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 re-elected to sit on the Board for a further three years by the members of the Scottish Council.
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.
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.
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. 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.
I was appointed to the Board in 2017 for a 3 year term. I qualified as a solicitor over 20 years ago, and have worked in both the public and private sectors. I’ve spent most of my career in Scotland, but I also worked for a year in the South Pacific with Voluntary Service Overseas as a legal aid solicitor, and for 2 years in New Zealand with a commercial law firm. I am now Information Governance Manager for a local council.
I live just outside Edinburgh and have three young sons, who have curtailed my wanderlust, but taken me on a whole new adventure.
Growing up in Aberdeen, I was a Brownie, Guide and Ranger. My sons are now Beavers and Cubs. I’m passionate about the benefits of Scouting, committed to volunteering, and I like a challenge. I hope my pragmatic approach and experience in contracts, procurement and data protection will be of real use to the Board and the Business Committee.
I was elected onto the Board of Scouts Scotland in 2017.
I have been fortunate to have been involved with Scouting from a young age, starting with Beavers all the way through to the then Venture Scouts (gaining my Chief Scout’s Award) and then as an Assistant Cub Scout Leader. I am very excited about being able to give something back to a Movement that has given me so much.
Professionally, I am a solicitor and civil servant working for the Scottish Government. My role on the board will principally relate to legal compliance and good governance.
There couldn’t be a better time to be re-joining Scouting in Scotland as it is growing and modernising at a remarkable rate. I look forward to playing my part and, in line with our strategic plan, helping our members to be active citizens and make an positive impact in the communities they live in.