Who works at the BMC? Full details of all current BMC staff.
Paul Davies – 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.
Joelie Chisholm – Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer Joelie is part of the Senior Leadership team. Joelie oversees the finance function which plays an important role in ensuring that the BMC utilises its funds for the benefit of the members and communities, and in line with funding partners' expectations.
Joelie has been a Senior Finance Executive for over 20 years, and has worked with sports and not for profit member-based organisations for over 10 Years. She recently returned from Australia where she held senior Executive roles in Water Polo Australia, Australian Taekwondo, Rowing Australia and Triathlon Australia. Joelie was born and brought up on the West Coast of Cumbria, and has always had a love for the outdoors whether that is being on foot, on a bike, in a boat or on horseback. She is passionate about the role of the outdoors in health and wellbeing.
Gavin Finch – Chief Commercial Officer
As Chief Commercial Officer Gavin is responsible for overseeing marketing and communications, digital and IT, and membership functions, and to provide the foundations for sustainable growth for the BMC, ensuring it is able to continue and grow the work it does on behalf of its members and communities.
Gavin has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications and for over 10 years has worked in senior roles leading multi-disciplinary teams within sport, outdoor and non-profit organisations. Specifically within a membership and sport governing body context for British Cycling and Badminton England, for outdoor clothing brand Rohan, and the representative body for the charity sector. Gavin is happiest being active and outdoors and believes in the important role sport and activity plays in our communities and society.
Access, Conservation & Environmental Sustainability
Dave Turnbull – Head of Access, Conservation & Environmental Sustainability
4 days per week
Dave was a BMC Access & Conservation Officer from 1997-2001, when he became the organisation’s CEO, leading the day-to-day running of the BMC until 2020. Prior to joining the BMC, Dave worked in environmental consultancy. He's a chartered surveyor, with an MSc in Marine Science. Dave is originally from Northumberland but began climbing on Dartmoor and the South West sea cliffs while a student at Plymouth Polytechnic.
Tom Carrick – Swyddog Mynediad a Chadwraeth (Cymru) / Access & Conservation Officer (Wales)
Mae Tom yn gyfrifol am waith mynediad a chadwraeth y BMC ar lawr gwlad ledled Cymru. Mae'r gwaith hwn yn amrywiol a bydd yn cynnwys gwaith negodi gyda pherchnogion tir, cytuno ar gyfyngiadau newydd ar adar a bydd hefyd yn ymgymryd â rôl fwy addysgol. Mae Tom wedi gweithio fel hyfforddwr dringo ac awyr agored o'r blaen, a rheoli coetiroedd. Erbyn hyn mae'n mwynhau mynd allan yn y mynyddoeth ar llinellau dringo traddodiadol hir yn bennaf.
Tom is responsible for the BMC’s access and conservation work on the ground across Wales. This work is varied and will involve work negotiating with land owners, agreeing new bird restrictions and will also take on a more educational role. Tom has worked as a climbing and outdoor instructor previously, and woodland management. He now enjoys mostly getting out on long traditional mountain routes.
Rob Dyer – Access & Conservation Officer (England)
Rob is responsible for the BMC’s access and conservation work on the ground across England. He’s lucky to have a very varied job involving anything from negotiating with landowners for access, to managing BMC owned land, agreeing seasonal climbing restrictions for nesting birds, supporting our amazing network of access volunteers and much more. Rob enjoys everything from sunny bolt clipping to shivering on winter belays, but having an adventure with good friends on a long rock route or ski tour tops the list.
Cath Flitcroft – Access & Conservation Officer (Policy)
Doctor Flitcroft is responsible for managing the BMC's relationship with the Government and other countryside and recreational organisations. She is often to be found lobbying hard for the rights of hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers. She leads the BMC on policy and legislation issues affecting the cliff and mountain environment, and is responsible for replying to numerous consultation documents in England and Wales. She was once a champion athlete and has, by her own admission, spent far too much time in the wilderness. Her PhD is about peat bogs.
Eben Muse – Swyddog Polisi ac Ymgyrchoedd (Cymru) / Policy & Campaigns Officer (Wales)
3 diwrnod yr wythnos / 3 days per week
Cafodd Eben ei fagu yn Nyffryn Nantlle, ond mae wedi bod yn sownd yng Nghaerdydd ers 2014 diolch i ddiffyg rhwydwaith drafnidiaeth. Gynt yn rhan o dîm Economi Gylchol Llywodraeth Cymru, mae bellach yn canolbwyntio ar helpu datblygu Polisi Iaith a chynnwys Cymraeg y BMC, a lobïo dros hawliau i fyned i’n bryniau, clogwyni, a mynyddoedd. Ei swydd yw hybu amcanion polisi dringwyr a cherddwyr yng Nghymru yn benodol.
