Mountain Training UK


Mountain Training UK Governance


MTUK Board of Directors
DDownes Dan Downes - Chair
Dan’s love of the mountains began with mountain and arctic warfare training in the Royal Marines. He now works for a UK based international management consulting firm, where he helps clients with operations excellence, systems engineering and complex programme management. Dan lives in Buckinghamshire. This is further from the mountains than he would like, but it does not get in the way of his love of hill walking, scrambling, indoor climbing, rock climbing, ice climbing and alpine mountaineering.
RWard Roger Ward - Treasurer
I have worked in outdoor education for the past 30 years. I currently manage a residential centre in the Lake District for a Charitable Trust. As an active mountaineer, climber and paddler I have experience throughout Europe and the Greater Ranges. I have been delivering Mountain Training awards for the last 20 years. When I am not in the mountains or on a river, I can be found kite surfing, windsurfing or biking.
LHazle Laura Hazle - Independent Director
Laura's experience is from the International NGO sector, and has held senior leadership roles with her focus of expertise being in marketing and fundraising. After spending 8 years living in New Zealand, she has recently returned to the UK. Now based in the Peak District, she joins Mountain Training UK with a passion for hill and mountain walking.
EThompson Emily Thompson - Independent Director
Emily has worked in the not for profit sector for over 10 years, and as the Operations Director at Groundwork in Yorkshire she creates business opportunities and seeks funding to inspire young people and adults to challenge themselves, tackling worklessness and poverty. Emily is also a passionate Mountain Leader and MTA member, and is currently working towards her Winter ML. As a freelance ML Emily works a lot helping people of all abilities build their skills and confidence getting into the great outdoors. She loves an excuse to get out for long days out in the mountains and loves long mountaineering adventures, she has climbed 6000m peaks in Bolivia and Nepal, though is most passionate about Scottish winters. She is also a call out member of the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team and supports the development of Womenclimb.co.uk through creating web content and business development. She is also a board member of the BMC Access and Conservation Trust.
Stephen Saddler - Director with expertise in the Adventure Activities Sector
Stephen has been involved professionally and recreationally in Adventure Education and Sport for forty years. Gaining the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate in 1985 he continues to be an active climber and mountaineer who also dabbles in paddling, skiing and bikes, occasionally working as a freelance technical advisor and instructor. He has been involved in the development of individuals’ skills and experience in the UK and overseas. Stephen has been a provider of Mountain Training courses and led expeditions overseas. He is committed to the work of Mountain Training in the UK.
Adge Last - Director with expertise in the Adventure Activities Sector
Adge has been passionate about climbing and the outdoor environment since his first introduction to the Scottish mountains when at school in Edinburgh. These experiences shaped his career and lifestyle choices, having worked in and managed outdoor centres, taught in schools, freelanced, managed a climbing wall, worked for the British Mountaineeering Council and Mountain Training England and been the outdoor education adviser for a Local Authority.

Always highly motivated to be active outdoors and having recently retired from fulltime employment, he will have less need to boulder or bike with lights in the dark! This change has enabled him to do more of the things he enjoys – whether that is training enthusiastic adults on an Hill and Moorland Leader course, cranking on (relatively!) small holds, seeking multi-day backcountry adventures or grappling with the complexity of an expert witness case.

Adge was on the inaugural committee of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors when it was first established, and currently volunteers on a number of committees including the Peak District National Park Local Access Forum and the Alpkit Foundation.


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