BMC Members’ Council biographies

Find out who sits on the BMC's Members’ Council, and a little bit about their professional backgrounds and outdoor interests.

Voting Members

Elected Councillors

Andy SymeAndy Syme (President)

Based in Yorkshire, I have been a mountaineer for over 40 years.  Starting with hill walking with my family in the Peak District, I fell in love with climbing in my early teens, had my first alpine season at 16 and have climbed all over the UK and in the Himalayas, Greenland, the USA, Africa and Europe.   Now I mainly boulder, indoor and out, and trad climb in the UK, reserving my foreign trips for ice climbing in Europe.  A member of the BMC since my 20s, I joined the National Council through my local area in 2017.  I was heavily involved in developing and explaining the changes to the Articles in 2018 and was Deputy President from 2019 till my election.

After over 20 years in the Army, in 2006 I joined the NHS, working in senior roles in various national IT projects, before moving to the private sector in 2013.  I am now the General Manager of a software company supporting GPs, primary care and public health organisations.

Having been intimately involved in implementing the ORG changes since 2017 I have a detailed insight into what we intended, where this has worked, and where it has not worked. 

Tarquin ShipleyTarquin Shipley (Cymru North Wales Area Rep)

Based in North Wales, I am a Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, Treasurer and Trustee of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, the North Wales representative on the Members’ Council and a John Muir Trust Partner. My interest in the mountains was sparked by my Dad who had walked Munros whilst at Edinburgh University and my English teacher who had climbed the North Face of the Eiger. This passion was cemented with an independent Cuillin Ridge Traverse with my school friend as two 15-year olds. On joining the Army, I was sent on a Mountain Leader course as an 18-year old and I never really looked backed. My interest in the Army was more in the adventurous training than soldiering, I was a Chartered Electrical Engineer, and over a 30-year career I managed to climb in places all over the world but my most fun is hard rock climbing in the Dolomites or scrambling in North Wales. I am passionate about representing the unique interests of Welsh climbers, mountaineers, hill walkers or anyone who values access to wild places in North Wales.

Wedi fy lleoli yn Ngogledd Cymru, rydw in Hyfforddwr Dringo, a Mynydda Gaeaf, yn Drysorydd ac Ymddiriedolwr i Gymdeithas Hyfforddwyr Mynydda, ac rydw in cynyrchioli Gogledd Cymru ar Gyngor yr Aelodau. Rydw i hefyd yn Bartner i Ymddiriedolaeth John Muir. Cafodd fy niddordeb i yn y mynyddoedd ei ysgogi gan fy Nhad, a gerddodd Munros wrth astudio ym Mhrifysgol Caeredin, ac fy athro Saesneg, a esgynnodd wyneb gogleddol yr Eiger. Cafodd yr angerdd yma ei smentio gan daith annibynnol ar hyd Grib y Cuillin gyda fy ffrind ysgol pan oeddem yn bymtheg mlwydd oed. Ar ôl ymuno ar fyddin cefais fy ngyrru i wneud cwrs Arweinydd Mynydd pan oeddwn yn ddeunaw, a ni edrychais yn ôl. Roedd fy niddordeb yn y fyddin yn bennaf mewn hyfforddiant anturus nac mewn milwra, roeddwn yn beiriannydd trydannol wedi fy siarteru, a thros yrfa o dros 30 mlynedd, llwyddais i ddringo ar hyd a lled y byd, gyda dringo chreigiau yn y Dolomites a scramblo yng Ngogledd Cymru ymysg fy ffefrynnau. Rydw in angerddol dros gynyrchioli anghenion unigryw dringwyr, mynyddwyr, a cherddwyr Cymreig, ac unrhyw un sydd eisiau mynediad at lefydd gwyllt Gogledd Cymru.

