Amy is our little ray of sunshine here and when she isn’t cheering everyone up with her infectious smile and hugs on tap she instructs and helps out on reception.
She love’s climbing (particularly trad) and she’s been doing it for about 12 years, instructing for 10!
She is also partial to a slice of cake with a lovely cup of tea.
“I never thought that climbing would be something so integral to my life. But I love it!
I have learnt over the years that the only time you fail, is when you don’t try at all; and you really do kick yourself when you walk away from something wondering ‘what if I had tried?’.
To know when to give up and come back another day is just as important as trying hard in the moment. It’s all exciting, and there is always new things to test yourself against, whether this be at indoor walls or climbing outside – and I love the challenge that this presents.
The most important lesson I have learnt is that at the end of the day, climbing for climbings sake is the most important thing. It doesn’t matter how hard you climb, just that you’re climbing and enjoying it”
Danielle is the one throwing those funky dance moves on the floor and the odd dyno here and there on the wall.
Kids absolutely love her on session and so do we!
When Danielle isn’t working or climbing there isn’t much time for anything else but eat and sleep, however, she still manages to find time to practice her aerial silk skills!
“Climbing completely took over my life, there was no looking back and I love it! Working in the climbing industry has a positive influence on my psyche level for climbing.
Being constantly surrounded by climbers trying hard, putting in the time and effort and most importantly enjoying themselves reminds me everyday why I love this sport.
Instructing and coaching allow me to help climbers progress through the sport that we all love and I’m constantly being challenged, reflecting and learning from it.
I’m lucky enough to have found Danny through climbing, the sport allows us to explore beautiful places, motivate and learn from each other, make memories together, and live like cosy dirtbags in a van at the side of a crag, living the climbers dream!”
His pre Boardroom work experience was somewhat extensive and varied, from territorial army, to photographer, to life model, to teacher to outdoors instructor, he’s always been active whether that be via swimming, cycling or climbing and he has always remained intensely creative.
He and Lee make the place work because they compliment each other so perfectly. While Lee keeps the place ticking over behind the scenes, The Boardroom looks and feels the way it does because of Dave and a passion to create something beautiful, unique and visually striking.
“There’s something truly magical about climbing. Those moments on a climb were time stands still and the earth stops spinning.
Pushing our bodies and souls, strength combined with a still, calm mind. The vertical dance, a moving meditation. Intricate shifts in the hips seeking balance in a three dimensional world. Pushing friction to its limit, grasping at those fleeting moments of effortless flow…
“We are game-playing, fun-having creatures, we are the otters of the universe.”
…And in pushing ourselves to our limit, chasing those moments and succeeding on harder climbs, it takes more from us; more tries, more attempts, more effort and more time. Precious time.
As a result we slowly become aware that climbing is teaching us to enjoy the journey, whether we succeed or not. That climbing is more than just a way of life, it is life.
Creating The Boardroom was and is a way of sharing that journey. Enabling more people to experience what climbing has to offer and how it can enrich our lives.
Seeing so many people climbing together, working together, enjoying this place… that’s what it’s all about for me now. A happy place, a place for us to experience and share our journeys together. “
You’ll most likely meet Ella if you’re one of the early birds. She’s been climbing here since the early days and when she isn’t climbing she is working as a piano tuner/fixer, she also enjoys a spot of trail running.
“I danced a lot when I was younger and climbing felt like dancing again. I soon met lots of new people and that helped to keep me coming back and trying harder!
My most favourite climbing experience was at Waterval Boven in South Africa. High mileage, accessible, great rock and amazing climbing. Just had to ignore the occasional baboon and terrifying lightning storms.
My best climbs usually come from the least expected, and Raquel 6c+ in Albarracin was one of those. I didn’t expect to get it and my head wasn’t in the game that day, but it’s a super techy slightly highball beauty and my best grade to date.
I love the community I have met through climbing, I have watched The Boardroom grow from pretty much the start and it has been a big part of my life. If such a thing as soulmates exist, I’ve met them here.”
Ella loves surfing, acro yoga and being out in nature, she also recently planted 5,900 trees!
“My dad has always done some climbing but mainly caving. I would often go climbing with my best friend and her family to various indoor climbing walls in Wales when I was younger.
I was always a little bit rubbish with heights but loved climbing walls and the rush I would get when I completed a puzzle. Once The Boardroom opened I went down the bouldering route but I am starting to get braver and can’t wait to do some more roped climbing and get outdoors. I love the atmosphere at the boardroom and the climbers are all so friendly and helpful, that’s always kept me coming back and pushing myself to overcome my fear.”
If you climb at the wall you will recognise Emily, managing both reception and the shop, as well as managing and maintaining the “Engine”!
Emily’s favourite thing about climbing is that “it takes you to places that you might never see if you didn’t climb. Really beautiful obscure little places in the middle of nowhere sometimes. I can’t pick my favourite place that we’ve climbed cause there’s just so many!! Kalymnos and Yangshuo are definitely up on the list, but Wales is still my favourite country of all time!”
