DMC Committee Member Profiles

Club Chairperson: Tom Withers

Tom enjoys an adventure and just being out. Whether that be bouldering, running, cycling, climbing, mountaineering, walking or just having an adventure. Enjoys long days just as much as evening climbs and everything in between. 
Best day out: One that turned out to be more of an adventure than originally planned.
Favourite gear: Whatever is the most useful thing for that moment in time. 
Favourite climb/walk: Just a long day not picky. 
Favourite book: The guidebook for wherever the next adventure is

Development Coordinator: Greg Jennings

Greg didn’t start climbing until he was in his 40s but is making up for it now. He loves climbing (mainly trad), walking and generally being out in a mountain environment.


Favourite Crag: Wildcat at Matlock Bath. 'It has a unique setting and is the best limestone around ... but also what a great name for a natural crag.'


Favourite climb:  The Old Man of Stoer (North of Lochinver,
Scotland). 'It was such an adventure to get there and has such an atmosphere about it.'

Favourite Gear: 'I guess my cams the engineering is beautiful and they’re invaluable on some climbs.'


Favourite book: Mountains of the Mind by Robert Macfarlane - 'a
fascinating analysis of our changing attitudes to mountains.



Walk Coordinator: Gill Francis


Gill has been an active member of the club for over 30 years. She is a keen hill walker, cyclist and skier. She loves being in the mountains and has enjoyed recent Sustrans cycle routes with other club members.


Favourite Mountain Days: Summer hut to hut walking in Norway and ski-touring in the winter.


Favourite Gear: Comfortable, soft, leather, walking boots – bliss!



Treasurer: Joshua Fuller

Best Day Out: Climbing in Ardnamurchan; a stunning remote location, beautiful rock and fabulous company.

Favourite Gear: DMM Alloy Offsets, they just feel so solid.


Favourite Climb: Symphony Crack (which is the photo) at Rhoscolyn. Really fun and in an amazing location.


Favourite Book: Whatever guidebook I'm flicking through at the time, they're full of inspiration and happy memories.

Membership Secretary: Pete Bush

I love spending time outdoors, whatever the weather, climbing, running, biking or swimming. I am a qualified Mountain Leader and work as a Ranger with Peak District National Park Authority with a specific role in creating opportunities and improving access to the National Park for diverse audiences.

Best day out: walking up Glen Rosa on Arran to climb Sou’ Wester Slabs

Favourite walk: Anoach Eagach ridge, Glencoe

Favourite gear: Alpkit Soloist tent

Favourite book: Learning to Breath – Andy Cave or Waterlog Roger Deakin

Hut Meets Secretary: Cath Sinclair

Cath enjoys trad climbing, scrambling, hillwalking and Scottish winter mountaineering


Best mountain day: Dubhs Ridge on Skye in great weather with great friends


Favourite gear: comfortable Osprey rucksack and Rab down jacket


Favourite mountaineering author: HWTilman


Favourite outdoor podcasts: Jam Crack, Out There, Mountain (Chris Sleight), The Sharp End


Climbing Meet Secretary: Alex Veitch

Alex is really passionate about climbing and having great days out. He currently work as a rock climbing instructor and route setter at an indoor wall. When Alex isn't climbing he enjoys walking his dog and spending time with his family.


Best day out: Hanging out on sea cliffs or big mountain days


Favourite gear: A worn in pair of rock shoes


Favourite climb: Cemetery Gates


Favourite mountain literature: Hard Rock

Prospective Climbing Members Coordinator: Genevieve Matthews


I've always been a fan of running and walking but am quite new to climbing. Joining the club has been great and I've got to see a lot more of the Peaks and the U.K. in general as a result.

Best day out: Walking up Ben Lomond with friends 

Favourite Gear: My tent 

Favourite climb/walk: Gesäuse National Park, Austria

Favourite book: The God of the Small Things

Member Without Portfolio: Bill Boley

Bill is a Jack (literally as used to have Hydraulic Jacking Co) of all trades, i.e. Climbing, caving, road/mountain biking, ski touring/mountaineering, and outdoor swimming but master of none.


Best day out: Ski touring to Castleguard cave below the Saskatchewan glacier in the Columbian icefield Canadian Rockies


Best climb: Satan's Slip on devils Slide Lundy


Favourite gear: Descending rack


Favourite book: My life  by Anderl Heckmair