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



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: president at

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



Rasa Narbutaite

E-mail: secretary at

Rasa is in her final year of BA History which she does mainly to indulge her reading obsession. Sometimes she likes to take her leave from the library to go on club weekend trips and pretend to be a mountain goat (her spirit animal).

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



Tom Rowland

E-mail: treasurer at

Treasurer’s Terms of Reference


Trip and Safety Co-ordinator

This position is currently vacant – please let us know if you can help out!!

E-mail: at

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

Dearbhla Kelly

E-mail: alumnisec at

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

Alumni Secretary’s Terms of Reference



Ben Griffiths

E-mail: archivist at

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


Membership Secretary

Jingwen Xiao

E-mail: membership at

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

Membership Secretary’s Terms of Reference


Konogan Beaufay

As beautiful as the spires of Oxford may be, I always enjoy taking a breath of fresh air by going for long haul treks, hopping from archaeological ruins to remote areas, camping under the stars, bathing in wilderness, until I am regaled by a chilled beer on the way back. My favourite places can be found where mountains meet the sea, where high peaks get lost in the mist, where land stretches out to the horizon, where man is nowhere to be seen – but I’ll be just fine in Oxford’s countryside.

E-mail: quartermaster at

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

Mike Hinge

While Mike’s currently trying to rock the Clark Kent look, he ended up looking more like Velma. Mike is a sugar economist, which he assures us is a real thing with business cards and everything. He also enjoys long walks in the countryside, obviously.

E-mail: social at

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

Social Rep’s Terms of Reference


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

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



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

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


IT Officer

Matt Brown, Oriel College/DPhil in Atmospheric Physics

E-mail: it.officer at

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


Ex-Officio Ex-President

Danica Fernandes

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


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

Barbara is the Club’s elected Senior Member.

Updated 02/10/2016

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