UK Youth Commissioners
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. The UK Youth Commissioner is supported by two deputies.
UK Youth Commissioner - Hannah Kentish
Hannah Kentish, 22, was appointed as the first UK Youth Commissioner in October 2014 at the age of 21.
Hannah joined Scouting at the age of 10. She went on to support the Cub and Explorer sections and led an event to explore what young people want out of Scouting, with an aim to ensure they play an integral role in decision-making for Scouting in South East London. At 18, Hannah started leading the Explorer Scout section in Greater London South East as their Assistant County Commissioner, and has since organised an Explorer Belt expedition to Kenya for young people aged 16-25.
Hannah is the co-founder and trustee of a charity in Kenya, supporting disadvantaged children in rural areas by increasing their opportunity to get involved in non-formal education. Hannah is in her final year of studying Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) at the University of Hertfordshire, focussing on health and childhood obesity. Having worked with a leading children’s weight management provider during her placement year, Hannah supported the management of residential and weekly weight management programmes for overweight and obese young people and their families.
In a gap year, Hannah also worked for the Cabinet Office and Number 10 Downing Street on a volunteer recognition scheme, thanking outstanding volunteers across the UK for the positive impact they have on their local communities. In her spare time she also like to go climbing, scuba diving and exploring different countries; with Oceana and Antarctica being the only continents Hannah has yet to travel to!
Deputy UK Youth Commissioner - Jay Thompson
Jay became a Beaver Scout on the Isle of Man at the age of six. He progressed through all youth sections before becoming a young leader, and completing his Queen Scouts award and Explorer Belt Challenge.
When he was 18 he was selected as a UK Scout Ambassador to the island of Tuvalu in the South Pacific where he lived for 9 months, redeveloping Scouting there when it had all but ceased to exist. On returning to the UK, Jay became an International Youth Representative for the Isle of Man and began to travel to Scout groups both in the UK and abroad to share his experiences with the aim of inspiring young scouts and their leaders to showcase all the opportunities Scouting provides to non-members.
Jay has volunteered as a Scout leader, growing a troop from zero members to 35 before becoming its GSL, and is passionate about making sure that all young members have their say in developing youth-led Scouting.
In addition to being one of two Deputy UK Youth Commissioners, Jay is the Activities Commissioner for the Isle of Man, and is the first to hold the position. Jay has had to define his own role, working closely with other senior members, to support leaders to develop their programmes. Additionally, he has worked with another Network member on the Isle of Man to hold its first Youth Forum, representing groups from all over the island.
Jay is currently in his third and final year of training to become a mental health nurse. He hopes to work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health services.
Find out more about Jay's role by following his Facebook Page.
Deputy UK Youth Commissioner - Jagz Bharth
Jagz joined Scouts aged six as a Beaver, progressing through the sections to become a young leader and completing his Queen Scout Award. As one of just two Explorer Scouts in his District to receive the award in 2014, Jagz has worked hard to inspire other Explorers to sign up to attempt the Award thanks to his enthusiasm and willingness to explain how he achieved it and why.
Jagz has worked extensively with the local and national press to promote all of the wonderful aspects of Scouting, from adventure to community impact. He has recently been seen championing Scouts’ diversity and inclusivity on ITV, as well as representing The Scout Association for Youth United and Scouts Speak Up, which aims to ensure young people have their say as active citizens.
Jagz recently led a group of young people to the Amazon Rainforest in Peru, inspiring his peers to meet their fundraising target of £6000 in just 8 months, and continues to run local meetings in his district alongside his work as Deputy UK Youth Commissioner.
Jagz is a member of True Bhangra Beatz, a band which raises a huge amount of the funding for Scout Troops in his district and will raise money for the International Service Team for 2015’s World Jamboree in Japan.
Jagz is mad about sports and is currently studying Football Business and Marketing at the University College of Football business. He hopes to work in international marketing for a football club.
Find out more about Jagz's role by following his Facebook Page.