BMC Specialist Committees: what do they do?

Posted by Tony Ryan on 17/01/2018
Crookrise Crag, acquired by the BMC in 2017 through the work of the Land Management Group.

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. Find out more about what these committees do, and how you can get involved.

The BMC currently has 11 specialist committees, made up of more than 140 members.

The BMC’s specialist committees are:
Access Management Group
Child Safeguarding Group
Clubs Committee
Competitions Committee
Equity Steering Group
Guidebook Committee
Huts Group
International Committee
Land Management Group
Technical Committee
Training, Youth and Walls Committee

Each committee has terms or reference and makes annual plans, which are reviewed and agreed by National Council at its December meeting.

A brief perusal of the minutes of the December 2017 National Council meeting gives an indication of the huge depth and breadth of the work undertaken by committees, and their terms of reference and forward plans can be viewed on the BMC Specialist Committees webpage.

In 2017, BMC specialist committee successes included:

  • Installing a winter conditions monitoring system on the Red Tarn Face of Helvellyn (Access Management Group);
  • Securing a new sponsorship agreement for the GB Paraclimbing Team (Competitions Committee);
  • Publishing Peak Limestone South, and thereby completing the latest series of definitive climbing guidebooks to the Peak District (Guidebook Committee);
  • Organising the BMC Summer International Climbing Meet, based at Bosigran in Cornwall (International Committee);
  • Purchasing Crookrise Crag from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (Land Management Group);
  • Running bolt workshops for BMC volunteers in the Peak District and South Devon (Technical Committee); and
  • Presenting a series of winter skills lectures, attended by over 1,400 people (Training, Youth & Walls Committee)

So thanks to all those volunteers who support the work of the BMC through their participation in specialist committee work.

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 tony@thebmc.co.uk; Phone 0161 438 3334.


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