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Meet the Mountaineering Scotland Board

Members of the Board are required to stand for election annually at the Annual General Meeting. With the exception of the Treasurer (5 years), each director may serve for a 4 year term of office. The composition of the Board following the 2016 AGM is:

Board chair. Elected as President in 2015

Since age 14 I have climbed in many areas of Scotland, Wales, the Lake District and the Alps, most active in the late ‘60s and ‘70s, as a member of the Edinburgh University Mountaineering Club and Squirrels Climbing Group. Since then, while continuing to climb in Scotland as a member of the SMC, I have also had climbing and ski touring seasons in the Dolomites, Swiss and French Alps, mainly focused on high level walking and 4000metre peaks.  Latterly I have also taken up indoor climbing.

Professionally I was a hospital doctor in Edinburgh, then Medical Director for NHS Education Scotland. 

After retirement I joined Mountaineering Scotland in 2014 as co-director of Landscape and Access and became President in 2015.




Elected 2016

Before relocating to Fife on retirement in 2016, I was Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Bath, which has given me a good understanding of environmental issues and their social and political contexts. I was also a member of the University's senior management, giving me experience of multi-party policy development, report preparation, strategic planning, budgetary oversight and documentary analysis.

 I first went climbing in 1968 and since then I've been lucky enough to climb, walk, or cave in many parts of the world, including original cave explorations in Papua New Guinea, Borneo and northern Norway. I first came to the Scottish hills rather late in life, in part through the TGO Challenge which I have completed three times.



Chairs the Finance Advisory Group
Elected 2016

Being Mountaineering Scotland's Treasurer allows me to combine my profession with my love for the outdoors. After graduating from the Robert Gordon University in 2011, I completed my chartered accountancy training in Aberdeen with Hall Morrice and now work for the accountancy firm Leiper and Summers in Fraserburgh. I am a keen hillwalker and compleated the Munros in 2015. It has been amazing to travel and see different parts of Scotland in all seasons while exploring the Scottish mountains.



Chairs the Mountain Safety Group, represents Mountaineering Scotland on the Board of Mountain Training Scotland and Mountain Training UK
Elected 2015

Monty is an experienced mountaineering instructor, with 30 years in outdoor centres and schools with comprehensive outdoor programmes. He holds the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC) and International Mountain Leader award (IML). He has a BA Hons degree in Geography and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Geography and Outdoor Education. Monty has climbed in the Alps, Kenya, the Antarctic, the Atlas Mountains, Norway, New Zealand, eastern USA, and across the British Isles. He completed the Munros in 1996 and is  passionate about off-piste skiing and ski touring. In a previous life he was also an orienteering coach and canoeing instructor.



Elected 2018

I have spent/misspent a lifetime walking, climbing, skiing and cycling in the ‘best wee mountains in the world’. If you have shared time in the hills with me you will know my passion for our scenery, culture, folklore, wildlife, music, and people. My wife Tricia and I live in rural Perthshire.

Access to and conservation of our mountains and wild areas is vitally important to all of us, and to future generations. My skill includes working through complex legal briefs (medico-legal expert), ability to present evidence in court (fatal accident inquiries), contribute to scientific debate (research unit director), work across agencies (charity director, board experience from small business to multi-nationals), fundraising experience (government, charity, industry), influence government policy (smoke free legislation), and working with people from all backgrounds and abilities (as a GP). 



Elected 2015

I am passionate about indoor and competition climbing believing they offer non-climbing families a safe introduction to an amazing sport that is family-friendly, inclusive, supportive and open to all regardless of gender, age and ability. 

I’ve been involved in climbing for eight years and have progressed from bemused spectator to enthusiastic competitor, national competition judge, youth events administrator, competition coordinator and, currently, Climbscotland Director. 

Through volunteering I’ve got to know and be inspired by amazing climbers and para-climbers from around the world. Having supported my daughter through the ranks of the GB Youth Teams to now coaching the next generation of climbers, I can share our experiences with others. 



Elected 2016
I believe we have to campaign to protect our unique and world class landscapes before they are lost under the threat from ill-conceived projects.

My passion for the hills and countryside is so great that I took early retirement in 2015 and moved to NW Scotland to be better placed to explore the outdoor environment. Before this, my career within a school, on the senior management team, gave me considerable experience of management, from dealing with wide-ranging challenges, to meeting targets and implementing government policies.

I am a hill walker, mountain biker and Nordic skier. I have had the opportunity to visit mountains in Europe, North America and New Zealand. I have run a programme of outdoor education, have organised DofE expeditions and have been chair of an outdoors charity.




Elected 2017

My experience spans operational delivery, team management, strategic planning and commercial development and I hope to use this experience to help achieve sustainable growth across our clubs community.

Growing up in Highland Perthshire, and spending some time in the Western Isles, sparked my love for being in the outdoors throughout my childhood. I am a keen skier, climber and more recently have added hill walking to the list. 

After studying at St Andrews University, my career took me to London for almost a decade and I am delighted to have returned to Scotland, to enjoy the fresh air and adventure on offer!

I believe my skill set and previous experience will be beneficial to the organisation, and I can combine this with my enthusiasm and passion for the outdoors. Working in events, with communities, and across both the charity and commercial sector, puts me in a strong position to share ideas and collaborate on the growth and development of affiliated clubs and their members.



Elected 2017

I believe that my skills, knowledge and experience will complement the existing board and I bring specific experience of driving membership growth, dealing with difficult public relations issues, marketing, and traditional and social media. 

I have been working in communications for environmental organisations for seventeen years. After 10 years at Scottish Natural Heritage, working first in education, communities and interpretation, and then delivering briefing and advice to Scottish Ministers, I worked for Green MSP, Patrick Harvie. 

For the last five years I’ve been leading on all aspects of communications, education, visitor experience, promotions and marketing, membership and community fundraising for RSPB Scotland across their South and West Scotland region.

My interest in mountains and climbing began as a teenager with the DofE Award, leading me onto a gap-year expedition to Svalbard and to become an obsessive member of my University climbing club. 

My interest in climbing was aided by a move to Glasgow in 1997, but now a mum of two kids, my interests have morphed towards hill-walking and ski mountaineering. I am a passionate believer in public access to our mountains and countryside and in the value of a membership organisation that represents the interests of climbers, mountaineers and ski-mountaineers.

Advisory Groups may be established to inform Mountaineering Scotland strategy development and contribute to operational plans in a specific area of activity. Members will be drawn from the Mountaineering Scotland membership and others with appropriate expertise. 

Any member interested in volunteering to work with Mountaineering Scotland is encouraged to check the Vacancies  or Get Involved pages.