Regional Groups

What are regional groups and events?

Regional groups have been set up across the UK 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 16 regional groups across the UK, managed by volunteer regional coordinators who work hard to meet the aims of the regional groups, providing local opportunity 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.

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

 
"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

Regional Coordinators & Support Volunteers

Each regional group has a coordinator who has kindly volunteered their time to take on the responsibility of organising and sourcing local Continued Personal Development (CPD) opportunities for members. Increasingly, to accommodate the growing and changing distribution of our membership across the UK, many of our regional coordinators also have the help of Support Volunteers that help to organise some events and host some meet-ups at venues further afield, to share the load and reduce the amount of travel for the regional coordinators.

Regional events are chances for members to get together, gain valuable personal experience, practice skills, share ideas and socialise with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. Events are often peer led, allowing members to share their areas of expertise and they are also a great mentoring opportunity for members that are undergoing training and consolidation; gaining advice and support from others that are slightly 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 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.

Regional workshops and events are also advertised in the workshop tab accessed via a candidate's Mountain Training account and you can book your place here too. Events are also frequently advertised in the Facebook Group. This is a member-led closed group used by members to network, share ideas, find activity partners, promote CPD workshops, and generally support each other during and after gaining qualifications.


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

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



        Scotland - Eastern 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

              Dalton Moore

              REGIONAL COORDINATOR

              Telephone:

              Email: Dalt_moore@hotmail.com



                Yorkshire

                Iain Mcintyre

                REGIONAL COORDINATOR

                Telephone:

                Email: iainandrewmcintyre@gmail.com



                  Clive Nutton

                  Support Volunteer

                  Telephone:

                  Email: brightaireoutside@gmail.com


                    Richard Gavaghan

                    Support Volunteer

                    Telephone:

                    Email: rich.gav@gmail.com



                      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



                            Lake District

                            Kelvyn James

                            REGIONAL COORDINATOR

                            Telephone:

                            Email: fun@mountainservices.co.uk



                              North West England - Greater Manchester

                              Stuart Holmes

                              REGIONAL COORDINATOR

                              Telephone:

                              Email: Stuart@climbingservices.com



                                Mick Dunlop

                                Support Volunteer

                                Telephone:

                                Email: Mick.dunlop@outlook.com


                                  Neil Turney

                                  Support Volunteer

                                  Telephone:

                                  Email: neil.turney@allweatherwalks.co.uk


                                    James Gerrie

                                    Support Volunteer

                                    Telephone:

                                    Email: themountainjim@gmail.com



                                      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



                                            Northern Ireland

                                            Jonathan Shields

                                            REGIONAL COORDINATOR

                                            Telephone:

                                            Email: jonathan@climblife.co.uk



                                              North Wales

                                              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



                                                    South Wales

                                                    Will Kilner

                                                    REGIONAL COORDINATOR

                                                    Telephone:

                                                    Email: info@adventureswithwill.co.uk


                                                      Rich Jones

                                                      Support Volunteer

                                                      Telephone:

                                                      Email: rich.jones@richascents.com



                                                        Central England

                                                        Mark McKenzie

                                                        REGIONAL COORDINATOR

                                                        Telephone:

                                                        Email: mark@triventure.co.uk



                                                          The Midlands

                                                          Joby Davis

                                                          REGIONAL COORDINATOR

                                                          Telephone:

                                                          Email: davisjoby@hotmail.com



                                                            Steve Wright

                                                            Admin Support Volunteer

                                                            Telephone:

                                                            Email: mtawestmids@gmail.com


                                                              Felicity Turner

                                                              Support Volunteer

                                                              Telephone:

                                                              Email: flissturner@yahoo.co.uk


                                                                Matt Cooper

                                                                Support Volunteer

                                                                Telephone:

                                                                Email: info@mountainmatt.co.uk


                                                                  Jason Till

                                                                  Support Volunteer

                                                                  Telephone:

                                                                  Email: berwynmountaineering@gmail.com



                                                                    South East

                                                                    Simon Waller

                                                                    REGIONAL COORDINATOR

                                                                    Telephone:

                                                                    Email: SW@wellingtoncollege.org.uk



                                                                      Alan Swetman

                                                                      Support Volunteer

                                                                      Telephone:

                                                                      Email: alan.swetman@gmail.com


                                                                        Chris McClellan

                                                                        Support Volunteer

                                                                        Telephone:

                                                                        Email: deputy@adurcentre.org.uk



                                                                          South West - Bristol & Dorset

                                                                          Ali Taylor

                                                                          REGIONAL COORDINATOR

                                                                          Telephone:

                                                                          Email: alikat65650@hotmail.com



                                                                            Cathy Goodwin

                                                                            Support Volunteer

                                                                            Telephone:

                                                                            Email: association@mountain-training.org


                                                                              Paul Boardman

                                                                              Support Volunteer

                                                                              Telephone:

                                                                              Email: paulbmta@gmail.com



                                                                                South West - Devon & Cornwall

                                                                                Gavin Kelly

                                                                                REGIONAL COORDINATOR

                                                                                Telephone:

                                                                                Email: gavin@ibexoutdoor.co.uk



                                                                                  Ju Lewis

                                                                                  Support Volunteer

                                                                                  Telephone:

                                                                                  Email: Ju.mtasw@gmail.com


                                                                                    Chris Green

                                                                                    Support Volunteer

                                                                                    Telephone:

                                                                                    Email: cg.adventuresport@gmail.com


                                                                                      Jamie Langler

                                                                                      Support Volunteer

                                                                                      Telephone:

                                                                                      Email: jamie@dartrock.co.uk


                                                                                        Daniel Roberts

                                                                                        Support Volunteer

                                                                                        Telephone:

                                                                                        Email: danielroberts_mta@yahoo.com



                                                                                          Volunteer for MTA

                                                                                          2019 MTA volunteer opportunities

                                                                                          Regional Coordinator

                                                                                          Our long-established and highly regarded volunteer, Gavin Kelly, is stepping down from his regional coordinator role this summer - a huge thanks to Gavin for helping to grow the MTA community in Devon and Cornwall and for hosting some fantastic CPD and social events for local members over the years. We're currently seeking a replacement to take over from Gavin in the summer with a view to start organising/hosting some events in the autumn.

                                                                                          North Wales
                                                                                          • Devon & Cornwall

                                                                                          Prerequisites

                                                                                          • A keen interest in supporting the aims and objectives of MTA.
                                                                                          • Has some free time to devote to organising/hosting events to support local members - socials, peer events, free talks/lectures etc
                                                                                          • Current MTA member (desirable)
                                                                                          • Friendly, sociable, likes meeting lots of new people
                                                                                          • Good organisational skills
                                                                                          • Familiar with social media (desirable, not essential)


                                                                                          How to apply

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


                                                                                          Deadline for applications

                                                                                          Ideally, we'd like to appoint a new regional coordinator by June, allowing a short handover with the current volunteer.



                                                                                          Support Volunteer

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

                                                                                          We have successfully filled these positions in several regions, and we are specifically interested in hearing from members in the following regions to give our Regional Coordinators in these areas a bit more support:
                                                                                          • South Wales
                                                                                          • Lake District
                                                                                          • Central England
                                                                                          • West Highlands of Scotland (Glencoe and surrounding areas)

                                                                                          Prerequisites

                                                                                          As above.

                                                                                          How to apply

                                                                                          Simply download and fill in the application form below and email it to jo@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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