The BMC is the national representative body that champions the interests of climbers, hill walkers, mountaineers and ski mountaineers in England and Wales; we are also recognised by government as the national governing body for competition climbing. Read on to find out more about who we are, what we do, and how we are run.
Who We Are
To be the organisation that every climber and hill walker wants to join.
To be the natural champion and community hub for all those who climb hills, mountains, rocks, ice and indoor walls; to promote the interests and protect the freedoms of climbers, hill walkers, mountaineers and ski mountaineers.
The BMC is a member organisation, and we currently have over 85,000 members, comprised of individual members as well as members of more than 250 BMC affiliated clubs. Organisations who wish to support the work of the BMC can join as associate members.
What are the benefits of being a member?
Find out about club affiliation
Find out about associate membership
Our Honorary Members and Patrons
In recognition of services to the BMC and the mountaineering community, the BMC awards honorary membership status.
List of BMC Honorary Members & Honorary Advisors
BMC Patrons are people who have provided exceptional support and assistance to the BMC.
List of BMC Patrons
BMC ambassadors help the BMC raise its profile by acting as role models to inspire and engage young climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, encouraging more young people to join and get involved with the BMC.
Meet the BMC Ambassadors
Our Staff and Volunteers
The work of the BMC is carried out and co-ordinated by over 30 members of staff supported by hundreds of volunteers. This vital partnership between staff and volunteers enables the BMC to work on behalf of its members and for the benefit of the entire mountaineering community.
Meet the BMC staff
Find out about volunteering for the BMC
The BMC was established in 1944 as the first umbrella organisation for British climbing clubs, to represent and speak on behalf of all climbers in Britain.
Read ‘A Brief History of the BMC’
What We Do
The BMC’s strategic plan sets out the organisation’s key aims, and how we will achieve them.
Read the BMC Strategic Plan 2015-2019
The BMC relies on a well-established structure of voluntary Specialist Committees, supported by staff, to develop and oversee much of the organisation’s technical work for members.
The work of the Specialist Committees covers:
Access & Conservation
Training, Youth & Walls
Find out more about the work of BMC Specialist Committees
Equality and Diversity
The BMC is committed to equality and diversity in our work and will endeavour to remove any barriers, real or perceived, to lifelong participation amongst individuals, clubs, volunteers and mountaineering instructors.
This commitment starts at the top and our Action Plan sets out a structure for achieving greater gender parity and diversity at Board level (the BMC Executive Committee) and on National Council.
To this end our main goals are to:
Achieve gender parity with a minimum of 30% of each gender on both the Executive Committee and National Council.
Achieve greater diversity in general on the Executive Committee and National Council, including but not limited to black Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) groups and disabled people.
Proactively advertise appropriate Board vacancies in a wide-ranging and targeted manner ensuring that the vacancies reach the widest demographics attracting those from all backgrounds with the appropriate skills
Read the BMC Equality and Diversity Action Plan
Read the BMC Equity Statement
The BMC offers wide-ranging travel insurance cover for travellers, trekkers, hill walkers, climbers, mountaineers and skiers. All our policies are designed by active experts and tailored for our members.
Find out more about BMC Travel Insurance
We also provide Combined Liability insurance (for club and individual members) and Personal Accident cover (for individual members).
Find out more about Combined Liability and Personal Accident Insurance
The BMC Online Shop stocks a massive range of publications to both inspire and educate. Our expanding range of clothing is also proving to be extremely popular with members.
Pop into the BMC Online Shop
BMC membership is annual; you get 12 months’ membership from your date of application. Individual membership costs just £31.45 (£15.72 for the first year if you pay by direct debit); concessionary and family membership subscription rates are also available.
Find out more about the great range of BMC membership benefits
How We Are Run
The BMC Articles of Association set out the purpose of the BMC and how the organisation is run.
Read the BMC Articles of Association
Our Management Structure
The BMC is managed by a combination of the Board of Directors (previously called the Executive Committee), National Council, the Finance & Audit Committee and senior staff. The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for the strategic direction and operational management. National Council is made up of representatives from the BMC Areas, Specialist Committees and members of the Board of Directors, provides an intermediary forum between the Board and the members, and represents the interests of the members to the Board. The Finance & Audit Committee supports the CEO and Financial Controller and advises the Board on financial matters. The CEO is responsible for the day-to-day management of the BMC office.
The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the ultimate decision-making body of the BMC, and is responsible for overall operation of the organisation, as well as setting and implementing organisational strategy in consultation with National Council. The Board meets four times a year.
Find out more about the Board of Directors
Responsibility Matrix – BMC President, Chair & CEO
Read recent BMC Board of Directors meeting summaries and minutes
The Finance & Audit Committee
The Finance & Audit Committee monitors the BMC's financial performance, and advises on investments, accounting and budgeting, in order that the BMC can utilise its available financial resources to the best interests of its members and the organisation. The Finance & Audit Committee meets four times a year.
Find out more about the Finance & Audit Committee
Read recent BMC annual accounts
The Nominations Committee
The Nominations Committee is a sub-committee of the the Board of Directors, and has the responsibility for leading the process for Director appointments and making recommendations to the Board. The Nominations Committee meets as and when necessary to ensure effective succession planning for the organisation.
Find out more about the Nominations Committee
National Council is comprised of representatives from the BMC Areas, BMC Specialist Committees, organisations which work closely with the BMC and members of the Board of Directors. It acts as a representative body of the members, consulting with and constructively challenging the Board of Directors, and holding the Board to account on behalf of the members. National Council meets at least three times a year.
Find out more about National Council
Read recent BMC National Council meeting minutes
Memorandum of Understanding
between the Board of Directors and the National Council
The Memorandum of Understanding provides agreement on the way in which the Board and the Council want to work, for mutual benefit, focussing on ways of cooperation and communication to achieve the best outcomes for the BMC’s members.
Read the Memorandum of Understanding
The BMC divides England and Wales into ten geographical areas: Cymru North Wales; Cymru South Wales; Lakes; London & SE; Midlands; North East; North West; Peak; South West; Yorkshire.
BMC Areas provide a focus for local activities and are instrumental in driving national policy. Each BMC Area holds five meetings a year, and each precedes a meeting of National Council, to enable members to make their views known and be communicated to National Council.
Find out more about BMC Areas
Annual General Meetings
The BMC holds an AGM (usually in April), primarily for the purpose of presenting and adopting annual reports and accounts, appointing auditors and electing members of the Board of Directors.
Read recent BMC AGM minutes and National Open Forum notes
Read recent BMC annual reports and accounts
These procedures apply to all major ‘external’ complaints received by the BMC office from BMC members and third parties concerning the operation, management and policies of the organisation.
Read BMC Complaints Procedures