The George Band Award for Exceptional Voluntary Contribution to Mountaineering recognises people who have played a significant role in the BMC’s work over an extended period of time.
The award was established in 2010. Past recipients have included volunteers who have devoted their time and expertise to the work of the BMC on access and conservation, competition climbing, equipment, finance, and mountain heritage.
George Band Award recipients
2011 – Neville McMillan and George Steele
2012 – Dave Bishop and Henry Folkard
2013 – Gordon Adshead and Mark Alderson
2014 – John Innerdale MBE
2015 – Robert Pettigrew MBE
2016 – Ben Lyon
2017 – Lynn Robinson & Ian Smith
George Band Award presentations at the 2017 BMC AGM.
Upper photo: Lynn Robinson with BMC Honorary Member Angela Soper.
Lower photo: Ian Smith with BMC President Rehan Siddiqui and BMC CEO Dave Turnbull.
Both Lynn and Ian have been involved in producing BMC guidebooks for many years, as well as providing crucial support to the BMC Peak Area through elected volunteer roles.
Ian Smith, Lynn Robinson receive George Band Award 2017
Rockstar Volunteers: catching up with Lynn Robinson
BMC members can nominate a volunteer for the award. A nomination form is available to download from the BMC website towards the end of each year. The BMC Executive Committee is the awarding body, and the award is presented at the BMC Annual Dinner.
Nominate a BMC volunteer for the George Band Award 2018
About George Band
George Band OBE (1929 - 2011) was the youngest member of the 1953 Everest expedition which saw Hillary and Tenzing make the historic first ascent. In 1955 with Joe Brown he made the first ascent of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. A longtime supporter of the BMC, George was BMC President from 1996-1999, and was also President of the Alpine Club and chairman of the Himalayan Trust (UK). In 2008 he was awarded the OBE for services to mountaineering and charity.
Volunteering for the BMC
The BMC couldn’t function without the contributions made generously and selflessly by hundreds of volunteers, who give up their own time and provide expertise and energy for the benefit of all climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers.
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