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Non-Executive Director vacancy

Thank you for your interest in finding out more about becoming a Non-Executive Director of the Mountain Training Trust. We are seeking to appoint a Director who has a proven track record in finance. Also desirable is an understanding of and experience in charitable finance, including a trading subsidiary.

MTT has an absolute commitment to improving diversity and equality and understands the need to address under-represented groups in outdoor adventure sports and we therefore particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified females as well as those from BAME backgrounds and / or with disabilities. In particular, we are fully committed to meeting the tier 3 requirements of the Governance Code for Sport and hence would particularly welcome applications from female candidates.


Voluntary position, expenses paid.


Board meetings generally take place at Plas y Brenin, Snowdonia although sometimes occur in Manchester / Birmingham. Accommodation is available when held in Snowdonia.

Contract type

Volunteer (Part time)

About Mountain Training Trust

This is an exciting time of strategic development for MTT, established by the British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Training UK and Mountain Training England in 1997. The charity’s primary aim is the advancement of education, training and skill development for safe conduct within mountain and sea environments. The board members provide strategic direction to meet the charitable objectives of the Trust and to oversee the contract management of Plas y Brenin, the national centre for mountain sports located in Snowdonia, on behalf of Sport England. MTT is committed to not only providing best-in-class training but also encouraging more people to get active in the outdoors, regardless of their abilities, experience or competence.

The Board

The board has overall responsibility for the performance and direction of MTT. Led by an Independent Chair, the board is made up of 10 Non-Executive Directors, including the three founding members and a further seven independent directors. All directors are subject to annual review. Alongside the Chair, the Non-Executive Directors are involved in shaping the strategic development of the organisation, providing creative, insight-led and constructive input. Information on the membership of the MTT board can be accessed via: www.pyb.co.uk/mtt-directors.php

The directors of MTT are also currently the directors of Mountain Training Limited (MTL), the wholly owned subsidiary of the Trust. The purpose of MTL is to manage the commercial operations of the Trust, running facilities and generating sales from hospitality, event hosting and conference business. MTL gift aids all surpluses generated to MTT annually.

The required time commitment for a Board director is equivalent to 12 days per annum. Board meetings are held four times per annum, usually at Plas y Brenin in Capel Curig, Snowdonia. Overnight accommodation is available if required. Additionally, our preference is that the new appointee will also Chair the Finance & Audit Board Committee.

Skills and experience required:

You will need to demonstrate empathy with the outdoors and a genuine interest in ensure we have in place a sound corporate strategy and a robust financial framework to aid the long term sustainable development of the charity. We are particularly keen to hear from those who have an understanding of and experience in charitable finance, including trading via a subsidiary.

The role descriptor can be accessed here

How to apply

Candidates should submit their CV, together with a covering letter, expressing why you are interested in the role and outlining any specific business competencies that you could bring to the Board. You should include details of two referees (who will only be contacted if successful).
Applications should be marked private and confidential and sent by email to the Company Secretary, Sandra Harris, on sandraharris2014@outlook.com.

The closing date for applications is noon on 27th September, with successful candidates informed on the evening of the 29th September. Discussions with short listed candidates will be held on Friday 6th October in Manchester. Any appointment would, ideally, take immediate effect, with the new appointee ideally able to commit to a two day Board event on 18/19 October at Plas y Brenin.

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