Regional Groups

What are regional groups and events?

Regional groups have been set up across the UK and Ireland to enable members to get together locally to undertake peer led training, share good practice and socialise with other outdoor trainees and leaders. We recognise that our members have a wealth of knowledge and experience and we're keen to create as many opportunities around the UK as possible to bring them together to help each other and facilitate the sharing and exchange of their skills and expertise; members helping members.

It's also just a really easy way to meet new walking and climbing partners who want to practice the same skills as you; so if you're working towards an assessment you don't have to do it alone. All members are very welcome to get involved in regional events; either helping out or attending the day to learn new skills.

There is no charge to join a regional group (although attendance at some activities and events may have a small cost attached, eg. climbing wall entry fee).

We currently have 18 regional groups across the UK, organised by volunteer regional coordinators (see 'Regional Coordinators and Support Volunteers' tab above) who work to meet the aims of the regional groups, providing local opportunities for members to learn and share their expertise. Full members can support those under going training and consolidation as a form of mentoring and trainee members have an opportunity to get together to gain personal experience prior to assessment.
Regions map of UK and Ireland

For more information, simply get in touch with your local regional coordinator or browse the workshop programme for regional events. Click on the 'regional Coordinators' tab above for names and contact details of your regional volunteers.

 
"I loved the CPD workshops whilst on my ML training; and now I’m setting off on a new adventure into the world of climbing the regional events here in North Wales are proving to be quite awesome when the weather plays ball! These are social events rather than instructional, but as a relative novice I learn loads each time and it means I get the chance to ‘climb’ (be hauled up like a sack of spuds) much harder routes than I’d normally attempt which has been great for my confidence and skills."- Branwen McBride
 
 
“I have been on several regional CPD events which were invaluable, thanks to the great volunteer coordinator for my area. The weekend with a mountain rescue team was fantastic with night nav, ropework, first aid etc covered and great insight in to the working of the team.”- Cath Sinclair
 


Regional Coordinators and Support Volunteers

Regional Coordinators and Support Volunteers

Click on a region below to view the current volunteers in that area:

Northern Ireland

Mike Smith

Regional Coordinator

Telephone:

Email: mike.smith.mountaineering@gmail.com



    Richard Franklyn

    Support Volunteer

    Telephone:

    Email: rkfranklyn@live.co.uk


      Scotland - East Highlands

      Jim Donaldson

      Regional Coordinator

      Telephone:

      Email: jimdonaldson@btinternet.com



        David Jones

        Support Volunteer

        Telephone:

        Email: daj6081@gmail.com


          Garry Wardrope

          Support Volunteer

          Telephone:

          Email: mta@wardrope.me.uk



            Scotland - West Highlands

            Dan Goodwin

            Regional Coordinator

            Telephone:

            Email: danwildpath@gmail.com



              Mike Mason

              Support Volunteer

              Telephone:

              Email: association@mountain-training.org


                Scotland - Central Belt

                Andy Cloquet

                Regional Coordinator

                Telephone:

                Email: andycloquet60@gmail.com



                  Sean Magee

                  Support Volunteer

                  Telephone:

                  Email: enquiries@cpsactivities.com


                    Al Mackay

                    Support Volunteer

                    Telephone:

                    Email: alan@urbanuprising.co.uk



                      Wales - North

                      Paul Poole

                      Regional Coordinator

                      Telephone:

                      Email: ppmountaineering@me.com



                        Michael Griffiths

                        Support Volunteer

                        Telephone:

                        Email: mgoutdoors@hotmail.com


                          Branwen Mcbride

                          Support Volunteer

                          Telephone:

                          Email: mountainbeeadventures@gmail.com



                            Wales - South

                            Matt Woodfield

                            Regional Coordinator

                            Telephone:

                            Email: climbwithmatt@gmail.com



                              Dorian Thomas

                              Support Volunteer

                              Telephone:

                              Email: info@trigpointadventures.co.uk



                                North East England

                                Paul Mitchinson

                                Regional Coordinator

                                Telephone:

                                Email: info@northeastguides.com



                                  John Herron

                                  Support Volunteer

                                  Telephone:

