Staff and Media Contacts


For general enquiries please contact the MCofS office on 01738-493942, or use the Contact Form



Neil Reid Communications Officer on 01738-493941 or 07788-871803 or neil@mcofs.org.uk

David Gibson CEO on 07845-919150 or david@mcofs.org.uk / Skype davidmcofs


CEO & Company Secretary:

David Gibson


Dave first moved to Scotland in 1983 and was immediately inspired by the mountains. A company move sent him back down south in 1986 and he returned permanently in 1997 and joined the MCofS in 1999. He first worked for the MCofS as a volunteer when he was elected to the Executive, prior to taking up his current post in 2006.

Before joining MCofS he enjoyed a career at board level in the automotive industry in marketing, business development, logistics and manufacturing, working in the UK, Europe and India. He also worked for economic development agencies in Scotland and England. He has run his own business, and has a MBA and marketing degree.

Whilst spending as much spare time as possible in Scotland's mountains, he has trekked in Patagonia, Corsica, the Alps, Karakoram, Himalayas, Carparthian and Atlas mountains and completed the Munros in June 2010. 




Sport Development Officer:

Kevin Howett

Tel: 01738 493946 or contact by email

Kevin HowettKevin 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 :

Heather Morning

Tel: 01479 861241 or contact by email

With a lifetime's experience in the mountains, Heather works full-time for the MCofS as the Mountain Safety Advisor and is based at Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms.Heather holds her Mountain Instructor Award and has instructed and coached for 30 yearsat a variety of outdoorcentres including both the National Centres (Glenmore Lodge and Plas y Brenin).

Heather holds a BA Hons degree in Recreation & Community, a Post Graduate Certificate in Outdoor Education and a Masters degree in Sustainable Mountain Development. In her spare time she is an active mountaineer, climber, sea kayaker and mountain biker.Heather is also a long-standing member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team.






Communications Officer:

Neil Reid

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.



Team Leader - ClimbScotland:

Jamie Smith

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.



Team Leader - Member Services & Communications

Emily Bryce

Tel: 01738 493948 or contact by email

Emily Bryce is our Team Leader - Members' Services and Communications. Emily’s role is to help improve the service we offer our members, recruit more supporters and raise the profile of our work and campaigns. Previously working in marketing and management at a National Trust property near Newcastle, she said: "I’m keen that we capture the enthusiasm and knowledge our members hold for Scottish mountains to ensure government and landowners listen to us on matters of access and landscape protection. I’m also looking forward to hearing members’ views on how we can offer the best possible service, benefits and activities to Scotland’s walkers, climbers and skiers.” An enthusiastic hillwalker herself, Emily scaled her 100th Munro in 2014 (it was also the first Munro ‘climbed’ by her 1 year old daughter) and is always keen to escape to the outdoors with family and friends.


Regional Development Officer (East) – Paul Calton

Paul has been working in the outdoor industry for eight years full-time and, prior to this, completed a BA in Adventure Tourism & Outdoor Pursuits. He started off by instructing at outdoor centres, running personal development courses for children and young adults. His last job before starting with the MCofS was as a Development Trainer for The Venture Trust, which is a charity that runs wilderness based development courses for people of all ages.

Paul has been climbing for over 10 years across the UK. His favourite type of climbing is multi-pitch traditional climbing but he also enjoys sport climbing and bouldering. He holds his Mountain Instructors Award and his Winter Mountain Leader Award along with qualifications in paddle sport and mountain biking.

Paul enjoys meeting new people and helping support clubs and new comers to the sport of climbing both indoors and out.



Regional Development Officer (West) – Michael Jeans

Michael has been climbing for 10 years. He has spent the majority of his time in the sport as a boulderer and has travelled all over Europe visiting famous venues including Fontainebleau, Magic Wood and Cresciano in Switzerland, and Dumbarton Rock.

Previously Michael held the position of Assistant Manager at Glasgow Climbing Centre, where his main project was to set up a Youth Development Program, focusing on increasing participation in the south west of Scotland. He also started up the Glasgow Youth Team, which over the last five years has become an exciting program working to improve the climbing skills of youths between the ages of 6 and 18. He is looking forward to continue his work with young people in the west of Scotland.

Michael is also an MCofS endorsed coach and is involved with the delivery of the FUNdamentals courses in Scotland. He currently has a Climbing Wall Award, Single Pitch Award and Climbing Wall Leading Award and is working his way through the Coaching Award Scheme.




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.