Mountain Training England

Mountain Training England
About Mountain Training England has delivered leadership qualifications in mountaineering and climbing for candidates and centres from England since 1964.

Behind our current name is a considerable history. In 1964 the Mountain Leader Training Board, or MLTB, was formed by the British Mountaineering Council and the Central Council for Physical Recreation. The intention was to establish standards of training and assessment in the competence to lead others in the mountains: the Mountain Leadership Certificate (the MLC), as it was known, was born.

Over the following years the Mountain Leader Training Board took on a leading role in the delivery of the Single Pitch Award (SPA) and helped to develop the Walking Group Leader Award (WGL). In January 2003 the organisation changed its name to Mountain Leader Training England (MLTE) to reflect its client base.

Since then the organisation has helped to launch the Climbing Wall Award and the Climbing Wall Leading Award (now Climbing Wall Instructor and Climbing Wall Development Instructor). The main purposes of Mountain Training England are to register and advise candidates for the awards it delivers; approve and manage suitably qualified and experienced Providers for its courses and to ensure the quality of delivery of training and assessment courses.

In 2012 the organisation became Mountain Training England (MTE) as it changed its name and logo in conjunction with all of the UK Mountain Training organisations, with whom it continues to work to ensure harmonisation of delivery across the UK and Ireland.

The qualifications administered by Mountain Training England are: Mountain Leader, Hill and Moorland Leader, Lowland Leader, the Expedition Skills Module , Rock Climbing Instructor, Climbing Wall Instructor and Climbing Wall Development Instructor.

Staff team

Guy Jarvis

MTE Executive Officer

Telephone: 01690 720121


    Mark Walker

    MTE Development Officer

    Telephone: 01690 720122


      Jon Garside

      Training Officer BMC and MTE

      Telephone: 0161 438 3329


        Impact Report - Summary

        Directors Mountain Training England is governed by a six-person Board of Directors. The Directors are supported by a Council of members comprised of a wide range of interested bodies.

        dave-f Dave Faulconbridge - Chair
        David became Chair of Mountain Training England in June 2015. Prior to this he was the representative for the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel and joined MTE in 2007.

        David has worked in outdoor education since starting his career at Outward bound Wales in 1981. He is a qualified Teacher and Youth Worker and has been Head of Oldham’s local authority centre for 20 years. He advises Oldham schools on all aspects of educational visits and adventure activities. He is a member and past Chair of the Outdoor Education Advisers Panel. David is a Mountaineering Instructor with a wide range of outdoor qualifications.

        As Chair his responsibilities currently include representing MTE on the Boards of Mountain Training UK and the Mountain Training Trust, which runs Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Centre.
        Lucy V Lucy Vincent – Independent Director
        Lucy has over 20 years experience in the not for profit sector having worked as Director of Marketing for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Dogs for Good and Adoption UK. She headed up large teams at Natural England and the Audit Commission. In the former, she developed the Countryside Code for England and Wales, two new national parks for England and the communications surrounding new laws regarding “open access” land.

        Her management of press and media teams includes crisis management from avian influenzas to fire strikes (Director of Communications at Warwickshire County Council). She’s campaigned on Severn tidal flow and a variety of conservation and recreational access issues as well as producing and appearing in BBC radio programmes from Madagascar and the Philippines.

        Lucy studied a Master’s Degree in Marketing at Kingston University and Public Sector management at the University of Birmingham.

        In her spare time Lucy enjoys rock climbing and mountaineering and has travelled to mountains and for adventures worldwide. She believes firmly in developing her skills and enabling others to enjoy the outside too and so has obtained her Single Pitch Award in rock climbing and the Mountain Leader Award. She is now embarking on International Mountain Leader training.

        Lucy’s ambition with Mountain Training England is to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities and women and girls are considered and that as many people as possible are given the confidence and access to develop their mountain skills.
        Chris Forrest Chris Forrest - Director
        Throughout my career I have enjoyed working at various outdoor centres, including Glenmore Lodge and Plas Y Brenin for over 20 years and the past 8 years I have worked as Chief Instructor for Joint Services Mountain Training Centres (JSMTC).

        From a career of Instructing/ coaching at the highest levels across a wide range of outdoor activities worldwide and working and directing of most mountaineering governing body courses to developing new schemes within paddle sport and skiing.

        From this corporate knowledge I am able to support and share my experience within my role as Board member with Mountain Training.
        Tony Halliwell - Director
        Tony is a Mountaineering Instructor Certificate holder who can be found each year working on winter climbing and mountaineering courses on the west coast of Scotland and leading commercial trips to climb 6,000m peaks in Nepal. He is a provider of Mountain Training courses and also works as a technical advisor for a number of climbing walls/activity centres.

        His outdoor career started in the mid-eighties as a volunteer instructor with Bremex, which was at that time part of the London Borough of Brent’s Youth and Community service. The gradual switch to instructing for a living began in the mid-nineties when he passed his Mountaineering Instructor Award.

        Tony was an executive director of Mountain Training UK from 2014-2017, is a past chair of Association of Mountaineering Instructors and is currently one of the two permanent members of AMI’s professional standards committee.

        He loves big mountains and ice-climbing and can regularly be found clipping bolts on sports-climbing holidays with his wife Amanda who is an International Mountain Leader.
        Lara Hayward - Independent Director
        Lara is currently the Lead for Creative Careers at Oxford University. She is also a Dance Assistant for the English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinsons programme and a qualified triathlon coach. These roles allow her to combine her interests in the outdoors, sport and exercise, the creative arts and personal development.

        Previously, Lara was Non-Executive Director for the Paralympic NGB, Boccia UK and Legal Counsel at UK Sport, where she managed all regulatory aspects of investment into Olympic/Paralympic sport including anti-doping, funding eligibility, governance and athlete welfare matters. Alongside her legal career, Lara worked in in Athlete Services at the London 2012 Olympics, as Ireland’s Team Liaison Officer at the England 2015 Rugby World Cup and at the ITU Triathlon series.

        In her spare time, Lara loves open water swimming, off-road triathlons, acrobatics/dance and travel to remote places. An avid hillwalker, she has recently started climbing and mountaineering and her ambition with Mountain Training England is to ensure the needs of people new to the mountains are met. She hopes to develop her skill and expertise in climbing and ice climbing and, like Lucy, would like to see as many people as possible given the confidence to develop their outdoor skills.

        Council of members
      • Association of Heads of Outdoor Centres
      • Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust
      • Association of Mountaineering Instructors
      • Association for Physical Education
      • British Association of International Mountain Leaders
      • British Association of Mountain Guides
      • British Mountaineering Council
      • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
      • Institute for Outdoor Learning
      • Joint Services Mountain Training Centre
      • Mountain Rescue England and Wales
      • Outdoor Education Advisors Panel
      • Plas y Brenin
      • Scout Association
      • Girlguiding


        Mountain Training England meeting minutes

        MTE Annual Report 2016MTE Strategic Development Plan 2017-21MTE Impact Report Full

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