The CWA is registered with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Being a charity gives the CWA access to a set of tried and tested processes and procedures in decision making, fundraising and financial administration. Members of the public, plus the many bodies the CWA will be interacting with, will have the assurance of knowing that the organisation operates to the very highest standards.
Membership is open to everyone – it’s the members who elect the CWA’s Trustees and who are responsible for its major decisions. Our constitution follows the Charity Commission’s “Association” CIO Model in all respects and a copy is available by clicking here.
All of the CWA’s Trustees are currently or have previously been involved in activities associated with the Cotswold Way and other trails in the Cotswolds. From creating guides, maintenance work parties to leading guided walks.
John Bartram (Chair)
Member of the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens since 2009 and Head Warden 2014-15. A regular leader of Wardens Walks and organiser of the annual staged walk of the Cotswold Way led by the Cotswold Wardens. After working as a geologist and living overseas for 26 years, I returned to the UK and have since been an active walker of many long distance trails throughout the UK.
Malcolm Higgins (Secretary)Malcolm served for 21 years in the Royal Navy then left to pursue a business career. He studied at Exeter University and was awarded an MBA. He has also had two patents granted in the UK and overseas. Malcolm joined the CWA as a member in April 2019 and became a volunteer Parish Warden in June 2019.
Member of the Voluntary Wardens since 2001 during which time his activities have included; Chairmanship of the Cotswold Way District Wardens for 5 years; guided walks and countryside educational related activities with local schools; 5 years as a Parish Warden. Currently serving as a District Cotswold Way Coordinator operating with a team of nine volunteers to monitor the status of the Cotswold Way from Cleeve Hill to Ryeford.
Mavis Rear, Member Cotswold Trails & Access Partnership, many years service to the Ramblers Association as a Trustee (8 years), as Gloucestershire Area Chairman and as Area Secretary. Editor of the now defunct Cotswold Way Handbook & Accommodation List.
Links with the Cambrian Way Trust, a Trust set up by Tony Drake MBE, co-creator of the Cotswold Way.
Member of Ramblers’ Association and Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. Active member of the Wardens’ Broadway Work Party group. Cotswold Way and Diamond Way walk leader. Past chair of the Wardens’ North District. Editor of the CWA’s newsletter.
John TennantJohn is currently Chairman/ General Manager of the Monarchs Way Association, a long-distance trail that intersects the Cotswold Way.
Martin LovegroveMartin is a long-standing, active Cotswold Voluntary Warden and most recently served as Head Warden between 2016 and 2018.
Harvey MattinsonHarvey has been a Cotswold Voluntary Warden for a number of years and patrols a section of the Cotswold Way near his home village of Birdlip. He is currently the Cotswold Way Coordinator for the Central District of the Cotswold Wardens.
Nic WestNic is very active in the Disabled Ramblers, having herself become disabled more than a decade ago. Nic will be looking to champion improvements to countryside access wherever possible. Sometimes, she emphasises, it can be as simple as changing the type of gate!
If you’d like to become one of our Trustees, please send brief details about yourself to John Bartram, the CWA chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you’d like to talk things over with him first, call him on 0117 937 4561
Volunteers will always be our lifeblood and the foundation on which the organisation relies. The Trustees are all volunteers and come from volunteering backgrounds.
You could help with:
- running this interactive website,
- writing articles for our regular E-Newsletter,
- administering our Fund-a-Footpath schemes,
- organising events such as our Cotswold Way Challenge or
- being our ambassador with local stakeholders
- liaising with similar organisations up and down the country
You don’t have to be an active walker to get involved. You can be someone who’s looking for an opportunity to contribute to an exciting new venture – from a couple of hours from time to time or for half a day or a full day each week. You could be retired or you could be a young person looking for work experience.