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.
I am a Chartered Accountant and member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. I am currently the Director of Financing Planning & Analysis for an Edinburgh-based company with particular focus on long-term financial planning & forecasting, financial control and governance.
I’m looking forward to contributing to Scouts Scotland. I’m grateful for the opportunity to use my professional experience to help ensure the charitto respond to changing circumstances.
I am also the Treasurer for the Welcoming Association which provides services to migrants and refugees to learn English, find jobs, and access local services.
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.
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.
I am delighted to have just joined the Board as a Trustee.
In addition to being a Trustee I am a Group Scout Leader with the 3rd Fife (Royal British Legion) Group, and sit on the East Region Appointments Committee. I joined Scouting 6 years ago and have a daughter in Scouts, a son in Explorers and my eldest daughter has moved through Scouting and recently become a Sectional Assistant. I've seen first hand the positive impact Scouting can have on Young People and my greatest satisfaction is seeing our Young People return each week with big smiles and empowering them to learn new skills. It means we are doing something right.
In my day job I am a HR Consultant and Fellow of the CIPD, I intend to bring this experience to the Board and Business Committee to see how we can continue to grow and deliver our Strategy.
I was never lucky enough to have joined the Scouting Movement as a child. However, as a parent I have been privileged to see my own children flourish as Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in the 10th Perthshire.
I joined the 10th Perthshire’s Executive Group around 3 years ago as Treasurer, and have also helped out as a parent helper when possible.
I want to contribute to Scouts Scotland to ensure that as many young people as possible across Scotland benefit from the wide range of experiences available and reach their full potential.
In my day job I am currently Chief Accountant for Perth & Kinross Council with over 27 years local government experience. I will place my wide range of finance, governance and transformation skills and experience at the disposal of the Scouts Scotland Board.