We’re delighted to announce the appointment of two commissioners to the Scouts Scotland team.
Neil McLaren is to take up the role of Scotland Commissioner (Outdoors and Adventure), while Ann Fotheringham has been appointed Scotland Commissioner (Adult Training).
Scotland Commissioner (Adult Training)
As Scotland Commissioner (Adult Training), Ann's role is to help provide strategic direction for training in Scotland and to support the delivery of training in the Regions.
Ann began her Scouting journey as a Cub Leader in North East Scotland but has been involved in Adult Training for around 25 years. She has experience in running training courses and conferences at a regional and national level and is a Leadership and Management Trainer in Scotland.
She said: “I am very much looking forward to working with the team at Scouts Scotland, the Regional teams and beyond. Ensuring that our volunteers have the skills they need for their role is key to ensuring that we can play our part in supporting young people in their personal development and empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.”
Scotland Commissioner (Outdoors and Adventure)
The Scotland Commissioner (Outdoors and Adventure) provides support and strategic insight for the delivery of the outdoors and adventure area of the programme.
Neil has held various roles in Scouts since becoming a Leader in Edinburgh in 2004 and has worked as an outdoor instructor in many activity centres across Scotland, since 2006 when he did a traineeship at Scout Adventures Lochgoilhead.
He said: “I am looking forward to helping young people and Leaders to have more safe and exciting adventures in the great outdoors.”