                                  Email: association@mountain-training.org


                                    Michael Curry

                                    Support Volunteer

                                    Telephone:

                                    Email: association@mountain-training.org



                                      England - Lake District

                                      Kelvyn James

                                      Regional Coordinator

                                      Telephone:

                                      Email: fun@mountainservices.co.uk



                                        Jack Oliver

                                        Support Volunteer

                                        Telephone:

                                        Email: jackoliver84@gmail.com



                                          England - Yorkshire

                                          Nick Rowe

                                          Regional Coordinator

                                          Telephone:

                                          Email: nicksoutdoors@yahoo.com



                                            Iain Mcintyre

                                            Support Volunteer

                                            Telephone:

                                            Email: MountainsPast@pm.me


                                              Richard Gavaghan

                                              Support Volunteer

                                              Telephone:

                                              Email: rich.gav@gmail.com



                                                England - North West

                                                Stuart Holmes

                                                Regional Coordinator

                                                Telephone:

                                                Email: Stuart@climbingservices.com



                                                  Mick Dunlop

                                                  Support Volunteer

                                                  Telephone:

                                                  Email: Mick.dunlop@outlook.com


                                                    James Gerrie

                                                    Support Volunteer

                                                    Telephone:

                                                    Email: themountainjim@gmail.com



                                                      England - Peak District

                                                      Stephen Jones

                                                      Regional Coordinator

                                                      Telephone:

                                                      Email: mtapeakdistrict@gmail.com



                                                        Cath Sinclair

                                                        Support Volunteer

                                                        Telephone:

                                                        Email: cathsinclair@w3z.co.uk


                                                          Tom Wells

                                                          Support Volunteer

                                                          Telephone:

                                                          Email: tomwel756@gmail.com



                                                            England - West Midlands

                                                            Phil Davies

                                                            Regional Coordinator

                                                            Telephone:

                                                            Email: pjpendragon@aol.com



                                                              Tony Kerr

                                                              Support Volunteer

                                                              Telephone:

                                                              Email: tony@onwards-and-upwards.com


                                                                Jason Till

                                                                Support Volunteer

                                                                Telephone:

                                                                Email: berwynmountaineering@gmail.com



                                                                  England - Central and East (Inc: North London)

                                                                  Mark McKenzie

                                                                  Regional Coordinator

                                                                  Telephone:

                                                                  Email: mark@triventures.uk



                                                                    David Tainton

                                                                    Support Volunteer

                                                                    Telephone:

                                                                    Email: dt1969@hotmail.co.uk


                                                                      Philippa Sanders

                                                                      Support Volunteer

                                                                      Telephone:

                                                                      Email: pipsticks.nw@btopenworld.com


                                                                        Neil Froggitt

                                                                        Support Volunteer

                                                                        Telephone:

                                                                        Email: neil@paddlesandpeaks.com



                                                                          England - South East and London (Central and South)

                                                                          Currently recruiting

                                                                          Regional Coordinator

                                                                          Telephone:

                                                                          Email: association@mountain-training.org



                                                                            Alan Swetman

                                                                            Support Volunteer

                                                                            Telephone:

                                                                            Email: alan.swetman@gmail.com


                                                                              Chris McClellan

                                                                              Support Volunteer

                                                                              Telephone:

                                                                              Email: deputy@adurcentre.org.uk



                                                                                England - South Central

                                                                                Steve Cook

                                                                                Regional Coordinator

                                                                                Telephone:

                                                                                Email: association@mountain-training.org



                                                                                  England - South West (Somerset and Dorset)

                                                                                  Sam Ferguson

                                                                                  Regional Coordinator

                                                                                  Telephone:

                                                                                  Email: association@mountain-training.org




                                                                                    Paul Boardman

                                                                                    Support Volunteer

                                                                                    Telephone:

                                                                                    Email: paulbmta@gmail.com



                                                                                      England - South West (Devon and Cornwall)

                                                                                      Julian Mann

                                                                                      Regional Coordinator

                                                                                      Telephone:

                                                                                      Email: jmapeman@gmail.com



                                                                                        Ju Lewis

                                                                                        Support Volunteer

                                                                                        Telephone:

                                                                                        Email: Ju.mtasw@gmail.com


                                                                                          Mark Agnew

                                                                                          Support Volunteer

                                                                                          Telephone:

                                                                                          Email: mark@mwe-adventures.co.uk


                                                                                            Jamie Langler

                                                                                            Support Volunteer

                                                                                            Telephone:

                                                                                            Email: association@mountain-training.org



                                                                                              Each region has a Regional Coordinator who has kindly volunteered to take on the responsibility of organising and sourcing local events and activities as Continued Personal Development (CPD) opportunities for members, help by a team of Support Volunteers. The volunteers are scattered throughout the region so that events and activities can happen all over as opposed to in one small area.

                                                                                              Regional events and activities are a chance for members to get together, gain valuable personal experience, practice skills, share ideas and socialise with other walking, climbing and/or mountaineering enthusiasts. Events are often peer led, giving members the chance to share their expertise and skills; they are also a great mentoring opportunity for members that are undergoing training and consolidation to gain advice and support from those further on in their qualification journey.

                                                                                              To get involved with your local group and/or find out what's happening in your area, contact your nearest Regional Coordinator using the details below. Our regional coordinators are always looking for new and fresh ways to bring CPD opportunities to their area and are keen to develop their workshop programme. If you have any new CPD ideas and/or would like to facilitate or coordinate a free or low-cost regional event or workshop yourself based on your expertise or interests, let them know.

                                                                                              Regional activities, events and workshops are listed under the workshop tab in your Mountain Training account and is how you book your place. Activities, events and workshops are also frequently advertised in the MTA Facebook Group. This is a member-led closed group used to network, share ideas, find activity partners, promote CPD workshops, and generally support each other during and after gaining qualifications.
                                                                                              Regions map of UK and Ireland
                                                                                              Volunteer for your MTA region

                                                                                              MTA regional volunteer opportunities

                                                                                              Last updated: 28th June 2022

                                                                                              Regional Coordinator

                                                                                              We are currently seeking a Regional Coordinator for the following region:
                                                                                              • England - East Midlands


                                                                                              Prerequisites

                                                                                              • A current MTA member based within the advertised region
                                                                                              • A passion for the outdoors
                                                                                              • Enthusiatic and personable
                                                                                              • Keen to grow a community of members and to facilitate a programme of peer led and social events.
                                                                                              • Good organisational skills
                                                                                              • Mountain Training qualification holder - desirable, but not essential

                                                                                              Role description


                                                                                              How to apply

                                                                                              Simply download and fill in the application form below and email it to belinda@mountain-training.org





                                                                                              Support Volunteer

                                                                                              Climbing
                                                                                              Support volunteers exist to support the regional coordinator throughout the year; by organising some events and hosting meet-ups at venues near you, to share the load and reduce the amount of travel for the regional coordinators.

                                                                                              We have filled these Regional Coordinator positions in several regions, so we are specifically interested in hearing from members in the following regions to give our Regional Coordinators in these areas a bit more support:
                                                                                              • Midlands
                                                                                              • Central England - Buckinghamshire (near Milton Keynes or Northampton)
                                                                                              • Central England - Suffolk/Norfolk (near Bury St Edmunds)

                                                                                              Role description


                                                                                              How to apply

                                                                                              Simply download and fill in the application form below and email it to belinda@mountain-training.org.


                                                                                              Deadline for applications

                                                                                              There is no current deadline on applications for Support Volunteers. Applications are open all year around.


                                                                                              Other ways to get involved in your regional group


                                                                                              If you're an MTA member and you're interested in attending an event in your area, have a browse through the MTA workshop programme to find events near you. Alternatively, have a chat to your regional coordinator.

                                                                                              Our regional coordinators are continually looking for new and fresh ways to bring CPD opportunities to their area and are always keen to develop their workshop programme that runs throughout the year. They would be delighted to hear from you if you have any new CPD ideas and/or would like to facilitate or coordinate a free or low cost regional event or workshop yourself based on your expertise or interests.




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