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The Mountain Training Trust

Mountain Training Trust LogoThe Mountain Training Trust (MTT) is a non-profit making charity who manage Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Sports Centre, on behalf of Sport England.
The Trust was established in 1997 by the British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Training UK and Mountain Training England, specifically for the purpose to bid to Sport England, the site owner, for the opportunity to run the centre. This was a successful application and a 15 year contract was awarded. Plas y Brenin is committed to not only offering world class training but also encouraging more people to get active in the outdoors, regardless of their abilities, experience or competence.
The MTT board has overall responsibility for the performance and direction of the charity. Led by an Independent Chair, the board is made of up of to 11 Non-Executive Directors, which includes the three founding members, as well an independent trustees appointed for their specialist skills. The board shape the strategic development of the charity, providing creative, insight-led and constructive input. All are volunteers.


The Mountain Training Trust's Board of Directors 


Sara MogelSara Mogel - Chair

Sara Mogel retired as a college principal in 2013 having turned around a failing college. She currently undertakes education advisory work and is a Beacons Awards lead assessor. Sara is a board member of Pennaf Housing Group and sits on the board of two of its subsidiaries - Clwyd Alyn Housing Association and Ty Glas Housing. She is also a board member of Future Enterprises North West a charity supporting the homeless in Cheshire. She is a member of the Worshipful Company of Educators, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours in 2014 for services to vocational education. Sara is a football fan, a keen but unskilled gardener and practices tai chi, walks and swims in an attempt to keep fit.


John AtkinsonJohn Atkinson - Vice Chair

John specialises in working with organisations facing major strategic and cultural change. He is highly experienced at board level and works at executive level as adviser to governments and global corporations. John competed as a premier division slalom canoeist, was national division one champion, combined services champion and also topped the British veterans ranking list for three successive years. He was also a successful mountain bike and adventure racer. He has run outdoor centres for the military, young people and management development, is a competent climber and has experience in the Andes, Atlas and Himalaya. John is also a qualified day skipper and dinghy sailor.


Roger WardRoger Ward - Mountain Training UK Member Director

Roger has worked in outdoor education for the past 30 years.  He currently manages a residential centre in the Lake District for a Charitable Trust.  He is an active mountaineer, climber and paddler with experience throughout Europe and further afield.  When he isn’t in the mountains or on a river, he can be found kite surfing, windsurfing or biking. 



David FaulconbridgeDavid Faulconbridge - Mountain Training England Member Director

David has worked in outdoor education since starting his career at Outward bound Wales in 1981 and has been Head of Oldham's local authority centre for more than 15 years. He is a member and past Chair of the Outdoor Education Advisers Panel. He is currently chair of Mountain Training England and joined the Board of MTT in 2015. David is a Mountaineering Instructor with a range of outdoor qualifications – many of them completed at PYB over the years!.





Stephanie PriceStephanie Price

Stephanie has worked for the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)  in Wales for almost ten years. Her role includes the strategic management and quality assurance of the DofE in Wales and she is a key member of the UK Executive. Steph has climbed Les Agneaux, a mountain in the French Alps. Located in the Massif des Écrins, the mountain is 3,664 metres tall. That's 3,662.5 metres taller than her!



Sam TurnbullSam Turnbull

Sam is a keen mountain biker, hill walker and occasional climber and also has a particular passion for long distance cycling in Europe. Having been a Plas y Brenin customer on and off over the years, Sam joined MTT as a director in the spring of 2014.

Professionally, Sam works as a free-lance marketing consultant working across a number of industry and “not for profit” sectors and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.



Andy PreeceAndy Preece

Andy is currently Director of Sports Business for Mott MacDonald, a global engineering, management and development consultancy, and has over 25 years of experience in areas such as strategic planning for sport, sport tourism, high performance sport, sport for international development and sports education. Andy has worked at a senior level as a board director, management consultant, project manager and educator. In his early career he enjoyed living in New Zealand for a number of years and has since lived and worked in several different countries.

In addition to his consultancy activities, Andy is a regular conference presenter on sports-related issues, a founder member of the Department for International Trade Sports Economy Sector Advisory Group and a Visiting Lecturer in Sport Management and Policy at Loughborough University. Outside of work, Andy is a keen hillwalker plus occasional mountain biker, canoeist and climber and is enjoying introducing his two children to the great outdoors.



