Our Team

Like all scout groups, 1st Weston Green is run entirely by volunteers.  The most important adult team members are our uniformed leaders, headed up by our Group Scout Leader.  We are a registered charity and we have a board of trustees, which looks after the group's finances and equipment.  Several parents and carers also help out in informal administrative roles.  You can find out who we are below.

Our Team

Uniformed Leaders

Group Leaders

Nick Fisk is our Group Scout Leader (GSL), responsible for managing the scout group and its leaders.  Nick has been involved with the group since he joined 1st Weston Green as a scout over 30 years ago.  In over 20 years as a leader, he has held several key roles in the group, and is currently our Scout Leader as well as being GSL.

Beavers Section Leaders

Neil Beardmore, known to the Beavers as Badger, is our Beaver Scout Leader (BSL).  Neil was part of the Beavers team for several years, before becoming leader in early 2023.  As well as leading the Beaver section, Neil participates in activities across all the sections, and has recently become qualified to lead air rifle shooting activities.

Neil is assisted by Angus MacphersonNoleen McDonnell, and Lisa Tawfik-Wise.  George Burton, who led the group before Neil, is now splitting his time between Beavers and Cubs.

As well as these uniformed leaders, the Beavers section is helped by young people from our Explorers section, who are participating in the scouts Young Leaders scheme.  We also operate a weekly rota of parent helpers, to ensure we always have a sufficient ratio of adults to young people.

Cubs Section Leaders

Our Cubs section is run by Sam Holmes, with help from George Burton, Chris BrassNick Fisk and Kirstie Wood.  They operate a team approach, sharing the planning and delivery of the programme of meetings and events.

This team of adult leaders is helped by young people of age 14-18 from our Explorers section, who are participating in the scouts Young Leaders scheme.  We also ask parents to help out at our weekly meetings, particularly if the Cubs are engaged in off-site activities.


Scouts Section Leaders

Nick Fisk is our Scout Leader (SL).  In 2020, he became our Scout Leader for the second time, having spent several years as Assistant Scout Leader.  He holds a Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service, awarded in 2012.

Helping Nick to plan and deliver the weekly meetings and other excursions, events and camps are Rob Williams and Malcolm Wood.

We also ask parents to help out with our weekly meetings, with extra help when needed on bike rides, hikes and camps.

Explorer Scouts Section Leaders

Explorer Scout units are often operated at District level, but, like most scout groups in Esher District, we have our own Explorer unit.  The explorer program is planned and run jointly with 1st Oxshott’s explorer group.  The Explorer Scouts themselves play a significant role in planning their own meetings and events.  Kirstie Wood is our Explorer Scout Leader (ESL).

Most of our explorer scouts are enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, which is in part coordinated by the Dragon scout and DofE group, a joint venture between five of the Esher District scout groups.

Trustee Board

Nigel Harris is our group chairman.

Andy Panayides is our group treasurer.

Hannah Yeomanson is our group secretary.

Nick Fisk (GSL and Scout Leader), Kirstie Wood (Explorer Scout Leader), and Sam Holmes (Cubs section leader) are trustees of the charity and sit on the trustee board, in addition to their roles as uniformed leaders.

Emma Harris, Felix Jackson, and John Coghlan are trustees, who are also parents of young people in various sections.

Other Adult Volunteers

The group is extremely grateful to have several parents and other adult volunteers who kindly offer their time to help with administrative tasks such as maintaining our waiting list, badge record keeping, activity planning and camp organisation, looking after our equipment and vehicles.  Other parents help by managing communication between parents, keeping everyone informed and arranging car sharing etc. through WhatsApp groups, or by compiling news reports for our website.

Beth Beardmore handles the administration of badges for the Beavers section.

Emma Harris is our membership secretary.  She also manages parent communications and handles badge administration for the Scout section and badge procurement for the whole group.

Nigel Harris organises and runs our annual Christmas tree collection.

Laura Mathew handles the administration of badges for the Cubs section.

Lauren Manning-Brown coordinates parent involvement in our annual Christmas tree collection.

Charlotte McCabe is our vehicle bookings manager.

Laura Mathew handles the administration of badges for the Cubs section.

Lisa Pugh helps to maintain our website, posting news stories from all sections.

Tom Pugh ensures our vehicles are taxed, insured, tested and serviced.

We’re always looking for more help, so if you want to help the group maximise its hugely positive impact on its young members, let us know.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls