Committee for 2017-2018

The committee for 2017-2018 is as follows. If you have a specific question that is not answered in the FAQ, feel free to contact the relevant committee member.

Past Committees

PRESIDENT-Andy Tyler (president AT oumc DOT co DOT uk)
Andy Tyler

The President is responsible for the overall running of the Club, acting as chairman at meetings, and directing the Club's Committee. Together with the Secretary, the President does the bulk of the day-to-day tasks such as answering letters and emails, and representing OUMC at Sports Federation meetings. The President also produces an annual report for the Sports Federation and membership.

After joining the club a couple of years ago Andy has slowly let climbing take over his life. He's at his happiest when on rock, whether that be bouldering in the Peak, sea cliff climbing in the Gower, or mountaineering in North Wales, although he does have a bit of an obsession with Stanage. That said he can often be spied at Brookes/Iffley or sometimes even Reading.

SECRETARY-Barbora Sojkova (secretary AT oumc DOT co DOT uk)
Barbora Sojkova

The Secretary works alongside the President and is responsible for correspondence, BMC membership issues, and maintaining minutes of Club meetings

Being a Sanskritist, Barbora is one of the rare cases of a Humanities-oriented OUMC member. She originally comes from the Czech Republic and constantly tries to persuade everybody in the club that the best crags and beer are to be found in the Central Europe. She is, however, easily persuaded for a pint and sketchy run-out slab anywhere around the world.

TREASURER-Anne Schumacher (treasurer AT oumc DOT co DOT uk)
Anne Schumacher

The Treasurer is responsible for the Club's finances - a job not to be taken lightly! As well as issuing payment for climbing and social events, it is the Treasurer's job to ensure that everyone pays their debts to the Club, and also to collect annual membership fees. At the end of the year, the Treasurer submits the Club's accounts to the Sports Federation.

Anne started climbing when she joined the club in 2016. She likes all types of climbing, but has mostly climbed at Iffley as well as doing trad in the UK, some favorite places being Pembroke, the Peaks and North Wales.

MEETS SECRETARIES-Jamie Bickers and Jola Mirecka (meets AT oumc DOT co DOT uk)

The Meets Secs are responsible for organizing and running the climbing meets, including booking minibuses and accommodation, and submitting attendance lists to the Sports Federation. Meets Secs will usually require plenty of experience of Club meets, but don't necessarily have to attend all the trips.

Jamie Bickers

As a lifetime club member, Jamie's most serious interest is climbing. Once, when asked what he would wish for if he could wish for anything, he answered, "a quicker recovery time so I could climb more." Jamie can be found at all iffley and brookes, as well as leading his unknowing seconds up thrutchy chimneys in the Peak.

Jola Mirecka

Full of controversial opinions such as "climbing is training for alpinism". Spent her childhood hopping around High Tatras. Having joined OUMC at the start of her PhD she has discovered the joy of 'trad' and British climbing ethics (in endless beverage-spiced GA arguments). With no particular talent, car or gear but only sheer enthusiasm, she spends ~70% of her weekends outdoors - PhD on the other hand... Can be found on a morning Brookes session or in North Wales seconding a big multi-pitch (because leading is hard...).

Gear Secretaries-Alex Richards and Josh Dawes (gear AT oumc DOT co DOT uk)

The Gear Secs look after the Club's stock of equipment, including ropes, rock shoes, harness, and winter gear (this usually takes up all the space under your bed). They are also responsible for ensuring the kit gets up to Brookes every week, and that it is maintained in a safe and serviceable condition. If they're lucky (and the Treasurer allows) they may get to purchase shiny new gear.

Alex Richards

Alex is a PhD student working in biomedical engineering. He has been climbing indoors for some time, and has been leading both trad and sport outdoors for about a year after learning from fellow OUMC members. Alex brings enthusiasm, an empty garage and proximity to Brookes to the role of gear sec.

Josh Dawes

Josh grew up in the land of the hobbit, and has only recently made his way to the UK and started trad climbing with the OUMC. He's particularly keen on day trips to the Peak District, and spotting a new dyno at Brookes always puts a smile on his face.