Emily has been on a climbing mission since lockdown, and recently sent one of the North Wales classics, “Axel Attack”.
Erica is one half of The Boardroom’s Colouring-in Department. Erica draws and paints on things, she also runs around with a camera annoying the setters!
She helps with social media and marketing and posters, and sometimes on reception too.
She is a bit scared of heights but still enjoys climbing, especially the nice easy non scary roped routes.
“I started climbing when I started my job, it’s something I never before thought I would ever
do as I was/am still very scared of heights! But I have been climbing now for just over 2 years and I do love it, for me it’s most definitely quite often type 2 fun, when I am on the wall I am usually absolutely bricking it!
I’ve loved pushing my mental boundaries and seeing improvements, but I do get frustrated that the head game is taking longer for me to get over then my physical ability, it’s all just development though and I must remember to enjoy the journey.
I love working at The Boardroom, mostly for the people, everyone is just so wonderful and friendly and the place itself so uplifting to be in, I love just having a coffee and watching all the climbers try their problems, working them out, and watching the individual climbing styles.
It’s been a real joy to be welcomed in to the fold and I can’t wait to see how the place and its community grow in the future. It’s massively inspiring! I basically love it!”
Freddie is our head coach/instructor/Lattice assessor, “specialist in exotic rest positions and making climbs look difficult”!
His favourite/epic climb to date: Castleton Tower.
He recently sent My Piano E8 6c and Mussel Beach 8a at LPT.
Freddie instructs here too but mostly he coaches, runs our Academy, Lattice assessments and our beginners free coaching. He can make your climbing much improved.
Top conversation pieces include climbing, climbers, climbing movement, broccoli, food in general and flow.
“I’ve always needed challenge to feel inspired, so naturally, I was drawn to activities like climbing which take you out of your comfort zone. I’ve always felt that to willingly face difficulty transforms you from who you are into someone stronger mentally and physically, it shows you what you are truly capable of. The evolution of self that comes with climbing has kept me hooked for over a decade and I cannot imagine my life without it.”
Ghandy is our resident safety inspector, gear checker, instructor and conversationalist. Handy, very handy!
He is a lighthouse of positive energy and a jack of all trades, having worked at one time or another in about every type of job going, teaching Cubs, Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh gold and lots of multi activity instructing.
He has climbed for about 38 years, all over Britain and Europe “living the dream”.
About working at The Boardroom; “I instruct to be able to pass on skills and encouragement so that others may have as much pleasure from climbing as I still get, kids are just honest and funny and generally without any expectation other than fun!”
Grace has been climbing at the wall for a long time often with her dad John and with The Academy. Now we are pleased to welcome her behind the desk too. Grace works on reception and is training to be one of our instructors.
“I fell in love with climbing immediately. It has become part of my everyday life and I use any excuse to spend time at The Boardroom. As well as the climbing itself I also look forward to socialising with other climbers and eating all the cakes! It’s something I always look forward to and I couldn’t imagine life without climbing. The climbing community as a whole is a very friendly and welcoming one.”
You’ll meet Jack on reception, welcoming you in and keeping you supplied with coffees and tiffin, as well as ensuring there’s always hands on deck and the magic happens.
He is an avid whitewater kayaker and long distance trail runner and rekindled his love for climbing during his time at Bangor Uni.
“Climbing is super addictive and with good company there is nothing better. For me there is no expectations, just cool, beautiful movements up some rock.
I love sport climbing and bouldering. The process of looking at the climb, figuring out the moves, falling off, making tiny adjustments and repeating until you get it is so satisfying. Sport is like a long intricate dance with the rock and bouldering is a short burst of pure power, they’re both unforgiving but that’s what makes it worth it in the end! P.S. trad is scary.”
Joe has been climbing here since we opened our doors almost 5 years ago and is now an intrinsic part of the route setter team.
He often climbs with his father and brother Hari and both Joe and Hari are members of our Boardroom Academy. It’s been fantastic watching them both develop as climbers.
“To me The Boardroom is a place to go when I’m stressed, tired, bored or just whenever I feel like it. It’s my happy place. It’s a place where I’m always motivated to try hard and do my best. I’ve been going to The Boardroom for nearly 5 years and I can easily say that it’s the friendliest climbing wall I’ve ever visited.”
Lee started The Boardroom with Dave and together they have built quite a wonderful place to work, climb and hangout.
His favourite music is still happy hardcore.
He wasn’t always a climber believe it or not, in fact he was much more comfortable throwing himself down monstrous rapids in a man sized fibreglass banana.
“I once said to Dave, “are we gonna build this climbing wall we’ve been talking about for years?” He said yes, one thing led to another and now The Boardroom is a thing, the best thing! (maybe I am a little bit bias).
We have tried to create a place people wanted to be, as well as include the best climbing we could imagine. We are climbers, we like climbing, so we built The Boardroom.
