Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Chairman's piece

This article is from Signpost 46, Spring 2014

Although honoured to be elected as your chairman it is important to emphasise that this is only a temporary arrangement and I hope to have a volunteer to replace me at the half year meeting in November. So if any of you feel that you would like to take on the role please get in touch. One thing I would like to do is to make the role of chairman less onerous than it has been in the past by focusing in on the main requirements stated in the constitution and avoiding many of the additional tasks which the chairman has in the past taken on.

In addition we desperately need at least 2 more trustees. So again if anyone would like to get more involved with the running of the society please get in touch. The type of person I’m looking for is a good team player who is able to encourage helpful discussion at management meetings, but at the end of the day is able to accept a majority decision by all trustees.

Anyone interested in being the next chair of the society or being a trustee can find out more about the roles by looking at the Charity Commission website and following the link ‘Trustees, staff and volunteers’ where the role of trustee is fully explained and a role description for chair can be found.

At the AGM I also mentioned the need for volunteers in order that the society might continue to flourish. We are desperately short of helpers in all areas, but in particular membership recruitment and the preparation of regular newsletters. I am, very conscious of the fact that we are all very busy people and that many of us live in locations which are not convenient for attendance at Taylor House. With this in mind I thought it might be worth dividing the tasks into small chunks, see the next page, which could be more manageable. If the individual tasks are not suitable for you I would be interesting hear from you as to how this could be improved upon. Clarke Rogerson is currently the best person for advice on these tasks, which are outlined on the next page, and he can be contacted by e mail on

Dates for your diary:

Alistair Taylor

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