Who's Who


I joined Scouts Scotland in May 2016 as Chief Executive.  I lead the Senior Leadership Team using our strategic vision with a strong values-based approach, ensuring that we put young people at the heart of all we do.

Before joining Scouts, I was the Head of Charity Services for Age Scotland leading a number of teams including Policy, Communications, Campaigns, Fundraising, Information and Advice and Community Development.  Prior to that I was Head of Regional Fundraising, across the UK, for The Anthony Nolan Trust.

I’m a an Assistant Beaver Scout Leader, a Panel Member for Children’s Hearings Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts.


I am responsible for leading the Scouting Operations Team – I take the strategic lead in the implementation of those elements of the Scouts Scotland Strategy relating to the development and growth of Scouting; I am responsible for devising and supporting initiatives relating to inclusion, youth involvement, adult training, programme quality and ensuring the volunteer journey from recruitment to review is a positive experience. I am responsible for providing field-based support to Sections, Groups, Districts and Regions. I maintain positive relationships with external bodies in support of Scouting in the wider third sector. I deputise for the Chief Executive.


As part of the Scouting Operations Team, I provide programme and development support across the organisation in Scotland in line with the Scouts Scotland strategy.  More specifically, I manage a team of Local Development Officers who work throughout Scotland seeking opportunities to grow Scouting by opening new provision, recruiting adults and young people and supporting Districts and Regions with their development needs.  

Additionally, I work in partnership with a number of external organisations to manage the Scouts Scotland participation in the Cashback for Communities programme and I am the lead staff member for adventurous activities supporting a team of voluntary advisers, assessors and activity permit managers.


As part of the Scouting operations team, I support volunteers across Scotland and help deliver our strategic plan. My focus is on skills and training, which means I support the areas where we can develop and upskill our volunteers such as module delivery, young leader training and the permit scheme. I will also input into national and regional training events and manage the delivery of DofE.

I started out in 4th Braid Beavers in Edinburgh and have been involved with Scouts ever since, re-joining as an Assistant Scout Leader a few years after leaving Ventures (Now Explorers). I am also a qualified mountain bike guide and love getting out hiking and camping.

I look forward to supporting our leaders and volunteers to get the most out of their time in Scouting.


Inclusion is integral to the Values of Scouting and my role is to ensure that Scouting in Scotland reflects the communities in which we live and supports our Skills for Life 2023 strategy.

I’ll be working with a team of Inclusion volunteers and across the country to help us deliver an organisation for our young people that’s ready to shape a kinder, more inclusive future. In the process, we will equip all of our members with skills for life and encourage the growth of stronger, more cohesive communities across Scotland. I will also provide initial support to the Beaver and Cub Scout Sections.

I’m delighted to be part of such a dedicated organisation of people and I’m really looking forward to getting out and about and meeting people over the coming months and hearing some of your stories.

Please feel free to drop me an email or pick up the phone at any time for any questions relating to Inclusion, or even just for a chat.

James Orrell


Principally my duties are to serve all the Committees of the Board, supporting their work and ensuring that papers and minutes are issued on time and that actions are followed up; to handle complaints; deal with compliance with external agencies and to provide advice and support on issues around the PVG scheme, Policy Organisation and Rules (POR), Compass and the appointments processes.


My role is to help grow, develop, and sustain Scouting across the eight Districts of the North East of Scotland Region.

I joined the movement as a Cub, and progressed through Scouts to Venture Scouts. I moved on to a Leadership role of our Venture Scout Unit, transferring to Explorer Leader when Venture Scouts changed age ranges.

I am currently the Group Scout Leader at Methlick. I help and support leaders as a District Training Advisor, both for Leaders, and for Managers and Supporters (TAMS).  I also sit on the Appointment Committee of Gordon District, helping volunteers start their Scouting journey. I love International travel, both scouting and personal holidays,  and have been to a couple of jamborees as a participant, day visitor and a leader. I have helped organise Explorer Belts in both Sweden and Germany.

I am looking forward to helping more young people get the most out of Scouting and helping them gain Skills for Life through Scouts Scotland’s new strategy. Hopefully encouraging more Adults and Young People to join the adventure and benefit from all that Scouting has to offer.


The role of Growth & Development Officer for Highlands & Islands involves supporting Scouting volunteers to help the existing groups grow and to develop new groups and sections so that Scouting can be available to more young people across the region.

Since I started in the movement as an Assistant Cub Scout Leader in Kirkhill, Inverness-shire in 2011, I have also been an Assistant Scout Leader and ADC (Cub Scouts) for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey district.

This new role has been created to enable Scouts Scotland to work with the local communities to encourage young people from all areas, both urban and rural, to participate in the fun, exciting opportunities that Scouting can offer. I look forward to working with the adult volunteers, community representatives and others to show the opportunities that Scouting can offer.


Based in the Scottish Borders, I work with groups across the district to create even more scouting opportunities for young people and adult volunteers as the Local Development Officer. With a background in media, youth work and community, learning and development I am keen to encourage dynamic partnerships across the wider Borders community through scouting. I enjoy supporting local groups to reflect upon their achievements and develop their potential to meet the aims of the Scouting Strategy: Programme, People and Perception. Scouting offers fun, friendship and life-changing experiences and I’m thrilled to be part of such an exciting and forward-thinking movement.


My role involves supporting our volunteers to grow Scouting in East Central Scotland. This includes helping to open new Sections, supporting existing Sections to grow, promoting Scouts in the local community and schools, and increasing access for young people to the opportunities Scouting offers.

This work is supported by the Scottish Government CashBack for Communities programme and so will have an increased focus on growing membership in disadvantaged communities and young people aged 10+.