Committee

Here is the current Walking Club committee. Beneath each description you will find a link to that position’s Terms of Reference – a detailed description of the responsibilities involved.

If you would like to stand for Committee, or if you would like to know more about what’s involved, please contact secretary@ouwc.org.


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President

Danica Fernandes, Corpus Christi College/Medicine

Danica is a big fan of the Seven Sisters, particularly the café at Birling gap which does the most amazing cakes. She is determined to visit it as many times as possible before it inevitably falls into the sea. When not walking with the OUWC, Danica can be found investigating Oxford’s lesser known coffee shops or chilling in the botanical gardens.

E-mail: president at ouwc.org

The president is in charge of the Club, and is responsible for planning the term’s activities, overseeing any issues that arise, and chairing meetings.

President’s Terms of Reference


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Secretary

Darren Valentine

E-mail: secretary at ouwc.org

The secretary takes minutes at committee meetings, oversees the minibus bookings, and is responsible for the Club’s administration. Please contact the secretary if you would like to stand for committee or drive a minibus for a trip.

Secretary’s Terms of Reference


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Treasurer

Luke Turner

E-mail: treasurer at ouwc.org

Luke can be found in The John Radcliffe Hospital daydreaming about mountains (don’t worry, the two are not linked, he is a medical student), or putting away a sizeable Fayre and Square meal with OUWC after a weekend in said mountains. Being from the Northwest, he is a big fan of playing and watching rugby league, and will be seen on every trip to his beloved local Lake District.

Treasurer’s Terms of Reference


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Trip and Safety Co-ordinator

Michael Hopkins

Michael’s favourite places to walk include the South Downs, Yorkshire Dales, or anywhere on the coast. Failing that, the countryside around Oxford is a good alternative, and he can usually be found there most weekends.

E-mail: trip.safety at ouwc.org

The Trip and Safety Co-ordinator’s job is to co-ordinate the running of Club Trips: queries should be addressed either to the Trip and Safety Coordinator or the Trip Organiser. The Trip and Safety Co-oordinator also oversees safety issues such as the Trip Leader Safety Document and the Risk Assessments. Contact the Trip and Safety Coordinator if you would like to organise or lead a trip.

Trip and Safety Co-ordinator’s Terms of Reference (including Training Officer – see below)


Alumni Secretary

Anna Sonley

Anna hails from the north where she was brought up on long walks in the North York Moors, but also enjoys walking in Scotland, the Lakes and further afield when possible!

When not walking, she can be found either working in the Department of Psychiatry or, more likely, in a cafe.

E-mail: alumnisec at ouwc.org

The Alumni secretary runs our Alumni scheme, keeping in touch with former club members.

Alumni Secretary’s Terms of Reference


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Archivist

Simon Lewis, University College/DPhil in History

Simon is mainly a local walker, who prefers to leave the more daring stuff to the other members of the club. On the one occasion that Simon did come on a minibus day trip, it rained heavily. Since then, he has been banned from leaving the perimeters of Oxfordshire.

E-mail: archivist at ouwc.org

The archivist co-ordinates the term’s local walks and at the end of the term, plans next term’s local walks. The archivist is also in charge of the Club’s large collection of maps and guidebooks. Contact the archivist if you would like to borrow any of these or if you would like to lead a local walk.

Archivist’s Terms of Reference


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Membership Secretary

Maja Svorenova, Computer Science

Maria enjoys the relaxation as well as the challenges of hiking and is always for coupling it with camping. To compensate for long hours in the office, she also enjoys cycling, discussions at the intersection of technology and psychology, and random trips for good coffee.

E-mail: membership at ouwc.org

Contact the Membership Secretary if you would like to join the Club, or if your membership needs renewing.