Eben was raised in Dyffryn Nantlle but has been stranded in the South of Wales since 2014 due to lack of internal travel infrastructure. Previously part of the Welsh Government’s Circular Economy Team, he is now focusing on helping develop the BMC’s Welsh Language Policy and content, and lobbying for improved access to our hills, crags, and mountains. His job is to advance the policy goals of climbers and hillwalkers in Wales in particular.
Inigo Atkin – Mend Our Mountains Project Officer
4 days per week
Inigo is responsible for the BMC’s very popular Mend Our Mountains campaign, which raises money for footpath repair all over the UK. He is also a keen climber, runner and swimmer.
Lorraine Brown – Head of Performance
Lorraine is responsible for the successful management and execution of the BMC’s ambitious performance, talent development, high performance coach development, and competition programme. This reaches across all climbing disciplines, including Olympic, Para-Climbing, Ice Climbing and Ski Mountaineering. Lorraine brings her experience and knowledge from working in pioneering leadership roles at high profile organisations such as Sport England, Paralympic GB and the English Institute of Sport.
Ellen Butler – Performance Administrator
Ellen works closely with the entire GB Climbing team to support from behind the scenes to ensure that all events run smoothly and to help with the continual progression of Competition Climbing. When not in the office she spends all of her time outside whether that be running, playing hockey or climbing as long as it is in the fresh air she is happy.
Tim Cunnington – Coach Development Manager
Tim is responsible for the development, delivery and on-going improvement of all GB Climbing’s coach training initiatives. He works closely with the rest of GB Climbing to identify any additional training programmes which are needed as part of the coach support to GB Climbing’s Strategy.
Tom Greenall – Head Coach (Olympic)
Tom leads on the continual development, review, refinement, and improvement of GB Climbing’s Performance Matrix, and works with the rest of GB Climbing to develop effective sustainable systems for longitudinal tracking and monitoring of the performance status and progress of athletes throughout the GB Climbing Performance and Talent pathway, with a focus on delivery of aspects of Olympic Competition Climbing - Boulder, Lead & Speed.
Zoe Spriggins – Competitions Programme Manager
Zoe runs all the BMC’s national and international competitions. She has worked in the industry for a good few years now and enjoys nothing better than climbing, crossfit or kiting!
Lucinda Whittaker – Pathway Manager (Talent & Performance)
Lucinda's role is to support talented youngsters along their journey in the climbing world, providing future potential champions a clear route for progression, from grass roots to international success. Ex British Boulder and Lead champ and GB Team member, Lucinda has worked as a coach and teacher for the last 18 years. When time permits, Lucinda enjoys running, yoga, skiing and drinking Yorkshire tea.
Amii Wilkes – Social Media Co-ordinator
2.5 days per week
Amii supports GB Climbing with all their social media. When Amii is not at the BMC you will find her bouldering either at the local climbing wall or crag.
Sport & Community Development
Jon Garside – Head of Sport & Community Development
4 days per week BMC / 1 day a week MTE
Jon leads the delivery of the BMC’s strategic plan across the department's work streams: Clubs, Huts, Volunteers, Youth, Equity, Walls, Indoor Climbers, Technical, Training, Partnerships, Hill Walking, International and Safeguarding.
Climbing, walking and mountaineering have been central to Jon’s life since a teenager, with first ascents in the UK, Bolivia and Central Asia. Prior to joining the BMC, Jon worked at the National Outdoor Centre Plas y Brenin. Jon retains a link to the world of formal training and qualifications with his time split between the BMC and Mountain Training England. Part of this role there is the planning and delivery of the update workshop programme for their scheme providers.
Nick Colton – Lead Safeguarding Officer
3 days per week
Nick is responsible for International and Safeguarding. He is an enthusiastic climber who has climbed 8a and has left his mark with the Colton/MacIntyre route on the Grandes Jorasses.
Becky McGovern – Events Co-ordinator
3.5 days per week
Becky is responsible for managing a range of BMC events and projects. Becky’s event management skills have seen her working on most types of BMC events including climbing competitions, skills lectures, AGMS, injury symposiums and international meets. Additional projects have including editing a 100 page special edition magazine called Get into Climbing, teaching colleagues yoga and arranging film shoots for BMC TV. In her spare time Becky loves heading off into the wild with friends and family.
James McHaffie – Youth & Equity Officer
4 days per week
James is from the Lake District and did a lot of climbing and hill walking there before moving to North Wales to study Environmental Science in 2002. He worked for seven years at Plas Y Brenin, The National Outdoor Centre in Wales and for the last three has worked for himself and Phill George on both rock climbing courses and ML training and assessments. He has taken up the position of BMC Youth & Equity Officer to help give youngsters from urban areas more climbing and outdoor opportunities. He’s also keen to try and set up some more BMC Youth Meets.
