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
If you would like to stand for Committee, or if you
would like to know more about what's involved, please contact
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.
Tom loves the mountains and views them as a playground for walking, scrambling and (maybe) climbing. When unable to be in them he may well be found putting off his Biochemistry degree work by planning his next trip, or cycling frantically to lectures because he is always late. When walking Tom will always be on the lookout for wildlife, especially rabbits, and he also believes that long distance walking and camping is the most rewarding way to explore the countryside. Besides this, Tom enjoys playing guitar, table football and eating lots of food. And of course, as secretary, typing frantically.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ping Shen, Lady Margaret Hall/DPhil in Engineered Barrier System for nuclear waste disposal
From time to time Ping would claim her highest achievement in walking by having completed the Duke of Edinburgh Silver and Gold Award eight years ago. Ping hasn't perfected this skill until the start of her PhD and as a result she occasionally bumps into rocks and causes casualty, though with no severe damage thanks to OUWC’s greatest First Aid support team. When Ping is stationary she researches on the nuclear waste disposal strategy for multi-barrier system, an ultimate barrier system that intends NOT to keep everybody apart.
Spending time outdoors is one of Thomas' favourite activities to relax after studying. He likes to be away from the city and enjoy the beauty of nature. For him it is most rewarding to reach a view point along the way on a clear sunny day, but walks under harsh conditions also have their appeal. When not on a walk you might find him in the club stores sorting out equipment for one of the next trips.
Theo Kwek, Merton College/BA History and Politics
When not out walking, Theophilus can be found reading, writing bad poetry, or people-watching on Turl Street. He has a weakness for old books and a hot mocha, and is on a mission to visit all of England’s 22 pre-1800 Anglican Cathedrals by the end of his degree.
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!
The Training Officer's job is to co-ordinate the leader training programme and the First Aid training programme.
(The Training Officer's role has recently been separated from
that of Trip and Safety Co-ordinator. Until the Terms of
Reference document is split accordingly, please see the Trip and
Safety Co-ordinator's terms of reference above.)
Natasha Ng, Balliol College/DPhil in Medical Science
Natasha wishes she had more time to explore the outdoors instead of working behind the computer, though she fully appreciates the fact that many people do rely on the website for information, and so she thinks she's in quite a powerful position! Being a biologist at heart and a previous girl guide, she loves the wildlife and also has a thing for coastal scenery. One of her dream jobs is to be a conservationist, and on her bucket list is a trip to Ecuador, which is home to the Andes, Amazon and Galapagos Islands.
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.