The British Association of International Mountain Leaders
BAIML Directors

President - Anne Arran

Anne Arran
Anne was first inspired by the mountains in North Wales and the Lakes as a child and then moved further afield as a teenager on hut to hut trips in Austria. More recently she has climbed and trekked in over 35 countries in the pursuit of adventure. Some of her most enjoyable moments were in making the journey, meeting indigenous communities, learning from them, sharing ideas and exploring different cultures and lifestyles.

Having left the BMC, she became President of the UIAA Youth Commission (international commission for climbing and mountaineering).  She is now a member of the UIAA Management Committee as representative for Europe – which could be an interesting role right now. She is also part of the UIAA’s Rock Climbing Award Assessment Team.  Anne is also an occasional election observer for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and has been an Election Count Officer for the United Nations and the International Organisation for Migration in Afghanistan and Turkey.

As an IML Anne qualified in 2007 and currently runs a London-based trekking business providing activities in the Pyrenees and elsewhere whilst enjoying being a mother of a lively three-year-old, Amélie. She also owns and runs Chez Arran apartments, in the Ariège region of the French Pyrenees.

Aspirants Director - Lorraine Leivers

Lorraine Leivers bio

Lorraine writes....

I started out as a primary school teacher really interested in the outdoors and trying to convince everyone that teaching outside was the way forward. However, after the system got the better of me I tried my luck teaching in an outdoor centre on Dartmoor. The experience was brilliant! I gained many different qualifications and I worked with many different groups instructing climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, caving, orienteering, archery, but mostly I enjoyed just walking on the moors with them. I have taken part in many multi sport adventure races, involving running, biking, canoeing, canyoning, over 6, 8, 12 and 24 hours, even managing to come 1st place in many of the female paired events. My racing days now are taken up with triathlon especially Ironman events.

My Husband and I now live in Ramsau am Dachstein in Austria and run Austrian Alpine Apartments & Activities together. Since moving to the Austrian Alps in 2008 I have gained my International Mountain Leader certificate and now enjoy the brilliant mountains everyday, either by climbing, walking, biking, skiing, ski touring, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and even occasionally ice climbing. The winters are also spent working for a ski school as a cross country ski instructor.

I still find time to go on expeditions each year. Working for adventurous travel companies over the years with adult and youth groups has also allowed me to travel the world to places like Uganda, Nepal, Morocco, South Africa, Tanzania, India, Zambia, Ethiopia and Corsica helping people be aware of responsible tourism. I know the Austrian Alps is the place I want to be to extend my love for outdoor sports and encourage others to see the light!!!!!

Training Director - Simon Hale

Simon Hale

Simon Hale is an IFMGA International Ski & Mountain Guide with over 30 years experience climbing and skiing mountain ranges all over the world.

Simon has worked at Plas y Brenin, the UK National Mountain Centre, for over 15 years, the last 12 of which as a Senior Instructor where a wealth of experience has been gained providing skills coaching, technical training and assessment.

Simon's talents in the field extend further than just technical skills, with a degree in outdoor education and environmental science, Simon has intricate knowledge of the whole mountain environment, providing frequent seminars to students at the mountain centre on various subjects of mountain ecology.

With homes in the French Alps and North Wales Simon is ideally placed to provide guiding services in the UK mountains as well as the higher alpine ranges. Simon operates a totally client driven service, so although every effort has been made with this site to give you a good idea of what is on offer, if you have specific ideas or interests, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Membership Director - Simon Conroy

Having been born in Cornwall and brought up in Bournemouth on the South coast I was fortunate enough to have been educated at Bournemouth Grammar School for Boys, wherein, I joined the Combined Cadet Force which gave me the direction for my then misguided energies, and focused me on military discipline which held me in good stead for my future career in Her Majesty's Royal Marines.

I left School with 10 "O" levels and 2 "A" levels but decided to join up as a regular Royal Marine and gradually worked my way up through the ranks to eventually leave the Royal Marines after 22 years of service as Warrant Officer 2nd class. It was during this time in the services that I found my passion for the great outdoors, and specialised as an Adventurous Training Instructor in the Physical Training Branch. My last position in post was as the Sports Secretary for the Inspector of Physical Training which gave me the opportunity to help set up and run what is now the Naval Outdoor Training Centre in Bavaria Germany.