Lisa O'KeefeLisa O'Keefe

Lisa joined the Board of MTT in late 2016. She is currently Insight Director at Sport England, a role she has held since the new Directorate was formed in 2013. Previously she was the Director of Sport with responsibility for the design and implementation of the National Governing Body of Sport investment.  Other roles have included Head of Sports Development, Head of Delivery, and Interim Regional Director before moving to Sport England’s national office in 2007 as Head of National Sport.

Lisa is a former Scottish rugby international, winning 45 Scotland international rugby caps between 1994 and 2006 and competed in two World Cups, one European championship and numerous Six Nations.  She is a passionate munro bagger, cyclist and outdoor enthusiast, and enjoys spending time in the hills and mountains



Rod FindlayRod Findlay

Director of Strategy & Governance at England Golf since September 2014, and one of a three strong senior management team. Rod is a senior lawyer and manager with experience gained at 3 national sports governing bodies, at Sport England, in 2 professional sport clubs and in private legal practice. He is a NED at the Ladies Golf Union. Rod was also an NED at Badminton England and continued to advise them on the National Badminton League until its launch in October 2014.​ He was formerly Head of Legal at the Rugby Football League.



Maccs PescatoreMaccs Pescatore

Maccs is a chartered accountant with a commercial leaning. She spent over twenty years in senior finance positions in pan-European businesses, largely, but not exclusively, in the FMCG sector. Through board participation or more hands-on advisory and consulting roles, she now works with businesses that are growing strategically and/or are undergoing change. She mentors young entrepreneurs with The Prince’s Trust and Hatch Enterprise.

Maccs gets out to the hills and mountains whenever she can; scrambling, hiking and skiing, and has plans to become a more accomplished mountaineer. She regularly climbs indoors and has taken up road cycling as an alternative way to enjoy the countryside.


Company Secretary

Sandra HarrisSandra Harris

Sandra has recently joined the team at Mountain Training Trust as Company Secretary which means that she provides dedicated support to the Chair, the MTT Board and the Chief Executive in all aspects of corporate governance, both in giving advice and ensuring effective administration.
Sandra is an accomplished senior executive with substantial corporate experience within the public and third sector, specialising in good governance and policy, and is a qualified chartered secretary and administrator.  As a Director of a research and consultancy services company, she had gained a keen interest in the Sport Sector as an evaluator of large scale programmes focused on increasing participation in sport and physical activity, with a specific focus on the governance of both sport projects and the Sport organisation itself.  Together with her love and appreciation of the Welsh mountains, means Sandra brings a great blend of experience and skill to Mountain Training Trust.
She is a former Chief of Staff of a major public sector shared business services company, prior to which she was Head of the CEO Office at a large Welsh local authority.  She has a Diploma in Public Leadership and Management (Distinction) from the University of Warwick, and a Business Studies (Hons) Degree from the University of Glamorgan.

In her spare time, she plays an active community role which includes being a school Foundation Governor, holding extra responsibilities for additional learning needs, child protection and the Wales digital literacy framework.


Executive members 

Jackie BrysonJackie Bryson - MTT Chief Executive

Jackie has been the Chief Executive of Mountain Training Trust and Plas y Brenin since December 2015. She has overall responsibility for the management of the Trust and ensuring delivery of services in accordance with the contract.

Prior to joining MTT, Jackie worked for Sport England, the agency tasked by government to work across England to get people active, investing public money and providing expertise wherever it's needed. Her primary role was to support the development of the new Sport England strategy, which will be published in spring 2016.
Before joining Sport England in 2012, Jackie was CEO of Sport Cheshire, a charity focused on getting more people physically active across Cheshire and Warrington and has worked in higher education on a range of post-graduate and undergraduate sports courses as both head of department and programme leader. ​

Jackie is a non-executive Director of LiveWire Community Interest Company, a trust delivering a wide range of leisure, libraries and lifestyles services across Warrington and of Sports Coach UK, the UK’s lead coaching agency.

A life long hill walker, Jackie occasionally dabbles in sailing and sea kayaking.


Kathy WebbKathy Webb - MTT Finance Manager

A relative new comer to the Outdoor Environment, when not behind her computer desk, Kathy can generally be found paddling round Anglesey, hanging off a Mountain (or climbing wall), running a river or wild camping. Volunteering as a level 2 Coach for Colwyn Bay Canoe club and running 1st Conwy Scout troop as well as guiding her 2 children through life, also keeps her busy! She is a qualified Management Accountant with 20 years Senior Management and Board experience, along with a few Outdoor Qualifications to her name!




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