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 Finance Director for an Edinburgh-based company with particular focus on strategic planning, financial control, risk, treasury and governance.
Since joining Board in 2019 I have been working hard to ensure the organisation is well placed to respond to changing circumstances and has a solid financial foundation.
I am also a Trustee for National Museums Scotland and the Welcoming which provides services to migrants and refugees to learn English, find jobs, and access local services.
Way back, as a Venture Scout I gained the Queen's Scout Award and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. I have 20 years’ experience as a Leader, covering all sections. In the 1980’s I was County Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Adviser, managing around 200 young people each year through Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. I hold a Venture Scout Leader Wood Badge, following a week’s residential training at Gilwell Park. As a Service Team member, I’ve contributed to many of the big Scout events.
My 40-year career as an HR and OD specialist includes big corporations like Ciba Geigy and charities like Dogs Trust, heading service provision and business partnering. As a generalist, my interests include getting the right people in to the organisation, optimising their performance and maintaining their wellbeing. As a management consultant, I now work with managers on wide ranging projects to optimise the contribution their people make to their business.
In my spare time I’ve got the bug for growing vegetables and fruit in the 30’ polytunnel and 3 large vegetable beds we recently acquired after moving to The Borders. I enjoy trekking the mountains, with my husband, I can ski (a little) and sail a yacht (a little less).
My aim is simple - to make a difference to the lives of young people in Scotland.
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.
Having been involved since I was a Cub, I have had the opportunity to experience a lot through Scouting. I have led the 178th Cub Pack as an Assistant Cub Leader since I started as a young leader in 2015, and have had the opportunity to attend international jamborees and completed a desert expedition across Oman and the UAE as part of my Explorer Belt in 2018. I have also been nominated as the 18-25 representative on the Great Western District Executive committee.
From the above experiences, you can see, Scouting has contributed greatly to my personal and professional development and I want to make sure all Scouts in Scotland have the same or equivalent access to the opportunities I had when I was younger.
Academically, I currently study Economics at the University of Glasgow and look to pursue a career in the Financial Services industry when I graduate.
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.
I have been a member of the Scout Association since I was 16 years old, and over the years Scouting has given me many amazing experiences, opportunities and friendships. I am passionate about the Movement and what it can offer to both young people and adults and truly believe that Scouting teaches skills and mindset that are rarely found elsewhere.
I began my Scouting journey as a Venture Scout and Young Leader and since then have held roles as Section leader, Group Scout Leader and Assistant District Commissioner; I have also been lucky enough to attend two World Scout Jamborees. I am currently a Group Scout Leader in Craigalmond District, Edinburgh and a member of the Scout Scotland Support Team. I am delighted to have the chance to be on the board and I hope that my past experiences will enable me to make a valuable contribution to the strategic development and governance of Scouts Scotland.
In my day job, I am an agricultural scientist working in the Scottish Government and in my spare time I am a mum to three boys!
I’ve been involved in Scouts for much of my life, most recently volunteering in the Explorer section and helping to deliver parts of the adult training scheme. I’ve seen first-hand the difference our Movement can make to people’s lives and I'm pleased to be playing my part in making sure we can keep offering amazing experiences to Scotland’s young people.
I live in Glasgow where I work as a Journalist.
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 .