The BMC has a dual role: it is the national representative body for climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers in England and Wales; and is national governing body for competition climbing in Great Britain. They are passionate advocates for their members, the wider outdoor community and competition climbing. The BMC have over 80,000 members, a dedicated volunteer network, over 30 members of staff and a head office in West Didsbury, Manchester. Competition climbing is making its debut as an Olympic sport in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo and they have at least one qualified athlete as part of Team GB. The BMC also operates BMC insurance, a widely respected and wide-ranging insurance product for travellers, trekkers, hill walkers, climbers, mountaineers and skiers.
Whilst Covid-19 has presented a number of short-term challenges to the BMC, the overall picture for the BMC and its areas of interest remains very positive. Almost all its areas of interest are growing in participation numbers and visibility. With such a large and engaged member voice, the BMC remains one of the key advocacy organisations on issues varying from removal of waste to climate change.
Following a period of constitutional change to ensure compliance with the Sport England and UK Sport Code for Sports Governance, the BMC has been through a substantial period of change in recent years. As a result of a number of these changes, several Board members, including the current Chair, have felt this is the moment for them to retire from the Board. The BMC seeks a new Chair and two enthusiastic and forward-thinking Independent Directors with backgrounds that will add to the Board’s strengths in relation to one or more of: general governance and high level Non-Executive experience, member services, marketing, securing commercial sponsorship, developing people and organisations, and internal audit.
The BMC celebrate the rich variety of British climbing, hill walking and mountaineering, build inclusive relationships and respect each other. In line with this they are keen to achieve a more diverse Board and they encourage applications from under-represented groups, in particular people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and women