Consultancy

Martin Chester: Adventure Sport Consultant

A diverse range of roles and projects right on target, right on time.

Martin Chester inducts Mountain Training Coaching providers

Inducting the new cohort of Mountain Training Coaching providers

From strategic planning and project management; through clear presentation and publishing; team selection, engagement and motivation; to reports that demonstrate the full impact of our efforts. I have experience of leading, developing, reporting and delivering on a wide variety of rewarding projects.

With experience as a director on numerous boards, I understand the importance of strategic clarity in projects, the need to demonstrate tangible measures, and the importance of a positive impact on the bottom line. My management experience includes managing teams of up to 35 people and the delivery of up to 1028 events per year, so I understand the importance of tight scheduling, resource management, and the need for realistic prioritisation.

Many of these projects have involved team engagement, design and implementation of recruitment and selection processes, staff induction, training and mentoring. Hence I understand the management of projects from board room strategy to shop floor delivery. I also believe that outdoor adventures can be a great vehicle for getting the best from your team.

With a degree in industrial design, and a proven track record for innovative problem solving, I have the creativity to develop and deliver efficient solutions to numerous business solutions. The combination of design education and management experience ensures that the people are always at the centre of any project. Here are just a few of the innovative projects I have been lucky enough to work on, and the teams I have been a part of. Once you see what I have done for them, I hope you will have a clear idea of the skills and experience I have to offer, and what I may be able to do for you:

"World of Outdoors" - Opening Keynote for the Western Australia State Trails and Outdoors Conference 2015

This dynamic industry conference takes place every year, and the team from Outdoors WA always try to attract the most relevant and current industry experts to provide the keynote and open the conference. As co-author of the successful OIA/Sport England “Getting Active Outdoors” project, I was invited as a guest...Read More »


Joint Services Activity Management Review

Joint Services Activity Management Review

The Joint services have been developing their Adventurous Training award schemes over the past few years, bringing them more closely in to line with their civilian equivalents. Every year, they employ a team of British Mountain Guides to work on...Read More »


Getting Active Outdoors: A major project, report and workshops for Sport England and the OIA

This exciting project was commissioned by Sport England, in partnership with the Outdoor Industries Association, to examine the demand and supply of outdoor provision and take an in-depth look at the profile of the outdoor consumer.

I joined Kelly Gordon of KG Sport, working for Andrew Denton of the OIA, to...Read More »


Mountain Training England - Quality Assurance Review

The Mountain Training England award schemes and qualfications courses are delivered by a diverse team of providers across the country. Maintaining the standard and high quality of these awards has always been a priority for this training board. As part of a larger whoesale review of the Walking Awards, I...Read More »


NetNames - Senior Leadership Team

NetNames Team Leadership Day

NetNames get their Senior Team Leaders together from around the world once every quarter. This is an important opportunity to plan ahead and co-ordinate the priorities and tackle the current issues in the business. I was invited to bring some...Read More »


British Mountaineering Council - Talent Profiling Project

The British Mountaineering Council is the National Governing Body for all aspects of mountaineering and climbing. Funded by Sport England, the development of a talent pathway for climbing is a new concept, in the rapidly developing world of competition climbing.

I was employed as the strategic lead for Technical:Tactical profiling as...Read More »


Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust - Executive Officer

The Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust is an educational charitable trust. Set up to administer the National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes, the trust has a broader vision to “develop climbers through quality coaching”. As the Executive Officer, this exciting new part time role is a tremendous opportunity to...Read More »


Plas y Brenin - Director of Development

I have been working with Plas y Brenin for nearly twenty years, in a variety of roles. Following completion of a full time post as the Director of Training, I have moved on to work part time as the Director of Development on a consultancy basis.

Plas y Brenin is...Read More »


Mountain Training UK - Coaching Development Officer

In late 2013 I spent a fifty day secondment from Plas y Brenin working with the team from Mountain Training UK to launch the new Coaching Award Scheme in Climbing.

Following on from this success, I have continued to support the work of the team at MTUK as the Coaching Development...Read More »


Director of Mountain Training England Executive Committee

As Director of Training at Plas y Brenin, I represented the interests of the National Mountain Centre on the board of Mountain Training England for several years. Latterly, I was invited to join the Executive Committee as a Director. I throroughly enjoyed this role, as we grappled with registrations during...Read More »


British Mountain Guides - Publicity Officer

The British Mountain Guides are a small professional association – so we all have to do our bit! I took on this voluntary three year post as a member of the management committee of the British Mountain Guides. Responsible for the publicity and promotion of the association, we achieved a...Read More »


British Cycling - Tutor Training

British Cycling hold a world class tutor training event every year, which is mandatory CPD for their dynamic team of tutors and coach educators.

With a leading reputation for coach education and coaching scheme development, I was invited to deliver some inspirational sessions to encourage the British Cycling team to think...Read More »


The New Coaching Award Scheme in Climbing

Director of Development at Plas y Brenin, Martin Chester, has been instrumental in the development and launch of the all-new Coaching Award Scheme. Working with  a team of nationally recognised experts for Mountain Training alongside the British Mountaineering Council, Martin spent three months completing an award scheme that is already...Read More »


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