About Us

The Trust’s charitable mission is to create walkways in towns and cities around the world to preserve and protect the physical and mental health of people, advance their education in relation to natural and cultural heritage and promote conservation, protection and improvement of the historical and natural environment. 

Regular walking is proven to help prevent and treat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer. It also helps prevent hypertension, overweight and obesity and can improve mental health, quality of life and well-being. Yet, much of the world is walking less. Failure to act to increase levels of walking will see related costs continue to rise, with negative impacts on health systems, the environment, economic development, community well-being and quality of life.

WHO, 2018

The Commonwealth Walkway Trust was established in 2012 with a donation made by the Jubilee Walkway Trust, the charity that established the first city Walkway in 1977 and maintained it for 40 years. The first marker on the Commonwealth Walkway was installed in 2014 outside the Glasgow Council Chambers at the start of the Commonwealth Games. Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, has given her support, allowing each marker to display her personal EIIR Royal cipher and crown. The Queen launched the first completed Commonwealth Walkway in Valetta (Malta) at CHOGM in November 2015 and since then has also launched routes in Windsor, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, and in London at CHOGM in April 2018.

The Trust is primarily the coordinating body for the delivery of the Commonwealth Walkway initiative in collaboration with communities and authorities in each city. The Commonwealth Walkway is an inclusive, accessible and internationally appreciated initiative.The Trust manages the strategic promotion of the Walkway too with plans to organise an annual Walk for the Commonwealth on the route in the future.

Trustees 

The Rt Hon. the Lord Marland of Odstock

Hugo Vickers DL

Jennifer Knight

Staff

Jim Walker (Chief Executive)

Bronwen Thornton (Finance Director)

Governance

Dr Reg Murphy: (Director of Heritage Resources for the National Parks of Antigua). Dr Murphy was the past president and a current Board member of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology and represents the Caribbean region of the Commonwealth as well as providing advice on natural heritage to the Trust.

Mr Hugh Graham: (Commonwealth Games Regional Vice President for Oceania, National Olympic Committee President and Secretary General of the Oceania Volleyball Federation). Mr Graham represents the Pacific region of the Commonwealth as well as providing advice on physical activity to the Trust.

The Hon. Lois Mitchell: (Lt Governor of Alberta, Canada Rtd. and coordinator of several walkway routes in the Americas). Her Honour represents the America’s region of the Commonwealth as well as providing advice on philanthropy to the Trust.

Dame Louise Martin: (President of the Commonwealth Games Federation and Vice Chair of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee where the first Commonwealth Walkway was installed). Dame Louise provides connections to the Commonwealth Games Association family and partnership advice to maximise the physical activity legacy of the Trust.

Her Excellency Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem: (High Commissioner for Bangladesh). Her Excellency represents the Asia region of the Commonwealth as well as providing advice on women empowerment, climate change and communications and public diplomacy to the Trust.

The Rt Hon Patrica Scotland QC: (Commonwealth Secretary General and an active supporter of the Walkways in the Americas especially). Baroness Scotland provides advice to the Trust to ensure the walkways promote and protect the Commonwealth values.

Olasupo Shasore SAN: (Partner in The African Law Firm and Chair of the Walkway committee in Lagos, Nigeria). Mr Shasore represents the African region of the Commonwealth as well as providing legal  advice to the Trust.

His Worship Tom Tate: (Mayor of the Gold Coast, Australia and host of the Commonwealth Games with connections across Asia). His Worship represents the Asian region of the Commonwealth as well as providing delivery advice to the Trust.

Hon. Barry House AM: (a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Former President of the Legislative Assembly for Western Australia and Chair of the WA Walkway Committee). Mr House provides connections to partners across the Commonwealth as well as providing partnership advice to the Trust.

Mr Martin Scicluna: (Director General of The Today Public Policy Institute, in Malta). Mr Scicluna represents the European region of the Commonwealth as well as providing advice on heritage matters and policy to the Trust.

Supporters

JP Marland Charitable Trust

The Swire Charitable Trust

The Band Trust

Maps sponsored by the Mapbox community team

Eranda Rothschild Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation

The Steel Trust

Website supported by the Go-Jauntly team