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Mountain Training England Board of Directors



dave-f Dave Faulconbridge - Chair
David became Chair of Mountain Training England in June 2015. Prior to this he was the representative for the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel and joined MTE in 2007.

David has worked in outdoor education since starting his career at Outward bound Wales in 1981. He is a qualified Teacher and Youth Worker and has been Head of Oldham’s local authority centre for 20 years. He advises Oldham schools on all aspects of educational visits and adventure activities. He is a member and past Chair of the Outdoor Education Advisers Panel. David is a Mountaineering Instructor with a wide range of outdoor qualifications.

As Chair his responsibilities currently include representing MTE on the Boards of Mountain Training UK and the Mountain Training Trust, which runs Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Centre.
Barry Lynn resized Barry Lynn - Treasurer
Barry has been Mountain Training England’s Honorable Treasurer for almost five years. He has been mountaineering since he was seven years of age when his father took him up his first climb in Rainbow Quarry, Flintshire. Barry’s career background is in running and operating businesses in the marketing/advertising arena – he travelled constantly to the US, Europe and the Far East.

Recently the big bills of life (kids, mortgages, etc.) have become a thing of the past, which has allowed Barry the freedom to change direction. He is a holder of the International Mountain Leader award and works as a trekking guide in the Alps and other European mountain ranges.

He lives in Llanberis and still loves the hills. Barry is a provider of the Hill and Mountain Skills training.

Barry has previously contributed to the work of Mountain Training by serving a term as a director of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders.
Lucy V Lucy Vincent – Independent Director
Lucy has over 20 years experience in the not for profit sector having worked as Director of Marketing for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Dogs for Good and Adoption UK. She headed up large teams at Natural England and the Audit Commission. In the former, she developed the Countryside Code for England and Wales, two new national parks for England and the communications surrounding new laws regarding “open access” land.

Her management of press and media teams includes crisis management from avian influenzas to fire strikes (Director of Communications at Warwickshire County Council). She’s campaigned on Severn tidal flow and a variety of conservation and recreational access issues as well as producing and appearing in BBC radio programmes from Madagascar and the Philippines.

Lucy studied a Master’s Degree in Marketing at Kingston University and Public Sector management at the University of Birmingham.

In her spare time Lucy enjoys rock climbing and mountaineering and has travelled to mountains and for adventures worldwide. She believes firmly in developing her skills and enabling others to enjoy the outside too and so has obtained her Single Pitch Award in rock climbing and the Mountain Leader Award. She is now embarking on International Mountain Leader training.

Lucy’s ambition with Mountain Training England is to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities and women and girls are considered and that as many people as possible are given the confidence and access to develop their mountain skills.
Mike Pinder - Vice-Chair
Mike has been involved with Mountain Training England for over 15 years; initially as a representative of the British Mountaineering Council; as the British Mountaineering Council Director; and subsequently as an elected independent Director.

Mike holds a range of awards with various National Governing Bodies, and works as a freelance outdoor pursuits instructor, primarily in his home area of the Peak District, but venturing further afield when opportunities arise. He has held a range of posts managing outdoor centres and climbing walls since leaving mainstream secondary teaching.

Mike has also represented the British Mountaineering Council on Mountain Training UK and now does the same for Mountain Training England.
Mick Johnson Mick Johnson – Director and BMC nominee
Mick has been a member of Mountain Training’s Board of Directors for several years now as the British Mountaineering Council representative. He has previously served on the BMC Executive Committee and the BMC National Council representing Yorkshire. For several years he has been the Yorkshire Gritstone Access and Conservation representative, also representing both the Fell and Rock Climbing Club and the Climbing Club in Yorkshire Area meetings.

He is an active climber, mountaineer and general outdoor sportsman, as well as being involved in many other sports. He has climbed extensively in UK, Europe, North America and many other places but his main passion is climbing in Yorkshire with like-minded friends.

His working life has always been in the field of education where he has been actively engaged in working with pupils and students in the outdoors.
Chris Forrest Chris Forrest - Nominated Director
Throughout my career I have enjoyed working at various outdoor centres, including Glenmore Lodge and Plas Y Brenin for over 20 years and the past 8 years I have worked as Chief Instructor for Joint Services Mountain Training Centres (JSMTC).

From a career of Instructing/ coaching at the highest levels across a wide range of outdoor activities worldwide and working and directing of most mountaineering governing body courses to developing new schemes within paddle sport and skiing.

From this corporate knowledge I am able to support and share my experience within my role as Board member with Mountain Training.
image here Dawn McDaid - Independent Director
After studying for a BA (Hons) degree in European Business and German, I specialised in Marketing, completing an MSc in Marketing and Communications. I have worked in a number of Marketing and Commercial roles in various environments, both in the UK and Europe and have sat on a number of Boards. In 2007 I co-founded my own business, which develops, owns and manufactures high street beauty brands, servicing the major UK retailers and exporting to over 24 countries. In my spare time I am keen walker and skier and a strong advocate of the benefits outdoor exercise delivers from both a physical and well-being perspective.




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