Exec here at the Ramblers, it’s about time for me to move on. I’ll be leaving at the end of 2011, to become Chief Exec at a charity called Think Global. Think Global promotes education about global issues, such as poverty and climate change, to enable people to take action for a more just and sustainable world. I’m hugely excited about the move, but it’ll also be with some sadness that I’ll be leaving the Ramblers.
Being Chief Exec of the Ramblers is not a straightforward role, because there are so many passionate people involved. But it is a fantastic British institution, run primarily by voluntary effort, and achieving amazing things. If the Ramblers wasn’t there, Britain’s unique footpath network would begin to disintegrate, progress on access to coast, forest, and waterways would grind to a halt, and many thousands of people would need to fill in gap in their lives left from the led walks that would disappear. Some of the work that we’ve done in recent years to encourage new people into walking, for their health and well-being, has been transforming lives. (I’m due to sign the Ramblers up to Mind’s Time to Change campaign later this week – another example of how walking helps to change people’s lives for the better.) It’s been a pleasure to work with so many lovely people, staff and volunteers, and I shall miss them a lot.
I’ll still be keeping close contact with the Ramblers, and indeed with the wider access movement, as I’ll be carrying on my role on the Independent Forestry Panel up until it completes its work (likely to be next Spring). With another hat, I’m also on the transition board for the new waterways charity, which is due to take over the running of many of Britain’s canals and rivers next year.
If you’d like to know more about Think Global, have a look at its website here: www.think-global.org.uk
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