CJ Griffiths (Cymru South Wales Area Rep)

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Steve QuintonSteve Quinton (Cymru South Wales Area Rep)

Steve's involvement with hill walking began from the age of 6 or 7 in the Yorkshire Dales, Skye and Wales, generally under coercion from his parents. Rock climbing followed aged 11, abseiling on Anglesey with the Scouts then getting introduced to lead climbing by an elder brother who thought an unprotected V Diff at Avon would be an ideal start. Steve progressed with university mountaineering clubs at Liverpool and Bangor before moving to Pembroke where he has so far failed to find a reason to leave.

Although never having been paid to climb, Steve claims that 99.9% of his earnings have come directly or indirectly from his climbing experience.  Firstly, working as an instructor in outdoor activity centres in Pembrokeshire, then teaching sport, outdoor activities and many other things at an FE College which is conveniently central to fantastic sea cliffs in North and South Pembrokeshire.  Over the years, teaching has expanded to include subjects as diverse as politics, health and safety, fitness and training, geography and leadership.  Steve is also a health and safety officer and union rep at the College.

Like many BMC members, Steve first got involved when going through the Mountain Leader scheme and later became Access Rep for Pembroke before being elected as one of the South Wales Area Reps on National Council in 2017. As a local activist with about 200 first ascents in the Pembroke, Steve has contributed to the Climbers’ Club guides to Pembroke over the past 20 years and authored the most recent North Pembroke Guide.  As a local access volunteer, he has negotiated access and seasonal restrictions to many of the local crags over the past 20 years. Steve is also a founder member and former chair of the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group which links outdoor activity providers with conservation bodies to try to ensure sustainable access for recreation in the county.  A recent side-line is becoming a qualified route setter and working occasionally at the Haverfordwest Climbing wall which leaves little time for Steve's other activities or surfing, kayaking, orienteering and road cycling.

Mike Parsons (Lakes Area Rep)

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Fiona Sanders (Lakes Area Rep) (and Council Nominated Director)

As a former president, vice president and secretary of the Climbers' Club (2005-2013), the largest BMC-affiliated club, Fiona dealt with a range of governance issues and brought a strategic direction to the club. In 2009 Fiona took the initiative in work that lead to the formation of the BMC Clubs’ Committee. After its inception, she helped set up and organise a training programme for club members and pushing for a full-time clubs officer. As chair (2013-18), she inspired volunteers and staff alike, to co-ordinate their efforts on behalf of clubs.

More recently she became involved with the Lakes Area as an Area Representative where she has helped to introduce more effective communication and developing a co-ordinated approach to access and conservation. Alongside this Fiona has been integral to the Organisational Review and the Organisational Development Groups.

Fiona combines a passion for the outdoors with directly relevant knowledge & experience gained during a professional career in leadership development, performance management and executive coaching which also included being a Company Director and senior manager.

Fiona is still a regular climber in the mountains as well as at sports venues. She is a stalwart champion of all the different types of BMC members, striving to ensure that they are central to the BMC and that they are dealt with equitably within the BMC framework. 

Robert DuftonRobert Dufton (London & South East Area Rep)

Robert is Secretary of the London & South East Area and also represents the Area on Members’ Council.  He is a member of the board’s Nominations Committee and also of the Equity Steering Group and chairs its LGBTQ group.

Before volunteering with the BMC, he was the President of Not So Trad Southern LGBT Climbers, of which he was a founder member and first Meets Secretary.  In addition, he is a member of the Climbers’ Club and the Austrian Alpine Club.

Professionally Robert is the Chief Executive of Moorfields Eye Charity and has worked as a CEO or in leadership roles in national charities for over 20 years. He has extensive experience as a non-executive director/trustee with national charities and public bodies in the education and cultural sectors.

Robert lives and works in London. He climbs mainly with Not So Trad across England and Wales, and occasionally further afield. As a comparatively late starter in climbing, there’s still a sense of making up for lost time, but he is beginning to rediscover the pleasures of hill walking.  In addition to climbing, Robert is a recent convert to running.  He sings in London Gay Men’s Chorus.

