The search is on for a new volunteer team leader for Potters Bar & District Scouts, and we need you to think about anyone you know who would thrive in this role!
I have been involved in Scouting since 1964 as a young person in Potters Bar & District, becoming a Leader in 1976. I have been a Scout Leader, Group Scout Leader, Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts), Assistant County Commissioner (Scouts), National Scout Team Member and County World Scout Jamboree Leader (WSJ 1995 – The Netherlands). Lots of valuable experience but I still believe that the Movements greatest assets are our young people. We lead and empower them but it is their ability to use this training to accept the challenges we give them and their ability to make things happen that is what makes Scouting the great organisation that it is today. Our Young People are the greatest advert that we can produce.
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Having grown up passing through the ranks of the 5th Potters Bar Scout Group, I became a leader with the Group’s Scout Troop at age 18 and then ran the Tartan Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit following my return from University in 2011. I am honoured to have been made a Queen Scout in 2015, following completion of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
In 2008, I represented the United Kingdom at the International Scouting and Humanitarian Aid Conference in the United Arab Emirates and have attended a number of the fantastic international expeditions on offer within Scouting. In 2018, I will be part of the leadership team on a National Explorer Belt Expedition to Oman.
Scouting is a bright light in a world which can be particularly daunting for young people. Our business is in building confidence, skills and friendships and so I am proud to be ensuring that 14 to 18 year olds within the District have a very beneficial Scouting experience.
I joined Potters Bar Scouts at the beginning of 1986 taking on the role of District Treasurer and still carryout this role today. Although I was never in Scouting both my sons were very involved. Having spent a career in the City as an investment analyst for a leading merchant bank, numbers were natural to me so becoming Treasurer was not too daunting a role. Since then, the Treasurership role has grown and I now look after the Explorers, Jamboree and Network accounts in addition to the District books..
In 1998 I joined the National Scout Association as an elected member and found myself on the Finance subcommittee, a position I held for eleven years. In 2010 I received an MBE from the Queen for all my local charitable works and in 2011 I was awarded the Silver Acorn from the Scout Association.
When my Son joined the 5th/10th Group Cubs (no Beavers in those days) in 1984 I joined the Group Exec. Eventually I became Treasurer of the Group. When my Son left the Group to go off to University in 1996 I joined the District Exec as District Communications Manager, which I held till 2007. In 1996 Audrey Nicole resigned as District Secretary and I took over her role, a role that I still hold today.
In 2005 the Appointments Secretary suddenly passed away and I took over his role, on a temporary basis, which has become permanent and is now my primary role in the District.
I was awarded the Silver Acorn in 2007 and in 2015 I was given the Chief’s Scout 30 year award.