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Meet the Mountaineering Scotland Board

Members of the Mountaineering Scotland board work on a voluntary basis to support the Mountaineering Scotland staff and CEO. They 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 2019 AGM is:

Board chair. Elected as President in 2019

The hills of Scotland were introduced to me early whilst growing up in Aberdeen. Hill walking in the Cairngorms and skiing at Glenshee laid the foundation for a passion which I still hold today over 50 years later.  My interests have included summer rock climbing, winter climbing and ski mountaineering, starting in Scotland and then extending this to the Alps and further afield to the Arctic, Antarctic and the Himalaya.

I have been a member of the Ferranti Mountaineering Club most of my time in Edinburgh, serving as secretary and president on two occasions. I joined the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1987 and served a term as vice-president and more recently as the SMC representative to Mountaineering Scotland. I have also been a trustee with the Scottish Mountaineering Trust  which has had a long association with MCofS /Mountaineering Scotland.

My working life was spent in the aerospace industry in project and business management, delivering complex technical programmes which could often span several years and which required dealing with national or international funding agencies.

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 2019

I was brought up in the Lake District where I stood on top of Scafell Pike at the age of 8 and started rock-climbing aged 10 and was hooked on what is now called “trad” climbing. I discovered climbing, skiing and walking in the expanses of Scotland in my early teens. I was fortunate to work as a rock-climbing instructor and be a member of the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team for some time in my youth, which helped develop a keen sense of safety awareness.

My working career as a geologist gave me the opportunity to travel the world for many years.

Whilst abroad I was fortunate to be able to enjoy the thrill of high altitude expeditions in North and South America, Africa and the Himalaya as well as trips to the European Alps, New Zealand and even sport climbing in Thailand. However, I have now settled in Scotland and live in the West Highlands, near Glencoe.

I have recently passed my Summer ML and intend to take the Winter ML assessment shortly. My aspiration to complete the Munros should be satisfied soon having completed 260 of them so far. I am also now a proud member of the Oban Mountain Rescue Team.

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 2019

Since my first experience at a parent learn to climb course, climbing has become a passion for me and my family. I now climb with my children three times per week and have been a regular volunteer with ClimbScotland since January 2017. My eldest daughter is a successful youth competition climber, whilst I enjoy climbing as a social sport.

My enjoyment of indoor climbing is balanced with a lifelong love of the outdoors. I grew up walking, cycling and sailing and moved to Scotland in 2003, partly to spend more time having outdoor adventures. I am a member of the Glasgow Gorillas and Borestone Climbing Club.

I have spent my adult life volunteering, including eight years as a Director and Company Secretary of Bannockburn Riding for the Disabled. As a parent and volunteer, I am impressed by ClimbScotland’s work and realise much of this is only possible through the support of many dedicated and talented volunteers; I am proud to be part of this team.

My professional background is as an IT consultant, and I have a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University.

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.