Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

The Society's Chair - Kathy Mclean

Kathy Mclean

As 2021 starts so does my new role as Chair of the Peak and Northern Footpaths Society. First, I want to pay tribute to my predecessor David Hurrell who did a fantastic job, I will do my best to build on his great work.

My journey to becoming Chair of Peak and Northern Footpaths Society really started fifty years ago when I began hillwalking in the Lake District. I have walked in the countryside, in the UK regularly ever since. Some of my best days and moments have been eating soup and sandwiches at the top of a peak or walking in sunshine along a high ridge. Low level paths back to base at the end of a long day, with shadows lengthening, a time to chat and reflect are also favourite times. I was introduced to PNFS in 2019 and I have taken on a number of parishes in Derbyshire, enjoying discovering new paths and learning how to report faults.

This last year, during the pandemic, has reinforced the value of local paths as we have, of necessity, spent more time walking close to home. When the request for expressions of interest in a replacement Chair was made I thought I would throw my hat in the ring, as I felt that my experience in leadership positions, albeit in healthcare, could be useful. I am delighted that I was accepted into the role.

Looking forward it is clear to me that the Peak and Northern Footpaths Society, established in the 19th century, is in a great position to continue to expand and build on the tremendous work of all it’s volunteers. I have some ideas for supporting this over the next few months. I am hoping we can increase membership, become even more inclusive, enhance our visibility and therefore preserve and improve more public rights of way.

I am hoping that later in the year there will be opportunities to meet volunteers and members, virtually initially then hopefully face to face. I look forward to working as your Chair.

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