Chris StoneChris Stone (London & South East Area Rep)

Chris began volunteering for the BMC in 2016 as hill walking rep for the London & South East Area. Over three years he increased the prominence of hill walking in the Area and led numerous local walks for members. In 2018 he was elected Chair of the Area and National Council Rep and in 2021 Chris was appointed Deputy to the President.

Chris has a degree in Stage Management and has worked over 10 years for a Multi Academy Trust in East London as Operations Manager for their two purpose-built theatres. His work for the trust has included involvement with two building projects, procurement of equipment and services, production and technical management of a range of events and overseeing commercial hires at the venues. Similarly to the outdoors, he is passionate about the arts, the impact it has on young people and increasing diversity within the sector.

Chris is currently training to be a Mountain Leader and escapes to the hills as often as possible, particularly enjoying scrambling and long-distance walks. A recent highlight was visiting Yosemite and hiking up El Capitan and Half Dome. To keep active whilst in London he has started indoor climbing and bouldering.

David Jones (Midlands Area Rep) (and Observer for Huts Group)

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Claudia Sarner (Midlands Area Rep)

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Bill Beveridge (North West Area Rep)

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Carl SpencerCarl Spencer (North West Area Rep) (and Council Nominated Director)

Carl has been climbing, skiing and mountain biking for over 35 years with his early experiences in the mountains being provided by his local and university clubs. He has climbed extensively in Europe & North America with a preference towards big walls when possible or ski-touring with a split board in winter. He is currently an active climber both indoors and out and is happiest with the sun on his back, a jam crack ahead of him and a full rack of cams on his waist. Together with his partner Clare the last few years have been devoted to bringing up their two sons who also climb and have both competed on the youth circuit for the past 10 years.

He first became involved with the BMC as a contributor to the Lancashire Rock guidebook in the mid-90’s and on the back of that has put up a handful new routes in the Lancashire quarries and elsewhere in the UK. He then went on to become more involved in BMC volunteering in the North West Area as Access Rep, Secretary, and Chair, and also as President of the Preston Mountaineering Club.

Carl has 15+ years business experience in engineering, project management and risk management within the aerospace industry followed by a further 20+ years’ experience of running his own hybrid IT/software/marketing company employing 10 people. He is also passionate about the environment, climate change and the general ethics of business.

David Brown (Peak Area Rep)

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Alison CairnsAlison Cairns (Peak Area Rep)

I was very fortunate to be introduced to the climbing & mountaineering lifestyle by my parents, both of whom were keen and active outdoor enthusiasts, although the demands of bringing up three children somewhat clipped their wings. Despite this most of my childhood weekends and holidays were spent in the mountains of Snowdonia, the Lakes, Scotland and Europe walking, scrambling and occasionally getting the ropes out on some easy climbs. On top of that they were avid travelers, and used two periods of living abroad to explore large parts of South America and East Africa, culminating in a two-month overland journey from Pakistan as a way of returning to England from Kenya!

When asked I usually date when I started climbing from the first year at Edinburgh University in 1976, where I joined the University Mountaineering Club and almost immediately met my lifelong climbing partner and husband-to-be, Andy. I’ve never stopped since apart from enforced breaks due to injury (or more recently Covid!).

Although rock climbing (mainly trad ‘cragging’, sport and indoor climbing rather than Alpine or ‘Greater Ranges’) has always been my first love, I also love walking, at all levels from country rambles to big mountain hikes & scrambles, and it’s definitely what’s kept me sane during those periods when for whatever reason I’m unable to climb. I’ve climbed and walked extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and have also ‘compleated’ the Scottish Munros.

