Who's Who


Gillian has been a volunteer in Scouting for more than 45 years. Her role is to support the members of our amazing Scouts Scotland volunteer team. This involves ensuring they are welcomed into their new roles, provided with a high-quality induction, supported to identify any relevant ongoing learning and have their achievements recognised.

In addition, Gillian is a Group Lead Volunteer in Eastwood District and has previously held roles in the Greater Glasgow Area Team and, more recently, as Scotland Commissioner for Adult Training and Deputy Chief Commissioner (People).

She retired as Head Teacher of a secondary school in North Lanarkshire.

Gillian  Caldwell


As the Lead Volunteer for 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.

Alan Freeburn


I am the Lead Volunteer for International for Scouts Scotland.  

I worked with all our Jamboree Unit Leaders as they prepare for the 25th World Scout Jamboree. I'm also keen to support Leaders in Groups, Districts and Regions, to build capacity to lead international trips, share good practice and ensure we offer youth shaped international and global opportunities across Scotland.

Through Scouts I have had the opportunities to be a member of the Scottish Board, a member of the national representative pool, and the predecessor of the National Youth Advisory Group. 

I've also held roles as a youth representative on the Scottish Trustee Board, Assistant Explorer Scout Leader, Training Adviser and most recently Scotland Commissioner for Youth Involvement.

Steven MacLennan


As the Lead for Meggernie Service Team, I work in partnership with a diverse range of volunteers from across Scotland to provide support to Scout Adventures Meggernie. The team provides not only support with activities and events but also maintenance and development projects across the site.

Having grown up in Scouting and benefiting from the amazing opportunities it provides, I want others to experience the magic of Meggernie and the skills that Scouting has to offer.

Giving young people experiences in the outdoors is a major part of my life as an Assistant Beaver Leader and a Primary Teacher.

Meghan  Potter


My role is to provide support and expertise within the Outdoor and Adventure programme in all aspects of our activity permit scheme, associated qualifications and safety considerations.

I have held various roles in scouting since becoming a leader in Edinburgh in 2004. These include working with all sections and most recently as a Scotland Commissioner (Outdoor & Adventure).

I have worked as an outdoor instructor in a number of centres across Scotland from 2006, when I did a traineeship at Lochgoilhead Centre.

I am looking forward to helping young people and leaders to have more safe and exciting adventures in the great outdoors.

Neil McLaren


My role is to support Safeguarding Awareness Coordinators across Scotland to work with their Training Managers to ensure the effective delivery of Safeguarding training making sure that compliance is discussed and addressed at senior level in Regions and Districts.

I have been involved in Scouting for many years and have been a Safeguarding Coordinator, Scout Leader, District Commissioner and currently a GSL. I was also a member of the UK wide Safeguarding Development Group.

In my professional career I was a police officer but spent most of my career as a detective. I worked as both an investigator and a senior manager in many complex child protection investigations and have vast experience of working collaboratively with other agencies.

David Wilson


As Lead for Safety, my role is to provide strategic development of safe Scouting practices in Scottish Scouting and provide support to Regions in this area.

I have held various leadership roles in Cubs, Scouts and Venture Scouts. I was chair of the Scottish Scout Fellowship and had a place on what was the Meggernie Board. I have been involved in running many Scouts events and I've been an activity coordinator at Blair Atholl for several years.

Keith Paterson


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 involved in Scouting since I was 8, and really fell in love with the Movement at the time of transitioning from Scouts to Ventures. The opportunities to develop new skills and make new friends has always been my favourite part of Scouting.

I've held a few roles over the years but my membership of the Active Support Unit (and the Fellowship before it) over the last 20 years is what has kept me Scouting. I've also spent the last 10 years coordinating the equipment hire service on behalf of Scouts Scotland.


Adam Goodall


As Lead for Governance, my role is to support our Trustees in Groups, Districts and Regions, helping them to develop and achieve strong governance, in keeping with our strategic plans.

I have over 40 years’ experience as an adult in Scouting, including as an Assistant Section Leader with both Cubs and Scouts, as a member of Scout Fellowship before becoming Assistant Area Commissioner (Scouts), Deputy Area Commissioner, Regional Commissioner for Clyde and latterly Depute Chief Commissioner (Perception).  I was an elected member of the Scottish Trustee Board for six years at the time of restructuring of Scottish Scouting as well as a Trustee in Clyde Region whilst Regional Commissioner.  I am currently District Chair for Eastwood.  I have also been a leader at Blair Atholl Jamborette since 1984.

I retired from the NHS in September 2021 after 38 years as a Clinical Scientist in the West of Scotland Centre for Genomic Medicine, the last six years of which I was responsible for the Compliance team maintaining ISO15189 accreditation standards, GDPR, training and personnel management.

Stuart Imrie


As Lead for Staged Performances, my role is to provide support and advice on to Scout shows and to assess the Scottish Gang Shows on a 3 yearly cycle.

Gang Show has been a major part of my life in over 30 years, having been in the cast and stage crew of the Dundee Scout Gang Show where I have so many happy memories.

I also enjoyed visiting other Gang Shows, to witness the fun and enjoyment that young people and those young at heart receive participating in the uniqueness which is a Gang Show, and I am excited at the prospect of continuing to do so in this role.

George Walker