Mountain Training Cymru

About Mountain Training Cymru’s (MTC) role is to provide skills training and qualification schemes for individuals, leaders, instructors and coaches of groups participating in mountaineering and related activities, to offer advice and promote good practice among the mountaineering community within Wales.

Mountain Training Cymru along with Mountain Training England (MTE), Mountain Training Scotland (MTS) and Mountain Training Board Ireland (MTBI) is a full member of Mountain Training UK & Ireland.

Mountain Training Cymru is a registered company and has five voluntary company directors which make up the board. Additionally, Mountain Training Cymru has a members’ council which meets three times a year to help shape the strategic direction of the organisation and acts as a forum among the hill walking, climbing and mountaineering community in Wales with particular interest in leadership activities.

Executive Officer

Simon Patton

Executive Officer MTC

Telephone: 01690 720125


  • Quality Assurance and Provider Support

Company information

Company Name: Mountain Training Cymru Board Limited
Company number: 09295346
Place of registration: England & Wales
Registered office address: Siabod Cottage, Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig, Betws y Coed, Conwy. LL24 0ES
Email address:
Company not VAT registered

Anne Vowles Anne Vowles - Chair
Anne took up climbing on the gritstone edges of Derbyshire as a teenager, following a school trip to White Hall Centre. Through helpful adults in volunteer roles, she discovered hill walking, winter mountaineering and Alpine mountaineering. This all led to a decision to follow an outdoor career after studying a science course at university.

Anne worked at outdoor education centres for three different education authorities before becoming Head of Centre at Kent Mountain Centre in Llanberis. Along the way she gained qualifications including the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (now known as the Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor) and also became an enthusiast for sea kayaking. Sea kayak expeditions, together with climbing and mountaineering, remain activities close to Anne's heart.

Anne is a past Chair of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. She lives in Snowdonia, has been learning Welsh and is married to a Welshman. These days, Anne works part time as a leader of walks and scrambles in the mountains of Snowdonia, and very much enjoys introducing newcomers to the pleasures of exploring the Welsh mountains.
Allan Gibbs Allan Gibbs - Independent Director
Allan has been enthusiastically engaged with the mountains for 50 years. After a career as a head teacher for 20 years Allan left teaching and pursued a freelance outdoor instructor career for the next two decades.

Much of this was abroad in the Alps and Greater Ranges. That, together with nearly 20 years in Mountain Rescue and a much shorter stint as Deputy Head of an Outdoor Centre, filled the time in-between various expeditions. He is based on the Eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons.
Dave Jones Dave Jones - Finance Director
Dave has over 35 years’ experience as a Management Accountant, mostly in the food (meat) industry. He was leader on several projects including computerisation of the product costing system and a computerised least cost formulation scheme. He later took responsibility for Total Resource Management (Logistics) within the company.

Dave acquired a taste for mountaineering at the age of fourteen on a school trip to the summit of Cadair Idris. He has experience of the Pyrenees, the Canadian and USA Rockies, Indian Himalaya, Austria and Swiss Alps, Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland.

In 1986 he was appointed Director of Mountain Training to Scouts Wales, (head of centre at Yr Hafod in the Ogwen valley) and Mountain Activities Adviser (Wales), to the Welsh Scout Council. After retirement from his proper job in 2003, Dave worked as a freelance instructor, at Nantyr centre (Wrexham CBC) and Plas Madoc climbing wall, which he maintained and delivered numerous courses.
He also worked with a number of Private Schools on DofE expeditions. As well as five ten day treks across Scotland with young Scouts.

Dave holds the Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor Awards.
No photo Andy Newton - Director
Mike Rosser Mike Rosser - Director
"I am a qualified teacher, Mountain Instructor and International Mountain Leader with 45 years of personal experience of trekking, climbing and mountaineering worldwide. I have built a career around managing risk in the outdoors and teaching others those skills. 25 years as a teacher and lecturer of PE, Sport Science and Outdoor Education led to working for Mountain Training England managing the Providers of Mountain Training schemes.

For the next 15 years I was Manager and Director of Jagged Globe/Adventureworks and Outlook Expeditions – companies that organised mountaineering and trekking expeditions for adults and school groups worldwide – from Everest to the jungles of Borneo.

Currently I work as an Education Visits Advisor to Schools across Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham, an Inspector for various accreditation schemes and consultant providing advice, training and guidance for bodies working in the Outdoors.

I’m Chair of Adventure UK’s Working Group that is working with HSE and the wider Outdoor Industry to develop a replacement AALA Licensing and a recent past Chair and member of the Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC).

I Chair the BMC Health and Safety Group and I am the BMC nominated Director to the Board of MTT the Charity that manages Plas y Brenin.

When not working I climb, ski and cycle or drive my daughters to horse shows!"

Council of members
  • Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres
  • Association of Mountaineering Instructors
  • British Association of International Mountain Leaders
  • British Mountaineering Council Cymru
  • British Mountain Guides
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (Wales)
  • Girlguiding Cymru
  • North Wales Mountain Rescue Association
  • Plas y Brenin (Mountain Training Trust)
  • Outdoor Education Advisors Panel for Wales
  • Scouts Cymru
  • Ramblers Cymru

Mountain Training Cymru Observers:

  • British Mountaineering Council
  • Institute of Outdoor Learning
  • Joint Services Mountain Training Centres
  • Mountain Training UK & Ireland
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Y Bartneriaeth Awyr Agored / The Outdoor Partnership
  • Wales Activity Tourism Organisation/Adventure Smart
Documents Mountain Training Cymru Strategic Plan 2020-2023 (click to view/download)

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