I’ve been an active member of the Pinnacle Club since 1985, and served nearly 10 years on the committee culminating in being President from 2008-11. I was also one of the main co-organisers of the Club’s Women’s International Meet in 2016 (sponsored by the BMC) and this year’s hugely successful Women’s Trad 100 meet, held as part of the Club’s Centenary celebrations. I’ve also been a member of the Climbers’ Club since 2000, but have so far resisted attempts to inveigle me onto the committee.

Instead I was inveigled onto the BMC National Council, having my arm twisted by Lynn Robinson to stand as Peak Area rep after innocently chatting to Dave Turnbull at my first ever Peak Area Meeting in 2017! It was most definitely a baptism of fire, coming into it just after the controversial Motion of No Confidence AGM resolution, then diving straight into the subsequent Organisational Review and its aftermath, which has been ongoing ever since. It’s certainly been an eye opener, and much harder work than I ever expected, but it’s nearly always interesting and I’ve made many new friends.

I had three very different careers during my working life – having originally trained and worked as a vet, I then re-trained as a computer programmer and worked in IT for 20 years, before spending the final 3 years as a personal fitness trainer. I’ve been very happily retired for the past 10 years, and have just moved from the Manchester area, where I’d lived for nearly 40 years, to Kendal, where I’m enjoying exploring the crags and hills of a whole new area. 

Helen WilsonHelen Wilson (South West Area Rep)

Helen began volunteering for the BMC in 2015 as South West Area Rep on National Council, then Members’ Council.   During her time on Council, Helen has been part of a number of working groups, including chairing the Task and Finish Group to reconstitute National Council to Members’ Council.

Helen has a degree in Geology and a Masters in Information Management.   She began her career working in specialist librarianship at various National Museums and other bodies before moving to Bristol to work as an information professional in a major financial services company.  For the last six years Helen has worked as a freelance outdoor instructor. 

Helen spends a lot of time walking and wild camping in the British mountains both for work and leisure and also gets out rock climbing as much as possible, weather permitting.  Her forte is being an able second, although she is known to enjoy leading from time to time.   

Philip WilsonPhilip Wilson (South West Area Rep)

Philip has volunteered for the BMC since 2009 as Secretary for the Climb Bristol project and then the South West Area.  Following this he was elected as SW Area Rep for National (then Members’) Council.  Philip is and has been a member of several working groups and remains committed to representing local issues at a national level.  

Philip has an honours degree and later professional qualifications in humanities, social science and administration. He began his career working in life insurance (admin & IT), before working in a similar position in a national museum’s customer-facing department. He then moved to Bristol to set up and run his own small software company.  For the past eight years he has worked as a Freelance Outdoor Instructor working mainly with young adults.

Philip has been rock climbing since he was fourteen, and continues to spend as much time as possible climbing and walking in the British mountains and abroad both for work and leisure.

Mick GreenMick Green (Yorkshire Area Rep)

With nearly 60 years of rock climbing, mountaineering, and sport climbing I am a lifetime enthusiast – not forgetting indoor climbing from the very first Leeds wall. In the UK, I am a great fan of our marvellous sea cliffs, which are unparalleled and have provided widespread oceans of adventure. The Power of Gritstone is still a favourite but climbing and mountaineering in the Alps, the Himalaya (overland to the Karakorum), North America, Africa, Europe and Australia are all memorable with lifetime friends. Having had the opportunity to enjoy life as a climbing local in the Lakes, Yorkshire, Manchester, Liverpool and the South West, I appreciate what each has to offer.

In the BMC, as a Yorkshire Councillor I have contributed additionally to the Nominations Committee, and helped to draft the recent Council Terms of Reference and their implementation. I am a past President of the Gritstone Club (which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2022).

Professionally, I was a partner of a multi-disciplinary built environment design consultancy with offices worldwide – delivering many well-known and sometimes controversial projects. Supporting and contributing to industrial liaison, teaching and research at many universities internationally was another of my enthusiasms. I have chaired and contributed to UK national design guidance and its dissemination over a 40-year period.

