Meet the Trustees

Mark Tate – Chair

I was late to skiing, learning when my family and I moved to Kazakhstan in 2008. Since then we have been skiing every winter, every weekend and at every opportunity. My three kids have all benefited massively from training with Cairngorm Ski Club since we moved to Scotland in 2011, they are all way better than me! I love exploring the amazing backcountry we have on our doorstep. I was coaching trustee for a number of years, moving on to be development trustee, helping the club secure a direct club investment from Sport Scotland and secure its charitable status.

I had the honour of becoming Chair in 2019. I am passionate about giving young people the opportunity that the club gave my kids and to make that as accessible to all as we possibly can.

Nicholas Sherlock Vice Chair

Tanera Astley Secretary

I started skiing on Cairngorm when I was 3, occasionally ‘coached’ by my uncle Jim (Bryden) and aunt Annie (Bryden)  – being part of ‘the sweetie train’ on the nursery slopes was a highlight, watching ski ballet and mogul competitions on the West Wall another!  I and my 3 siblings trained and raced with the Club in the 80s; I ‘retired’ from racing at the grand old age of 16.

For me, Scottish skiing is very much a family affair and passion, though as a boarder my husband has stayed on the dark side, so far at least! I started off as Social Convenor when my daughters started training with the Club, before taking on the role of Secretary. I’m also Race Secretary of the CSC Open. I loved my time with CSC as a young person, it was pretty close to an extended family, and it makes me happy to be part of a team giving others the same experiences, as much as possible.

Angus Ritchie – Coaching Trustee

Angus is our Coaching Trustee and dad of three boys who all train with CSC. You will often meet him recovering in the café after getting his own and everyone else’s kids and coaches organised and up the hill! He has been skiing for more than 40 years and holds a BASI 2 license with coaching and mountain safety. He would describe himself as an enthusiastic amateur and has held various key roles in the ski industry such as ‘Ski Bum’ and ‘Bar Tender’, although he has also worked as a Ski Patroller and Alpine Ski Leader.  If you buy him a drink he will tell you about the lack of proper moguls these days and complain about his sore knees that only let him ski
on sunshine powder days although he can be easily cheered up by offering to put ‘Blizzard of Aahhhs’ on the TV!

Simon Coker

I’ve been skiing in Scotland as long as I can remember.  Learning at Hillend as a child and then progressing onto snow at Glenshee and other Scottish areas before the Alps, NZ, Iceland and slightly more unusually,  South Africa.  Even when they were ski toddlers we took it for granted that out children would ski with the club and they have benefited hugely from the different programmes offered.  I am happy to make a small contribution to the continuing legacy of the club offering pathways to ski and enjoy all the benefits and opportunities the mountains offer.

Jan Townsend

Janet Townsend, Trustee and CPO

Originally from North Wales we moved to Scotland for the skiing!  I think I learnt to ski on the dry slope at Plas-y-Brenin at the age of 3.  Skiing for fun led to ski racing and I was a member of the Welsh team racing throughout the UK and Europe. 

Our family is skiing obsessed which is no surprise due to my racing background and a husband who is a mountain guide. As a family we joined Cairngorm Ski Club, the kids have enjoyed the training, racing and social side of the club and it wasn’t long before I became a trustee. I am currently the Child Protection Officer for the club and have organised the club camp to Hintertux and the SSSA ski races at Glenmore Lodge.

Keith Taylor

Jonny Cassidy

Euan Smith