Who works at the BMC? Full details of all current BMC staff.
Paul Davies – Chief Executive
Paul has spent 20+yrs in the Elite Sport world, starting as an Exercise Physiologist working for the British Olympic Association and taking a number of roles on the way to becoming Performance Director for England Netball and then for British Wheelchair Basketball. Paul has had a lifelong passion for the outdoors, having climbed both in summer and winter across many regions of the UK. More recently he’s focussed on hill walking, either with family, friends or solo.
Paul McKoen – Chief Financial Officer
Paul leads the BMC Finance Team, providing financial support and guidance to the Senior Team, CEO and the voluntary Board of Directors, ensuring that all decisions are based on sound and complete financial information and analysis.
Access, Conservation & Environmental Sustainability
Dave Turnbull – Head of Access, Conservation & Environmental Sustainability
4.5 days per week
Dave was a BMC Access & Conservation Officer from 1997-2001, when he became the organisation’s CEO, leading the day-to-day running of the BMC until 2020. Prior to joining the BMC, Dave worked in environmental consultancy. He's a chartered surveyor, with an MSc in Marine Science. Dave is originally from Northumberland but began climbing on Dartmoor and the South West sea cliffs while a student at Plymouth Polytechnic.
Rob Dyer – Access & Conservation Officer (England)
Rob is responsible for the BMC’s access and conservation work on the ground across England. He’s lucky to have a very varied job involving anything from negotiating with landowners for access, to managing BMC owned land, agreeing seasonal climbing restrictions for nesting birds, supporting our amazing network of access volunteers and much more. Rob enjoys everything from sunny bolt clipping to shivering on winter belays, but having an adventure with good friends on a long rock route or ski tour tops the list.
Cath Flitcroft – Access & Conservation Officer (Policy)
Doctor Flitcroft is responsible for managing the BMC's relationship with the Government and other countryside and recreational organisations. She is often to be found lobbying hard for the rights of hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers. She leads the BMC on policy and legislation issues affecting the cliff and mountain environment, and is responsible for replying to numerous consultation documents in England and Wales. She was once a champion athlete and has, by her own admission, spent far too much time in the wilderness. Her PhD is about peat bogs.
Elfyn Jones – Access & Conservation Officer (Wales)
3 days per week
Elfyn is the BMC access & conservation officer for Wales. He is based at Capel Curig and first port of call for all access/conservation issues in Wales. Previously a Property Manager for the National Trust for Snowdonia, he has also worked for National Parks in Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire. A first language Welsh speaker from a hill farming family, he has been climbing and mountaineering all over the world since age 11.
Eben Muse – Swyddog Polisi ac Ymgyrchoedd (Cymru) / Policy & Campaigns Officer (Wales)
3 diwrnod yr wythnos / 3 days per week
Cafodd Eben ei fagu yn Nyffryn Nantlle, ond mae wedi bod yn sownd yng Nghaerdydd ers 2014 diolch i ddiffyg rhwydwaith drafnidiaeth. Gynt yn rhan o dîm Economi Gylchol Llywodraeth Cymru, mae bellach yn canolbwyntio ar helpu datblygu Polisi Iaith a chynnwys Cymraeg y BMC, a lobïo dros hawliau i fyned i’n bryniau, clogwyni, a mynyddoedd. Ei swydd yw hybu amcanion polisi dringwyr a cherddwyr yng Nghymru yn benodol.
Eben was raised in Dyffryn Nantlle but has been stranded in the South of Wales since 2014 due to lack of internal travel infrastructure. Previously part of the Welsh Government’s Circular Economy Team, he is now focusing on helping develop the BMC’s Welsh Language Policy and content, and lobbying for improved access to our hills, crags, and mountains. His job is to advance the policy goals of climbers and hillwalkers in Wales in particular.
Lorraine Brown – Head of Performance
Lorraine is responsible for the successful management and execution of the BMC’s ambitious performance, talent development, high performance coach development, and competition programme. This reaches across all climbing disciplines, including Olympic, Para-Climbing, Ice Climbing and Ski Mountaineering. Lorraine brings her experience and knowledge from working in pioneering leadership roles at high profile organisations such as Sport England, Paralympic GB and the English Institute of Sport.
Tim Cunnington – Coach Development Manager
Tim is responsible for the development, delivery and on-going improvement of all GB Climbing’s coach training initiatives. He works closely with the rest of GB Climbing to identify any additional training programmes which are needed as part of the coach support to GB Climbing’s Strategy.
