Committee

Metropolitan Walkers is run by a committee of volunteers elected annually. Find out more about the current committee and their roles below.

  • Illana Wearn
    Position:
    Chair
    About:
    I’ve been a member of the Met Walkers since July 2014 and I’ve not looked back! I love walking in the countryside and meeting new people and have got more involved, becoming chair in November after two years as social secretary. I am generally out walking every Saturday and attend most socials, mid-week walks, and can’t resist exploring new places during the weekends away. And of course, I’m generally the last one in the pub!
  • Rachel Hull
    Position:
    Secretary
    About:
    I moved to London in December 2015 and joined the Met Walkers shortly after. I've always been a fan of walking and the outdoors, and the group has given me the chance to explore the city and surrounding countryside while making some amazing friends! I'm usually to be found on midweek walks and socials, Sunday afternoon walks and the odd weekend away.
  • Susannah Gillard
    Position:
    Membership Secretary
    About:
    I joined Met Walkers in September 2015, and I really enjoy going on regular weekend and weekday walks, as well as socials and weekends away with the group. It’s a great way to get out and explore the countryside, and to meet people and make new friends, whilst getting some good exercise. I joined the Committee as Membership Secretary as I really appreciate the time and effort put in by all our volunteers, and I wanted to be more involved and contribute more to the group myself.
  • Andrew Torrance
    Position:
    Walks Coordinator
    About:
    After nine years in London assuming there were no hills, followed by three years in the group rekindling my love of the outdoors, I have taken on the role of Walks Coordinator. This involves putting together the programme of weekend walks, and occasionally drumming up some more. With around 180 weekend walks a year (and space for 250), that’s plenty to keep up my spreadsheet skills. I can usually be found at the front of the longer walks, at least until there’s a hill, or evangelising about the joys of longer walks during midweek evening strolls.
  • Ratul Ray
    Position:
    Weekday Walks Coordinator
    About:
    I have been a member for nearly five years, going more regularly over the last three years. I started off mainly doing walks of 8-14 miles and midweek walks. I now prefer walks of around 15-18 miles, and as midweek walk coordinator I hope more beginners become avid rambling enthusiasts. I really enjoy the social side of the group, on top of exploring the four corners of London during the week and the countryside at the weekend. Other than rambling I enjoy travelling and seeing the odd band.
  • Cheryl Bray
    Position:
    Social Secretary
    About:
    I joined the Met Walkers after moving to London hoping to see more of the city and meet some of the people who lived in it. Four years later I have thoroughly explored London and the countryside of the southeast, been on some amazing trips around the country, and have made many friends. Having got so much from the group I wanted to give back so started volunteering to lead short walks, and more recently I have joined the committee as our Social Secretary. Walking is the focus of the group, but we are a social bunch and like to meet up in the pub and do non-walking activities as well. I coordinate the social events and make sure we have an interesting social programme which complements our walks programme.
  • Arabella Gordon
    Position:
    Weekends Away Coordinator
    About:
    After four years in the Metropolitan Walkers, I have joined the committee as weekends away coordinator. Having joined the group to meet new people and explore the London area when I first moved to London, I found that I particularly enjoyed the weekends away – always full of brilliant walking, lots of fun and a great way to meet new people! When not on a weekend away, I can be found on mid week or moderate walks or bringing up the rear on the (very) occasional strenuous.
  • Rebecca Chambers
    Position:
    Publicity Officer
    About:
    I have been a member of the Metwalkers for a year, and enjoy exploring London and the surrounding areas with the group. As Publicity Officer I raise the profile of our wonderful group, so that more people hear about and join us.
  • Malcolm Clack
    Position:
    Campaigning
    About:
    I have been a member of Met Walkers for about five years and love to get out walking every weekend. I enjoy leading strenuous walks of 15-20 miles for the group, and even manage to keep my enthusiasm under control and keep to the published distance most of the time.
  • Torkjel Matzow
    Position:
    Programme Publisher
    About:
    I have been a member of the Met Walkers since 2006, and joined the committee in 2011; since then I've been the Programme Publisher – putting together the PDF programme that lands in your inbox four times a year. I am most often seen on walks in the 15–20 mile bracket (and very occasionally lead them too!), or in the pub.
  • Sam Adams
    Position:
    IT Officer
    About:
    I joined Met Walkers in January 2014 to escape from London out into the countryside and meet new people. Since then I've enjoyed a lot of great walks, some fantastics trips away to different parts of the UK and further afield, made some really good friends through the group and even met my lovely fiance! Somehow I found myself being volunteered to run the website, and couldn't really say no!
  • Phil Whelan
    Position:
    Treasurer
    About:
    After two years in the group, I just couldn't get enough of my day job as an accountant and joined the committee as Treasurer. I enjoy a good walking challenge – after trekking up Kilimanjaro in 2016, I took on the even more daunting goal for 2017 of leading the entire North Downs Way for the Met Walkers. I enjoy leading moderate walks with a mixture of good scenery and the occasional hill!