Team UK is made up of Commissioners who provide leadership and management across UK Scouting along with specialised support in areas like programme, adult support and safety.
Tim Kidd - UK Chief Commissioner
Tim first joined Scouting as a Cub. He undertook his leadership training, and then took on many voluntary roles, including Scout Leader, Assistant County Commissioner (Scouts), District Commissioner and County Commissioner.
Tim has worked mainly with the Scouts section, and still helps locally at events for Scouts and Beavers in his home County of Oxfordshire. Tim was also the UK Commissioner for Adult Support for four years, and is passionate about ensuring that The Scout Association does the best to support and enable leaders, supporters and Commissioners.
Tim’s primary aim as UK Chief Commissioner is to lead the national team to ensure that Scouting across the UK meets our strategic vision – Vision 2018. This is all about providing Scouting to even more young people, and to help change lives. The details of Vision 2018 can be found here.
As UK Chief Commissioner, Tim is also a trustee of The Scout Association. Details of the Trustee Board can be found here.
In his professional life, Tim leads the team that provides internet and many other services to the academic and research community in the UK. Tim works for a not-for-profit company which is part of the Jisc Group - a charity that champions the use of digital technology in UK education and research.
Mark Tarry- Deputy UK Chief Commissioner
Mark has been involved in Scouting since the age of six and is currently the Deputy UK Chief Commissioner, directly responsible for a number of strategic objectives, representational responsibilities and supporting the UK Chief Commissioner on specific issues and projects. He is also involved in the Prince's Trust as a business mentor. Mark was formerly the Chief Commissioner of England.
Mark is an accountant by profession and a fellow of the chartered institute of management accountants. He has spent his career in the Railway industry and is currently a Director for Network Rail.
Kester Sharpe - Deputy UK Chief Commissioner
Kester has been part of the UK Chief Commissioner’s Team since 2010. She was previously UK Commissioner for Adult Support, and, in this role, was responsible for the development of adult support, including training, appointments and national active support units.
Kester has been involved in Scouting for over 20 years and has held a variety of roles, from Cub and Scout leader to Group Scout Leader. She is currently an Assistant Group Scout Leader and a group and district executive committee member, training advisor and member of the district appointments advisory committee.
Kester is passionate about the difference volunteering can make, particularly to the lives of young people via the benefits of non-formal education. Her husband and daughter are also both active members. Outside of Scouting, Kester works for her local education authority within primary schools.
Hannah Kentish - UK Youth Commissioner
The UK Youth Commissioner works directly with the UK Chief Commissioner, Chief Executive and Chairman to ensure that The Scout Association’s decisions and planning are shaped by young people.
In addition to responsibility for our overall strategy, the UK Youth Commissioner will lead a National Youth Council and other projects to achieve our vision of youth shaped Scouting and Scouting for all.
Jack Maxton - UK International Commissioner
Jack has a wide experience of local, national and international Scouting roles most recently as a member of the UK Contingent Management Team for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan.
Professionally, Jack has worked as a management consultant for a number of years before becoming a civil servant in 2013. In his current role Jack leads a team deliver large cross-government change programmes.
Craig Turpie - UK Commissioner for Programme
Craig is the UK Commissioner for Programme with responsibility for the development of the youth programme and supporting its effective delivery.
Craig's previous roles have included working with the Venture Scout and Scout Network sections. He's contributed to work in the areas of programme review, youth involvement and International. He has chaired the European Scout Committee and is currently a Member of the World Scout Committee where he heads up the Strategy Monitoring Group for the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
Craig is the co-founder and creative director of a digital consultancy.
Amir Cheema - UK Commissioner for Adult Support
Amir is responsible for supporting the development of adult support, including training, appointments and national active support units.
In 2014, Amir won a Point of Light Award and in 2015, Amir was also awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to the Scout Movement.Amir began his volunteer journey in early 2003 as a Beaver Leader and has since held a number of roles, including Head of Voice Communications at the 2007 World Scout Jamboree and was a founding member of the Muslim Scout Fellowship, where he has supported the development and growth of Scouting for the past 14 years.
Alex Minajew - UK Commissioner for Safety
Alex is responsible for developing our culture of safe activities and external relationships with appropriate authorities. This role has built on his experience as our National Commissioner for Activities (2001-2006), UK Commissioner for Programme (2009-2014) and from serving on the Adventurous Activities Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC).
Alex is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and a Qualified Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute. Professionally, he looks after a global network of companies that mobilise when people have medical issues abroad.
Alex Peace-Gadsby - Chief Commissioner of England
Alex is the lead volunteer with leadership and management responsibility for the adult volunteers across England. Her role involves supporting the delivery of the movement’s strategy across the regions. She is also a leader of Beavers Scouts, Scouts and Explorers in the Ashfield District of Nottinghamshire and has previously had District and County responsibilities.
She has two daughters, who are both active members, and owns and runs multiple businesses including clothing company, Musto. She also sits on various national and local charity boards.
Gareth Watson - Chief Commissioner of Wales
Gareth joined Scouting at the age of six. Once 18 he became an instructor at a local activity centre and in 2010 undertook his first leadership role within Scouts. Gareth is currently responsible for leadership & management of Scouting in Wales, and is the primary contact for all line management enquiries.
Outside of Scouting, Gareth runs a company which provides training to organisations around the world on organisational management, accounting, and project management.
Graham Haddock - Chief Commissioner of Scotland
As Chief Commissioner of Scotland, Graham is responsible for leadership & management of Scouting in Scotland. Graham has previously held roles as Deputy Chief Commissioner of Scotland (Programme), UK National Commissioner for Explorer Scouts and Deputy UK Contingent Leader at the 20th World Scout Jamboree, Thailand.
Graham studied Medicine at the University of Glasgow and trained in Surgery and Paediatric Surgery in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Toronto, Canada.
He is a Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor and Operational Lead for Undergraduate Admissions, University of Glasgow Medical School and Quality Assurance Lead for the Joint Committee on Surgical Training of the Surgical Royal Colleges of the UK & Ireland.
Stephen Donaldson - Chief Commissioner of Northern Ireland
Stephen is a loyal member of Scouting, a dairy farmer and is married to Alison, who is a Cub Scout Leader. They have three sons, two of which are also currently involved in the Movement, so it’s pretty clear that Scouting runs in the family.
Highly respected in Northern Ireland, Stephen has been extremely active in promoting National and International events and encouraging Scouts to attend major events such as Jamborees.
Stephen has always taken an active interest in the grass roots Scouting that takes place around him and attended as many meetings and events as possible. As County Commissioner in 2013 he united Newry District and Banbridge District to form South Down District, and in 2014 paired up Newtownards District and South East Down District to form Strangford District.
His position of leadership began back in July 1977 when he became Assistant Scout Leader with 2nd Donaghadee. Seven years later, in 1984, he became Scout Leader and in January of 1990 he took on the role of Group Scout Leader. He was appointed County Commissioner for County Down in 2005 and held the role until 2015.