New Managing Director for NICAS schemes

We are pleased to announce that Nick Parkin will join as Managing Director for the NICAS schemes from the first week of June.

Earlier this year we reported that the team would be changing and part of this was to become an employer, putting in place full time staff members in order to have capacity to promote the schemes more widely, engage with a more diverse range of delivery partners, provide greater support for centres who deliver our schemes and improve the resources available to support both coaches and candidates. We hope this will result in many more young climbers coming through the doors of NICAS Climbing and NICAS Bouldering climbing centres.

In being appointed as our full time Managing Director, Nick brings with him over 20 years’ experience of operating flagship sites across both charitable and private organisations. He has worked across many sectors including sport, leisure and training, and has taken full financial and strategic responsibility for these organisations.

Nick worked as General Manager for Westway Sport and Leisure in recent years and he has been a passionate advocate of climbing ever since. His exposure to the sport made him believe there was a great potential for growth, and he saw that climbing has a unique breadth of positive attributes. He was attracted by the social environment climbers exist in, together with the mental and physical conditioning it promotes whilst building personal confidence.

Time spent operating a government funded skills training centre has given Nick experience with exam boards and we are keen to harness this knowledge and experience as we look to work more closely with training educational bodies which offer a climbing related syllabus.

Very soon, the global spotlight of the Olympics will bring about huge interest in the sport of climbing. Leading NICAS through this time is a great opportunity that Nick is excited about taking on. The Olympic effect along with the organic growth of the sport will bring about benefits to NICAS, to climbing wall providers, and to the wider sporting community.

One of Nick’s first priorities is to spend time with some walls, to get a good insight into how NICAS works and what the operational side of managing the schemes is like in practice. He will attend our AGM on 27th June in Sheffield, along with our Membership Manager Abbi Blakey. They hope to see some of you there and will also be doing what they can to meet or speak to as many walls as they can over the coming months. Please join us in welcoming Nick to the team!

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