If you need to contact the Brunel Committee please send us an e-mail (email@example.com). There is some info about each of us below so you can recognise us on a walk or in the pub. Come and say hello, we’re friendly.
A new committee is elected each year at our AGM at the end of October. Please e-mail us if you’re interested in taking on one of the roles.
Responsible for overseeing the work of the Brunel committee and representing the Group during meetings and discussions with other local walking Groups. David would like to hear your thoughts about the Group and how we can improve the programme of walks we offer. As well as leading and taking part in walks with Brunel, David enjoys holidaying, reading, bird watching and mountaineering all while studying for his Masters.
Vice Chair and Brunel Plus Rep: Kirstie
Kirstie is the main point of contact for any queries regarding Brunel Plus. Her main aim is to make Brunel Plus so attractive that it becomes the group which active 40 somethings want to join and she welcomes any potential new members in the Brunel Plus age range to join us for a walk or at a social event. She is also keen to encourage 20s & 30s members who are approaching 40 to come along to a Brunel Plus walk or pub night – you’ll soon realise we’re just the same as you, only a few years older! She graduated to Brunel Plus a couple of years ago and can confirm that life after 40 is just as much fun (just with a few more aches and pains…..) When not walking, Kirstie juggles various other hobbies including step dancing, playing the bass recorder, gardening and doing yoga.
20s & 30s Programme Secretary: Jo
Jo is responsible for our calendar of walks for the 20s & 30s group. She is keen to encourage both new walk leaders as well as our more established leaders to submit walks and develop a busy and varied programme. Without walks we have no club, by submitting walks to the programme here you can become an important part of what attracts so many people to join the group. Jo is currently on a lifetime mission to walk the National Trails of the UK. She can be easily spotted when out with the group by her faithful shadow and four-legged walking companion Escha (lifetime member of Brunel).
Brunel Plus Programme Secretary: Steph
Steph’s role is to fill up the Brunel Plus programme with interesting and varied walks and is keen to encourage and support more people to lead walks of all grades – if you’re interested in leading, it’s easy to submit a walk, just fill in the form on the ‘Walk Leading’ page and Steph will get back to you. All walks are gratefully received and we reward our leaders annually with Cotswold Gift Cards. The group depends on leaders for its existence so please do consider helping out! As well as walking, Steph also enjoys travel, sailing, live music, films and Sunday roasts.
Brunel Plus Social Secretary: Vacant
This position is vacant. Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering.
20s & 30s Social Secretary: Vanessa
Vanessa looks after the 20’s and 30’s social calendar, including the monthly pub nights which are located in various venues in Bristol. She is also looking forward to the annual ‘Posh Do’, when for once a year, members may be found not sporting Gore-Tex! She is keen to hear your ideas for events such as bowling, film nights and meals out, to which new members are most welcome! Vanessa loves being in the outdoors amongst nature, be it walking, camping or attempting gardening and loves wildlife. When not in her hiking boots she can often be found wearing her tap dancing shoes or swimming.
Group Secretary: Kirsty
Kirsty is responsible for organising the committee meetings and the AGM. Whilst supporting the Chairperson and the other committee members, Kirsty also deals with some of the general admin for the group. In her spare time, Kirsty Enjoys taking her dog Lessi out into the big wide world, camping, travelling, baking and needle felting. If you’re lucky, you may sample her baked goods on a Brunel walk!
Jon keeps the accounts up to date for the group. This involves simple budgeting, authorising payments, working with the Avon Area Ramblers treasurer and advising on funding for events the group wants to organise.
Marketing secretary: Josie
Josie is responsible for attracting new members to the group and communicating with existing members through a variety of mediums. The marketing secretary works with others on the committee to produce regular email newsletters for members, keep the website and Facebook pages up to date and looking good, and takes on ad hoc activities to raise the profile of the group. When not trying to coax people outdoors, Josie likes to fill her time with bad dancing, good books and mediocre gardening. You can easily identify her on walks – just look for the binoculars and the neon-striped hat.
Membership Secretary: Stephen
Stephen looks after our membership address list and acts as the interface to the Rambler’s Membership department. He will answer membership enquiries via email and welcomes new members to the group.
Footpaths Representative: Olly
Olly is responsible for handling access and right of way issues that we encounter on Brunel Walks, by reporting them to the relevant authorities. From broken stiles, to overgrown routes and ‘unhelpful’ landowners. He’ll also inform you of the Ramblers’ Pathwatch App and its importance in maintaining our national footpaths network. When not outside or walk leading, he enjoys woodworking, blogging and baking. Olly is interested in backpacking the National Trails and plans to start with The Ridgeway in 2018.