The Mountain Training Trust
The 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
David Lanceley - Chair
David is currently Chair of the Mountain Training Trust and has been a member of the management board since 2010. A climber and mountaineer for more than 40 years and still active in a modest way, mainly in North Wales where he lives with occasional trips to other areas. He was a keen Hard Rock ticker back when it was fashionable with only a few still to do. David is the immediate past Treasurer of the British Mountaineering Council and a Trustee of the Mountain Heritage Trust. A Quantity Survey by profession, his day job is running a consultancy specialising in construction disputes in the UK and worldwide.
John 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.
Scott Titt - BMC Member Director
After many trips walking the mountains of Wales, Scott climbed his first route, Flying Buttress on Dinas Cromlech in 1968. In the 1970's Scott was climbing new routes at Swanage; and also attended his first course at Plas y Brenin. He dipped in and out of BMC affairs in the years that followed; in the new millennium he became a member of the BMC National Council, after time on the Exec, and as first Vice President and then President. Although now retired from the BMC Presidency, he is still their representative on the MTT board.
Notable events in Scott’s outdoor life have been new routeing at Pembroke, skiing up Snowdon and finding the new crags of Ddaer Ddu and San Vito. His latest interest is developing climbing in Albania.
Roger 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 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 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 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.
Sara Mogel retired as a college principal in 2013 having turned around a failing college. She currently undertakes education advisory work, is a Beacons Awards lead assessor and is a member of the Pearson's qualifications and standards committee.
Sara is a board member of Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, Ty Glas, Future Enterprises North West and the North Wales and Borders Partnership of the Canal and River Trust. 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.
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 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
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.
Advisors to the Board
Dave Turnbull - British Mountaineering Council CEO
BMC Access & Conservation Officer from 1997 to 2001 and CEO since then. Previously worked in environmental consultancy following his BSc (Hons) at Plymouth Polytechnic and MSc at Heriot-Wall University. Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). A keen all round climber, mountaineer and occasional fell runner with bases in the Manchester area and North Wales.
John Cousins - Mountain Training UK CEO
John is an International Mountain Guide and Mountaineering Instructor who is CEO of Mountain Training UK. He has had a long standing involvement with the centre having instructed at Plas y Brenin in the eighties and then worked as the Director of Training between 2007-2010. John is a climber, mountaineer, runner and with his young family an expedition canoeist. As well as being a adviser on the Board , he is also a member of Plas y Brenin's independent safety committee.
Guy Jarvis - Mountain Training England CEO
Guy is a Mountaineering Instructor and the Executive Officer of Mountain Training England. Previously he was the Director of Training at Undercover Rock in Bristol, a board member of MTE and the Chair of the ABC Training Trust; the organisation he founded to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme. Guy has been a keen hill walker, mountaineer and climber for 30 years, being involved in education, training, leading and coaching throughout.
Mike Devlin - British Canoeing’s Director of Coaching
Mike is a lifelong adventurer and has taken part in a wide range of outdoor sports from Kayaking and White Water Rafting to mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Down Hill and Cross Country Skiing. Over the years he has spent many hours on the rivers, the seas and in the mountains of Europe, North America and Canada, having taken part in trips to the Himalaya, Africa, Norway, North America, and the south Atlantic.
Currently Mike is the UK Director of Coaching for British Canoeing.
Jackie 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 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!