Information for Members

Vacancy Notice - Elected Directors

Tuesday 24th April 2012



Enthusiastic about hill walking or climbing?

  • Do you want to help shape the future of mountaineering in Scotland?
  • Would you like to join an enthusiastic and imaginative team and put something back into the activity which inspired you?
  • If the answer is YES then becoming a member of the MCofS Board could be a rewarding experience.

The MCofS Board

Founded in 1970 and now a company limited by guarantee, the MCofS is the national representative body for mountaineering with a growing and active membership of 11,400. Governance is by a volunteer Board of eight elected members, and we currently have two vacancies. We are seeking expressions of interest from members who wish to contribute to the development of the MCofS.

Whilst appropriate skills and experience are desirable, having the time and commitment to assimilate information and work with our officers and other volunteers are essential. The Board meets in Perth 4 or 5 times a year and there is a high degree of involvement usually by email - between meetings. We pay our volunteers reasonable travelling expenses.

An ideal candidate would have experience of how an organisation operates; financial awareness; and a willingness to contribute to strategic planning and decision-making. Whilst a high-flyer might be an interesting addition to the Board, we need team players who are willing to get involved.

In addition to their contribution to overall governance, Board members take lead responsibility for a specific area of our activity. Currently, we have the following roles available:

Director Mountaineering Development & Sport Climbing

The MCofS is recognised by the national sports agency sportscotland as the governing body for sport climbing, which enjoys a vibrant indoor climbing scene at a range of public and privately-owned climbing walls.

MCofS work in this area focuses on climbers under 18 years of age and is supported by a strong and committed volunteer and coaching infrastructure. With the possibility of future Olympic recognition for the sport, we are seeking a volunteer director to take a strategic overview of this area.

Desirable knowledge includes one or more of the following: sports administration ideally in a performance sport; sport and athlete development; an understanding of the Scottish educational system, including the school curriculum; an understanding of how Scottish sport is funded and organised by local authorities, and an understanding of international sports organisation.

Director Landscape and Access

Our current director for Landscape and Access retires from the Board in autumn 2013. The work area is quite complex and in the interim we wish to appoint a director who will contribute to this important area of our work, particularly that related to landscape issues, and shadow the present incumbent with a view to taking responsibility following the 2013 AGM.

A suitable candidate will be in agreement with the key aims of the MCofS Landscape Strategy, be able to contribute to our lobbying efforts which have the aim of protecting the mountains of Scotland from excessive development, and the time and energy to work with other organisations and to contribute to decisions concerning our level of involvement in specific landscape issues.

What to do next:

Interested candidates who may not necessarily have specific expertise or interest in these two areas should contact David Gibson, Company Secretary, for an informal discussion. An induction meeting will be provided for interested candidates. The closing date for nominations is 3 August 2012.

Scheduled Board meeting dates in 2012 are: 17 May; 19 July (provisional); 20 September; 29 November. The AGM will be held on 13 October in Dunblane.

Contact David on 01738-493942 or by email