ACT now: be a part of the BMC's conservation charity

Posted by Catherine Flitcroft on 24/04/2020
Path repair workers in the Lake District. Photo: National Trust

The BMC Access & Conservation Trust (ACT) is looking to recruit two new trustees. This opens up an exciting opportunity to get involved with the BMC's access and conservation charity.

ACT funds and supports projects to protect our cliffs and mountains by facilitating education and conservation projects across the United Kingdom. In particular, ACT funding supports a wide range of projects encompassing policy-related work, literature production and large-scale environmental projects.

In recent years money has been donated to footpath restoration work (for example through Fix the Fells), a number of climbing and walking good practice guides, the Avon Gorge Climbing Regeneration Project and more recently, a Winter Climbing Information Service monitoring ground and air temperatures in Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia. In 2018 and 2019 ACT focussed its attention on kick starting and running the BMC ACT campaign Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million which successfully raised over £800,000 to help repair upland paths in all of our National Parks.

Visit the ACT webpage for the full list of the projects we have helped fund in the last 12 years and for more details of the Mend Our Mountains campaign.

ACT has been funding mountain-based projects for over 20 years, yet it is not widely recognised as the BMC’s charity.  We are looking to improve our impact and effectiveness and raise awareness of the charity.

Becoming a trustee provides an opportunity to apply the skills and experience you have gained to a totally new area of work.  Whether you are working or retired, we are looking for individuals to volunteer a small amount of time (4 to 6 meetings a year at our office in Manchester and  email correspondence) to help drive the charity, develop a clear future vision, approve funding applications, and search for new avenues of money as well as potential environmental projects to support. 

This is a voluntary position; travel and accommodation expenses are payable.  Candidates do not need to be a member of the BMC at the time of application but an interest in climbing or hill walking would be useful.

Professional background / expertise we are looking for:

We are keen to hear from people with experience in the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Company Secretary of a Charity or Not-for-Profit

What we can offer:

An opportunity to apply your skills as part of a growing charity offering valuable opportunities to beneficiaries and the chance to make a real difference to the conservation of our climbing, walking and mountaineering environment.

The duties of a trustee:

1. To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations. This includes ensuring the charity;

·         has the money it needs

·         invests its money sensibly, on the activities it was raised for

·         follows charity law, including preparing reports and accounts to send to the Charity Commission;

2. To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving strategic direction to the Trust, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets;

3. To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Trust and represent the Trust at events.

How to Apply

If you are interested in contributing your time and skills to the Access & Conservation Trust, please send a CV and one page cover letter detailing your interest in the role to Kate Anwyl by email: recruitment@thebmc.co.uk.

Deadline for submitting applications is 9.00am, Monday 1 June 2020


The Access and Conservation Trust

The BMC's charity  the BMC Access & Conservation Trust  promotes sustainable access to cliffs, mountains and open countryside by facilitating education and conservation projects across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

By educating climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to enjoy outdoor recreation while minimising their impact on the landscape, conserving the UK’s upland resources, and campaigning for improved access rights, ACT enables future generations to continue to enjoy outdoor activities and the physical, mental and social benefits they bring to individual lives and society in general.

READ: More about the recent work of ACT

WATCH: the Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign film


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