Independent Committee Member – People/HR or Volunteering


Volunteer role, reasonable expenses can be claimed

About us

The Ramblers helps everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking and protects the places we all love to walk. We are the only charity dedicated to looking after paths and green spaces, leading walks, opening up new places to explore, and encouraging everyone to get outside and discover how walking boosts your health and your happiness.  We aim to speak for all walkers.

This is an exciting time to join one of our sub-committees of the main board of trustees. The Ramblers has developed a refreshed strategic plan that builds on the Ramblers’ success and its mission to open the way for everyone to enjoy the simple pleasures of walking. As we look forward, we want to address the stark inequalities that still exist and support those who face the greatest barriers to getting out and going walking.

As an independent committee member of our main board, you will draw on your skills and experience to help deliver the strategy for achieving our mission, ensure that the charity’s resources are managed responsibly, and that we remain compliant with relevant laws and regulations.

There are four sub-committees with responsibility for assisting the board to discharge its duties in specific areas:

  • Strategy and Delivery Committee
  • Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
  • People and Culture Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee

Independent Committee Members are volunteers who are recruited to join trustees and senior staff on a specific committee and support the work of that committee, advising on matters relating to that committee’s areas of responsibility, contributing specialist knowledge as appropriate.

You can find more information about the board, the sub-committees and current trustees at https://www.ramblers.org.uk/about-us/board-trustees-and-sub-committees.

The Ramblers promote diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The role

We are seeking independent committee members who will join the People and Culture Committee.

To join the People and Culture Committee we are seeking two individuals with proven experience and knowledge of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Volunteering or People/HR.

The People and Culture Committee supports the board with:

  • The people and culture activities including the equity, diversity and inclusion programme. 
  • Safeguarding, and health and safety matters. 
  • The overall employer offer, including setting and reviewing the remuneration of the Chief Executive. 


Appointments to sub-committees are reviewed by the nominations and governance committee, and then recommended for approval to the Board of Trustees. All committee appointments are subject to relevant eligibility checks.

Time Commitment

We know that people have other time commitments and so we want to make sure the committees work as well as possible for everyone.

Sub-committees are held up to four times per year, usually several weeks ahead of each board meeting. The meetings are held virtually and normally run from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. For each meeting you will need some time to read relevant papers.

Independent sub-committee members will be asked to sit on the committee for a period of three years, time commitments permitting.

The Person

To be considered as an independent committee member you should demonstrate:

  • proven experience and knowledge in the specialism required
  • a commitment to the mission, ambitions and values of the Ramblers
  • integrity in your communication and decision making
  • an ability to bring a strategic vision and provide sound and independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • a willingness to meet the minimum time commitment
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions in the best interests of the Ramblers

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