Staff and Media Contacts
For general enquiries please contact the MCofS office on 01738-493942, or use the Contact Form
MEDIA ENQUIRIES - CONTACT 01738-493942 between 09.30 and 16.00, alternatively
DAVID GIBSON on 07845-919150 or NEIL REID on 07788-871803
Chief Officer & Company Secretary:
Dave originally moved to Scotland in 1983 and joined the MCofS in 1999. He first worked for the MCofS as a volunteer when he joined the then Executive in 2005, prior to taking up the post of Chief Officer in 2006.
Before joining MCofS he enjoyed a career at board level in the automotive industry, and worked for economic development agencies in Scotland and England. He has also run his own business, and has a MBA and marketing degree.
He has trekked in Patagonia, the Alps, Karakorum, Himalaya, Carparthian and Atlas mountains and compleated the Munros in June 2010. He welcomes your views and suggestions about the MCofS.
Mountaineering Development Officer:
Tel: 01738 493946 or contact by email
Kevin has been climbing for over 23 years. He is author of 'Rock Climbing in Scotland' the selected climbs guide published by Constable and is co-ordinating author of the 'Central Highland Outcrops' rock climbing guide published by the SMC. He has climbed over 500 new routes in Scotland up to E7 and grade V, and has been responsible for pioneering climbing in new areas such as The Southern Barra Islands of Mingulay, Pabbay, Berneray and Sandray, Dirc Mhor, Mull of Kintyre, Eigg and Loch Maree as well as the previously neglected Sma' Glen in Perthshire. His pen and ink diagrams used in many guidebooks form the basis of a small business named "Rockart"; he has written and illustrated many articles for the outdoor magazines, was a contributing author of two essays in 'Extreme Rock' and another in the compilation of guest authors of the Mountain Literature Festival, 'Orogenic Zones'.
He has a Zoology degree from Exeter University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Bangor College, North Wales. He taught windsurfing, climbing and sailing as an instructor for Newcastle-upon-Tyne Youth and Community Service as well as organising YTS courses for the Local Authority and acting as an independent consultant on in-house accreditation and national qualifications; and the development of urban climbing facilities.
Mountain Safety Advisor:
Tel: 01479 861241 or contact by email
Heather joined the MCofS in June 2009 following a 20 year teaching career in the outdoors. Heather worked at both of the National Centres, Plas y Brenin and Glenmore Lodge and was fortunate enough to work as far afield as Antarctica. Heather lives in Aviemore and is based at Glenmore Lodge, which provides a perfect base for her outdoor activities. She is a enthusiastic mountaineer, climber, mountain biker, sea kayaker and ski tourer and is definitely at her happiest when enjoying the outdoors whatever the activity. She is currently working her way through the Corbetts after completing the Munros in 2003.
Heather has been an active member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team for 10 years and with her collie dog 'Milly' works with SARDA Scotland across the Highlands.
She has a BA Hons degree in Recreation and Leisure, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and has a MSc in Managing Sustainable Mountain Development.
Tel: 01738-493941 or contact by email
Neil has been walking and climbing in the Scottish hills for over 45 years, since being smitten by the Cairngorms as a child. He has been a member of the Braes o’ Fife Mountaineering Club since the 1980s and served as President from 2005 to 2007. With the Braes o’ Fife he started rock and ice climbing and, though of no great expertise, has put up new routes in Rum and in the Cairngorms.
Neil became involved in bothy maintenance when he helped in the 2007 renovation of Corrour Bothy, subsequently joining the MBA and being made joint maintenance organiser for Corrour. He has also helped with the renovations of the Hutchison Hut, the Fords of Avon Refuge and other bothies. This year he was appointed Eastern Area Representative to the MBA management committee.
He also writes the cairngormwanderer blog.
Professionally, he has been involved in the communications industry for more than 35 years, working in local newspapers and, latterly, with a public relations company working in print and web-based corporate communications.
Club Development Officer:
Tel: 01738-493942 or contact by email
Jamie has been working with young people in a variety of settings for over 10 years and has a wide range of experience in the field. Starting off as Youth Worker for different local councils in the central belt of Scotland Jamie then moved on to support work in secondary education for Clackmannanshire Council.
Jamie has been the Head Coach and Events Coordinator for Young Explorers Scotland for over 4 years. Through this position, he has been heavily involved in the club’s development. His true passion comes from watching young people develop through the clubs he has been involved with.
He has been climbing for over 12 years at a variety of venues both indoors and outdoors, varying from bouldering to multi-pitch climbs throughout Scotland. Jamie has obtained his Single Pitch Award, Climbing Wall Award and Climbing Wall Leader Award.
Please feel free to contact Jamie regarding any questions or suggestions you may have regarding club development and how we can help you.
Access Officer - Andrea Partridge
Tel: 07787-536575 or contact by email
For general enquiries please contact the MCofS office on 01738-493942, or use the Contact Form.