Meet the team
Meet the directors
We are both dedicated climbers passionate about sharing our love of the sport / lifestyle and the many benefits of climbing, with new and experienced climbers who visit Boulder UK. We believe we have created one of the best state-of-the-art climbing centres in the country, and hope you enjoy climbing here as much as we do. We look forward to meeting you at our climbing gym very soon!
Neil started climbing aged 14, developing into one of the UK’s finest all-round climbers. He has bouldered up to font 8A+, on-sighted 8a+ sport routes, and climbed almost 300 grade 8 sport routes, including numerous 8cs and the Pedigree Chum traverse (8c+) in Cheedale. In addition to this, he has repeated various hard trad routes including Parthian Shot (E9, 6c), Muy Caliente! (E9, 6c) and many E8s around the country. In 2014, he made the first ascent of the hardest route in Pembroke, Choronzon E10 (8b+).
As centre manager, alongside Tanya and the rest of the team, he strives to provide one of the best indoor training facilities in the Northwest, applying his vast climbing experience to both the setting and coaching at Boulder UK. Neil has three years’ experience as a GB senior team coach, supporting GB athletes at UK training and selection events and many international competitions. He uses his skills, knowledge, and recent GB coaching experience to support Boulder UK athletes to develop their competition climbing skills, with several now securing places on the GB youth and senior teams. Neil also works with Boulder UK athletes to help them achieve their outdoor climbing goals. His approach to coaching is athlete-centred, supporting enjoyment of and longevity in the sport.
Tanya is co-owner of Boulder UK, a certified transformative coach and a very keen rock climber!
She has extensive leadership and management experience and a strong record in quality improvement, with over 10 years’ experience as a Senior Leader at one of the most successful Further Education colleges in the country. Tanya has been climbing regularly since she moved to Preston in her mid-20s. She started rock climbing as a way of meeting new people, enjoying the outdoors and for the numerous physical and mental benefits of the lifestyle.
Tanya enjoys bouldering, traditional and sport climbing outdoors in the UK and going on longer climbing trips to Europe, in her camper van. She has flashed up to 7c, red-pointed 8b sport, bouldered up to 7C and head-pointed E7, 6c routes. In 2015, she became the first female climber to complete the epic Traverse of the Gods at Longridge (8b+).
For Tanya, climbing is more of a lifestyle than a sport, a source of adventure and shared experiences with friends. She is passionate about the work of the Boulder UK team and bringing the many benefits of climbing – fun, community and personal growth – to others living in the area. As such, she is keen to team-up with like-minded people / organisations to explore partnerships that will increase the positive social impact of Boulder UK.