Tom Greenall – Head Coach (Olympic)
Tom leads on the continual development, review, refinement, and improvement of GB Climbing’s Performance Matrix, and works with the rest of GB Climbing to develop effective sustainable systems for longitudinal tracking and monitoring of the performance status and progress of athletes throughout the GB Climbing Performance and Talent pathway, with a focus on delivery of aspects of Olympic Competition Climbing - Boulder, Lead & Speed.
Zoe Spriggins – Competitions Programme Manager
Zoe runs all the BMC’s national and international competitions. She has worked in the industry for a good few years now and enjoys nothing better than climbing, crossfit or kiting!
Lucinda Whittaker – Pathway Manager (Talent & Performance)
Lucinda's role is to support talented youngsters along their journey in the climbing world, providing future potential champions a clear route for progression, from grass roots to international success. Ex British Boulder and Lead champ and GB Team member, Lucinda has worked as a coach and teacher for the last 18 years. When time permits, Lucinda enjoys running, yoga, skiing and drinking Yorkshire tea.
Amii Wilkes – Project Co-ordinator
4 days per week
Amii supports the Competitions Programme Manager and the Training Officer with comps related tasks and the co-ordination of our FUNdamentals courses. When Amii is not at the BMC you will find her bouldering either at the local climbing wall or crag.
Rob Bishop – Partnerships Manager
Rob is our Partnerships Manager responsible for creating new relationships with external organisations and enhancing the relationships of our current partners. Rob brings experience from working for British Triathlon and British Orienteering, is a keen runner, sports enthusiast, athletics and netball coach.
Nick Colton – Lead Safeguarding Officer
3 days per week
Nick is responsible for International and Safeguarding. He is an enthusiastic climber who has climbed 8a and has left his mark with the Colton/MacIntyre route on the Grandes Jorasses.
Jon Garside – BMC/MTE Training Officer
3 days per week BMC / 1.5 days per week MTE
Jon works as a link officer between the BMC and Mountain Training England, contributing to the development and quality assurance of leadership and instructional qualifications. His work includes overseeing BMC publications and events with a good practice message. In a previous life he worked at Plas y Brenin and holds the Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and International Mountain Leader qualifications.
Becky McGovern – Events Co-ordinator
3.5 days per week
Becky is responsible for managing a range of BMC events and projects. Becky’s event management skills have seen her working on most types of BMC events including climbing competitions, skills lectures, AGMS, injury symposiums and international meets. Additional projects have including editing a 100 page special edition magazine called Get into Climbing, teaching colleagues yoga and arranging film shoots for BMC TV. In her spare time Becky loves heading off into the wild with friends and family.
James McHaffie – Youth & Equity Officer
4 days per week
James is from the Lake District and did a lot of climbing and hill walking there before moving to North Wales to study Environmental Science in 2002. He worked for seven years at Plas Y Brenin, The National Outdoor Centre in Wales and for the last three has worked for himself and Phill George on both rock climbing courses and ML training and assessments. He has taken up the position of BMC Youth & Equity Officer to help give youngsters from urban areas more climbing and outdoor opportunities. He’s also keen to try and set up some more BMC Youth Meets.
Dan Middleton – Technical Officer also responsible for Climbing Walls
3.5 days per week
Dan is the in-house gear geek and acts as Secretary for the Technical Committee, who work on equipment standards and provide guidance on the use of safety equipment. He also works on the development of indoor climbing, working with our partners to support the sport. Once an avid trad, alpine and winter climber he is now "a bit nesh" as they say in his adopted Sheffield home, and spends most of his time bouldering and trying to grow strange vegetables on his allotment.
Mariella Sullivan – Partnerships & Events Co-ordinator
Mariella works on the partnerships team as well as organising a number of events for the BMC. She also offers additional support across social media, volunteering and in the office.
Jane Thompson – Clubs, Huts & Volunteers Development Officer
Jane is the Clubs, Huts & Volunteers Development Officer. She works with BMC affiliated clubs to support them to grow and develop; supports the work of the BMC Clubs' Committee and the BMC Huts Group; and leads on support to volunteers. Jane has worked in sports development for 25+ years, and is an active member of her local mountaineering club.
