I was appointed as Chief Commissioner of Scotland in July 2018. I am responsible for leading Scouts Scotland, and I am a member of the UK Chief Commissioner’s Team.
As SHQ Commissioner for Adult Training, my role is to support the delivery of training by each of our eight Regions and to coordinate any training that is delivered at country level. I also work closely with the Volunteering Team at Gilwell Park, representing Scotland.
I began Scouting as a Cub Scout Leader and am now a GSL in Clyde Region. I have also worked with Scouts and Explorer Scouts and have attended two World Scout Jamborees and two Explorer Belt Expeditions with Scottish Units.
At the beginning of 2017, I retired early, after a long career in teaching, the last 11½ years as a Secondary Head Teacher. I’m now looking forward to discovering a whole new world out there...!
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 joined Scouting in 1993 and since being an adult member I have experienced roles across the sections, District and National environments. I have also enjoyed international experiences in Chile, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Blair Atholl.
I am passionate about the Programme aspect of Scouting and I’m looking forward to working with the teams to promote a positive Scouting experience for all members. I know that so many people put so much effort into delivering a high quality programme to their young people and I want to be able to support that from a Scottish level and assist them to achieve their own goals and innovate new ideas.
As Depute Chief Commissioner I primarily work with a team supporting Regions and Districts with Adult Training, Development, Safety & Safeguarding and Active Support. In addition, I also support the SHQ Commissioners for Youth Involvement implementing the Scouts Scotland Youth Involvement Strategy.
I started in Cubs at the age of 8, and was Scout for a few years before taking a break, returning for my DoE service project at 16. Since then I have held leadership roles in Cubs, Scouts, as AAC (Scouts) and Depute Area Commissioner in Glasgow. Latterly I was Regional Commissioner for Clyde Region before taking up my current appointment. I have been involved with Blair Atholl International Jamborette since 1984.
In my spare time, I am a Principal Clinical Scientist in the West of Scotland Regional Genetic Service based at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.
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 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.