BMC In Major Shakeup

The BMC is to undergo a major structural overhaul, with its commercial and non-commercial roles to be split between a new company, Mountain Services Ltd, and the Access and Conservation Trust, with a new representative structure for Wales. The new structure is due to be formally launched at the Entre-Prises & BMC Festival of Climbing in December (Climb01) and at the Outdoor Industries trade show in September. The new structure will be headed by two individuals, as yet not appointed. The current General Secretary, Roger Payne has indicated that he will stand down, in an open letter, Paine stated: “By the end of the year I will have served the BMC for 12 years (six and a half as General Secretary) which has been a great privilege and enjoyable challenge for me. There has been significant progress and development in that period and I am grateful to all those who made this possible through their work and support. In order to facilitate the important process of jointly reviewing the role of the senior member of BMC staff, and to create the opportunity to make a new joint appointment I will stand down as General Secretary and seek new challenges for next year.” The move is designed to make the Mountaineering governing bodies more accountable to the regions, and at the same time develop a more cost effective and integrated national structure.