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Meet the Mountaineering Scotland team

Mountaineering Scotland has a small but dedicated team of staff who implement the work of 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.


07845 919150 | david@mountaineering.scot | Skype davidmcofs

Dave first moved to Scotland in 1983 and was immediately inspired by the mountains. He joined Mountaineering Scotland (then MCofS) in 1999 and worked as a volunteer when he was elected to the Executive, prior to taking up his current post in 2006.

Before joining Mountaineering Scotland he enjoyed a career at board level in the automotive industry, in marketing, business development, logistics and manufacturing, working in the UK, Europe and India. He also worked for economic development agencies in Scotland and England.

Whilst spending as much spare time as possible in Scotland's mountains, he has trekked in Patagonia, Corsica, the Alps, Karakoram, Himalayas, Carparthian and Atlas mountains, and completed the Munros in June 2010.

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.

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.


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 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 | emily@mountaineering.scot  

Emily’s role is to help improve the service we offer our members, recruit more supporters and raise the profile of our work and campaigns. She has a wide range of experience in marketing, policy and membership at the National Trust south of the Border, most recently in the management team at a large property near Newcastle, Gibside.

An enthusiastic hillwalker herself, Emily has scaled over 100 Munros and enjoys sharing the bug with her young daughter and family.

01738 493941|neil@mountaineering.scot

Neil has been walking and climbing in the Scottish hills for almost 50 years. He has been a member of the Braes o’ Fife Mountaineering Club since the 1980s and 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 also Eastern Area Representative to the MBA management committee. 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, working 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.