In my role as Chief Commissioner, I lead and manage volunteers across Scotland, supporting the provision of Scouting to over 40,000 young people.
I’m passionate about Scouting, especially supporting and enabling volunteers to help young people develop Skills for Life.
Over the years, I’ve held various roles, working mainly with the Venture Scout and more recently Explorer Scout sections. I was part of the UK team who planned and led the transition to Explorer Scouts and Scout Network, and I subsequently became the first Scottish Headquarters Explorer Commissioner.
I have a huge interest in international Scouting. Over the years I’ve attended four World Scout Jamborees, lead the UK Contingent of over 6,000 to the European Jamboree in 2005, and was on the UK management team for the World Scout Moot in Iceland in 2017. However my passion is the Blair Atholl International Patrol Jamborette which I have attended every two years since 1988 and where I was honoured to be the Camp Chief for four Jamborettes.
I believe in the importance of maintaining a role in local Scouting and was the Group Scout Leader at my local Scout Group in Lanark, where my sons are both members and my wife is a Cub Leader. I continue to be the local Explorer Scout Leader having set up the Unit attached to the Group ten years ago. I’m also an active member of the Clyde Region Training Team.
In my professional life, I’m the Head Teacher of a large Secondary School.
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...!
I joined Scouting as an adult volunteer in 1991 and was a member as young person from Cubs (no Beavers when I was young). Since being an adult member I have held various roles at Group level before moving on to being District Explorer Scout Commissioner for North Ayrshire and Arran, then as District Commissioner for the same District before taking on the role of Regional Commissioner – South West Scotland.
I have also enjoyed international experiences all over the world taking young people to Russia, Canada, Poland, Iceland, France, Thailand, Vietnam and in 2019 I visited the South West / West Unit Contingent in Washington DC after WorldJam.
In my new role as Depute Chief Commissioner (Perception & Protect), I'm looking forward to working with the teams to grow Scouting across Scotland and to be more inclusive, community focussed, and youth shaped. I am particularly keen to promote youth shaped Scouting across Scotland and look forward to working with the team at Scouts Scotland and the wider leadership on how we can best do this to make sure that the young people are working in partnership with our adult volunteers. The more young people are involved in shaping their Scouting experiences the more they will get out of it, and the more likely they are to stay, do well and achieve their top awards.
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 Scotland Commissioner for Beavers, my role is to support and develop the Beaver Scout section across Scotland. As part of the programme team, I work with the other sectional commissioners to help deliver Skills for Life across the sections through a quality balanced programme.
I started as a Beaver at six years old and made my way back to the section as a Young Leader when I started Explorers. Since then I've been an Assistant Beaver Leader, Beaver Scout Leader, and Assistant District Commissioner for Beavers.
Outside of Scouting, I am a High School Mathematics Teacher and a keen musician.
As the Scottish Commissioner (Cub Scouts), my role is to support the development of the Cub Scout Section. As a member of the Scottish Programme Team, I work with the other Sectional Commissioners to promote delivery of a quality balanced programme.
I have very fond memories as a child of occasionally going to Scouts with my father, who was a Scout Leader, and I remember my disappointment that I could not join the Scouts (in the 1970s). I was member of the Brownies and briefly Guides. In 2011, I responded to an advert from my local Scout Group who needed adult volunteers. I initially helped with Scouts but was soon moved to Cubs and have never looked back. When my son moved up to Cubs, I became involved with national Cub camps including ScotJam and The Howling. I have also filled in as Beaver Section Leader for a year. Through Scouting I have made many good friends and been on countless adventures, most of which have taken me out of my comfort zone.
My life outside of Scouting is focused on my family, I am self-employed and when time permits I enjoy skiing and dinghy sailing.
As the Scottish Commissioner (Explorer Scouts), my role is to support the development of the Cub Scout Section. As a member of the Scottish Programme Team, I work with the other Sectional Commissioners to promote delivery of a quality balanced programme.
I have been an Explorer Scout Leader in a number of units, and an Assistant Regional Commissioner (Explorers), so have a good understanding of the needs of Explorers and Leaders at a local level, and want to focus on supporting these most during my time in the role.
I plan to work closely with Assistant Regional Commissioners and District Explorer Scout Commissioners to help support delivery where it is most required, and encourage more Groups and Districts to promote and engage in the Young Leader scheme. L
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.
As Scotland Commissioner (Growth) my role is to provide support and direction for all aspects of Growth in Scotland and to support Regions, Districts and local volunteers with opportunities to grow.
I have held various roles both at Group and District level, since starting my volunteering journey in 2012. At the moment, I'm Group Scout Leader GSL for the 112th Lanarkshire Scout Group, where I began my volunteering as a Beaver Leader.
I am entering my probationary year as a Secondary Teacher in Technological Education within North Lanarkshire council, but I was previously employed as a Local Development Officer for Scouts Scotland working within West & Forth Regions supporting districts and groups to grow, specifically focussing on creating new provisions in under-represented communities.
I am excited to start providing assistance to volunteers across Scotland to further encourage growth and contribute to the delivery of the strategic plan.
As Scotland Commissioner (Inclusion), I provide advice and strategic insight, managing and coordinating the practical delivery of diversity and inclusion support to the membership in partnership with the Regions and Districts.
I’ve been an adult volunteer for over 30 years, and for my day job I work in adult mental health.