Additional Staff

Sometimes we draw in additional expertise to deliver our courses, calling from a number of trusted Mountaineering Instructors and Guides with whom we have worked with in the past.  We will have chosen these individuals carefully, confident in the knowledge that their particular area of expertise will be adding to the quality of your training or assessment experience.  You will benefit from the opportunity to compare views and opinions, knowing that all our staff will have the experience and confidence to explain what they are teaching, and why.


All our staff will, first and foremost, be highly skilled and experienced in the areas they are working but you will also find they will themselves have already (successfully!) undergone several (if not all) of the training and assessment processes that you will be going through on our courses.    


Phil Dowthwaite IFMGA, MIC

Phil Dowthwaite MIC and IFMGA Mountain Guide

Phil is an experienced Mountain Guide and MIC. Previously working at Plas Y Brenin Phil has delivered training at all levels of the UK qualifications...

Tim Neill IFMGA, MIC

Tim Neill MIC and IFMGA Mountain Guide

Tim is another experienced Mountain Guide who is totally passionate about climbing, hill walking and mountaineering in all its forms. You will find him on the 'What's an IFMGA Guide?' page quietly explaining our profession...

Andy Turner MIC

Andy Turner MIC

Semi professional competative road biker, climber and now competition ice climber - there are few things that Andy can't turn his hand to! Despite the size of his arms Andy still enjoys passing on his knowledge of flora and fauna and is a dab hand at lichen identification... 

Mark Reeves MIA

Mark Reeves MIA and Winter ML

Mark is a keen climber and importantly coach having recently devoted a considerable amount of time to gain an MSc in Applied Sports Science. This gives Mark further skills to pass on in coaching others through the Mountain Training UK schemes.

John McCune

John McCune 

John's mild manner makes him a pleasure to be on the hill or mountain with. Currently a Trainee British Mountain Guide, John is making rapid progress through the scheme and I am sure you will see him in the alps shortly.

John Orr

John Orr MIC

John is based in North Wales but is originally from Northern Ireland. It's fair to say that he is addicted to the quality steep climbing on Fairhead but is equally passionate about climbing in Scotland in winter.

Ruth Taylor MIA and Winter ML

Ruth has been based in the Peak District for a long time and is a regular when it comes to hill walking in moorland terrain or climbing on the gritstone edges. With varied experience working for a variety of providers Ruth's courses are always well received...