I’m elected by our membership through the Scottish Council to serve as Chair of the Board of Scouts Scotland. I was recently re-elected until November 2019.
As Chair my job is to provide leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees and enable the Board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation. Along with other Trustees I ensure compliance and standards in all aspects of governance including financial, organisational and risk management.
A key passion of mine, and responsibility of the Board, is to ensure youth involvement in our governance structure.
I have been involved in Scouts since I was a Cub at the 2nd Inverness (Kingsmills) Scout Group and worked my way up to Venture Scouts and gained the Queen’s Scout Award.
In my professional life I am the Managing Director for Scotland of Weber Shandwick, a global communication and marketing agency.
I have been involved in Scouting for almost 50 years, as a youth member and in various leadership roles including Section Leader, Section Commissioner, District Commissioner and Area Commissioner.
Professionally, I am a Chartered Accountant, running my own general practice accountancy business. In more recent years, I have utilised my business knowledge and expertise to help Scouting, having served three years as a Regional Chairman and for the past 5 years as Honorary Treasurer of Scouts Scotland.
As Treasurer I take the lead role in relation to financial matters for the Board, ensuring that Scouts Scotland finances are in good shape and that all trustees have an understanding of financial matters. I am also a member of the Business Committee and my professional knowledge of accountancy and my lifelong experience of Scouting combine in an effective contribution to all business aspects of Scouts Scotland.
The highlight of my involvement in Scouting has been the International Camp held at Blair Atholl every two years; I have attended 21 camps in various roles, including 7 camps as Camp Chief.
I was elected in November 2015 to serve as an Elected Member on the Scottish Board.
As an Elected Member my job is to provide support, input and oversight to the overall governance and strategic direction of Scouts Scotland. I've seen first-hand with my own son and daughter the benefits that a positive Scouting experience brings and I'm passionate about ensuring all our young people have the opportunity of this. Through my membership of the Board and the Programme & Regional Support Committee, I get the opportunity of using my grass roots experience to input to the projects and initiatives being developed to support Scouting across Scotland.
I started my own youth involvement journey in the Boys' Brigade, gaining the Queen's Award and like so many others, only became involved in Scouting when my son joined Beavers.
When I'm not Scouting, I am a Fraud Risk Manager for Sainsbury's Bank.
I was elected to sit on the Board for three years by the members of the Scottish Council, I am currently in my first term which ends in November 2017, at which time I can stand for re-election to do a second term.
In addition to being a Trustee I am an Explorer Scout Leader, and have held various roles at Region and District levels, and have always taken an interest in promoting and encouraging youth involvement. When sitting on the Board I think it is really important to consider the implications of our decisions on local scouting, and my other roles and experience contribute towards this.
As Chair of PRS I am responsible for overseeing the work of the committee, which focusses on the “operational” side of Scottish Scouting, supporting the work of the SHQ Commissioners and delivering the Board’s Strategy.
Professionally I am a qualified architect and BIM consultant, and am a director of a small company based in central Scotland.
I was elected in 2014 by the Scottish Council to sit as a member of the Scottish Board.
As a Board member and a young person, my role – along with the other Board members - is to ensure the strategic direction and governance of Scouts Scotland is shaped by young people in partnership with adults. In addition to this, I lead our Community Impact strategy by supporting local projects, the development of the ‘A Million Hands’ initiative with our 6 charity partners in Scotland, and represent Scotland on the UK Community Impact Group.
I’ve been a part of Scouting since I was a Beaver Scout, working my way through the 2nd Coatbridge Scout Group, completing my Explorer Belt in 2013 with Clyde Region and being part of the IST Team to the World Scout Jamboree in 2015.
In my day-to-day life I’m a 4th year Sociology student at the University of Glasgow and a Support Worker (Youth Work) for a local authority.
After 3 years on the Board already, at the AGM in November 2016, I was re-elected for another 3 years, and I have since been re-appointed by the Board as Chair of the Business Committee for another year 2016/17.
