About John

John Roberts

Disruptor, innovator and entrepreneur working mainly in education, industrial relations and technology.  Expect blogs on climbing, edtech and trade unions.

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How I think you should vote at BMC AGM 2018, and why I’m running for Vice President 2nd June 2018

First things first, how you vote, is entirely your decision, and I encourage you to read the documents attached on each item at the top of the voting card.  If you disagree with me on how to vote, then that’s fine! However, if, like me, you… Read more

What next for the BMC, its governance, and Sport England? 10th March 2018

On Friday last week, 2nd March, we handed over to the BMC, our work on the independent Organisational Review Group.  The final report was an amended recommendations report, following a 3 month consultation on our initial report in November.  As of last Friday, the ORG as a body, was disbanded, and its members, now well versed in the complexities of the BMC, are back to their respective roles, or are simply just back to being BMC members. Read more

Changing the BMC 2nd December 2017

Since April the BMC Organisational Review Group has worked collectively for thousands of hours, sent thousands of emails, written a 40k word report with 51 recommendations, gathered the views of over 4500 BMC members, spoken to c. 25 partner organisations and stakeholders, launched a further consultation, and done a tour of England and Wales presenting the report at local area meetings, to over 400 BMC members. Read more

A week in Chamonix: Storms, Slabs, Digital Crack and an epic descent 8th August 2017

The week in Chamonix began by getting caught in a storm, and ended the same way.  The first one expected, the second one less so, but sandwiched in the middle was a couple of peaks that will make the week a memorable one.

Some obscure routes and some classics: El Niño, Madame Rêve, Digital Crack and République Bananière. Read more

How you can get involved with the BMC’s Independent Organisational Review 21st July 2017

Back in March, just before the AGM I wrote about the motion of no confidence raised against the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).  Of course, the motion was defeated, but the BMC was, and is, under a period of potential reform. Read more

Epic TV: Yoga for Climbers 27th May 2017

A six part yoga for climbers video series in partnership with Epic TV, Prana and the Depot Climbing Centre Manchester.

Each episode is 10 minutes, so you can do the standalone sessions as a great pre-climb warm up, or post climb cool down, mix and match sessions to create a climber specific workout, or complete the full series as an hour long challenging yoga session specifically tailored to climber’s needs. Enjoy! Read more

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🚨Can you support a mission in Afghanistan? If so, please go to freetorun.org/donate

The current situation in 🇦🇫Afghanistan has been heartbreaking and harrowing on so many levels for so many, and it’s something that is close to me personally for multiple reasons.

I have seen the incredible work that @freetorunngo does in Iraq, but the scale of impact of the programmes in Afghanistan has been much larger.

Their mission is to use adventure sports to develop female leaders in regions of conflict and they have worked with thousands of young women in Afghanistan. Free to Run’s female participants include activists, TEDx speakers, Fulbright scholars, athletes with disabilities, national and international marathon runners, community leaders and so much more.

As the deadline for troop withdrawal draws nearer and the security situation continues to intensify I know first hand that @theultrarunnergirl and the @freetorunngo staff are working around the clock to try and ensure the safety and security of Afghan staff and families. Friends, contacts and allies are supporting wherever possible but nothing is assured in the current situation and funding is now critical both to support safety and security, and the continuation of programmes.

If you have the means to support, please google “free to run donate” and you’ll find the top links to freetorun.org and justgiving.

Or go direct to https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/FreeToRunAfghanistanAppeal

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#afghanistan #afghanistan🇦🇫 #running #charity #fundraising #humanrights #humanitarian #evacuation #troopwithdrawal #kabul #

When you’ve picked a lot of the routes that are low hanging fruit nearby, and the weather isn’t playing ball, you have to be a little more creative with destinations. Here’s @lou.reynolds and @tomripleyguiding afternoon cragging, and warming up for a bigger day to follow, in a fairly rarely traveled, but stunning, alpine valley in the Gran Paradiso range above the @rifugiopontese in Italy.

Bonus points 🥇 to @tomripleyguiding for the location suggestion and I’d highly recommend what is one of the most welcoming huts I’ve been to in the Alps, and with some of the best food!

#riguigopontese #arrampicata #escalada #escalade #mountaineering #climbing #rockclimbing #granparadiso #italy #locano

When there’s a cloudy storm in Chamonix, go through the magic tunnel, and the sky goes blue.

#chamonix #italy #valgrisenche #rockclimbing #climbing #arrampicata #escalade #escalada #montblanctunnel

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