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Prospective directors

The candidates listed below are standing for election as directors of Mountaineering Scotland at the 2020 AGM

Professionally I have spent recent years in senior management roles in large international oil and gas contractors. I most recently managed a large (30) team of professionals and contributed as a key part of the senior management team. I had responsibility for departmental budgets, forecasting and reporting and review of business performance alongside my managerial responsibilities. 

I hold an MBA and accreditation to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). I have a solid background in management, leadership and strategic decision making. Iím a skilled communicator and able to create and develop relationships with diverse groups of people. I am recognized as practical, adaptable, authentic, disciplined and organized. I bring with me experience in project management and an ability to navigate complexity with professionalism and integrity.   

I have a very keen interest in the outdoors and have been an active member of Mountaineering Scotland for many years. I spend my leisure time hiking, scrambling, climbing and ski touring in the Scottish mountains as well as further afield in Europe. I am a qualified Summer Mountain Leader and aspiring Winter ML. I have previously volunteered at Mountaineering Scotland events such as the winter talks, and have enjoyed promoting the benefits of membership to members of the public. In particular Iím interested in the topics of physical and mental wellbeing, mountain access and safety. I also hold a certificate in Mental Health First Aid.   

I am a volunteer committee member for my local mountaineering club, Aberdeen Mountaineering Club (AMC). I have been treasurer for the club for two years and contribute significantly to the running and promotion of the club in our local area. Our club has 70-80 members of all ages and abilities covering all disciplines of mountaineering in Scotland.   

The work of Mountaineering Scotland is becoming increasingly important, in particular during the recent challenging times with increased numbers of visitors to the hills due to coronavirus, and I am keen to be part of an organization that helps to safeguard our landscapes and access as well as continue to promote conservation, safety and self-reliance in the hills. Outdoor pursuits form a large part of Scotlandís culture and economy and Iím enthusiastic about engaging in the work that MS does directly to help shape and drive the campaigns that will underpin further growth and development.  

I am not currently in paid employment and can commit the requisite time to the role.  I have previously agreed to the Volunteering and Equality codes of practice in my remit as event volunteer. 

I live in Glasgow and have two kids aged 4 and 2, who keep me pretty busy. I grew up in London but really fell in love with the outdoors and mountains with a week-long walking trip across the Lakes at the age of 18.  Throughout University I walked and climbed regularly, particularly up in Scotland as well as down in the Peak District. When I left University I joined a volunteer conservation expedition in Belize and really got the bug for large scale expeditions. 

Over the next ten years I was lucky enough to balance a job which allowed me to live, walk and climb in the Lake District whilst heading overseas for regular expeditions Ė primarily in the tropics but also taking me to countries such as Oman, Slovakia, Norway and Ladakh.  In 2015 I was able to get a job which brought me to Scotland.  I love living up in Scotland Ė with a busy job and a young family my time available to get out to the hills has been a bit curtailed of late, but I love running in the hills close to Glasgow, getting the kids out into Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and love the fact that whenever I get a spare day or weekend Glen Coe is so close by and even a race to Skye is doable!

In my working life I am Assistant Operations Director at TCV Ė The Conservation Volunteers. This is a broad role taking the lead on a variety of staff leadership, project oversight and strategic development. I work on all elements from project and safety management through to programme development, funding applications and partnership building. I also lead a number of organisation-wide strategic projects including developing a new impact management system which requires collaboration across a wide team ranging from the Board and CEO through to project officers around the country. I have previously set up and run my own expedition training and logistics business and in my spare time I am also the Convener for the Glasgow National Park City Group.

I have a strong interest in conservation, landscape and access. I returned to Uni as a mature student around eight years ago and studied for an MSc in environmental management, covering a wide range of environmental topics which included biodiversity management as well as planning and environmental law. As part of my MSc I specifically studied perceptions of landscape and land use change in the Lakes National Park. In terms of broader knowledge and skills my current role at TCV works extensively on creating access to the outdoors for people from deprived urban communities and minority groups. My background in expedition safety and training would also help me input and have an appreciation of Mountaineering Scotlandís work and I would be in a position to provide useful experience and perspective across all the boardís work.

I am London-born, grew up in Australia and have lived in Scotland since it captured my heart in 2010. I did a lot of bush-walking and camping with my family and friends in Australia and I have also hiked in New Zealand, Guatemala, Switzerland and Iceland. Moving to Scotland allowed me to exchange bush-walking for Munro-bagging and hill walking which has taken me to all parts of Scotland. I also have particular personal interests in mental health and equality issues. 

I am a qualified lawyer and company secretary. I also have a Masters degree in Ethics and Professional Conduct. My professional life is stimulating and interesting, and the skills I use in that role will hopefully enable me to fulfil the role of Director of Governance, HR and Equalities for Mountaineering Scotland with enthusiasm and professionalism. However, my work life does not give me the pure joy that being in the outdoors does. Standing on a hill, freezing in a burn (the water is still too cold in Scotland for me to ever find it a pleasant temperature!), reading an OS map, books about Scotland/hiking or simply discussing the Scottish hills and outdoors is what really fires my passion. Simply, I want to be part of an organisation where protecting and encouraging access to the outdoors is its reason for being.

After a school field trip ascent of Cul Mor in 1976, Alistair has spent much of his subsequent leisure time walking, scrambling, climbing and skiing throughout Scotlandís mountain areas as well as in many other countries. Hill walking has taken him to the top of all but one Munro and many smaller summits, whilst this summer he completed the Cape Wrath Trail.  His climbing continues to take him to the major as well as the less frequented Scottish cliffs where in addition to repeating hundreds of classic winter and summer lines he has also recorded a number of new routes throughout the Highlands.

Ski touring is his main passion and from an early experience of forest skiing around Loch Morlich he has now ski ascended almost 100 Munros, has skied the classic Nevis gullies, the Great Stone chute in the Cuillins and has completed many long-distance day tours. Abroad he has toured extensively in the Alps, Norway and Iceland, with both hut-to-hut trips and steep technical couloir skiing featuring every winter. He currently chairs the Snowsport Touring Advisory Group (STAG) for Mountaineering Scotland and is also the President of the Inverness Backcountry Snowsports Club.

After a period in outdoor equipment retail management, Alistair has spent over 30 years in the energy sector where he has held a number of senior operational and commercial roles. This experience means he is also well placed to provide organisational support in a number of other key advisory areas.