New volunteer appointments

New volunteer appointments

15 July 2019

We are delighted to announce two new appointments to the Scouts Scotland volunteer team.

John Kennedy and Keith Paterson

John Kennedy has been appointed to the role of Scotland Commissioner (Scout Active Support) and Keith Paterson will take on the role of Scotland Safety in Scouting Coordinator.

Scotland Commissioner (Scout Active Support)

As Scotland Commissioner (Scout Active Support) John will provide leadership and strategic direction for Scout Active Support Units across Scottish Scouting, working with Regions and Districts to promote and develop Scout Active Support, and supporting and advising Scout Active Support Units.

John has more than 40 years’ service in Scouts as an adult volunteer in roles including Section Leader (Scouts and Venture Scouts), International Commissioner, Scout Section Commissioner, District Commissioner and Area Commissioner. He was the first Regional Chair in South East Region, and for the last eight years has been Treasurer and a Trustee of Scouts Scotland. He has also served six years as a Trustee of The Scout Association.

John says: “We have a great vision in our Skills for Life strategy and I am really looking forward to returning to a commissioner role to lead and develop Scout Active Support in contributing to that vision.”

 Scotland Safety in Scouting Coordinator

As Scotland Safety in Scouting Coordinator, Keith’s role is to provide strategic development of safe Scouting practices in Scottish Scouting and provide support to Regions in this area.

Keith has held various leadership roles in Cubs, Venture Scouts and Scouts. He has been involved in running many Scouting events up and has been an activity coordinator at the Blair Atholl Jamborette for several years.

Keith says: “I am looking forward to using my knowledge and experience to support Scottish Scouting and to adopt a practical and straightforward approach to safety within the organisation.”