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Meet the Mountaineering Scotland team

Mountaineering Scotland has a small but dedicated team of staff who implement the work of the organisation in representing mountaineers and mountaineering and delivering services to members.

You can also find out about the Board of Directors and our advisory groups.

 

01738 493942 | stuart@mountaineering.scot

Stuart has over 20 years’ experience working in the sport and recreation industry, and brings a wide range of senior management experience to the post of CEO, including strategic planning, business development and operational delivery. He managed the Sports Development and Outdoor Education Services for Perth and Kinross council for eight years, working closely with volunteers, local clubs and schools. For the last six years he has been a voluntary director of the Scottish Sports Association and was appointed Vice-Chair in 2017.

Stuart has a BA Honours degree in Recreation management specialising in countryside studies and is keen to promote the health benefits of an active lifestyle. He has been a member of Mountaineering Scotland for many years and is passionate about the outdoors, having skied and walked in the highlands since his childhood, and rock climbed since his university days. Stuart grew up in Moray, and inherited his love of the Scottish hills from his dad Harry, and as well as his love of the hills he also enjoys fly fishing, mountain biking and trail running. He lives in Kinross with his wife and three young sons.

01479 861241 | heather@mountaineering.scot

With a lifetime's experience in the mountains, Heather works full-time for Mountaineering Scotland as the Mountain Safety Adviser and is based at Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms. Heather holds her Mountain Instructor Certificate and has instructed and coached for 30 years at a variety of outdoor centres including both the National Centres (Glenmore Lodge and Plas y Brenin).

Heather holds a BA Hons degree in Recreation & Community, a Post Graduate Certificate in Outdoor Education and a Masters degree in Sustainable Mountain Development. In her spare time she is an active mountaineer, climber, sea kayaker and mountain biker. Heather was an active member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team for 16 years.

07555 769325 | access@mountaineering.scot

Our Access and Conservation Officer post builds on the previous role of Access Officer to include a strong conservation slant, in line with our vision and policy statement ‘Respecting Scotland’s Mountains’ and with the results of recent consultation with members, who have underlined the importance they place on conservation in the mountains.

Davie Black describes himself as a stravaiger and scrambler, who has always loved getting out into the hills, enjoying the wildlife and landscapes, the colours, the textures of the vegetation, the sound of wildlife, of wind through trees and heather. He has been involved professionally in nature conservation and countryside access for about 20 years, as a reserves manager, wildlife surveyor, ecological consultant, and also in access and countryside campaigning for outdoor recreation interests. With Mountaineering Scotland he is involved promoting and protecting access rights and campaigning for good management of the uplands of Scotland.

01738 493942 | jamie@mountaineering.scot

Jamie leads the ClimbScotland team and has a passion for helping young people develop through climbing and the club scene. 

He has been working with young people in a variety of settings for over 10 years and has a wide range of experience in the field. Starting as youth worker, then working in secondary education and coaching at his local youth-focused climbing club. 

He has been climbing for over 12 years both indoors and outdoors, varying from bouldering to multi-pitch climbs throughout Scotland. Jamie has obtained his Single Pitch Award, Climbing Wall Award and Climbing Wall Leader Award.

01738 493946 | kev@mountaineering.scot 

Kev has worked at Mountaineering Scotland for several decades now and has seen it grown and change significantly in that time. He has held a variety of roles within the organisation and is also author of 'Rock Climbing in Scotland' (1990 &1995), the first modern selective climbs guide to the country. 

A member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC), he has climbed nearly 1000 new routes in Scotland up to E7 and grade VI and has contributed to many of their guidebooks. He has also pioneered climbing in areas such as Mingulay, Pabbay, Berneray and Sandray, Dirc Mhor, Mull of Kintyre, Eigg and Loch Maree, as well as previously neglected crags in Perthshire and Stirlingshire. 

He has a Degree in Zoology from Exeter University. He taught windsurfing, climbing and sailing and been involved in the development of many indoor climbing facilities.

robert@mountaineering.scot

Before joining Mountaineering Scotland Robert was chairman of and played a key part in the creation of the Glasgow Gorillas Outdoor Climbing Club, which was founded in October 2015, and has previously been head coach for the Glasgow Climbing Centre youth team and a lead coach at ClimbScotland Youth Academy events.

As a youngster, Robert was a GB Junior Climbing Team member from 2004-2010, giving him considerable knowledge about the competitive world of climbing and the demands of competing at all levels as well as of the demands of running these events. His experience has already allowed him to guide young climbers into the world of competitive climbing and he looks forward to encouraging more young climbers into both competition and outdoor climbing.

calum@mountaineering.scot

Calum got into the world of climbing and mountaineering through joining the Dundee University Rucksack Club, which quickly led to an obsession with getting out to the hills and crags of Scotland at every opportunity. After university, Calum decided to pursue his passion for climbing and the outdoors and started working at various climbing walls, as a coach, route-setter and duty manager. These roles allowed Calum to share his passion for climbing with the next generation and provided a stepping stone for the work he now does as a Regional Development Officer.

When he’s not working, Calum can often be found climbing at the crags and mountain cliffs in the north-west of Scotland which he discovered a love for as a student. When it gets a bit chilly in Scotland over winter, he can also often be found at the sunny sport climbing and bouldering destinations of Spain for some much needed vitamin D.

01738 493948 helen@mountaineering.scot

Helen came to Mountaineering Scotland following five years at an Edinburgh-based carer organisation where she played a key role in developing the communications and social media, and supporting staff and volunteers. Despite growing up in the Fens of East Anglia, Helen always dreamed of being in the mountains and childhood trips to Wales, the Lake District and Scotland fuelled her fascination with the mountain environment. Following an introduction to the Munros by her now long-term partner, she has spent the last 20 years exploring Scotland's mountains by foot and bike, and compleated the Munros in 2014. She enjoys hillwalking all year round. In recent years she has begun to explore mountain areas further afield, with trips to the national parks of Washington state, the Pyrenees and in 2017 completed the 10 day Tour of Mont Blanc. 

 As well as hillwalking, Helen is a qualified archery coach and enjoys road cycling and mountain biking.

01738 493941|neil@mountaineering.scot

Neil, who edits the Scottish Mountaineer magazine, has been walking and climbing in the Scottish hills for over 50 years. A member of the Braes o’ Fife Mountaineering Club since the 1980s, he has served a term as President. With the Braes o’ Fife he started rock and ice climbing and has put up new routes in Rum and in the Cairngorms.

Neil is actively involved in bothy maintenance with both the MBA and Bob Scott’s Bothy Association. He has helped with the renovations of Corrour Bothy, the Hutchison Hut, the Fords of Avon Refuge and other bothies. He is maintenance organiser for Corrour Bothy, Eastern Area Representative to the MBA management committee and an MBA trustee. He also writes the cairngormwanderer blog.

Professionally, he has been involved in the communications industry for more than 35 years, working in local newspapers and, latterly, in print and web-based corporate communications.

Jane enjoys getting outdoors to relax from work at the office computer.  She has climbed many Munros and other hills and also cycles and competes at orienteering and tennis.  She supports her local clubs by being a committee member.


Denise joined the Mountaineering Scotland (then the MCofS) team in 2006 after returning from seven years living in Munich. She lives in Perth with her husband, one excitable but ageing dog and two boys who are mainly away from home.  

Her hobbies include sailing, skiing, walking and, for her sins, she is a St Johnstone season ticket holder.  Sailing is her main passion and she has been a member at Loch Tummel Sailing Club since she was eight years old. She has spent many years on the sailing club committee and now sails regularly with her sister.