Mountain Training UK & Ireland

Mountain Training UK
About Mountain Training UK & Ireland administers six qualifications and is also the coordinating body for all of the national Mountain Training organisations of the UK and Ireland. Each national Mountain Training organisation is responsible for managing skills and qualification schemes along with the course providers they have approved to deliver these schemes. The procedures for providers and tutors are harmonised; however slight differences may be required to accommodate regional differences and organisational structures.

The role of Mountain Training UK & Ireland is to coordinate the shared objectives of the national Mountain Training organisations. Its areas of work include:
  • Development and management of the Mountain Training website and Candidate Management System.
  • Administration of the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, International Mountain Leader, Foundation Coach, Development Coach and Performance Coach qualifications.
  • Liaison with Government and other external bodies.
  • Creation of the official handbooks of the 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).

Staff team

John Cousins

Executive Officer

Telephone: 01690 720129


    Libby Peter

    Technical Officer

    Telephone: 01690 720272


      Steve Long

      Technical Officer

      Telephone: 01690 720272


        The national Mountain Training organisations (click the logos for more info):

        The five national Mountain Training organisations collectively set standards for all the qualifications listed to ensure their validity across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

        Mountain Training England Mountain Training Scotland Mountain Training Board Ireland 200

        Company information

        Company Name: Mountain Training United Kingdom & Ireland Ltd
        Company number: 04226512
        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
        Registered charity number: 1090203
        MTUK&I Board of Directors
        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 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.
        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 Rock Climbing Instructor and Mountain Leader qualifications and has just completed the International Mountain Leader scheme.

        Lucy’s ambition with Mountain Training United Kingdom and Ireland 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.
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        DocumentsMountain Training United Kingdom & Ireland Meeting Minutes

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