Josh's main goal for this year is to climb some proper multi-pitch before winter rolls around. As appealing as Tryfan is, he'd rather have feeling in his fingers when he climbs it.

Courses and Competitions Secretary-Zoe Bouras (oumc DOT coursesandcomps AT gmail DOT com)
Zoe Bouras

The Courses and Competitions Secretary is responsible for organising the training courses that the club offers throughout the year as well getting people psyched for regional and national climbing.

Zoe came to OUMC first in 2016 as a visiting student and liked the club so much she came back to do a MSc in Latin American Studies. Zoe loves rock climbing except when she actually has to rock climb, and as such, she can usually be found socializing at Brookes, meets, and pubs. That all said, she is excited about other people climbing and since her technical knowledge far outweighs her skill, courses and comps seemed like a good fit.

SOCIAL SECRETARIES-George Draper-Barr and Esther Gindrix (socials AT oumc DOT co DOT uk)

The Social Secs are responsible for making sure we all have a good time. Apparently this involves booking venues, and generally organizing parties in and around Oxford...

George Draper-Barr

Still considered by some to be the resident fresher even though he's a third year biochemist, George has been climbing for two years after a sandbagging at a fresher meet showed him a new exciting way to get injured. Constantly irritated by those who think lack of technique can't be compensated for by height and ape index.

Esther Gindrix

Ester is a PhD student in cancer genetics. She's been a climber for a year but a social human being for a bit longer than that, which helps with her committee role. Being 160cm tall, she hates dynos and loves the routes marked with the kiddo symbol in the Iffley guide. Originally from Spain and very keen to go on climbs to southern regions, where the sun shines and the sandstone remains dry.

LIBRARIANS and OMJ EDITORS-Lucy Abel and Peter Nordberg(journal AT oumc DOT co DOT uk)

The Librarians and Journal Editors spend most of they year collecting articles, quotes, and reports for the annual Oxford Mountaineering Journal, and then two frantic months putting it all together and getting it printed. They are also responsible for arranging journal exchanges with other mountaineering clubs, as well as selling advertising space.

They also look after the Oxford Mountaineering Library, and are responsible for the general maintenance of the collection as well as any new purchases.

Lucy Abel

Lucy is a researcher/proper adult (supposedly) who joined the club in 2015. Her trajectory has been London indoor boulderer to Yorkshire outdoor boulderer to Oxford trad climber to Reading sport climber. Recently banished to the land of better climbing walls (belaying visitors always welcome!), she can still be frequently found in the pub, looking for good stories for the journal.

Peter Nordberg

Peter joined OUMC in 2016, and, although interested in a wide variety of climbing and outdoor pursuits, his main focus is on mountaineering and trad climbing. North Wales and the Lake District are favoured haunts, with Scotland or the Alps a regrettably rare pleasure.

WEBMASTER-Alfie Bowen (webmaster AT oumc DOT co DOT uk)
Alfie Bowen

The Webmaster is responsible for the upkeep of this website.

Alfie grew up in the forests surrounding Oxford, after a childhood spent climbing trees, he set sights on more challenging ascents and joined OUMC in 2017. As a Web Developer by trade, Alfie thought his skills would be put to good use maintaining (and possibly rebuilding) OUMC's online presence.

WELFARE REPRESENTATIVE-Astrid Southam(welfare AT oumc DOT com)
Astrid Southam

The welfare representative's role is to ensure that members of the club have someone to turn to in confidence for matters ranging from anxiety and health (mental or physical) to anonymous feedback on the club or its members. They can be contacted directly by email or social media, or anonymously via a form (found on the website). They serve the individual first, and act as an interface with the committee.

Astrid joined the club in 2017, when she moved to Oxford for her DPhil. Originally from Switzerland and half-Canadian, she has always had a great love for the outdoors and adventure. Though her heart belongs to bouldering, she also dabbles in trad and sport climbing, and can easily be identified at a crag by her colourful swearing, usually in French. Other traits include heavy sarcasm, a thermos of tea and an unseemly beanie. Favourite crags are where it's not raining, preferably not to chossy.