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We're looking for volunteers to join our Board of Trustees and help play a key role shaping outdoor education in the UK.

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We are currently welcoming applications to join us as a trustee. This voluntary position will see you playing a key role in helping us continue to shape outdoor education across the United Kingdom.

The Mountain Training Trust is responsible for running a wide range of learning programmes for individuals, businesses and organisations. It is best known for running Plas y Brenin, a centre of sporting excellence and one of the UK’s leading providers of qualifications and skills-based courses. Plas y Brenin has been at the forefront of outdoor leadership, training and exploration for over 65 years. We are proud that we have been its custodian since 1997 when we were successful in winning the contract to manage Plas y Brenin on behalf of Sport England. Since then we have built up a unique reputation for providing world-class instruction. Our incredible location means the Trust can run a year-round programme of skill development, training and assessment in a range of mountain sports including walking, climbing, mountaineering, paddle sports and mountain biking.

 

WHAT DOES BEING A TRUSTEE MEAN?

Our trustees are the Non-Executive Directors of the Trust and make up the Governing Board of the Trust. They are responsible for the overall governance and strategy of the Mountain Training Trust. Our articles of association and our charitable objects govern our conduct. We are both a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity so some of what we do is set out by others. One of our main stakeholders is Sport England, who own Plas y Brenin, and with whom we have an important contract to develop inspiring coaches, instructors and leaders in adventure sport as well as helping to nurture skills and confidence for independent adventures.

We have three shareholders who are the founding organisations of the Trust – the British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Training (UK&I) and Mountain Training (England). These three organisations each nominate a board member. Board membership currently stands at 11 places.

Due to the level of responsibility of our trustees, there is a commitment to attend four board meetings a year as well as to sit on a committee which meets between two and four times a year. There are one or two days of board development activity a year which are always the day after a board meeting. Some committees meet via telephone conference calls and some take place on the same day as board meetings to cut down on travelling time. If meetings are held in Plas y Brenin (which the majority of board meetings are) then accommodation is provided before and after meetings for trustees who want it. The Trust also holds meetings off-site for example in Manchester or Crewe. Including preparation time, the average trustee spends about 10 to 12 days a year working for the Mountain Training Trust. Some may do more when supporting particular projects or if they are chairing a committee. The board normally meets on a Friday. This is a voluntary position with reasonable expenses being paid.

The Trust has a clear conflict of interest policy and asks all members to declare such interests and to keep their information up to date. Having a conflict of interest does not necessarily bar you from being a board member. As a charitable trust, all board members have to act in the Trust’s best interests, manage our resources responsibly, act with reasonable care and skill, implement appropriate financial controls and manage risks.

You cannot be a trustee if you are disqualified under the Charities Act, including if you:

  • Have an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception (such as fraud)
  • Are bankrupt or have entered into a formal arrangement (e.g. an individual voluntary arrangement) with a creditor
  • Have been removed as a company director or charity trustee because of wrongdoing

 

WHAT SKILLS DO I NEED TO BE A TRUSTEE?

You need empathy with the outdoors and/or experience in education and training to be a trustee. We welcome applicants who have experience of being a trustee previously. As well as these attributes, the Trust needs a wide range of skills on its board to deal with the breadth of its business interests. Currently, we are particularly interested in those who have experience and expertise in:

  • Hospitality
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Management
  • Business Transformation
  • Outdoor Sport

However, this is not a definitive list and other skills sets are welcome.

Wider skills required include:

  • Vision, enthusiasm, excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A commitment to our charitable objects
  • Experience in providing strategic leadership in a time of challenge and change
  • Ability to analyse and understand data and other information
  • An understanding of the role of non-Executive Directors to both challenge and support
  • A passion for continuous improvement
  • The ability to act as an ambassador for the Mountain Training Trust in the wider community.

The Mountain Training Trust is an equal opportunities employer. It welcomes applications from all regardless of ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion/belief or age. We are committed to having at least a third of our board membership being female. The Mountain Training Trust is a charity based in Wales: as such, the ability to communicate in both Welsh and English would be considered desirable.

Download our Trustee Recruitment Pack.

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

If you are interested in joining the Mountain Training Trust as a trustee (voluntary role) please submit a CV together with a covering letter expressing why you are interested in the role and outlining any specific skills and competencies you could bring to the Board.

You should include details of two referees (who will only be contacted if selected).

Applications should be marked private and confidential and sent by email to our Board Secretary, Sandie McBennett (sandie.mcbennett@mountaintrainingtrust.org)

Applications must be received by the end of July 2021. Discussions with shortlisted candidates will be held in August 2021.