Rose Gare-Simmons (Nationally Elected Councillor for Hill Walkers)

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Stuart Holmes (Nationally Elected Councillor for Indoor Climbers)

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Aaron HodgsonAaron Hodgson (Nationally Elected Councillor for Mountaineers)

Aaron has been spending time in the hills for as long as he can remember. Originally from Liverpool, the mountains of North Wales were his playground growing up before he made the move up to Edinburgh for a PhD. He fell in love with the Scottish mountains and simply decided not to leave once his prolonged time at university was at an end!

He can normally be found with his nose pressed up against rock or ice, depending on the season, contemplating the 6 inches in front of his face and trying to live life in the moment. Bouldering, sport, trad, ice or mixed, in Scotland, the Alps, or in the Greater Ranges on expedition – Aaron tries to get out there as much as possible.

In his professional life he runs the social media channels for Tiso, the Scottish outdoor retailer, and is also training to be a guide. As the Nationally Elected Councillor for Mountaineering Aaron is an advocate for the outdoor community; he believes that we have a lot more in common than divides us, and strives every day to work towards the common goal of creating a better future for climbers, hill walkers, and mountaineers.

Steve Clark (Nationally Elected Councillor for Rock Climbers)

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Oli LewisOli Lewis (Constituency Councillor for Mountain Training candidates)

Based in the Peak, Oli has been climbing, mountaineering and trekking for over 20 years following an early winter introduction in Norway through school. Whilst those initial telemark skiing techniques are now a lost concept for him, the experience set him on a path to becoming an experienced mountaineer.  He has climbed in the USA, the Alps, Russia and Scandinavia and across Britain. Although happiest at height battling the elements, rock and ice, he regularly thinks nothing of a weekend blast south to the boulders of Fontainebleau or beyond. That said his heart lies with the gritstone crags in the Peak. 

His career path has somehow woven its way from Structural Engineering, Teaching, Design and installation of climbing walls and now happily settled as an outdoor professional working through the final Mountain Training qualifications and hoping to culminate in the Winter Mountain Climbing instructor.  

Oli joined the Members’ Council in one of the new Constituency Councillor roles established in 2021, and represents the BMC membership who are also on a Mountain Training pathway.  The role is in its infancy and being developed, which is proving to be an engaging challenge. He is drawing on his previous experience as a Trustee and Members representative for Edale Mountain Rescue Team, and is still a full member of that team. 

 

Specialist Councillors

Andy TickleAndy Tickle (Access Management Group)

Andy has worked in the environmental movement since the late 1980s, with occasional spells as an academic. Originally an applied ecologist, he has worked on campaigns and policy for various UK environmental groups covering issues from acid rain, environmental politics in eastern Europe to his current focus on the landscape impacts of energy transition to carbon net zero. Based in Sheffield and north Wales, he is happiest when climbing on the hills of Eryri or kayaking off Pen Llyn.

Peter SalenieksPeter Salenieks (Clubs Committee) (and Council Nominated Director)

Peter’s enduring passion for the outdoors was nurtured through scouting and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award scheme. It grew through year-round hill walking, scrambling, rock climbing, snow & ice climbing and mountaineering in his college mountaineering club, combined with adventures in Europe & Scandinavia. He has belonged to a Welsh mountaineering club for over thirty years, including six years as chair.

Mountain leader training developed the underpinning skills needed for treks and expeditions further afield, including the Himalaya, Africa, the Middle & Far East and America. Travel to the wild places of the world sits well with his love of photography and a desire to inspire others through shared stories. Without setting out to do so, he has developed a penchant for climbing volcanoes.
Professionally, Peter is a Chartered Engineer, majoring in systems and software engineering and allied disciplines. He was previously engaged with his professional body at regional and national level. His hallmark combination of specialist skills and a holistic vision is well-matched to the needs of the BMC during a time of change.

