The new CEO of the British Mountaineering Council has been announced today as Paul Davies, who has held the role of interim CEO since Dave Turnbull stepped down last year.
The BMC announced: 'Initially hired as Interim Executive, Paul stepped up as the interim CEO in November 2020 and quickly impressed and gained the respect of the BMC as a whole. Having more than 20 years' experience in the elite sport world and a lifelong passion for the outdoors, Paul easily settled into the role of CEO despite having to immediately deal with difficulties caused by the pandemic.'
Paul has previously worked as an Exercise Physiologist for the British Olympic Association and took on a number of different roles prior to becoming Performance Director for England Netball and moving on to British Wheelchair Basketball. In the following years, Paul worked as a consultant, supporting sports in the development of their strategic plans and on their Talent Pathways and Elite Programmes.
'Paul has led and managed England Netball and British Wheelchair Basketball to multiple unprecedented successes effected with processes of significant change, created modern cultures of performance and professionalism, and authored and executed company-wide business strategies,' the BMC's news release reads. 'One of Paul's most memorable highlights was seeing England Netball complete a series whitewash of the Australian team in the Winter Test Series 2013.'
A keen climber in his 20s and 30s, Paul enjoyed visiting crags around Yorkshire and climbing at Gogarth before work and family commitments took up more of his time. He also enjoys hillwalking and solo camping trips.
Paul says: "I'm delighted to be joining the BMC team at such an important time. I look forward to working with volunteers, staff and partners to deliver the new strategy and build the BMC into an organisation that every climber and hillwalker wants to join."