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

For any website/mailing list related enquiries, please contact


Gordon Kumar

Gordon enjoys walking in all of its glorious forms. From themed walks around Oxfordshire and blustery days in the hills on one hand to treks across the country and death marches on the other, he is always down for a walk.


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



Parth Patel


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



Kai Pischke

Kai is a DPhil student at St Anne’s studying programming language design for distributed and concurrent computing


The treasurer keeps record of payments made to and by the club. Please contact the treasurer if you would like to become a full member and/or have any payment related issues for our multi-day trips.

Treasurer’s Terms of Reference (From 2008 – please contact the Treasurer for the current copy)


Trip and Safety Co-ordinator

Alasdair Burchill


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

Alumni and Social Secretary

María R Barrantes


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

Alumni Secretary’s Terms of Reference




Akshay Hedge & Tom Heath

Akshay is a DPhil student in maths here. Growing up in the western Ghats of India, naturally got interested in nature. Waterfalls treks are his favourites (Aghanashini trail leading up to Unchalli falls , if he had to pick one).

Tom is a keen walker of any distance from 1- 100 miles. He is a former Geography student that loves maps and the countryside around Oxfordshire. He enjoys exploring cool places, enjoying beautiful views, and visiting country pubs.


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

Henry Parkinson

Hi, I’m Henry, Membership Secretary for OUWC. I’m a masters student here at Oxford. Rain or shine, always happy to be outdoors!


Contact the Membership Secretary if you would like to join the Club, attend multi-day trips, or if your membership needs renewing.

Membership Secretary’s Terms of Reference



Andy Bowery & Vivek Abensour


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

Training officer

Mohan Wang

Mohan is an engineering postdoc who also has a certificate in Asian Studies. She likes lasers with narrow pulses, cats with bad tempers, books, museums, history, and daydreaming. At the moment she is seeking something in the mountains, hills and moorlands.


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

Training Officer’s Terms of Reference

IT Officer/ Webmaster

Shurui Miao & Akshay Hedge

Shurui was born in China and moved to Australia at the start of high school. He is currently a postdoc in chemistry. He enjoys badminton, travel, and cooking. 


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 to report any broken links or pages. 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.

Webmaster’s Terms of Reference

 IT Officer’s Terms of Reference


Senior Member

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.


Jaya John is the Club’s elected Senior Member.

Last updated on 28/08/2023

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