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.
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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 – Skills for Life - Our plan to deliver better futures. By 2023 we will have prepared more young people with skills for life, supported by amazing leaders delivering an inspiring programme. We will be growing, more inclusive, shaped by young people and making a bigger impact in our communities. The details 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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Sharkey - Chief Commissioner of Scotland
As Chief Commissioner of Scotland, Andrew is responsible for leadership & management of Scouting in Scotland. Andrew has previously held roles as Assistant District Commissioner Ventures, Scottish Headquarters Commissioner for Venture Scouts and UK Contingent Leader for EuroJam. He was also part of the UK team that planned and led the transition to Explorer Scouts and Scout Network and became the first Scottish Headquarters Explorer Commissioner.
Andrew has a huge interest in international Scouting, attending four World Scout Jamborees. He was also on the UK Management team for the World Scout Moot in Iceland.
He enjoyed being a Group Scout Leader at his local Scout Group, where his two boys were members, as well as an Explorer Leader for the Unit attached to his group.
In his professional life, Andrew is the Head Teacher of a large Secondary School.
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.
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.
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.
Ollie Wood - UK Youth Commissioner
Ollie has been a member of Scouting for 18 years, joining his local Beaver colony at the age of 6. He became the UK’s first County Youth Commissioner for West Lancashire, taking the lead on expeditions to Mongolia and China.
In his professional life, Ollie launched his own company in early 2018 at the age of 24, and believes he gained most of his skills through his early experiences with Scouting.
In his role as the UK Youth Commissioner, he will make sure the Scout’s decisions and planning are shaped by young people and that any other projects achieve our vision of youth shaped Scouting.
CJ Ledger - UK Commissioner for Perception
CJ has been involved in Scouting since joining as a Venture Scout, where she completed her Queen’s Scout Award. As a young person, she was heavily involved in both the development of the programme and the introduction of the Explorer Scout and Scout Network sections, including the decision to go fully co-educational in 2007.
Taking on a range of roles over the years, CJ has been involved in several World Scout Jamborees and has a passion for international Scouting. Currently, she is responsible for growth and development in her home county and is a parent helper at her son’s Scout Group.
Professionally, CJ works as a senior communications manager at Macmillan Cancer Support.
Tom Milson - UK Commissioner for Inclusion
Tom has been involved in Scouting since he was a Beaver and, for the past 10 years, he has held a variety of roles including Gang Show Producer and District Scout Leader. Currently, he is an Assistant Cub Scout Leader and Assistant Unit Leader for the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America.
In the newly created role of UK Commissioner for Inclusion, Tom will be working on projects to bring the benefits of Scouting to even more young people, and especially to those who would most benefit from the opportunity to gain life skills and experience adventure.
In doing so, Tom is keen to ensure Scouting is open to all, reflecting the diversity of the UK. Outside of Scouting, Tom is the Headteacher of a special school and regularly speaks at universities on the topic of special educational needs and inclusion.
Amir Cheema - UK Commissioner for People
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.
Graeme Hamilton - UK Commissioner for Programme (Delivery)
Graeme has been the Deputy UK Commissioner for Programme (6-14) since 2014, prior to which he was the UK Adviser for Cub Scouts. Graeme has had a pivotal role in projects that support leaders to deliver a quality programme, including supporting regional events all around the UK, and contributing to work in the areas of programme review and the development of new programme resources. Graeme is known for his inspirational and engaging style when interacting with members, and has a wealth of experience with supporting younger sections, particularly Cub Scouts, with whom he took an active role in delivering the Cubs100 activity in 2016.
Outside of Scouting, Graeme has established his own consultancy business focusing on project management, change management and finding innovative ways to develop digital skills amongst the 21% of the population who lack these. Graeme also runs blended learning programmes for the Chartered Institute of Housing diploma and certificate levels through the City of Glasgow college.
Wendy Human - UK Commissioner for Programme (Assurance)
Wendy has previously held a variety of roles in Scouting, from a Section Leader to a District Commissioner. Her last role was as a member of the County Appointments Advisory Committee.
Professionally, Wendy has worked as a youth worker for over 20 years, currently working as a freelance youthwork and leadership consultant. Recently, she served as the Director of Youth and Community at a major charity.
She is passionate about young people engaging in positive activity and how this can make a difference to their lives. She will now be responsible for leading the strategic development of the youth programme with the outcome of increasing the number of young people involved in UK Scouting.