The ABC Needs YOU!

The ABC currently operates via a system of voluntary committee’s to which members are elected. At the 2014 AGM the Management Committee detailed to the members that several committee’s are currently have vacancies which need filling. In addition the ABC is now forming a Technical Register – a base of industry expertise from which we hope to be able to draw members when required to sit on a Technical Committee should it need to be convened. Details are at the bottom of this article & also HERE

It is the associations intention to have an electronic vote (within the structure of an EGM, as agreed at the AGM) in January 2015;

Election of Committee members, January 2015, by Electronic vote (as an EGM)

Elections will be held for new committee members to serve on the following committees:

  • The Management Committee (Executive Committee)
  • Membership Committee
  • Training Committee

Below is a list of what each committee does, what you will be expected to contribute and how you can benefit from this. To apply, complete the application form HERE (you will need to be logged in to the site to download) and send it to :

The Management Committee will review all of the applications and if they feel it appropriate may recommend their preferred candidates. All applicants will then be put forward for a vote of the full members at the AGM. 


The positions are not remunerated. Expenses for travel to meetings where necessary will be paid when agreed in advance by the management committee, other expenses, unless specifically agreed by the Management committee will need to be covered by the candidate and/or their employer.

Full terms of reference for each committee are available for download from the website:


(you will need to be logged in to the site to download)

Management committee

The Management Committee will serve as the Board of Directors for the ABC, taking responsibility for the management of the Association and ensuring compliance with relevant legislation. The Management Committee will make prepare and make recommendations to the General Assembly for development of the ABC. The Management committee will normally meet at least four times a year in person and more often if required. Meetings are likely to take 3 to 4 hours ( a full day with travel) with significant preparation time outside of meetings.


  • As the Board of Directors, the Management Committee is responsible for the overall management of the ABC.
  • The Management Committee implements decisions made by the Membership at General Meetings.
  • The Chairman, Company Secretary and Treasurer have special responsibility to ensure that the ABC operates within the remits of the Companies Act.
  • Other aims of the Management Committee will be:
    • Develop the role of the association within the sport of Climbing on Artificial Structures.
    • Direct the Officers in their responsibilities. This can include help with correspondence, management of the website, media enquiries and working with other organizations such as, but not limited to, the BMC, CWMA, Sport England or HSE.
    • Ensuring that ABC guidelines, audit forms, best practice statements and other documents are kept up to date.
    • Overseeing the work of other sub-committees and/or ad hoc working groups.
    • Organizing the AGM and any EGM’s and ensuring that the Membership has all relevant documents in a timely manner.
    • Obtaining legal advice and ensuring that Members are informed of any relevant changes to current law or best practice.
    • Develop and maintain good relationships with other organizations such as the MLTBs, CWMA, UIAA, IFSC and the BMC.
    • Prepare a 3 to 5 year business plan for the ABC


The committee is made up of 5-9 members elected at the AMG who serve a 3 year term. They can also co-opt members if they see the need to do so. There are currently 6 members who are in their first term. There is therefore up to 3 places on the committee should any one wish to apply to join. A chart showing the committee structure can be found HERE.

What’s in it for you?

This is the most direct way to help the ABC continue to develop. We believe that a strong trade association will directly benefit climbing walls through influence with government and other bodies including Sport England, BMC, HSE and the insurance industry. Promoting best practice will minimise accidents within our industry – the commercial benefits of a good safety record are obvious. Working on the Management Committee will provide valuable experience operating at Board level and give the candidate strategic insight into the climbing wall industry at national and international levels. This is also a good networking opportunity as you will be working alongside recognized industry leaders.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee will review applications from aspirant members and report back to the management committee with a recommendation on membership status. The Membership Committee does not need to physically meet- decisions are made by email, skype, conference call, etc. Exceptionally the membership committee may be required to visit a climbing wall if there are further questions about the application or they may ask an ABC Officer to do so. The Membership Committee submits a report to each Management Committee meeting.


  • Assist the Membership Officer with the membership aspects of their role.
  • Review membership applications and recommend membership to the General Meeting.
  • Provide written feedback/suggestions to Aspirant Members that are not up to standard.
  • Visit aspirant climbing walls to verify information provided in the self-audit.
  • The Membership Committee will publish the Selection Criteria and create and publish an Appeals Procedure for Aspirant Members.


The committee is made up of 3-5 members who must be full members of the Association & the Membership Officer. They are normally elected for a 3 year term. One member will also be a Management Committee member, elected by the Membership Committee. There are currently 4 members elected in 2012. There is therefore another place on the committee available should anyone wish to apply.

What’s in it for you?

The Membership Committee is a great way to contribute to the ABC without the time commitments required for the Management Committee. The Membership Committee is key to the ABC maintaining high standards of practice amongst its members. It is a great opportunity to keep abreast of what’s going on in the industry and learn from how others are operating their own walls.

Training Committee

The Training Committee is responsible for organising the associations seminars and workshop programs. In 2014 there were Southern & Northern 1 day Seminars & a 2 day conference. The current intention is to repeat this program. Topics can range from climbing wall management issues (risk assessments, staff training, etc.) to operational aspects (route setting, youth clubs, etc). The Training Committee will meet on an ad hoc basis as required as well as by electronic communication when required.. The Training Committee submits a report to each Management Committee meeting.


  • Organise and deliver the associations seminars & conferences.
  • Investigate the feasibility of events.
  • Present the syllabus/agenda for these workshops to the Council for approval.
  • Publish workshop minutes/outcomes.
  • Gather and act on feedback from workshops to continually improve the content.
  • Create an additional income stream for the ABC


The committee is made up of 6 members one of whom will be a management committee member nominated by them. The Training Committee currently has 3 members therefore there are three positions available for members who wish to apply.

What’s in it for you?

This is a chance to help develop the association in an exciting new direction. The Training Committee and the workshops will be key to disseminating good practice across the industry and offer climbing walls an opportunity to develop their staff.

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee is different to the other association committees. The role of the Technical Committee is to represent a panel of expertise from within the association that convened by the Management Committee to investigate accidents, guideline queries, guideline reviews, procedures and other matters relating to artificial climbing structures.

Accordingly Members are invited to submit applications to be placed onto the associations Technical Register; however members should not apply to be on the register without the expectation that they may be asked to sit on the Technical Committee if it is formed.

Being Listed on the Technical Register does not imply committee membership. The register is not limited by number; however applicants must complete an application HERE that details the expertise they can offer the Register.

The Technical Committee will not meet unless convened by the Management Committee, it is envisaged that much of its role should be able to be completed electronically although circumstances may require the Committee to meet or to visit specific locations.


When convened the committee is made up of 3-6 members one of whom will be a management committee member nominated by them. The Technical Committee can, with Management Committee approval, second expertise from outside of the organisation if is believed to be required or relevant. The Technical Committee will only be convened for the duration of the matter for which it is convened. It is possible different Technical Committee’s could be convened for different matters based on the expertise available within the Technical Register.

What’s in it for you?

This is a chance to use your expertise for the benefit of the climbing community as a whole and to help raise the profile and public perception of the association.