I was appointed as Chief Commissioner of Scotland in August 2011. I am responsible for leading Scouts Scotland, and I am a member of the UK Chief Commissioner’s Team.
I have been a Scout since I was 8 years old, and in that time I have held many roles including - Deputy Chief Commissioner (Programme), UK Commissioner for Explorer Scouts, and Deputy UK Contingent Leader, 20th World Scout Jamboree in Thailand.
I am a Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. I am also an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor and Operational Lead for Undergraduate Medical School Admissions, University of Glasgow. I am currently Chair of the Scottish Surgical Training Board, NHS Education for Scotland. Until recently, I held the role of Quality Assurance Lead for the UK Joint Committee on Surgical Training.
My role is to lead the development and delivery of a quality 6-25 programme across Scotland. I work in partnership with the volunteers and professional staff that make up the Scottish Programme Team to deliver the strategy of the Scottish Board ensuring that our members receive a balanced and adventurous programme.
I have been in Scouting since joining as a Beaver Scout and held leadership positions in Beavers, Scouts, Explorer Scouts, and Network. I also love the development opportunities that international Scouting can deliver and have helped lead several expeditions across Europe, Asia and Africa.
Feel free to get in touch if you have any suggestions of how we can drive forward the programme in Scotland or have a particular interest in an area you would be keen to develop.
As the SHQ Commissioner for Cubs, I am the lead volunteer for the biggest section in Scouts Scotland. I have responsibility for the delivery of a quality programme for, and the strategic development of, the Cub section. Through this remit I work with the other sectional Commissioners and staff who form Scouts Scotland's Programme team, who implement those aspects of the Board’s strategic aims related to programme.
I joined the movement as a Cub and moved through to Venture Scouts where I returned to Cubs for my Queen’s Scout Award. Later, I moved to the pack where I am still the Cub Scout Leader. I also held appointments as ADC (Cub Scouts) and Change Champion for the 2007 Scout Centenary in Edinburgh.
I am fortunate enough to have been involved in many international camps, including many years at the Scottish International Patrol Jamborette at Blair Atholl, three Word Scout Jamborees and several other International camps.
Professionally, I am a secondary school Teacher and the school’s Duke of Edinburgh Co-coordinator.
My role involves taking a leading role in the Scottish Programme Team and working with other Commissioners to set the direction of the Scout section across Scotland. I am very passionate about the Scout section and supporting a quality, well-balanced programme. We aim for fifty per cent of our activities to be outdoors, and I am very keen to support the progress of the refreshed programme across the country with young people recognising their achievements, learning life skills, and having fun.
I am Scout Leader with my own troop in Greenock and have worked full time in the Glasgow Scout Shop since 2009.
My role is to lead the development and delivery of the Explorer Scout programme across Scotland including the Young Leader scheme as part of the Scottish Programme team.
I have been in Scouting since joining as a Beaver Scout in Barrhead and moved through all the sections before becoming an assistant Cub Scout Leader at 3rd Barrhead. Since then I have held a number of roles within the Scout and Explorer sections as well as being a member of the Scottish Scout Active Support. I have been very fortunate to have enjoyed and been involved in leading so many International opportunities within Europe, America and Asia.
Outside of Scouting, I am the Principal Teacher of Physical Education and Outdoor Education in Highland Perthshire.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any ideas for the Explorer Section in Scotland.
As the SHQ Commissioner (Scout Network), my role is to lead the development of the fifth and final youth section, Scout Network. I’ll be doing this through being part of the programme team at SHQ and getting out and about to see what networkers really want from network. So, if you have any ideas, comments or concerns please get in touch!
I’ve been a member of Scouting from age six. After progressing through the first four youth sections, I stayed on as a Networker. I was an assistant Scout Leader in Bishopton, a member of the SSNC (Scottish Scout Network Council) and ultimately the chairperson, a member of the Scottish Board and a member of the programme team. I have also been a member of the Scottish Scout Active Support (SSAS) for the past five years.
Away from Scouting, I work as an offshore electrical technician on the Captain WPP in the North Sea.
I was appointed as SHQ Commissioner (International) in April 2014 and I am responsible for the International element of the programme within Scouts Scotland.
I have been a Scout since I was 8 years old, and have held many previous roles, including Cub, Scout & Explorer Leader, Group Scout Leader, and ADC Scouts. I have been involved in many International expeditions, and Jamborees including being a sub camp leader at the 2005 European and 2007 World Jamborees.
My main role is to support leaders across all sections to increase the adventure and outdoor activities that take place in Scouting in Scotland.
I was involved in Guiding in my youth but joined scouting when my sons joined Cubs in 2013. Having been a section leader I moved to Explorers in January and am enjoying the new challenge. I work as an Outdoor Learning Development Officer and spend most days outside in all weathers! I enjoy a wide variety of adventurous activities particularly walking and sailing and love sharing my passion for the outdoors with the young people through Scouting.
I am keen to make the outdoors and adventure accessible to all our sections, Beavers through to Network, and I also want to support our volunteers to access quality training and support, as I believe passionately that outdoor experiences offer the chance to learn so many skills and make they make lasting memories.
Please get in touch if you have any questions or ideas!
My role is to lead the development and support of our key strategic strand of Community Impact and the ‘A Million Hands’ partnerships with charities in Scotland.
I joined as a youth member in Edinburgh and have held various roles including Assistant Scout Leader, Scout Leader, and Assistant Warden at Bonaly Outdoor Centre. I have held roles in Paisley & District as Scout Leader, Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts) and the District Commissioner.
I am the Unit Leader for the World Scout Jamboree in 2019 and I am a trainer with Scouts Scotland for the new Leadership & Management modules.
Professionally, I am the Scotland Manager with the UK charity Changing Faces.
If you have an idea for how we can support volunteers and young people, or if you would like me to visit one of your community impact events then please contact me.
I am responsible for managing over 130 adult volunteers based all over the country who can provide additional support for Scouting all over Scotland.
I have been a member of Scouts since I was 6 years old and have previously held a leadership role in Scouts, Explorers and Network. I have also been fortunate enough to have been to Thailand and Essex to participate in 2 World Scout Jamborees. I am also one of the core organising team for the Blair Atholl Jamborette.
My day job is with Openreach as a telephone engineer which takes me all over some beautiful countryside in Perthshire.