Dan Middleton – Technical Officer also responsible for Climbing Walls
3.5 days per week
Dan is the in-house gear geek and acts as Secretary for the Technical Committee, who work on equipment standards and provide guidance on the use of safety equipment. He also works on the development of indoor climbing, working with our partners to support the sport. Once an avid trad, alpine and winter climber he is now "a bit nesh" as they say in his adopted Sheffield home, and spends most of his time bouldering and trying to grow strange vegetables on his allotment.
Mariella Sullivan – Partnerships & Events Co-ordinator
Mariella works on the partnerships team as well as organising a number of events for the BMC. She also offers additional support across social media, volunteering and in the office.
Jane Thompson – Clubs, Huts & Volunteers Development Officer
Jane is the Clubs, Huts & Volunteers Development Officer. She works with BMC affiliated clubs to support them to grow and develop; supports the work of the BMC Clubs' Committee and the BMC Huts Group; and leads on support to volunteers. Jane has worked in sports development for 25+ years, and is an active member of her local mountaineering club.
Alan Brown – Financial Controller
Perhaps the most high pressure job in the building, but you'd never know it from looking at him. Cool, calm and collected, he gave Daniel Craig a good run for his money at the James Bond auditions. Alan works closely with Kate Anwyl to ensure data compliance.
Yas Prabaharan – Finance Assistant
Alan's trusty sidekick, and responsible for day to day management of receipts and payments, including the petty cash. She has no idea about climbing & mountaineering, but is frighteningly good at hassling people for invoices & remittances!
HR & Office Support Services
Kate Anwyl – HR & Office Manager
Kate provides HR and office support to all the staff. She leads on data compliance and health and safety. She's enjoys Pilates, walking and swimming.
Suzanne Jones – Project Co-ordinator
4 days per week
Suzanne provides administrative support to the BMC’s HR function and also to the BMC CEO and President.
Tony Ryan – Publications & Local Areas Co-ordinator
Tony's role includes the co-ordination of BMC house style on publications, as well as press and event support. He also supports the promotion of BMC area meetings and is the secretary for the Member's Council.
Hannah Skeldon – Online Shop Co-ordinator
4 days per week
With a degree in Art History and an eye for design, Hannah runs the BMC shop, developing our range of products for climbers and walkers. She also brings her creative spark to art directing our displays at big events such as Kendal Mountain Festival. Her perfect day is climbing in the Western Lakes followed by a pint.
Lucy Valerio – Governance & Compliance Officer
Lucy’s role includes ensuring good governance, compliance with legislation and keeping the Board of Directors in line as Company Secretary. Previous lives have included being a corporate lawyer and teaching English as a foreign language in Slovakia, Spain and Argentina. Lucy has no knowledge of mountaineering but is a keen hill walker and likes nothing more than going for a hike with her camera.
Marketing & Communications
Pete Burnside – Content Co-ordinator
Pete is the writer extraordinaire, that is, when he isn’t reading or watching climbing stuff online. Aside from producing reams of impeccable copy, he is also known for being an avid rock climber and a scuba diving instructor, albeit preferably when in tropical seas.
Alvin Foy – IT & Database Co-ordinator
Alvin is responsible for keeping the systems at the BMC running and maintaining the membership database. Whilst outside the office he can normally be found somewhere out in the wilderness.
Niall Grimes – Content Production Co-Ordinator
3 days per week
Fresh from being our former Guidebook Officer (Niall was the man to praise for the world class BMC guides), Niall's now a media celebrity with no fear of either the limelight or an hilarious (but risqué) joke in front of a packed audience of dignitaries; he defies all attempts at description.
Emma Travers – Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator
Emma helps market our campaigns and attends BMC events making sure everything runs smoothly. In her spare time she is always looking for ways to get active and outdoors and is always looking for the best view, whether from the top of a climbing wall or a mountain peak.
Tim Waterhouse – IT & Web Support Assistant
2.5 days per week
Tim is responsible for asking people whether they have tried turning it off and on again. In his spare time he can often be found hanging (or falling) off bits of limestone in the Peak.
Membership & Insurance
Arun Patel – Membership Co-ordinator
Arun oversees the Membership and Insurance Team. He is a black belt master of the Membership Database and almost certainly knows where you live (without even looking it up).
Clonagh Delderfield – Membership Administrator
4 days per week
Clonagh helps with BMC Memberships, Direct Debit Schemes, Clubs and Information. She has recently had a major birthday, but refuses to say which it is. Her colleagues have decided that she doesn't look a day over 29, or maybe 39.
Josh Harris – Membership Administrator
Josh helps with BMC Memberships, Direct Debit Schemes and Insurance and is the first point of contact for many of the BMC's members. He enjoys long distance backpacking, fitness and music.
Jim Krawiecki – Insurance Administrator
Jim works on insurance and relishes high altitude queries. He enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, hill walking and mountaineering, as long as there's an enormous pie to look forward to at the end of the day.
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