Membership Secretary’s Terms of Reference


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Quartermaster

Laurent Labbouz, Atmospheric Physics

Laurent tries to spend as much time outdoors as he can. He especially enjoys the freedom given by long wild-camping hikes, although shorter walks are always a nice way to refresh the mind and chat with people. Laurent has the reputation of swimming in every lake no matter the weather, but this has been largely exaggerated. When he is not hiking or having a quick swim, Laurent can be found cycling, running or kayaking around Oxford.

E-mail: quartermaster at ouwc.org

The quartermasters are in charge of the club’s equipment, preparing equipment for club trips and loaning equipment to members.

Quartermaster’s Terms of Reference


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Quartermaster

Alice Stelfox

I hail from the North, the land of the Lakes. I regret not enjoying such scenery more when it was on my doorstep and now I endeavour to find any excuse possible to get back out onto the wet and windy fells. I am always keen to hike and more recently have started branching into running, climbing and yoga.

E-mail: quartermaster at ouwc.org

The quartermasters are in charge of the club’s equipment, preparing equipment for club trips and loaning equipment to members.

Quartermaster’s Terms of Reference


Social Representative

Sanne Peters

E-mail: social at ouwc.org

The social reps organise and co-ordinate the club’s programme of social events.

Social Rep’s Terms of Reference


Social Representative

Vikram Sridhar

E-mail: social at ouwc.org

The social reps organise and co-ordinate the club’s programme of social events.

Social Rep’s Terms of Reference


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Training officer

Jaya John John, Physics

Inspired by the beauty and variety of the UK’s mountain and coastal scenery, Jaya John is keen on hillwalking and outdoor photography. Like a few others on committee, he particularly looks forward to the immersion of days and nights in the mountains on longer backpacking trips. As Training Officer, he arranges First Aid and map-reading courses, among other training. If you’d like to learn more and improve your skills, including up to Mountain Leader level, please get in touch!

E-mail: training at ouwc.org

The Training Officer’s job is to co-ordinate the leader training programme and the First Aid training programme.


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Webmaster

Matt Brown, Oriel College/DPhil in Atmospheric Physics

Studying atmospheric physics means an appreciation for the outdoors and all that it contains is basically part of the job description. It also makes a nice change to sitting at a computer and staring at lines of incomprehensible code that you swore worked when you wrote them last month… I also happen to be somewhat of a rollercoaster and technology junkie. Walking for me is a great way to explore the country, see amazing things and meet amazing people.

E-mail: webmaster at ouwc.org

The webmaster is in charge of the design and content of this website. Contact the webmaster if you have any suggestions about the website or if you have any photos to contribute.

Webmaster’s Terms of Reference


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IT Officer

Matt Brown, Oriel College/DPhil in Atmospheric Physics

E-mail: it.officer at ouwc.org

The IT Officer is in charge of liaising with the University and OUCS about all aspects of the Club’s IT activities that are regulated by the University, including the Club’s Mailing Lists. Contact the IT officer if you’re having trouble with the mailing lists.

The IT Officer is a separately elected committee post. This would often be the same person as the Webmaster, but must be a current University member to comply with OUCS rules.

IT Officer’s Terms of Reference


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Ex-Officio Ex-President

Christian Weinzetl, Oriel College/DPhil in Physics

Working all day long in a laboratory without windows, Christian is always happy to grab the opportunity to go on a hike in Britain’s wonderful nature. He is a fan of the Cotswolds and the Chilterns, two beautiful areas right on the doorstep of Oxford. There is nothing better than to go on a hike in good company bookended by stimulating conversations and a picturesque landscape.

The previous president assists the committee by passing on the experience that only a term of being president can bring.


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Senior Member

Dr Barbara Havelkova, Faculty of Law/Lincoln College

Barbara has been with the OUWC since 2008. She enjoys both mountains, Snowdonia being her favourite, as well as local walks. She tries to get away to the Chilterns, Cotswolds or the Malverns at least once a term leading a local walk. Join her!

E-mail: senior at ouwc.org

Barbara is the Club’s elected Senior Member.

Updated 02/10/2016

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