Who's Who

About

I’ve been involved in Scouts since joining the 15th Forth Valley Grangemouth as a Cub. I had a fantastic time there as I moved my way to Venture Scouts with plenty of badges, international camps and experiences along the way.

It’s no exaggeration to say that those experiences, the leaders that provided them and the Scouts that I shared them with have had a huge influence as to who I am today.

That’s why I’m excited about this role – it is to make sure as many young people as possible can have access to the great things Scouting does, and to support those leaders and volunteers who work tirelessly to help them in that. I can’t wait to get stuck in.

In my day job, I’m Director of Communications of Edinburgh Airport.

Gordon Robertson

About

My Dad was a Queen’s Scout and part of the crew at an outdoor Scout centre in Surrey in the 1970s. As an only child he made friends for life through Scouting.

As a parent, I encouraged my two sons into Scouting. Through the dedication of amazing volunteer leaders they have had access to new experiences, especially outdoors, and the opportunity to learn and develop different skills. Gradually, I became more involved, as a parent helper at camps and meetings and then as a Trustee for my local Scout Group.

As a Board Trustee and Chair of the Business Committee I am keen to keep learning new skills and lend mine to make sure that all young people have access to what’s on offer through Scouting across Scotland.

I have spent 26 years working for SSE plc and have particular expertise on regulatory policy, compliance and internal governance issues.

Kate Marshall

About

As an active Scouter for many years (both locally and nationally) I’m delighted to have recently been appointed to Scouts Scotland’s Board of Trustees.

Throughout my own Scouting journey, I’ve been fortunate to have been presented with many different experiences that have helped me personally develop skills for life. I have been supported and mentored by fabulous people as we have worked towards a common goal of developing our young people to reach their potential. I want to help make sure that the very best of opportunities continue to be available to our membership to help develop and realise potential in our young people.

My experience in Scouts as well as professionally as a Finance and Risk Management professional (FCA) means I look forward to adding value to Scouting through my Trustee position, contributing effectively to the Board to help support Scouting across Scotland.

Gillian Curle

About

I joined the Gullane Cub pack about 50 years ago, and they still hold their meetings in the same hall! I subsequently moved up to Scouts and ultimately Venture Scouts for a short time. It was during that time I developed a love for the outdoors, nature and relishing the opportunities to travel and meet people from outside East Lothian . I managed to achieve my Chief Scout award and also was lucky enough to represent East Lothian at the 1978 World Jamboree. Due to political unrest in Iran, our group ended up in the US hiking part of the Santa Fe trail.

These experiences whet my appetite for travel and meeting new people and I have been lucky enough to have lived and worked in South East Asia, Australia and Europe.

I am a qualified accountant of over 35 years experience in Senior Roles in both small and large companies, the last 15 years of which have been focused on strategy and organisational development. Having now returned to Scotland I want to help support the Scout movement in anyway I can and help other young people have the opportunities and experiences that I had .

Neil Macleod

About

I have been a part of the Scouting movement since I was 4 years old. In that time, I have been fortunate enough to have experienced many opportunities which just wouldn't be possible without Scouting. From International trips, Jamborees and Jamborette's to making friends from across the world and representing Scouts Scotland as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, these are all opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible without being a member of Scouting. I’ve seen the impact Scouting has on young people in Scotland and I want to be a part of the team that is responsible for ensuring that this is continued!

I'm currently a university student and work in Parliament.

Gregor  Mitchell

About

I have more than 40 years’ service in Scouts as an adult volunteer in roles including Section Leader (Scouts and Venture Scouts), International Commissioner, Scout Section Commissioner, District Commissioner and Area Commissioner. I was the first Regional Chair in South East Region, and for the last 8 years have been Treasurer and a Trustee of Scouts Scotland. I have also served six years as a Trustee of The Scout Association.

John  Kennedy

About

I have been involved with Scouts since my son joined Beavers as Group Scout Treasurer for 12th West Lothian Scouts.  I became West Lothian District Chair in October 2022 working with great volunteers to ensure that Scouting in West Lothian flourishes.   In 2021 I received the Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service. 

My other volunteering roles are associated with Girlguiding where I'm still am an accredited Trainer and have undertaken a variety of roles including Leader, District Commissioner to Lead Volunteers roles at Scottish and UK level in topics such as Finance & General Purposes Committees, Technology and Compliance mainly,  I am half-way through my term of office on the European Regional Committee of WAGGGS and work closely with the European WOSM Committee members.  

I have over 40 years' experience in the Finance sector working for NatWest Group plc where I have held roles such as Operations Manager, Controls and Business Finance Manager within the Risk Function, HR Consultant and Pay Lead and latterly as the Change, Innovation and Technology Lead and Governance Manger within our Legal Governance & Regulatory Affairs Function.

Evelyn Dick

About

I have been a part of Scouting from a very young age, this is has provided loads of opportunities to attend camps and try new outdoor activities that I would never have been able to without the Scouts. 

Scouting has provided a positive impact within my life and helped me meet life long friends from all over the country. I hope to pay this forward for future generations so they can have the same opportunities to have that I did. 

Sophie Forbes