As Chair of the Business Committee, I seek to to ensure good corporate governance, at strategic level, for matters related to the staff employed by Scouts Scotland; our finances, including fundraising and income from our three National Activity Centres; property matters at our three Centres at Fordell Firs, Lochgoilhead and Meggernie; as well as other legal compliance matters relating to us operating as a charity.
In all we do, I seek to ensure the business of Scouting supports the game of Scouting, and helps us deliver on our corporate strategic aims, including the National Activity Centres strategy approved by the Board.
At Scouts Scotland, I am a member of the co-ordinating group, and of the Scottish Board, and locally, I am a member of the Regional Executive Committee at Clyde Region, and serve on some of its committees. I have been involved in Scouting at Section, Group, District and Area/Regional level as a youth member, Leader and Commissioner for many, many years.
Outside of Scouting in my daytime job, I'm an Employment Judge.
I was elected in November 2015 to serve as a Trustee on the Board of Scouts Scotland. As part of this role I also sit on the Business Committee.
Although I was a Cub Scout some 35 years ago, I only returned to Scouting in 2009 to help out in our local Scout group. Since then I have become passionate about the opportunities Scouting provides young people to get away from their games consoles and in to the great outdoors - trying new things, pushing themselves and growing as individuals.
I’m now the Scout Leader, the Explorer Section Young Leader Unit Leader, and I've also just started getting involved in Adult Training at a Regional level.
I volunteered to join the Board because I believe the combination of my Scouting and professional experience brings an enthusiasm for grass roots Scouting, as well as an understanding of the broad range of knowledge and business skills needed to run an organisation like Scouts Scotland.
Professionally, I am a Director of a small software company, a certified Project Manager and an Operational Excellence consultant.
I was recently elected onto the Board of Scouts Scotland in 2016, and I have also been nominated to sit on the Programme and Regional Support (PRS) committee.
I’m really interested in how we support youth development and volunteers through mentoring and training. I understand Scouting at a local level, including the operational issues and successes. I will be working to ensure Board decisions keep a relevance to grass roots needs.
I joined as a Cub in Stirlingshire and worked my way up to Venture Scouts and gained my Queen’s Scout Award. My career then took me around Scotland where I was able to continue my Scouting, in Clackmannanshire, Fraserburgh, Inverness, Edinburgh and Aberdeenshire.
My background is in civil engineering, change management, and project management. I am an Elder, an active member of Rotary International, and I am also a Group Scout Leader.
My role on the Scottish Board is to represent the views of our youth membership, as elected by the National Youth Advisory Group. I am passionate to support our national strategy to make leadership and management roles accessible to young adults.
Since I joined as a Beaver Scout, I appreciated Scouting for providing an environment where it was acceptable for boundaries to be pushed and risks to be taken. Progressing through Buckstone Scout Group, I returned as a Young Leader with the Cub section. Soon after my eighteenth birthday I took on the responsibility of running the Cub Pack where I instituted a culture change, discarding the stagnant rotating programme, and empowering the Cubs to plan their own programme.
I am now the Group Scout Leader, and I am currently enjoying the challenge of managing, and having a role in strategic planning.
Out with my group I am an archery and high ropes instructor at Bonaly Campsite. Adventurous activity is a key element of the Scout programme and I intend to make instructor training accessible to young people. I am active within Scout Network, achieving my Queen Scout award in 2015, staffing the Atholl Experience at Blair Jamborette in 2016, and attending the Icelandic Moot in 2017.
I am currently studying Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, participating in research of Motor Neurone Disease.
I was co-opted onto the Board from the National Youth Advisory Group in 2016.
As a new member of the Board I hope to learn from longer standing members to develop my role and impact within Scottish Scouting. My main focus will be making progress to work with Districts to better support individual groups.
My mum was a Scout Leader, so I have been involved with Scouts for as long as I can remember. I joined as a Beaver Scout, and have worked my way up through the sections. I have gained my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, and my Queen’s Scout Award. I am now an Assistant Explorer Leader at Chapelhall Explorer Scout Unit.
I am currently studying Audio Engineering/Physics at the world’s leading Creative Media University, SAE Institute in Glasgow