The meetings will take place at the British Mountaineering Council's headquarters in Manchester. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The meetings will take place at the British Mountaineering Council's headquarters in Manchester. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The British Mountaineering Council is seeking two volunteers to join a review of the way it is governed.

The Manchester-based organisation, which represents climbers, mountaineers and hillwalkers in England and Wales, is undertaking the exercise following a stormy few months among its membership.

A no-confidence vote in its executive committee brought by former president Bob Pettigrew and more than 20 others was soundly defeated at its annual meeting at the weekend, but president Rehan Siddiqui resigned, citing the stress of the turmoil as one of the reasons.

The BMC had already committed to a governance review, a decision confirmed by its national council on Sunday.

An active climber and mountaineer, Ray Wigglesworth, has been appointed to chair the review body. He is a QC and was appointed a Crown Court judge in 1990.

The BMC said its national council voted on the terms of reference and constitution of the committee, but left two places vacant, giving Mr Wigglesworth the discretion to appoint two people who would be willing to volunteer and sit on the governance review group.

He said: “Ideally, I would like to appoint directly from the BMC membership.

“This is a very interesting opportunity to be involved with remodelling the structure and articles of association of the BMC.”

The BMC said Mr Wigglesworth is looking for a person with commercial experience in corporate law, and someone with experience and knowledge of the structure of a charity, trust, social enterprise or large membership-based organisation.

The review body is also looking for a non-voting secretary, with good administrative skills.

Meetings will take place at the BMC’s headquarters in Didsbury, Manchester, and via video conference. The review is planned to take place over six months, beginning on 1 May.

Anyone interested in putting themselves forward for the governance review body is asked to apply by email to Mr Wigglesworth, giving a very brief description of their qualifications and experience.

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