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Following a competitive recruitment process, Colin Slater was the successful candidate, taking over from Lee Cousins, who had been at the helm of the Scottish MTB Consortium for six years.


The Scottish Mountain Bike Consortium (MTB Consortium) is a forum comprising of the Scottish Government, key agencies and organisations with a role relating to mountain biking in Scotland. The MTB Consortium owns, and is responsible for delivering, the Strategy for Scottish Mountain Biking.

Colin was previously a Partner in the UK Cyber security practice for PwC and has a previous track record of advising businesses in areas of resilience and strategy. His entrepreneurial spirit has seen him found businesses in the tech and sports arenas.

Upon accepting the role, Colin said:

‘I am in the fortunate position that I now have time to use my career skills in situations which lie slightly closer to my personal passions. The range and scope of the members of the MTB Consortium is very diverse and I am interested in hearing from them their views on progress, process and the opportunities as collectively we strive to execute the Strategy for Scottish Mountain Biking.

I spend time riding across Scotland, particularly with my daughter, I therefore see a lot of the trail infrastructure and opportunities for the sport in Scotland, particularly around wellness and community engagement.

I look forward to working with the MTB Consortium members to proactively push forward on the delivery of the strategy together.’

The role is supported by Scottish Cycling, through the Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) staff team working primarily with the Head of DMBinS.

Graeme McLean, Head of DMBinS, said:

‘We are delighted to have secured the time, passion and energy of Colin who we know will be a huge asset to the MTB Consortium. Colin retired from his corporate career after 30 years at a high level working with clients on complex issues, many with varying stakeholder interests and motivations and is also a keen mountain biker. We look forward to welcoming Colin to the MTB Consortium and working with him at a hugely exciting time for Scottish mountain biking.

‘The MTB Consortium, and myself personally, would like to extend our extreme gratitude to the outgoing Chair, Lee Cousins. Lee has been a huge part of the success achieved in Scottish mountain biking over the last 6 years.’

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Colin accepting the Scottish Mountain Bike Strategy 2023 - 2025 from outgoing Chair, Lee Cousins.

The core purpose of the MTB Consortium is to promote effective partnership working between Consortium members and other groups and organisations relating to mountain biking, associated recreation, sport, tourism and economic development. Specifically:

  • To own and deliver the actions and aspirations contained within the Strategy for Scottish Mountain Biking;
  • To provide strategic direction to inform the current workplan of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS);
  • To assist the flow of communication, joint working and cohesive action between Consortium members and stakeholders;
  • To communicate, through external and internal communication of key topics, successes and issues in Scottish mountain biking;
  • To provide a forum for positive action and ensure deliver on any agreed action points;
  • To lead the strategic direction of mountain biking in Scotland and to Consortium partners progress towards the outcomes as contained within the Strategy for Scottish Mountain Biking.

Members of the MTB Consortium are:-

Scottish Cycling, Cycling Scotland, Event Scotland, Visit Scotland, Forestry and Land Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise, Edinburgh Napier University, Glenmore Lodge, Scottish Government, Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland, DMBinS, sportscotland, Scottish Enterprise, NatureScot and We Are Cycling UK.

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