The BMC works on behalf of hillwalkers, climbers and mountaineers (including ski mountaineers) in England and Wales. To carry out its diverse work, the BMC has a network of 600 volunteers backed up by 26 paid staff in the Manchester office who provide experience, knowledge, resources, funding and organisation.
The main people you are likely to meet are:
Area Access Representatives
There is a nationwide network of Access Representatives working on your behalf.
Area Chairs and Secretaries
BMC Area Open Meetings are locally run affairs that concentrate on issues that directly affect local climbers and walkers, such as access, crag clean-ups, fixed equipment debates. These meetings also send two representatives per area to the National Council. The meetings are only possible due to the hard work of the Area Chairs and Secretaries. Also, check out the BMC's Guide to Area Meetings
26 staff work in the office in West Didsbury, Manchester.
The National Council formulates the BMC’s policies. Represented within it are the BMC Area Meetings, the Specialist Committees and a few independent observers (e.g. the CEO of Plas y Brenin). It meets four times a year in mountain areas around the country. After the business has been discussed, members spend the rest of the weekend venturing out onto the hills and crags nearby.
These are committees of invited experts. They look after the BMC’s involvement with guidebooks, competitions, climbing walls, training & youth, international concerns, access, conservation & environment, huts, technical matters and safety.
The Executive Committee is made up of the President, three Vice-Presidents and the Honorary Treasurer (the Directors), plus the CEO and and up to three representatives from the National Council. It implements policies recommended by the National Council and deals with staffing issues and other day-to-day affairs of the Manchester office.
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