Peter served on club committees, before becoming active in the BMC South West and Cymru South Wales Areas. He was elected chair of Clubs’ Committee and joined National Council as an observer, where he also represents specialist committees on the R33 Working Group, whilst it prepares National Council for the transition to a Members’ Council. Peter is a founder member of the Pwyllgor Cymru - Wales Committee and supports several other BMC committees. His outlook has been enriched through long association with mountains and mountaineers. As a BMC volunteer, he is keen to put something back.

Rab CarringtonRab Carrington (Competition Climbing Performance Group)

I am now old but continue to climb and walk, though my younger self would consider my climbing to be little more than ledge shuffling.

I have been a volunteer with the BMC since 2006 during which time I have been President and Patron. I have chaired Mountain Training; sat on the BMC’s Organisational Development Group; chaired the Competition Review Group and currently (but not for much longer) chair the Competition Climbing Performance Group.

As a climber since 1964, I have rock climbed locally, bouldered, ice climbed, been an alpinist (summer and winter). I have climbed all round the world including Patagonia, Peru and the Himalayas. In more recent years, I have been attracted to the safety of sport climbing and thoroughly enjoyed it as well as being a regular indoor climber during the winter. So, I think I understand most aspects of the broad spectrum which is “climbing”.

My skills outside climbing are fairly limited though with my wife, Sue, we did set up RAB and ran it for 20 odd years.

Abbi BlakeyAbbi Blakey (Training, Youth & Walls Committee)

Abbi attends Council as the member representative of the BMC’s Training, Youth and Walls Specialist Committee. In her day job she is the National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes (NICAS) Membership Manager, the key contact for the 240+ climbing walls who run the NICAS schemes. Prior to NICAS she worked at the BBC for nine years in technology project roles. Away from work, Abbi enjoys spending time with her family, and she is a keen horse rider and runner. She of course loves to climb, both at her local wall and further afield whenever she can, and is enjoying the move to outdoors, having learnt exclusively as an indoor climber. Abbi is passionate about making the learn to climb experience fun for all as well as it making people feel safe and confident. As such she loves the involvement she has with the growth and development of the industry. Abbi has previous voluntary committee experience from chairperson roles held at her children’s preschool and the British Riding Club London and South East area committee. As well as her TYW role for the BMC, Abbi is also a member of the BMC’s Equity Steering Group.

 

Observers

Specialist Committees

Neal Hockley (Committee for Wales)

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Peter JuddPeter Judd (Hill Walking Group)

Peter began fell walking in the ‘70s, igniting a passion for the hills still burning strong. Low grade trad climbing and trips to the Alps followed for a while, but hill walking is his lasting love.

He qualified as a Mountain Leader in the ‘90s and has regularly led groups in the hills, mostly as a volunteer, ever since.  He’s an active member of the Mountain Training Association, attending and sometimes organising regional activities.

Peter has been a BMC member for many years, beginning volunteering in 2014 (when Area Hill Walking Representatives were first introduced), becoming one of Peak Area’s Hill Walking Reps and has organised numerous Area hill walks and upland conservation activities. He became a Hill Walking Group (specialist committee) member in 2015 focusing on supporting other Area volunteers and taking the chair in 2017. He was instrumental in organising the BMC’s recent Hill Walking Weekends.  In 2020 he was awarded the BMC’s George Band Award (jointly with another volunteer).

He has a first degree in Electronic Engineering, a masters in Teaching in Higher Education and is a Chartered Engineer. He was a university teacher (in electronic and electrical engineering) for over 30 years, taking early retirement in 2020.

 

Board of Directors

Paul DrewPaul Drew (Chair of the Board)

Paul has been climbing for over 30 years, starting through his University mountaineering club.  He has climbed and skied extensively throughout the world but North Wales has always been his favourite location conveniently close to his home near Chester.

