personal website : Roger Payne
Roger Payne is an experienced executive and development officer, having worked for national and international membership organisations. Originally from West London, he has an honours degree in education and is a qualified mountain guide. He currently lives in Leysin in western Switzerland and works as a consultant and mountain guide.
Payne has a strong interest in leadership and sports development, and development in mountain regions. He is an experienced climber, having made first-ascents in 4 continents, and over 20 expeditions to high and difficult peaks in Asia, North and South America.
Payne discovered the outdoors through a scout group in Hammersmith, and soon headed for the hills of Scotland, which in turn led to rock climbing trips to outcrops and sea cliffs in England and Wales. This interest developed into instructional work in outdoor education centres in Scotland and England, winter and alpine climbing, and the start of a teaching career in North-East England. Then, after periods teaching and guiding in the Alps, Payne's career moved to development work and management in national and international mountaineering federations.
Payne has been able to incorporate development initiatives into his personal climbing interests, such as helping remote mountain villages to have access to micro-hydroelectricity. He has also organised development initiatives with the support of international organisations such as Everest Meltdown (with UNEP), and the Siachen Glacier conflict (with IUCN) and attracted high-profile praise, including:
“This project in itself is a true demonstration of values inherent to sport such as courage, friendship, respect, peace and universality. We can only praise such a commendable project.”
Dr Jacques Rogge, IOC President
“The Swiss Summit was an excellent example of how to promote cooperation and peace and protect mountain environments.”
Adolf Ogi, UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace and former President of Switzerland
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