Who works at the BMC? Full details of all current BMC staff.
Dave Turnbull – CEO
Dave has had overall responsibility for all aspects of the BMC since 2002. He was a BMC Access & Conservation Officer from 1997-2001 and worked in environmental consultancy prior to that. He's a chartered surveyor, with an MSc in Marine Science. He's originally from Northumberland but began climbing on Dartmoor and the south west sea cliffs while a student at Plymouth Polytechnic.
Deputy Chief Executive
Nick Colton – Deputy CEO & Head of Development
Nick assists Dave with the running of the BMC and is also responsible for the BMC development programmes, including child protection. He is an enthusiastic climber who has climbed 8a and has left his mark with the Colton/MacIntyre route on the Grandes Jorasses.
0161 438 3305
07554 998 919
Access & Conservation
Carey Davies – Hill Walking Development Officer
Carey's job to represent the many members for whom hill walking is their main outdoor activity, as well as try and bring more hill walkers into the fold. Formerly assistant editor of The Great Outdoors magazine, he likes sunny scrambling, long walks in the Lake District, fell running and overseas backpacking. He has tried a bit of climbing but finds all the paraphernalia involved confusing.
07885 910 605
Rob Dyer – Access & Conservation Officer (England)
Rob is in charge of regional access & conservation initiatives, as well as having an unequalled knowledge of access issues around the country. He's the first port of call if there's a problem somewhere with landowners, birds, military persons or anything else that shouldn't be happening.
0161 438 3309
07554 998 914
Cath Flitcroft – Access & Conservation Officer (Policy)
Currently on maternity leave
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.
Estée Farrar – Access & Conservation Officer (Policy)
Estée works on access and conservation policy, managing relationships between the BMC, government and other organisations. Originally hailing from Yorkshire, she moved to New Zealand after university to live and work amongst the mountains for many years, before returning back up north to work on her grit rash. Estée is a passionate ski mountaineer, climber and hill walker, has travelled extensively and been a member of several expeditions.
0161 438 3333
07590 882 831
Elfyn Jones – Access & Conservation Officer (Wales)
4 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.
01690 720 124
07554 998 910
Rob Adie – Competitions & Climbing Walls Officer
Rob runs all of the BMC's national and international climbing competitions and assists with the management of the GB Climbing Teams. He also provides advice about climbing wall related issues and offers climbing wall managers and developers advice and information, making sure climbing walls are run with the interests of its users as a priority. He previously worked for Entre-Prises Climbing Walls as a designer. He claims to be a hardcore ice climber, but can sometimes be found greasing off sloping holds in the peak.
0161 438 3318
07920 062 908
Jon Garside – BMC/MTE Training Officer
Jon works as a link officer between the BMC and Mountain Training England (MTE), contributing to the development of new adwards and the support of existing ones. He is responsible for BMC publications and events with a good practice message. In a previous life he worked at Plas y Brenin and holds the MIC and IML awards.
0161 438 3329
07787 543 287
Niall Grimes – Guidebook Officer
Niall is the man to praise for the world class guides the BMC is currently producing. A media celebrity, with no fear of either the limelight or an hilarious (but risque) joke in front of a packed audience of dignitaries; he defies all attempts at description.
0161 438 3301
Becky McGovern – Events Co-ordinator
3.5 days per week
Becky successfully manages major BMC events including the International Meet. She can usually be found either at the dinner table or clinging tenaciously to a crag somewhere.
0161 438 3302
Dan Middleton – Technical Officer also responsibe for huts
3.5 days per week
Dan provides advice and guidance about safety related mountaineering equipment. He helps the Technical Committee investigate equipment failures, and to educate climbers and mountaineers about how to use and care for their equipment. He now knows quite a lot about bolts, despite hardly ever going sport climbing.
0161 438 3326
Jane Thompson – Clubs & Partnerships Officer
Jane is the Clubs & Partnerships Officer. She works with BMC clubs and indoor climbing walls to encourage indoor climbers to give the outdoors a go and to increase membership within clubs. She also supports the work of the BMC Clubs Committee. Jane has worked in sports development for many years, is an active member of her local mountaineering club and can even be found on rock (when it’s not raining!).