With rock climbing he switches between trad and sports depending upon the location and season, equally at home on the sea cliffs in the Outer Hebrides, new routing in the Anti-Atlas in Morocco or sport climbing in Spain, France, Greece or Italy. However many places he visits though, he finds it hard to beat the excitement of climbing on Main Cliff at Gogarth with the waves crashing beneath his feet.

He also has a lot of experience in mountaineering, in the Alps and further back in the Himalayas and Andes. More recently he has focused on longer rock routes in the Alps & Spain, being fortunate to have a place in the Ecrins with both granite and limestone crags in close vicinity (Tete d’Aval being a particular favourite), but also trips to the Dolomites, Picos de Europa, Chamonix, Bregalia, Uri etc. In the last 12 years he has ventured more into ski mountaineering, a more enjoyable way to ascend high mountains in the Alps than snow plodding in the summer, typically managing 2 or 3 weeks each winter.

In his professional career he spent 25 years working in the IT/Telecoms sector for a company called Metaswitch holding a variety of senior management positions. Since retiring from this he has focused on supporting start-ups in the IT sector mostly in and around Manchester, acting as a mentor to Ignite (as start-up incubator), an advisor and a non-exec director at 4 companies. He is also involved as a non-exec director at his local climbing wall, Boulder Hut in Ellesmere Port where has has learnt a lot about the indoor climbing industry.

Caroline WorboysCaroline Worboys (Senior Independent Director)

Over the last 10 years, Caroline has rediscovered a passion for the outdoors and mountains, making this opportunity at the BMC extremely exciting. Her passion for trekking, hill walking and trail running has taken her to amazing places: the Himalayas, Morocco, the Alps, Chile, Yosemite and, of course, the UK. She is committed to ensuring that people of all backgrounds and abilities continue to experiment and try new activities like she has.

As a professional, Caroline has also continually challenged herself and others. She possesses 30 years of experience as a Senior Executive, both as an entrepreneur and corporate director in the UK and globally. She has predominately been focused on building and leading businesses using data and digital technologies as a key strategic driver for growth.

As a NED, Caroline has acted as Chair and Vice Chair of the DMA Group (Data & Marketing Association) which is also a membership organisation. Caroline currently consults and manages a successful personal investment portfolio in which she takes an active and supporting role, once again helping them grow into mature and stable organisations.

Flavia AlzettaFlavia Alzetta (Independent Director)

Flavia’s interest in the outdoors goes back to her teenage years in Italy, where she lived at the foot of the Alps north of Venice. She enjoyed hiking in the Dolomites in the summer and cross-country or downhill skiing in the winter. Her curiosity and eagerness to explore led her to learn the skills to allow her to fully enjoy mountaineering all year round. That is how Flavia started first to scramble and later to rock- and ice-climb.

Flavia has lived in London since 1998, and a significant part of her training and/or practice takes place in North Wales, in the Peak District or on the South Coast. Flavia also regularly goes to the Alps for higher-altitude mountaineering and ski touring. Whenever longer trips are possible she likes to go to the Andes (she summitted Aconcagua in 2017) or to the Nepalese Himalaya. Flavia has been a BMC member for several years and has participated in a number of BMC-supported training events.

Flavia works as a CEO for a European paytech business. She has more than 25 years of experience in general management with a passion for developing customer-centric businesses and building talented and high-performing teams. She also brings significant experience in transforming organisations and developing innovative commercial propositions and partnerships.

Diane HopperDiane Hopper (Independent Director)

Di comes from the HR sector and has a career spanning 20 years working with a diverse array of businesses and companies. Aside from leading HR management at international blue chip and SME businesses across a range of sectors, Di’s experience in driving forward communication and engagement activities in both union and non-union environments will be invaluable to the BMC – particularly with the successful implementation of the BMC Clubs Strategy.

Her experience also includes specialist turnaround and mergers/acquisitions leadership knowledge, global talent acquisition, global professional services and HR SSC leadership and implementation. And experience in leadership talent and performance design and delivery aligned to business transformation, programme Management through periods of growth and right-sizing, and end to end process and policy design including CI through the introduction of global SAAS technology.

