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National Executive Committee (NEC)

Last updated 25 October 2023

You can find a list of these and other contacts here.

Julie Cribb

Based in Inverness and previously chair of North West Grampian local group which she was key in establishing. Set up a new 50 mile event (Laich O’Moray) and is lead organiser for the Speyside 100 to be held in 2024. Introduced Virtual events to the LDWA in 2020.


Karen Pickersgill

Joined the LDWA in 2010 - initially for the social walks but soon got addicted to challenge events. Member of the West Yorkshire Group and served as Chair for 3 years. Currently an active member of the West Yorkshire Group’s committee and a willing volunteer on lots of events. Joined the NEC in March 2021 as Local Groups’ Officer - recently moved into the Vice Chair. Being on the NEC is a great opportunity to meet and work with many of the Local Group Officers and our members.


General Secretary
Bill Milbourne

Based on Tyneside and formerly Secretary of Northumbria Group, Lead Organiser for the Durham Dales Challenge and the Hadrian Hundred. From a marathon and fell running background. Came into the LDWA through Challenge Events. Has been a member of the LDWA for over 25 years.

John Elrick

Based in London. Relatively new to the NEC (in March 2019) but not to long distance walking. Completed over 20 100s and had a large role in organising The Games 100 and Cinque Ports 100.


Volunteer Coordinator



100s Coordinator
Sara Dyer

Member of The Irregulars local group, based in West Yorkshire. First experienced LDWA events in Dorset 30 years ago, and hundreds in Northumberland. Originally from a running and orienteering background. Joined the NEC in March 2021.


Communications and Publicity
Matt Parker

Also known as the Grumpy Runner, Matt has a bad habit of signing up to ultramarathons. He survived a Couch to 60k challenge in 2016 and tried his first LDWA 50-miler the following year. Matt is a freelance content marketer, creative copywriter, book editor and dad with ADHD.


Local Groups Officer
Pearl Barnes

Based in the SW, and a member of both the Dorset and Cornwall & Devon groups, I am a relative newcomer to the LDWA, but not to long distance walking, having walked most of the National Trails and many other LDPs over the last 35 years. I joined the LDWA for the social walks, and am known for walking with my Crazy Cav, Charlie. Recently I have become addicted to challenge walks and am working my way up to my first 100 next year. I work as a self-employed adviser to schools in special educational needs and disability, and am a proud mum to three amazing children.


IT and Website
Richard May

Based in Norfolk, and until recently a trustee of the Ramblers, so longer walks are a new challenge. Joined the LDWA in 2020 after helping with marshalling on challenge walks, and enjoying the friendly welcome. Richard runs an IT support business by day, so he is keen to apply his IT skills to the needs of the LDWA to build and launch a new website.


Environment Officer
Andrew Cooney

Lives in Windsor and has been an LDWA member for 10 years. Primarily an ultrarunner and increasingly into self-powered adventures across the fantastic landscapes our country offers. Environmental issues and sustainability are high on Andrew's priorities and he is an active member of the Green Party and Greenpeace. By day, Andrew owns event registration service and designs and builds Web applications.


Strider Editor
Gordon Stone

Based in Horwich, Lancashire and active member of East Lancs group since joining in 2007. A very experienced long distance trekker with a background of mountain/fell and cross-country running.


Long Distance Paths Officer
Iain Connell

A member of East Lancashire local group. Has been walking long distance paths, bridleways and footpaths for more than 55 years, a guesstimate of at least 70,000 miles.



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