Rob Cannell heads up the team of uniformed leaders as our Group Scout Leader (GSL). Rob was previously our Scout Leader and regularly assists at both Scouts and Cubs sections. Rob was awarded the Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service in 2020.
Carole Needham is our Assistant Group Scout Leader (AGSL) and Training Coordinator. Carole was previously an Assistant Leader in our Cubs section. In 2019, Carole received the Award for Merit, which is given for keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service to scouting over a sustained period, of at least 12 years duration.
Nicola Chetwynd-Stapylton, known to the Beavers as Wilber, is our Beaver Scout Leader (BSL).
She is assisted by Otter (Matthew Paget), Fox (Felix Jackson), Puffin (Jennifer Williams), Badger (Neil Beardmore) and Kingfisher (Mary Redington, who formerly led our Beaver colony).
Kirstie Wood (Bagheera), Ophelia Dodds (Hathi) and Debbie DiBiase (Chil) and Rob Cannell (our GSL) run our Cubs section. Kirsty is relatively new to scouting and took on the challenge of running a section for the first time in the middle of the Covid-19 restrictions, having to plan first online meetings, then the return to face to face scouting.
Two of our Explorer section members also help at Cubs as part of the Explorer Scouts Young Leaders training programme.
Nick Fisk is our Scout Leader (SL). He recently 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.
He is assisted by Rob Cannell (who is also our GSL), Mark Cody, Richard Darby-Dowman and Rob Williams.
Paul Collyer (pictured) and Dave Spencer are the adult uniformed leaders of our Explorer Unit. The Explorer Scouts themselves are largely responsible for planning their own meetings and events.
Malcolm Wood is co-ordinating the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, in conjunction with other local Explorer units.
Nigel Harris is our group chairman.
Chad Newton is our group vice-chairman, having previously served as chairman for several years.
Andy Panayides is our group treasurer.
Fiona Wood is our group secretary.
Angela Cody is a charity trustee and parent representative for the Beavers section.
Clare Wright is a charity trustee and parent representative for the Cubs section.
Emma Harris is a charity trustee and parent representative for the Scouts section.
Also on the executive committee are Rob Cannell (our GSL) and Carole Needham (our AGSL).
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.
Christina Chamberlain manages our waiting list and administration of membership for the Beavers section.
Angela Cody manages parent communications for the Beavers section.
Susie Constable handles the administration of badges for the Cubs section.
Emma Harris manages parent communications for the Scout section, handles badges for Scouts, and is also our Membership Secretary.
Lauren Manning-Brown coordinates parent involvement in our annual Christmas tree collection.
Chad Newton runs the tech side (online booking and vehicle routing) of the annual Christmas tree collection.
Tom Pugh ensures our vehicles are taxed, insured, tested and serviced.
Clare Wright manages parent communications for the Cubs section.
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.