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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.


For general enquiries please contact the Mountaineering Scotland office on 01738-493942, or email info@mountaineering.scot

For any media enquiries, please contact:

Neil Reid, Communications Officer, on 01738-493941 or 07788-871803 or neil@mountaineering.scot

or David Gibson, CEO, on 07845-919150 or david@mountaineering.scot / Skype davidmcofs

Dave first moved to Scotland in 1983 and was immediately inspired by the mountains. He returned permanently in 1997 and joined Mountaineering Scotland (then the MCofS) in 1999. He first worked for the MCofS 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. He has run his own business, and has a MBA and marketing degree.

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.

Tel: 01738 493946 or email kev@mountaineering.scot 

Kevin is author of 'Rock Climbing in Scotland' (1990 &1995), the first modern selective climbs guide to the country. He was coordinating author of the SMC guide 'Central Highland Outcrops' (1990) and regional author for ‘Highland Outcrops South’ (2016). He has climbed nearly 1000 new routes in Scotland up to E7 and grade VI, and has 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 written and illustrated many articles for outdoor magazines, contributed two essays to 'Extreme Rock' (1987) and another in the compilation of the Mountain Literature Festival, 'Orogenic Zones' (1994) as well as to the scientific essay book ‘Patterned Ground’ (2004). He has been a contributing author to ‘Stone Country Bouldering in Scotland’ (2005), authored ‘Glen Lednock Bouldering’ - an on-line guide, and most recently contributed essays for ‘The Great Mountain Cliffs of Scotland’ (2014). His next published guidebook will be ‘The Outer Hebrides’ and is due for publication in 2017 for the SMC Series.

He has a Degree in Zoology from Exeter University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Bangor College, North Wales. He taught windsurfing, climbing and sailing for Newcastle-upon-Tyne Youth and Community Service, and was involved in the development of urban climbing facilities and the in-house training systems for Pendower Outdor Education Centre staff. He is a member of the SMC and sits on their Guidebook Committee.

Tel: 01479 861241 or email 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.

Tel: 01738 493948 or email emily@mountaineering.scot  

Emily Bryce is our Team Leader - Members' Services and Communications. 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. Previously working in marketing and management at a National Trust property near Newcastle, she said: "I’m keen that we capture the enthusiasm and knowledge our members hold for Scottish mountains to ensure government and landowners listen to us on matters of access and landscape protection. I’m also looking forward to hearing members’ views on how we can offer the best possible service, benefits and activities to Scotland’s walkers, climbers and skiers.” An enthusiastic hillwalker herself, Emily scaled her 100th Munro in 2014 (it was also the first Munro ‘climbed’ by her 1-year-old daughter) and is always keen to escape to the outdoors with family and friends.

Tel: 01738-493941 or email 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.

Tel: 01738-493942 or email jamie@mountaineering.scot

Jamie 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 for different local councils in the central belt of Scotland, Jamie then moved on to support work in secondary education for Clackmannanshire Council.

Jamie has been the Head Coach and Events Coordinator for Young Explorers Scotland for over four years, and has been heavily involved in the club’s development. His true passion is in watching young people develop through the clubs he has been involved with.

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.

Email paul@mountaineering.scot

Paul has been working in the outdoor industry for eight years and, prior to this, completed a BA in Adventure Tourism & Outdoor Pursuits. He started off instructing at outdoor centres, with personal development courses for children and young adults. His last job before Mountaineering Scotland was as a Development Trainer for The Venture Trust, a charity that runs wilderness-based development courses.

Paul has been climbing for over 10 years across the UK. His favourite type of climbing is multi-pitch traditional climbing but he also enjoys sport climbing and bouldering. He holds his Mountain Instructors Award and his Winter Mountain Leader Award along with qualifications in paddle sport and mountain biking.

Email 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.

Tel: 01738 493943 or email membership@mountaineering.scot

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.

Tel: 01738 493942 or email finance@mountaineering.scot

Denise joined Mountaineering Scotland (then the MCofS) in 2006 after returning from seven years living in Munich. She now lives back 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.