The body which represents climbers, mountaineers, hill walkers and snowsports tourers in Scotland is to have a new hand at the helm from Monday.
Mountaineering Scotland has appointed Stuart Younie as Chief Executive Officer, replacing David Gibson, who is retiring on Friday after more than a decade at the head of the organisation.
Stuart Younie comes to Mountaineering Scotland from Live Active Leisure in Perth, where he was Business Development and Programming Manager. He brings a wide range of senior management experience, including strategic planning, business development and operational delivery. He is also passionate about the outdoors, having skied and walked in the highlands since his childhood, and rock climbed since his university days. He has been a member of Mountaineering Scotland for many years.
Stuart has a BA Honours degree in Recreation Management specialising in countryside studies and is keen to promote the health benefits of an active lifestyle. He managed the Sports Development and Outdoor Education Services for Perth and Kinross council for eight years, working closely with volunteers, local clubs and schools. For the last six years he has been a voluntary director of the Scottish Sports Association and was appointed Vice-Chair in 2017.
Stuart grew up in Moray, and inherited his love of the Scottish hills from his dad Harry, and as well as his love of the hills he also enjoys fly fishing, mountain biking and trail running. He lives in Kinross with his wife and three young sons.