Chief Commissioner of Scotland appointed
We are delighted to announce that Andrew Sharkey will lead over 50,000 Scottish members as Chief Commissioner of Scotland.
Andrew, known as “Sharkey” to many in the Movement, joined Scouting as a Cub Scout. He moved up through the sections until leaving the Venture Scouts to become a Scout Leader with his Scout Group. He then moved on to become a Venture Scout Leader in his District and Assistant District Commissioner Ventures before becoming Scottish Headquarters Commissioner for Venture Scouts. He was part of the UK team that planned and led the transition to Explorer Scouts and Scout Network and became the first Scottish Headquarters Explorer Commissioner.
Passion for international Scouting
Andrew has a huge passion for International Scouting. He was the UK Contingent Leader for EuroJam, has attended four World Scout Jamborees, and was on the UK Management team for the most recent World Scout Moot in Iceland. Closer to home, he is the current Camp Chief for the Blair Atholl Jamborette, where he has been involved since 1988.
His favourite Scouting role has been as Group Scout Leader for his local Scout Group, where his two young boys are members. He is also the Explorer Leader for the Unit attached to his Group.
Access to opportunities
In his professional life, Andrew is the Headteacher of a large secondary school.
“I'm so proud to be part of Scouting and genuinely excited about working with our team of volunteers to further develop our Movement, ensuring that more young people are able to access the great adventures and opportunities that we offer.
"Scouting in Scotland has gone from strength to strength over many years, under the strong leadership of previous Chief Commissioners. It is my ambition to continue this development and growth and whilst doing so, widen the diversity of our membership and consistency of our programme delivery.
"Good quality Scouting should be accessible to everyone and we need to break down misconceptions, reduce barriers, and continue to celebrate our fantastic achievements.”
Tim Kidd, UK Chief Commissioner said: “I am really pleased and excited with the appointment of Andrew as the Chief Commissioner of Scotland. Andrew has an excellent track record of Scouting in Scotland and indeed across the UK. I am sure that his infectious passion for Scouting will help him as he leads Scouting in Scotland to build on its achievements of the past years and provide even better Scouting for more young people. I wish Andrew all the best in this new appointment.”
Moray Macdonald, Chair of the Scottish Board of Trustees, said: “We are about to launch our new strategy to guide our work in Scotland until 2023. We have had great success in recent years but we know that we can make a bigger impact. I can't think of anyone better than Andrew to help lead and support our volunteers on that ambitious journey.”
Andrew will officially take up the role during the Blair Atholl Jamborette in July 2018.