Jonny DryJonny Dry (Nominated Director – Fundraising)

 hooked climber ever since his Dad took him and his brother up Flying Buttress, Jonny is also a longstanding competitive fell, cross-country and track athlete. Through his role as Membership Secretary for Kendal Athletics Club, voluntary Mountain Leader work, and his involvement with the BMC he is passionate about the culture of both mountaineering and running, and working to engage young and under-represent individuals in its history, environment and community.

Alongside his outdoor background, Jonny has a particular passion for arts and culture more broadly; be it literature, film or music. To this end he has directed and produced fictional films since 2012, with his latest project screening at UK film festivals, and further upcoming short films portraying remote communities and rural environments on screen. He also works as an assistant director on both short and feature length work, advising and running production logistics on-set and managing diverse teams of cast and crew.

Alongside this he has studied mountain and environmental literature at Lancaster University, and also worked as a freelance marketer and writer for a range of organisations; including the Mountain Heritage Trust, Mount Everest Foundation and Alpine Club.

Martyn HurnMartyn Hurn (Nominated Director)

I started climbing in 1966. We lived in Hampshire so early venues were Harrison’s, Swanage and the Avon Gorge. Trips up North to the mountains of Wales and the Lakes were infrequent but enough to get me hooked. Trips to the alps followed and finally expeditions to the greater ranges. I still climb whenever possible and also enjoy ski mountaineering and sea kayaking.

I trained as an Outdoor Education teacher at Bangor Normal college and then spent 13 years working in various outdoor centres culminating with a tenure at Plas-Y-Brenin. This was followed by a move into the outdoor industry, initially in marketing roles for various companies but finally moving into product development, I’d always been, and remain, a gear tinkerer. I spent the final 10 years as Head of Product Development at Lowe Alpine. On retirement I set up my own consultancy serving the outdoor industry.  I have published a number of instructional books on skiing, fitness for climbing, off-piste skiing and ski mountaineering, and I also produced an instructional CD rom about how to navigate in the outdoors.

jonathan WhiteJonathan White (Nominated Director – Clubs)

Growing up beside Dartmoor, hills and mountains have been a big part of Jonathan’s life since school days: starting with Ten Tors and DofE. Long walks became the objective in themselves, then university brought frequent weekend club trips around the UK, an introduction to playing in the snow and ice, and the first in a succession of Alps trips. Expeditions followed, with adventures in Argentina, Greenland, Norway, Svalbard, Morocco and Iran. This was alongside mountain walking and climbing in the UK, plus parallel interests in mountain biking, skiing and ski-mountaineering.

Professionally he is a Chartered Civil Engineer working as a director of construction and services businesses. He brings a combined operational and commercial focus and extensive line management and risk experience, including from challenging corporate governance roles. He has worked in various aspects of infrastructure in the UK and abroad, specialising in business transformation in mobilisation, delivery and recovery.

Jonathan has been on the committees of four clubs, including a large university club, a small start-up club, and more recently the Alpine Club, so brings a breadth and depth to the clubs’ perspective, and much of what’s involved with running them. A BMC club member since 1991 and individual member since 1996, he’s been active with three Areas, a member of the Management Committee that pre-dated the Board, Chair of Training, and was a member of two organisational reviews. Recently he has supported the governance workstream of the current BMC review.

Paul DaviesPaul Davies (BMC Chief Executive)

Paul has spent 20+yrs in the Elite Sport world, starting as an Exercise Physiologist working for the British Olympic Association and taking a number of roles on the way to becoming Performance Director for England Netball and then for British Wheelchair Basketball. Paul has had a lifelong passion for the outdoors, having climbed both in summer and winter across many regions of the UK. More recently he’s focussed on hill walking, either with family, friends or solo.

 

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Roger Murray (Specialist Committee Review)

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