After becoming semi retired, I worked for a few years at the Army's Alpine Training Centre in Bavaria as a civilian instructor where I gained experience in training and assessing at various levels, and, different disciplines including paddlesport, skiing, climbing, summer and alpine mountaineering. During this time I also qualified as an International Mountain Leader.

Whilst in this post, my now wife Jen, had set up our small coaching and guiding company which after leaving the military scene I engaged in working as a freelance IML and Ski Instructor. This led me to work in Chamonix with my IML Carnet and Carte Pro leading trips for the trekking company Exodus. My first season incorporated 6 back to back Tour du Mont Blanc camping trips, which not only got me very fit, but gave me great insight into the civilian client mentality which has held me in great stead.

Having now completed 4 seasons in Chamonix, incorporating many a TMB, Haute route and selected highlight tours, I have started to look at expanding my business towards home, which is now back in the Scotland, offering trips of a bespoke nature to the discerning taste of a wee dram and a scenic jaunt in the outstanding beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

With all this experience in hand, I thought it was now time to offer my services to BAIML and it was with great delight that I was co-opted in as Director of Aspirants and assistant to Simon Hale on the Training team. This has given me the opportunity to work along side some great members, not only of BAIML but other associations, to ensure that our own association moves forward with momentum.

What the future offers is yet to be seen but I can envisage that BAIML will only continue to grow in strength and numbers and become more widely recognised and appreciated as an organisation providing a Professional service to ALL that wish to enjoy the great outdoors in a safe and informative manner.

Your support as members is much required and greatly appreciated by the Board thus ensuring this expansion is not only maintained but increased to the benefit of everyone associated with not only BAIML but UIMLA itself.

Administrative Director - Kelvyn James

I've started my journey into the outdoors climbing in the quarries around Manchester as a teenager - this quickly led to Wales, the Lakes, Buoux and these in turn led to the Alps the Rockies & Himalayas. I funded my climbing with a career in senior management for several international companies & when I tuned 30 decided to open my own business in the Lakes - a decade later we were successful - but I was chubby & not climbing - so after some exceptional personal circumstances we sold the business & I started working my way through the awards.

I now still use my business skills as the Executive Officer for both the ABC & CWMA and as a consultant- but I'm also a working IML, instructor and climbing coach.

Nowadays I play out most days of the week either on the crag, in the mountains, at the wall or wherever there's some fun to be had. & yes, It took a lot of hard work to get here - but I'm thankful for it every day.

Finance Director - Steve Davies

Steve is and IML and WML and a member of BMC, MTA and BAIML. He's also a DofE Accredited Expedition Assessor to Gold Award level.

Based in the North-West of England he works globally, so far on six continents, with groups of adults and young people. He has a passion for experiential learning. His other interests include photography, food and wine.

Steve is married since 1982 and has two grown-up daughters. He brings to the Board a wealth of business experience from four decades of working in multi-billion pound, highly complex, highly regulated industries.

Communications Director - Ian Spare

Ian Spare

Ian Spare is the Commuincations Director of BAIML in addition to being the BAIML representative for Switzerland. He has lived in Switzerland for 13 years and is based in the alpine village of Leysin. In addition to being an IML he is a First Aid instructor. He runs his own company, SwissMountainLeader, offering summer and winter activities around Switzerland and further afield. He is also a Duke of Edinburgh (IA) assessor, leader and supervisor.

Marketing Director - Kev Sidford FRGS

Kev Sidford 2

In 2011 he completed a military career spanning 22 years of which 13 years was dedicated to youth group management. He was responsible for the design, delivery and analysis of student performance in a range of advanced skills in adventurous related pursuits and military skills.

He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Development (Outdoor Learning) and is Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. His travels leading expeditions has taken him from South Africa to Iceland and from Mongolia to Canada.

Currently, a Technical Advisor for British Exploring and is forging links the Young Explorers Trust and is a full member of the Romanian Mountain Guides and Leaders Society - Societatea Ghizilor și Liderilor Montani (SGLM).

At the 2015 AGM, he was awarded Life Membership of BAIML.

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