Our membership has grown significantly and consistently, following a decline between 1978 and 1983.
With more than 175,000 members, an annual turnover of almost £15 million and nearly 50 full-time and part-time members of staff, CAMRA has changed beyond recognition from our first two years, when the membership records were kept in a shoebox.
Although it is still led by unpaid volunteers, 12 of whom form the National Executive —CAMRA’s board of directors — our organisation has increased its expertise and professionalism considerably. Many members are relatively inactive, however. They pay their membership subscription, possibly buy the Good Beer Guide and presumably drink real ale, but are not involved with their branch or local campaigning activity.
A key challenge for the Campaign is to find the next generation of activists and leaders to take CAMRA in whatever direction is decided by this process. We also need to embrace the challenge to making sure all new faces are made to feel welcome in the organisation.