If you need to contact the Brunel Committee please send us an e-mail ( 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.

Chairperson: Vacant

This position is vacant. Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering. Responsible for overseeing the work of the Brunel committee and representing the Group during meetings and discussions with other local walking Groups. The chairperson would like to hear your thoughts about the Group and how we can improve the programme of walks we offer.


Vice Chair and Brunel Plus Rep: Paul

Paul is the main point of contact for any queries regarding Brunel Plus. His main aim is to make Brunel Plus so attractive that it becomes the group which active 40 somethings want to join and he welcomes any potential new members in the Brunel Plus age range to join us for a walk or at a social event. He 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!


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).

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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.


20s & 30s Social Secretary: Vacant

This position is vacant. Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering.


Brunel Plus Social Secretary: Vanessa

Vanessa looks after the Brunel Plus 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: Kirstie

Kirstie is responsible for organising the committee meetings and the AGM. Whilst supporting the Chairperson and the other committee members, Kirstie also deals with some of the general admin for the group. 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.

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Treasurer: Jon

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: Susanna

Susanna 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.


Membership Secretary: Catherine

Catherine looks after our membership address list and acts as the interface to the Rambler’s Membership department. She will answer membership enquiries via email and welcomes new members to the group.


Footpaths Representative: Vacant

This position is vacant. Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering. The footpaths representative 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. They also inform you of the Ramblers’ Pathwatch App and its importance in maintaining our national footpaths network.


Webmaster: Patrick

Patrick is looking after our website. His role includes updating the website with new content and improving the layout and structure of the site. Patrick recently completed the Camino de Santiago and enjoys telling people about the latest developments in Javascript and PostGIS even though they beg him not to.