Alan Brown – Financial Controller
Perhaps the most high pressure job in the building, but you'd never know it from looking at him. Cool, calm and collected, he gave Daniel Craig a good run for his money at the James Bond auditions. Alan works closely with Kate Anwyl to ensure data compliance.
Yas Prabaharan – Finance Assistant
Alan's trusty sidekick, and responsible for day to day management of receipts and payments, including the petty cash. She has no idea about climbing & mountaineering, but is frighteningly good at hassling people for invoices & remittances!
HR & Office Support Services
Kate Anwyl – HR & Office Manager
Kate provides HR and office support to all the staff. She leads on data compliance and health and safety. She's enjoys Pilates, walking and swimming.
Suzanne Jones – Project Co-ordinator
3 days per week
Suzanne provides administrative support to the BMC’s HR function and also to the BMC CEO and President.
Tony Ryan – Publications & Local Areas Co-ordinator
Tony's role includes the co-ordination of BMC house style on publications, as well as press and event support. He also supports the promotion of BMC area meetings and is the secretary for the Member's Council.
Hannah Skeldon – Online Shop Co-ordinator
4 days per week
With a degree in Art History and an eye for design, Hannah runs the BMC shop, developing our range of products for climbers and walkers. She also brings her creative spark to art directing our displays at big events such as Kendal Mountain Festival. Her perfect day is climbing in the Western Lakes followed by a pint.
Lucy Valerio – Governance & Compliance Officer
Lucy’s role includes ensuring good governance, compliance with legislation and keeping the Board of Directors in line as Company Secretary. Previous lives have included being a corporate lawyer and teaching English as a foreign language in Slovakia, Spain and Argentina. Lucy has no knowledge of mountaineering but is a keen hill walker and likes nothing more than going for a hike with her camera.
Marketing & Communications
Alex Messenger – Head of Marketing & Communications
Alex runs the Marketing and Communications crew who bring you everything from carefully crafted tweets to magnificent multi-day events. He especially likes Summit magazine and BMC TV. He is developing a weird and unexpected interest in winter climbing.
Pete Burnside – Summit Editor and Online Communications Co-ordinator
Pete is the writer extraordinaire, that is, when he isn’t reading or watching climbing stuff online. Aside from producing reams of impeccable copy, he is also known for being an avid rock climber and a scuba diving instructor, albeit preferably when in tropical seas.
Alvin Foy – IT & Database Co-ordinator
Alvin is responsible for keeping the systems at the BMC running and maintaining the membership database. Whilst outside the office he can normally be found somewhere out in the wilderness.
Niall Grimes – Creative Content Co-Ordinator
3 days per week
Fresh from being our former Guidebook Officer (Niall was the man to praise for the world class BMC guides), Niall's now a media celebrity with no fear of either the limelight or an hilarious (but risqué) joke in front of a packed audience of dignitaries; he defies all attempts at description.
Emma Travers – Marketing & Events Co-ordinator
Emma helps market our campaigns and attends BMC events making sure everything runs smoothly. In her spare time she is always looking for ways to get active and outdoors and is always looking for the best view, whether from the top of a climbing wall or a mountain peak.
Tim Waterhouse – IT & Web Support Assistant
2.5 days per week
Tim is responsible for asking people whether they have tried turning it off and on again. In his spare time he can often be found hanging (or falling) off bits of limestone in the Peak.
Membership & Insurance
Arun Patel – Membership Co-ordinator
Arun oversees the Membership and Insurance Team. He is a black belt master of the Membership Database and almost certainly knows where you live (without even looking it up).
Clonagh Delderfield – Membership Administrator
4 days per week
Clonagh helps with BMC Memberships, Direct Debit Schemes, Clubs and Information. She has recently had a major birthday, but refuses to say which it is. Her colleagues have decided that she doesn't look a day over 29, or maybe 39.
Josh Harris – Membership Administrator
Josh helps with BMC Memberships, Direct Debit Schemes and Insurance and is the first point of contact for many of the BMC's members. He enjoys long distance backpacking, fitness and music.
Jim Krawiecki – Insurance Administrator
Jim works on insurance and relishes high altitude queries. He enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, hill walking and mountaineering, as long as there's an enormous pie to look forward to at the end of the day.
We want to say a big thanks to every BMC member who continues to support us through the Coronavirus crisis.
From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t do it without you.
Did you know that we've launched a U27 membership offer for just £1.50 / month? And with full membership from £2.50 / month, it's never been easier to join and support our work: