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 and Ireland 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 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. a climbing wall entry fee).

We currently have 18 regional groups across the UK, organised by volunteer regional coordinators (see 'Volunteer Regional Coordinators' tab above) who help to meet the aims of the regional groups, providing local opportunities for members to learn and share their expertise. Qualified members can enable those under going training and consolidation to practice skills and widen their knowledge and Trainee members have an opportunity to get together to gain personal experience prior to assessment.
UK and Ireland Map MTA Regions

For more information, simply get in touch with your local regional coordinator or browse the workshop programme for regional events. Click on the 'Volunteer 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 Regional 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
 


Volunteer Regional Coordinators

Volunteer Regional Coordinators

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

    Assistant Regional Coordinator

    Telephone:

    Email: rkfranklyn@live.co.uk



      Ireland

      Brian Fennessy

      Regional Coordinator

      Telephone:

      Email: btfennessy@gmail.com



        Scotland - East Highlands

        Jim Donaldson

        Regional Coordinator

        Telephone:

        Email: jimdonaldson@btinternet.com



          David Jones

          Assistant Regional Coordinator

          Telephone:

          Email: daj6081@gmail.com


            Garry Wardrope

            Assistant Regional Coordinator

            Telephone:

            Email: mta@wardrope.me.uk



              Scotland - West Highlands

              Dan Goodwin

              Regional Coordinator

              Telephone:

              Email: danwildpath@gmail.com



                Mike Mason

                Assistant Regional Coordinator

                Telephone:

                Email: association@mountain-training.org


                  Scotland - Central Belt

                  Sean Magee

                  Regional Coordinator

                  Telephone:

                  Email: enquiries@cpsactivities.com



                    Al Mackay

                    Assistant Regional Coordinator

                    Telephone:

                    Email: alan@urbanuprising.co.uk


                      David Jack

                      Assistant Regional Coordinator

                      Telephone:

                      Email: jackstaysailing@gmail.com



                        Wales - North

                        Paul Poole

                        Regional Coordinator

                        Telephone:

                        Email: ppmountaineering@me.com



                          Michael Griffiths

                          Assistant Regional Coordinator

                          Telephone:

                          Email: mgoutdoors@hotmail.com


                            Kelly Duffy

                            Assistant Regional Coordinator

                            Telephone:

                            Email: kellyduffyadventures@gmail.com


                              Branwen Mcbride

                              Assistant Regional Coordinator

                              Telephone:

                              Email: mountainbeeadventures@gmail.com



                                Wales - South

                                Matt Woodfield

                                Regional Coordinator

                                Telephone:

                                Email: climbwithmatt@gmail.com



                                  Dorian Thomas

                                  Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                  Telephone:

                                  Email: info@trigpointadventures.co.uk



                                    North East England

                                    Paul Mitchinson

                                    Regional Coordinator

                                    Telephone:

                                    Email: info@northeastguides.com



                                      John Herron

                                      Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                      Telephone:

                                      Email: association@mountain-training.org


                                        Michael Curry

                                        Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                        Telephone:

                                        Email: association@mountain-training.org



                                          England - Lake District

                                          Kelvyn James

                                          Regional Coordinator

                                          Telephone:

                                          Email: fun@mountainservices.co.uk



                                            Jack Oliver

                                            Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                            Telephone:

                                            Email: jackoliver84@gmail.com



                                              England - Yorkshire

                                              Nick Rowe

                                              Regional Coordinator

                                              Telephone:

                                              Email: nicksoutdoors@yahoo.com



                                                Iain Mcintyre

                                                Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                Telephone:

                                                Email: MountainsPast@pm.me


                                                  Richard Gavaghan

                                                  Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                  Telephone:

                                                  Email: rich.gav@gmail.com



                                                    England - North West

                                                    Stuart Holmes

                                                    Regional Coordinator

                                                    Telephone:

                                                    Email: Stuart@climbingservices.com



                                                      Mick Dunlop

                                                      Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                      Telephone:

                                                      Email: Mick.dunlop@outlook.com


                                                        James Gerrie

                                                        Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                        Telephone:

                                                        Email: themountainjim@gmail.com


                                                          England - Peak District

                                                          Stephen Jones

                                                          Regional Coordinator

                                                          Telephone:

                                                          Email: mtapeakdistrict@gmail.com



                                                            Cath Sinclair

                                                            Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                            Telephone:

                                                            Email: mrstrellis@kirk-ireton.uk


                                                              Gordon Riley

                                                              Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                              Telephone:

                                                              Email: mta@mountain-training.org



                                                                England - West Midlands

                                                                Phil Davies

                                                                Regional Coordinator

                                                                Telephone:

                                                                Email: pjpendragon@aol.com



                                                                  Helen Harrison

                                                                  Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                  Telephone:

                                                                  Email: hikeswithhelen@gmail.com


                                                                    Roger Hanmer

                                                                    Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                    Telephone:

                                                                    Email: rogerhanmer5@gmail.com



                                                                      England - East Midlands and Anglia

                                                                      Mark McKenzie

                                                                      Regional Coordinator

                                                                      Telephone:

                                                                      Email: mark@triventures.uk


                                                                        Neil Kenyon

                                                                        Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                        Telephone:

                                                                        Email: Neilkenyon1972@outlook.com


                                                                          Chris Sweetman

                                                                          Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                          Telephone:

                                                                          Email: chrisonholiday@outlook.com


                                                                            Tony Kerr

                                                                            Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                            Telephone:

                                                                            Email: tony@onwards-and-upwards.com


                                                                              England - Central and London (North)

                                                                              David Tainton

                                                                              Regional Coordinator

                                                                              Telephone:

                                                                              Email: dt1969@hotmail.co.uk



                                                                                Philippa Sanders

                                                                                Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                                Telephone:

                                                                                Email: pipsticks.nw@btopenworld.com


                                                                                  Neil Perry

                                                                                  Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                                  Telephone:

                                                                                  Email: neil@neil-perry.com


                                                                                    Abdul Janjirker

                                                                                    Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                                    Telephone:

                                                                                    Email: asjanjirker@hotmail.com


                                                                                      Bruce Petty

                                                                                      Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                                      Telephone:

                                                                                      Email: Bruce@inveniotraining.co.uk



                                                                                        England - South East and London (Central and South)

                                                                                        Helen Littlejohn

                                                                                        Regional Coordinator

                                                                                        Telephone:

                                                                                        Email: info@eveexpeditions.org.uk



                                                                                          Alan Swetman

                                                                                          Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                                          Telephone:

                                                                                          Email: alan.swetman@gmail.com


                                                                                            Chris McClellan

                                                                                            Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                                            Telephone:

                                                                                            Email: deputy@adurcentre.org.uk



                                                                                              England - South Central

                                                                                              Steve Cook

                                                                                              Regional Coordinator

                                                                                              Telephone:

                                                                                              Email: association@mountain-training.org



                                                                                                Locryn Williams

                                                                                                Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                                                Telephone:

                                                                                                Email: locrynwilliams@gmail.com


                                                                                                  Will Lynch Staunton

                                                                                                  Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                                                  Telephone:

                                                                                                  Email: willbutch@hotmail.com


                                                                                                    England - South West (Somerset and Dorset)

                                                                                                    Sam Ferguson

                                                                                                    Regional Coordinator

                                                                                                    Telephone:

                                                                                                    Email: association@mountain-training.org



                                                                                                      Position vacant

                                                                                                      Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                                                      Telephone:

                                                                                                      Email: mta@mountain-training.org



                                                                                                        England - South West (Devon and Cornwall)

                                                                                                        Julian Mann

                                                                                                        Regional Coordinator

                                                                                                        Telephone:

                                                                                                        Email: jmapeman@gmail.com



                                                                                                          Ju Lewis

                                                                                                          Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                                                          Telephone:

                                                                                                          Email: Ju.mtasw@gmail.com


                                                                                                            Mark Agnew

                                                                                                            Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                                                            Telephone:

                                                                                                            Email: mark@mwe-adventures.co.uk


                                                                                                              Jamie Langler

                                                                                                              Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                                                              Telephone:

                                                                                                              Email: association@mountain-training.org


                                                                                                                Jen George

                                                                                                                Assistant Regional Coordinator

                                                                                                                Telephone:

                                                                                                                Email: jennifer.s.george1@gmail.com



                                                                                                                  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 Assistant Regional Coordinator. 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.
                                                                                                                  UK and Ireland Map MTA Regions
                                                                                                                  Volunteer for your MTA region

                                                                                                                  MTA regional volunteer opportunities

                                                                                                                  Last updated: 11th July 2023

                                                                                                                  Regional Coordinator

                                                                                                                  We are currently seeking a Regional Coordinator for the following region:
                                                                                                                  • Republic of Ireland

                                                                                                                  Person specification

                                                                                                                  • A current Mountain Training Association member based within the applied for region
                                                                                                                  • A passion for walking, climbing and/or mountaineering
                                                                                                                  • Personable, approachable and a good team player
                                                                                                                  • Motivated to build a community of confident and expert leaders, instructors and coaches
                                                                                                                  • Organised and willing to create, promote and develop a schedule of peer led events and activities
                                                                                                                  • A 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 mta@mountain-training.org





                                                                                                                  Assistant Regional Coordinator (formerly Support Volunteers)

                                                                                                                  Climbing
                                                                                                                  Assistant Regional Coordinators 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 are specifically interested in hearing from members in the following regions to give the Regional Coordinators in these areas a bit more support:
                                                                                                                  • Republic of Ireland
                                                                                                                  • Northern Ireland
                                                                                                                  • Scotland - East Highlands
                                                                                                                  • Scotland - West Highlands
                                                                                                                  • Scotland - Central Belt
                                                                                                                  • England - North East
                                                                                                                  • England - Lake District
                                                                                                                  • England - Yorkshire
                                                                                                                  • England - North West
                                                                                                                  • England - West Midlands
                                                                                                                  • England - East Midlands and Anglia
                                                                                                                  • England - South East and London (Central and South)
                                                                                                                  • England - South Central
                                                                                                                  • England - South West (Dorset and Somerset)

                                                                                                                  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 Assistant Regional Coordinators. 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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