Mountain Training UK

Recruiting One New Independent Director to the Mountain Training UK Board

Mountain Training UK is seeking to recruit one new independent non-executive director. We are interested to receive applications from people with expertise in Marketing and Fundraising.
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This post is non-salaried. Directors' travel and reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

What’s in it for Me?

“It has been hugely rewarding to be an MTUK director. There is the satisfaction of getting involved in the sports, activities and profession which have been central to me for more than half of my life and it’s great to look back and think that you’ve made a contribution. Also, there are the people; the staff, board members and volunteers are a pleasure to be with (to work with and then play with after the work is done). Finally, there’s the cake; always tasty and free at all of the meetings!”
Tony Halliwell, outgoing director.

How Is Mountain Training UK Organised?

Mountain Training UK is a Company Limited by Guarantee and a registered Charity. MTUK owns a subsidiary company, Mountain Training Publications (MTP), which manages the publication of MTUK's series of textbooks and its magazine, The Professional Mountaineer. MTP's business is conducted in conjunction with MTUK.

The Members of MTUK consist of representatives of elected member organisations. The Members decide on the policy and strategy of MTUK. The Members are supported by a Board of elected, non-executive Directors. The main functions of the Directors are to oversee the implementation of the decisions of the Members and to run the company.

The Directors are supported by an employed Chief Executive Officer who in turn is supported by a staff complement.

What Does Mountain Training UK Do?

Mountain Training UK’s main aim, as stated in its Articles of Association is:

“the advancement for the public benefit of education and training (in conjunction where appropriate with other persons or bodies) in the skills required for doing, leading and instructing safe hill, mountain, moorland and countryside walking, mountaineering and rock, ice and indoor climbing, and other associated activities, and to offer advice on matters of training and safety”

The role of Mountain Training UK is to coordinate the shared objectives of the national Mountain Training boards.
Our areas of work include:
  • Development and management of our website, the Candidate Management System and the online logbook
  • Administration of the Mountaineering Instructor Award, Mountaineering Instructor Certificate, International Mountain Leader and climbing Coaching Scheme
  • Liaison with Government and other external bodies
  • Creation of the official handbooks of the award schemes
  • Development of the Mountain Training Association (MTA)
  • Providing services for the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI), British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML) and the British Mountain Guides (BMG)
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What Will My Role Be?

To attend Board and stakeholder meetings, take an active part in running the business and advise the Board and staff in your specialist area of expertise. See the Job Description for further details.

What Level of Commitment is Required?

You will be expected to attend four Directors' phone conferences and three face to face meetings of the Members per year. Members' meetings are held at the National Mountain Centres, Tollymore Mountain Centre in Northern Ireland, Glenmore Lodge in Scotland and Plas y Brenin in North Wales.

You will therefore need to be able to commit to seven meetings per year and be willing to communicate with the Directors and the staff outside of those meetings from time to time.

The ability to think strategically and creatively, to exercise independent judgement and a willingness to speak your mind are some of the key attributes we are looking for.

What about Diversity?

We are committed to achieving a diverse workforce and would particularly welcome applications from members of currently under-representative groups (such as women, black and minority ethnic communities and/or candidates who consider themselves to have a disability).

Job Description & Person Specification
More information about Mountain Training UK here

The Timescale

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 1st May 2017.

Interview format: Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by Skype or phone during May, exact date and time to be arranged by mutual convenience.

This appointment is to be confirmed by the Members at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 24 June at Tollymore Mountain Centre, Northern Ireland.

Date of next meeting of MTUK Directors: Phone conference in the evening of Thursday 8 June.

How Do I Apply?

Please send your CV together with a letter/personal statement giving your reasons for wishing to become a Director of Mountain Training UK to: Cath Luke

To ask questions about this job please email your query to Cath Luke.