Indpendent Director – British Mountaineering Council

Job Description
To balance the composition and skills of our Executive Committee, the BMC welcomes applications for an Independent Director with a background in finance, audit or risk management during an exciting period of organisational development and governance modernisation.

As the national representative body for climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers in England and Wales, the BMC remains a passionate advocate for our members and the wider outdoor community. Established in 1944, we now have 85,000 members, 33 staff, a dedicated volunteer network and a head office in West Didsbury, Manchester.

The landscape in which the BMC operate is dynamic, diverse and ever-changing and the organisation remains proactive and forward thinking in order to remain relevant to our members whilst maintaining and promoting our traditional values.

The BMC Executive Committee provides strategic direction, supports operational management and helps promote our activities across England and Wales. The successful candidate will be part of a team expected to analyse plans and strategic options in a constructive way and help guide the future development of the BMC.

Key responsibilities will include:
• Helping define and develop the BMC’s vision, mission and long term strategic direction.
• Approving the allocation of funds and monitoring operational and financial performance.
• Supporting the development of a newly established Finance & Audit Committee (a sub-committee of the Board).

The board meets quarterly – usually in Manchester from 7.00-10.00pm on Wednesday evenings. The successful candidate will also find it useful to attend occasional National Council meetings which take place 4-5 times per year in mountain and coastal locations across in England and Wales. Business between meetings (email correspondence / conference calls) will typically amount to 3-6 hours per week.

In line with our Equality & Diversity Policy we are keen to achieve a more diverse Board and particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups, in particular people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and women.

Please note that in order to apply for the Independent Director role you must be able to demonstrate you have no direct association with the BMC at the time of your application.

BMC Skills & Person Specification
Demonstrable experience of management accounting at a senior level; understanding of corporate risk management and / or commercial due diligence

An independent and proactive leader with integrity and the ability and willingness to challenge and probe

Comprehensive numeracy and literacy skills
A strategic thinker with strong interpersonal skills
Knowledge and experience of corporate governance
Energetic personality / ability to represent the BMC externally
Commitment to the BMC and its objectives

Committee experience and / or chairing skills
Knowledge of membership organisations
Management and leadership skills
Fundraising experience
Knowledge of structures, controls and sports politics
Experience of organisational development
Passionate about the outdoors or an interest in climbing, hill walking or mountaineering
Welsh speaker

How to apply
To apply for this position please send the following items to

a. A one page covering letter explaining your interest in the role.
b. An up-to-date CV with details of two referees.

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