BMC Governance

The BMC is the national representative body that champions the interests of climbers, hill walkers, mountaineers and ski mountaineers in England and Wales; we are also recognised by government as the national governing body for competition climbing. Read on to find out more about who we are, what we do, and how we are run.

Who We Are

Our Vision

To be the organisation that every climber and hill walker wants to join.

Our Mission

To be the natural champion and community hub for all those who climb hills, mountains, rocks, ice and indoor walls; to promote the interests and protect the freedoms of climbers, hill walkers, mountaineers and ski mountaineers.

Our Members

The BMC is a member organisation, and we currently have over 82,000 members, comprised of individual members as well as members of more than 250 BMC affiliated clubs. Organisations who wish to support the work of the BMC can join as associate members.

What are the benefits of being a member?

Find out about club affiliation

Find out about associate membership

Our Honorary Members and Patrons

In recognition of services to the BMC and the mountaineering community, the BMC awards honorary membership status.

List of BMC Honorary Members & Honorary Advisors

BMC Patrons are people who have provided exceptional support and assistance to the BMC.

List of BMC Patrons

Our Ambassadors

BMC ambassadors help the BMC raise its profile by acting as role models to inspire and engage young climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, encouraging more young people to join and get involved with the BMC.

List of BMC Ambassadors

Our Staff and Volunteers

The work of the BMC is carried out and co-ordinated by over 30 members of staff supported by hundreds of volunteers. This vital partnership between staff and volunteers enables the BMC to work on behalf of its members and for the benefit of the entire mountaineering community.

Meet the BMC staff  

Find out about volunteering for the BMC

Our History

The BMC was established in 1944 as the first umbrella organisation for British climbing clubs, to represent and speak on behalf of all climbers in Britain.

Read ‘A Brief History of the BMC’

What We Do

Strategic Plans

The BMC’s strategic plan sets out the organisation’s key aims, and how we will achieve them.

Read the BMC Strategic Plan 2015-2019

Specialist Programmes

The BMC relies on a well-established structure of voluntary Specialist Committees, supported by staff, to develop and oversee much of the organisation’s technical work for members.

The work of the Specialist Committees covers:

  • Access & Conservation
  • Child Safeguarding
  • Clubs
  • Competitions
  • Equity
  • Guidebooks
  • Huts
  • International Mountaineering
  • Land Management
  • Technical Equipment
  • Training & Youth

Find out more about BMC Specialist Committees

Equality and Diversity

The BMC is committed to equality and diversity in our work and will endeavour to remove any barriers, real or perceived, to lifelong participation amongst individuals, clubs, volunteers and mountaineering instructors.

This commitment starts at the top and our Action Plan sets out a structure for achieving greater diversity at Board level (the BMC Executive Committee) and on National Council.

To this end our main goals are to:

  • Achieve 30% of either gender on both the Executive Committee and National Council.
  • Achieve greater diversity in general on the Executive Committee and National Council, including but not limited to black Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) groups and disabled people.

Read the BMC Equality and Diversity Action Plan

Read the BMC Equity Statement

Member Services           

The BMC offers wide-ranging travel insurance cover for travellers, trekkers, hill walkers, climbers, mountaineers and skiers. All our policies are designed by active experts and tailored for our members.

Find out more about BMC Travel Insurance

We also provide Combined Liability insurance (for club and individual members) and Personal Accident cover (for individual members).

Find out more about Combined Liability and Personal Accident Insurance

The BMC Online Shop stocks a massive range of publications to both inspire and educate. Our expanding range of clothing is also proving to be extremely popular with members.

Pop into the BMC Online Shop

BMC membership is annual; you get 12 months’ membership from your date of application. Individual membership costs just £31.45 (£15.72 for the first year if you pay by direct debit); concessionary and family membership subscription rates are also available.

Find out more about the great range of BMC membership benefits

How We Are Run     

Our Constitution

The BMC Memorandum and Articles of Association set out the purpose of the BMC and how the organisation is run.

Read the BMC Memorandum and Articles of Association

Our Management Structure

The BMC is managed by a combination of the Executive Committee (the Board of Directors), National Council, the Finance & Audit Committee and senior staff. The Executive has overall responsibility for the strategic direction and operational management. National Council, which is made up of representatives from the BMC Areas, provides a forum for discussing topical issues and is the BMC’s main policy making body. The Finance & Audit Committee supports the CEO and Financial Controller and advises the Executive on financial matters. The CEO is responsible for the day-to-day management of the BMC office.

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (Board of Directors) is responsible for operational issues and takes advice from the Finance & Audit Committee on financial matters. The Executive Committee meets four times a year.

Find out more about the Executive Committee

The Finance & Audit Committee

The Finance & Audit Committee monitors the BMC's financial performance, and advises on investments, accounting and budgeting, in order that the BMC can utilise its available financial resources to the best interests of its members and the organisation. The Finance & Audit Committee meets four times a year.

Find out more about the Finance & Audit Committee   

Read recent BMC annual accounts

The Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee is a sub-committee of the Executive Committee, and has the responsibility for leading the process for Director appointments and making recommendations to the Executive. The Nominations Committee meets as and when necessary to ensure effective succession planning for the organisation.

Find out more about the Nominations Committee

National Council

National Council is comprised of representatives from the BMC Areas and members of the Executive Committee. It is the main policy making body of the organisation, and provides a national forum for discussion of views and issues of common interest arising at BMC Area Meetings. National Council meets at least four times a year.

Find out more about National Council  

BMC Areas

The BMC divides England and Wales into ten geographical areas: Cymru North Wales; Cymru South Wales; Lakes; London & SE; Midlands; North East; North West; Peak; South West; Yorkshire.

BMC Areas provide a focus for local activities and are instrumental in driving national policy. Each BMC Area holds five meetings a year, and each precedes a meeting of National Council, to enable members to make their views known and be communicated to National Council.

Find out more about BMC Areas

Annual General Meetings

The BMC holds an AGM (usually in April), primarily for the purpose of presenting and adopting annual reports and accounts, appointing auditors and electing members of the Executive Committee.

Read recent BMC AGM minutes and National Open Forum notes

Read recent BMC annual reports and accounts

Further Information

BMC Organisational Review

At the April 2017 National Council meeting, the BMC agreed to establish an organisational review group, to review, and suggest amendments as necessary to, the BMC’s organisation, governance, and decision making structures in order that they may reflect current best practice in sector governance whilst continuing to act in the best interests of the membership; and to recommend a new structure and mechanism to facilitate broader engagement and consultation with all BMC members on key areas of the organisation’s work.

Read the BMC Organisational Review Terms of Reference

Meet the BMC Organisational Review Group

BMC Organisational Review Group Newsletter: May 2017

BMC Organisational Review Group Newsletter: June 2017

BMC Organisational Review Group Newsletter: July 2017

BMC Organisational Review Group Newsletter: August 2017



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