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National Executive Committee (NEC)

Last updated 21 May 2024

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.

Elaine Oddie



Volunteer Coordinator



100s Coordinator



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
Madeleine Watson

Member of the West Yorkshire Group and an active member of the LDWA for many years. Has had several roles on the NEC in the past including Challenge Events Coordinator and, more recently, General Secretary.


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



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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