Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust
Chairman & Trustee
Brought up in Sheffield, Martin read law at Nottingham University, subsequently qualified as a solicitor and became a partner in a law firm practicing in Buxton and Sheffield, specialising in commercial work.
He met Peter Boardman at university and they climbed together in Britain and the Alps. They met Joe Tasker and Dick Renshaw on the north face of Les Droites in 1971 and the following year Martin and Peter, with others, travelled overland to Afghanistan and made some notable ascents in the Hindu Kush. Peter’s account was published in Mountain magazine under the title Long Necks in the Hindu Kush.
After the tragic loss of Peter and Joe, Martin was one of the group that came together and set up the trust. Martin was a founding Trustee and is currently Chair. He has been an honorary legal adviser and solicitor to the BMC since being introduced by Peter when Peter was employed by the BMC. He is also a member and former vice-president of the Alpine Club. He continues to climb, although not as well as he would like.
Treasurer & Trustee
Born 1948 in Bramhall, Cheshire. Educated at Stockport Grammar School and Edinburgh University (MA Hons in English).
Subsequently added qualifications in coaching, human resources (degree level) and photography. Worked for Barclays for over 30 years leaving (through redundancy) as a Head of Human Resources.
Then worked as a lecturer in Employee Relations at Stockport College. Held a Private Pilot’s Licence for 30 years flying a variety of small planes including with the RAFVR and the Army Air Corps.
Leisure time has included walking several long-distance trails such as Trans Pennine Trail, Thames Path and the circuit of Norfolk. Longest was from Cromer to Lyme Regis, over 400 miles.
An experienced gardener and currently joint “Grower” with the Serpentine Community Farm in Buxton where he lives with wife Gil (the other Grower).
Secretary & Trustee
Born in London 1950 and started climbing at Harrison’s Rocks in 1967. Spent five years at University in Cardiff (1969-74) and climbed a lot in the Avon Gorge. In 1974 moved to Derby and has remained there. Retired from Derby City Council as a Senior Planning Officer. Has climbed extensively in Britain, Spain and the Alps for over forty years. Is still active predominantly in the Peak and in North Wales.
A member of the Wayfarers Club and the Climbers Club, Steve has written extensively for Climber, High, On The Edge and the CC Journal. He is a Trustee and The Secretary of the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust.
Steve lives in Derby with his wife Janet, (BT Administrator).
Steve is the author of Hands of a Climber, a biography of Colin Kirkus.
Maria Coffey’s career as a writer began in 1989 with the publication of Fragile Edge, a memoir of her relationship with Joe Tasker and her journey to Everest with Hilary Boardman after Joe and Pete disappeared. Since then she has written eleven other books, including Where the Mountain Casts its Shadow and Explorers of the Infinite. Maria is also co-founder, with her husband Dag Goering, of the adventure travel company Hidden Places and its conservation branch Elephant Earth.
Maria and Dag are based in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Dennis started climbing in West Yorkshire at the age of eleven and has subsequently climbed extensively both in the UK and in many parts of the world including the Himalayas, the Andes, the USA, China and Japan. In all, he has visited sixty different countries. He has written extensively and is the author of seven books including Rope Boy and Mountain Lover. Dennis spent 18 years as General Secretary of the British Mountaineering Council. Amongst his other interests are art, music, literature and sport.
After university Chris escaped London, football and the threat of a teaching career to become an outdoor instructor in South Wales. He now lives in Matlock with his wife Jane and works in Hathersage buying and selling books. He is an active climber, sea kayaker, caver and walker who is always looking for the next adventure. Chris has co-authored two books with BT shortlisted author Graham Wilson and was Chair of Judges of the BT Prize in 2013 before recently becoming a Trustee.
Now retired from teaching and still lives in Switzerland. She continues to climb but on a smaller scale, usually hiking in wild places where she tries to photograph the animals, birds and butterflies of the Alps. By marriage to David Rhodes, she acquired 2 stepsons who have produced 7 grandchildren so life can be busy sometimes.
Paul is one of Joe Tasker’s younger brothers. Before he retired he had a career in social services working as a centre manager and social worker. Using his interests during that time he was able to introduce people with disabilities to a range of outdoor adventurous activities. He was involved with the sport of paragliding through venture scouts, becoming one of the first instructors.
When Joe was home from Ushaw College he would take him to the local Cleveland Hills and North York Moors to go climbing, walking, and youth hosteling. Paul still goes walking out on the moors with two local walking groups. He is also a member of the Friends of Durham Tees Valley Airport were he lives. This provided an opportunity to have a flight in the Canadian Lancaster Bomber during its visit to fly alongside the Battle of Britain memorial flight Lancaster. Paul is a Trustee and was the previous Chairman.
A keen fell-walker and camper, has a wealth of experience in working with community groups and young peoples’ projects. Her latter career was in the field of Youth & Community Education & Development, Personal Coaching and Training. As an independent consultant she has been instrumental in developing and setting up non-formal education programmes in a range of learning situations. She has written a range of papers and advised the Department for Education on structures for learning qualifications.
As well as being a Trustee of the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust, she is Vice Chair of the Mountain Heritage Trust, which works to identify and collect materials and artefacts that document and promote Britain’s vibrant climbing and mountaineering history, among which are the collections of her brother Joe Tasker, and Peter Boardman.