Much of the work of the BMC is overseen by specialist committees made up of volunteers with relevant skills and experience, who guide the work of BMC staff.
Specialist committee terms of reference and forward plans are reviewed and agreed annually by the Board of Directors. The terms of reference define the membership of each committee and its key roles.
At the December 2018 National Council meeting, each committee gave a report on its work during the previous twelve months and plans for the year ahead.
READ: December 2018 National Council meeting minutes
The BMC’s specialist committees are:
Access Management Group
The Access Management Group sets the overall direction for the BMC's access, conservation & environment work, and oversees the work of sub-groups. It also monitors the work of the BMC access officers, offering advice, support and guidance on issues of national and/or significant importance.
READ: Access Management Group: 2019 Terms of Reference
READ: Access Management Group: 2018 Report & 2019 Forward Plans
Child Safeguarding Group
The Child Safeguarding Group is a sub-committee of the Training, Youth & Walls Committee, and its role is to advise and support the BMC officer with responsibility for child safeguarding. It also oversees the implementation of the BMC Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adult Policies.
READ: Child Safeguarding Group: 2019 Terms of Reference
READ: Child Safeguarding Group: 2018 Report & 2019 Forward Plans
The Clubs Committee discusses matters relating to and of interest to clubs and facilitates the sharing of information between clubs. It also facilitates communication and consultation by the BMC with affiliated clubs on all matters relating to clubs.
READ: Clubs Committee: 2019 Terms of Reference
READ: Clubs Committee: 2018 Report & 2019 Forward Plans
The Competitions Committee oversees the development of competition climbing in Britain, and is responsible for the organisation and promotion of the various British Climbing Championships, including setting the rules. It also selects a GB team to compete in international events.
READ: Competitions Committee: 2019 Terms of Reference
READ: The latest minutes of the Competition Committee meeting
READ: Competitions Committee: 2018 Report & 2019 Forward Plans
Equity Steering Group
The Equity Steering Group provides support on equity issues as needed by the BMC. It also oversees the development, implementation and ongoing review of the BMC Equity Action Plan.
READ: Equity Steering Group: 2019 Terms of Reference
READ: Equity Steering Group: 2018 Report & 2019 Forward Plans
The Guidebook Committee is responsible for the compilation, publication and distribution of definitive and select rock climbing guides to the Peak and Pennine Area, and for maintaining a comprehensive historical record of rock climbing within that area.
READ: Guidebook Committee: 2019 Terms of Reference
READ: Guidebook Committee: 2018 Report & 2019 Forward Plans
The Huts Group represents the BMC’s interest where it has a direct involvement in the operation of a hut. It also offers advice, guidance and support to BMC affiliated clubs on the running of club huts.
READ: Huts Group: 2019 Terms of Reference
READ: Huts Group: 2018 Report & 2019 Forward Plans
The International Committee supports British mountaineers travelling overseas, formulates policies and advises on all aspects of mountaineering where there is an international dimension. It organises international climbing meets in the UK, and awards grants to British expeditions attempting adventurous and progressive mountaineering overseas.
READ: International Committee: 2019 Terms of Reference
READ: International Committee: 2018 Report & 2019 Forward Plans
Land Management Group
The Land Management Group advises the BMC on legal, management and policy matters relating to land acquisition and management. It oversees the management of land in which the BMC has a freehold or leasehold interest, and other land where the BMC has land or access management responsibilities.
READ: Land Management Group: 2019 Terms of Reference
READ: Land Management Group: 2018 Report & 2019 Forward Plans
The Technical Committee provides an informed source of technical knowledge and equipment advice on safety related mountaineering equipment and its use. It undertakes technical investigation and reporting of incidents involving equipment submitted by individuals, organisations or retailers.
READ: Technical Committee: 2019 Terms of Reference
READ: Technical Committee: 2018 Report & 2019 Forward Plans
Training, Youth & Walls Committee
The Training, Youth & Walls Committee oversees the running of the BMC’s training events, specialist training programme, and youth programme. It also oversees the BMC’s involvement with climbing walls and the work of the Child Safeguarding Group. The committee provides guidance, advice and support to those who climb, hill walk and mountaineer to help them become independent and make the transition from one aspect of the sport to another.
READ: Training, Youth & Walls Committee: 2019 Terms of Reference
READ: Training, Youth & Walls Committee: 2018 Report & 2019 Forward Plans
Interested in joining a BMC Specialist Committee?
If you have specific skills or knowledge which you think could benefit the work of one of the specialist committees and are interested in getting involved, contact Tony Ryan at the BMC office: Email firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone 0161 438 3334.