Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)


This article is from Signpost 47, Autumn 2014

I am delighted to tell you that candidates for the separate offices of Chairman and of Secretary; and for appointment as President (to take the place of Clarke Rogerson) have come forward. The Managing Committee recommends the members concerned for appointment and has decided to convene an Extraordinary General Meeting for the purpose. I also report that the Managing Committee has appointed two new Trustees: Jack Burling and David Hurrell and has designated the latter Vice Chairman to act until the next AGM. Short biographies of the candidates not already known to the membership are set out below.

The EGM will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday 15th November 2014 at the Britannia Stockport Hotel, Dialstone Lane, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 6AG (immediately before the Half Year Meeting). Formal notice is enclosed.

As foreshadowed when I was appointed Chairman, I will resign from that office and as a trustee at the EGM. Clarke has decided to resign as President because of his need to adjust his priorities to accommodate family circumstances. Those resignations will take effect immediately following the appointment by the meeting of the recommended candidates or, if the meeting does not appoint them, at the end of the meeting.

The Trustees are extremely grateful to Clarke, both for all he did whilst he was Chairman and for his initiatives since John Broadbent resigned. As you will see from the enclosed agenda, they recommend members to make him a Vice President. Each of the recommended candidates has agreed to serve conditionally upon the meeting appointing all of them in accordance with the item on the agenda. The proposals are, therefore, a package, will be moved as such and the meeting may choose between appointing all candidates and appointing none.

Prospective Chairman: Gavin Miller
Age 66; Born Renfrewshire, Scotland
Resident in Knutsford, Cheshire for 22 years; previously Harrogate, N Yorks 9 yrs

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in1973. After two years working in Africa he held a number of Financial Controller and Finance Director roles in the private sector in Scotland and England. Latterly he spent a year with the North-West division of a national charity and then 5 years managing the passenger transport budget for Lancashire before retiring in 2010.

A keen rambler, he joined Ramblers Association in 2010 and leads walks for his local Group and is Treasurer of North and Mid Cheshire Area. A member of PNFS since 2011, he is a footpath inspector for several Cheshire parishes and has also led walks for PNFS.

Gavin is keen to work with the trustees and officers to further the Society’s aims which in his view are today as relevant and important as ever.

Newly appointed Trustee and Vice Chairman; David Hurrell

Born and lived in Deepcar, Sheffield all my life, with one son, who is a Footpath Inspector in the Derbyshire Dales. I have spent my entire career in the steel industry, working as a Project Engineer.

I have been an active walker in the Peak District since being a teenager, and continue to regularly walk in this beautiful area.

I have been a member of PNFS for a number of years, and became a Footpath Inspector around three years ago, when I saw the need to work for the maintaining of the footpath network for all to walk.

I am a regular participant of the Longer Walks programme.

I very much support the aims of the Society and what it stands for, and I am keen to be part of the team to progress those aims.

Newly appointed Trustee; Jack Burling

I moved to Sheffield in 1966 and became a PNFS inspector. In addition I worked for and was on the committees of the following organisations:

RA SYNED area F.P. secretary 1972 to 1992
RA National E.C. 1984 to 1985
C.P.R.E. Branch E.C. 1984 to 2002
RA SYNED area Chairman 1993 to 1998
S.C.A.M. Chairman 1994 to 2004
Sheffield Group F.P Secretary 1995 to 1999
RA SYNED area Vice Chairman 2000 to 2001
O.S.S. E.C. 2002 to 2004
L.A.F. Vice Chair 2003 to 2004

I moved to Cornwall in 2004 and was Newquay RA F.P. Secretary
Yours sincerely

Alistair Taylor


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