Helen Barnard – Chief Instructor

Planning & Development


As Chief Instructor Helen’s primary role is to lead and support the instructional team in our course delivery and to oversee and ensure that we deliver a safe and inspiring program of courses for everyone. This includes working with the senior instructional team to ensure that we have a comprehensive course programme available at all times and that we have the resources available to deliver it to the highest possible standard.

In addition, Helen oversees the International Mountain Leader department and our special courses for young people, including summer camps and schools. She also leads on a number of specific internal policy areas, most notably safeguarding.

I enjoy the enthusiasm of young people and the beautiful Alpine places I get to work in for the IML!


  • Mountaineering Instructor Award

  • International Mountain Leader

  • Winter Mountain Leader


Helen has walked and climbed in most parts of the globe, but has not made it to Nepal yet!