07885 910 606
James McHaffie – Youth & Partnerships Officer
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 7 years at Plas Y Brenin, The National Mountain Centre in Wales and for the last 3 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 & Partnerships Officer to help give youths from urban areas more climbing and outdoor opportunities. He’s also keen to try and set up some more BMC Youth Meets.
07885 910 603
Jo Rowbottom – Equity & Partnerships Officer
Jo’s role is to increase engagement in BMC activities from under-represented groups. Traditionally women and girls, people with disabilities, and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities are less likely to participate in climbing, hill walking and mountaineering. Jo loves generally being active outdoors and is passionate about engaging harder to reach communities.
0161 438 3313
Simon Lee – Commercial Partnerships Manager
Simon Lee started as our Commercial Partnerships Manager in January 2017. This is a new role for the BMC aimed at developing the BMC’s commercial potential over the next 12 months. Simon grew up on a hill farm in Devon and was an avid collector of letterbox stamps on Dartmoor. He got the climbing bug at University and still has it 35 years later. Simon represented the Peak Area on the National Council 2013-2015. He has put up new routes in the Peak District and assisted with the latest BMC Peak Limestone guides. He is also one of the owners of UKBouldering.com.
0161 438 3337
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.
0161 438 3331
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!
0161 438 3321
Hannah Skeldon – Online Shop Co-ordinator
Hannah manages the BMC online shop – contact her if you'd like to get your products featured in there. She likes bouldering and growing sunflowers.
0161 438 3322
HR & Office Support Services
Kate Anwyl – HR & Office Manager
Kate provides support to all the staff and is PA to the CEO. She's the secretary for the Executive Committee and and organises various events, including the annual AGM. Prior to joining the BMC, Kate worked for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games and the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
0161 438 3303
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.
0161 438 3334
Amii Wilkes – Project Co-ordinator
4 days per week
Amii supports the Competitions Officer and the Technical Officer with comps related tasks and the co-ordination of our FUNdamentals courses. Amii oversees the office stationery supply. When Amii is not at the BMC you will find her bouldering either at the local climbing wall or crag.
0161 438 3317
Marketing & Communications
Alex Messenger – Head of Marketing & Communications
Alex runs the Marketing and Communications crew who bring you everything from carefully crafted tweets to amazing multi-day events. He especially likes Summit magazine and BMC TV. He is developing a weird and unexpected interest in winter climbing.
0161 438 3308
Pete Burnside – 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.
0161 438 3311
Jon Chittenden – Online Marketing Co-ordinator
Jon is our digital marketing guru, inventing new and exciting ways to improve your interaction with the BMC online. He likes bouldering, live music and ale (ideally all in the same day).
0161 438 3336
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.
0161 438 3304
Suzanne Jones – Project Co-ordinator
Suzanne is responsible for the production of BMC literature and our presence at a number of outdoor events.
0161 438 3332
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. At lunchtimes he can often be found hanging off the BMC office climbing wall, while in his spare time he can often be found hanging off bits of gritstone or limestone in the Peak.
0161 438 3327
Membership & Insurance
Lynda Buckley – Membership & Insurance Manager
4 days per week
Lynda’s role is the management of the BMC’s Membership and Insurance products. She also manages the membership team and between them they are responsible for providing a quality service to all members. If you need to chat about any aspect of membership or insurance then Lynda’s your contact.
0161 438 3300
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.
0161 438 3315
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.
0161 438 3319
Arun Patel – Membership Co-ordinator
Arun is a black belt master of the Membership Database and almost certainly knows where you live (without even looking it up).
0161 438 3314
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 scrambling and long distance backpacking and is currently working towards his Mountain Leader Awards.
0161 438 3324
Betty Butcher – Membership Administrator
Betty works on Membership Services Online (MSO) and membership. She likes cycling, growing vegetables, knitting, cats and cake.
0161 438 3316
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