New SHQ Development Advisers
We’re delighted to announce the appointment of two new Development Advisers to the Scouts Scotland Development team, led by Anne Whiteford.
Nasreen Aslam has been appointed to cover ethnicity and John Kitson will focus on additional needs.
Nasreen has worked with teenagers for eight years. A trained nursery teacher, she has several years of experience organising activities for young children and teenagers, including trekking, sport, picnics, hill walking. She is also actively involved in teaching children and young people about Islam in her local mosque.
“I am adventurous by nature. I like to learn about and work with different people of different backgrounds, which is why I am interested in this inclusion role in Scouting,” says Nasreen.
John will be giving support to Leaders who are working with young people or adults who have additional needs in Scouting and will help raise Scouting’s inclusion profile to encourage others to join the movement.
John has been involved with Scouting since he was 12 and gained his Queen’s Scout Award in Clackmannanshire. He was a Scout leader with the 171st Glasgow and also became involved with the 189th Mearnskirk and Phillipshill Hospital Group.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he moved to London and was a Leader at the Great Ormond Street Hospital Group. He has also served as ACC (Special Needs) in Wiltshire before being UK Commissioner for Special Needs. After returning to Scotland he was SHQ Adviser for Special Needs.
He has recently been very involved with the setting up of hospital and special educational needs school groups in Scotland. He is also the Deputy Regional Commissioner in West Region and this role includes both international and additional needs support.