It isn’t really just one persons dream or one persons idea, its grown organically through the interactions and input of all the wonderful staff, wonderful customers and even Bob the Milkman. Collectively the community makes it what it is today.
Before The Boardroom, I was a paddler, not the best but not bad, reaching international level with a few races in Europe.
I’ve been a climbing instructor since 2004 and now, well, I mainly fly a desk and do boring Director type stuff.
If I’m not doing the paperwork or business development or being a dad, then I’m bouldering whenever I can, with as many people as I can, and avoiding being a grown up as much as I possibly can.”
Natalie is another one of our wonderful instructors, she has been climbing since she was just 5 years old after visiting Little Tryfan with her grandad.
She loves routes and boulders equally, and is as comfortable on the techy stuff as she is on the burlier climbs.
“I love the slate, there is just something satisfying about pulling hard on tiny crimps. My biggest achievement to date was my first 7b+ at Warton Crag and a 7c at Dow Crag. I have never been interested in any other sports, climbing has been my main focus for over 15 years and to this day I still couldn’t tell you why precisely. It’s a never ending cycle of growth and development.
The Boardroom feels like the place to be. Don’t forget to try the cake … oh and the climbing is good too!”
Nick is two fifths of our Head route setting team alongside Liam Halsey and Joe, he also does a spot of coaching on request “No I don’t”. He has been here since day one and we’re extremely privileged to have him on the team. He has bouldered V11 (recently Diesel Power at Cromlech) and climbed 8b+.
He started climbing at school, mainly trad in the quarries of Lancashire and on Peak District grit. He worked at Boulder UK when he was 16, on reception, washed holds and watched master setter Ian Vickers intently.
He spent a lot of time at Longridge and started to really focus on his training and technique.
He began competing when he went to uni, visiting walls all over the UK and Europe, he was also on the Senior British Lead climbing team.
‘I used to visit Thailand every winter and I’ve been to most places around Europe but I really love Yorkshire Limestone, there’s nothing like it. I’ve got my eye on a few things at the moment, on my list amongst others are some projects at Kilnsey, Bat Route 8c at Malham and Liquid Amber 8C+ at LPT.”
Rhys does a bit of everything here, especially if it involves making, building, designing or fixing. Let’s just say he runs the place!
The Drawing Room exists because Rhys was nice enough to build it for us, and the shop, the climbing twister, the slackline pit, most of the kitchen for little sis Erin, the list goes on and on.
Dave and Rhys met when they both worked at Llandegla. Rhys worked in the bike workshop building and customising.
He left for a bit to live and work in Canada and when the dream of The Boardroom started to become a reality Dave knew that he wanted Rhys to be part of it.
He makes us all very happy.
Outside of work he likes owls, and trees, he churns mud about in Enduro and goes on many a weekend adventure exploring mountains and welsh wilderness. He lives with lovely Jen, new baby daughter Edie and the two cats Gary and Margaret.
Side by Side in the Kitchen with Ez is Sam! Cakey baker extraordinaire Sam got into climbing when she first moved to Cheshire a few years ago and she really loves the progression you can achieve and the problem solving aspects, not to mention the warm and welcoming community.
When asked about climbing goals… “I want to be able to kick my brain in the butt! My head-game can suck and it stops me from finishing a lot of the problems that I try. I want to be able to battle the terror and just send!”
If she isn’t working or climbing then Sammy is a comfort bug, spending a lot of time wrapped in blankets, knitting, playing computer games or nerding out with her favourite movies and her house dog Banjo.
Seren started volunteering here in 2020 and now works on reception. She has been climbing for nearly 6 years and completed her NICAS course here, she’s now smashing 6b on lead and V4-V6 on boulders.
Outside of climbing she plays saxophone, skateboards and is studying maths, further maths, physics and chemistry, hoping to pursue environmental engineering.
“The thinking/planning side of climbing sparked my interest initially. I often have to find my own beta for routes because of my height so it keeps it interesting when you can’t steal other peoples beta.
I love slabs, crimps and am starting to enjoy overhangs more now Im not as scared of them. I think I prefer the techy stuff, that favours balance and flexibility over powerful stuff as I’m still in the process of building up strength.
No matter what mood I’m in when I arrive at the wall, I always leave with a smile on my face. I spend so much time at The Boardroom that it’s become a second home and the people like a second family.”
Meet Tim, smiling on reception, covering wayward instructors, and making things appear like magic behind the scenes!
Tim got into climbing in 2017 after watching the movie Valley Uprising, he went straight to Cliffhanger Climbing Gym in Melbourne and was hooked.
His first outdoor climb was a 5 pitch trad route, The Bard, Arapiles.
While he was working at the climbing wall in Melbourne he spotted The Boardroom on Epic TVs climbing daily and added it to his climbing bucket list. Soon after that, in almost a twist of Epic fortune he moved here with his partner and it just so happened that we were hiring!