Immensely proud moments


More or less a full time role this week, with meetings most days covering a multitude of areas.

There was a day with St John Ambulance to learn more about their organisation as I act as independent chair of one of their review groups, and a meeting of the Chairman’s Consultative Group. This group comprises the chair of each of the Board of Trustees sub-committees and the senior staff team, and the objective, as the name suggests, is to co-ordinate the Board’s business.

Dinner with Alan for my regular one-to-one and another full day at Gilwell, with meetings with each of the members of the senior staff management team, as well as various other catch up sessions.


Rob Halkyard, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications and I spent an hour with Jonathan Simmons of digital agency Public Zone, who we have engaged to redevelop our website. To say the least, I am very excited about what is proposed over the next four months (I know my own impatience was of no help in the meeting, however I quickly learnt that with an unbelievable 8,000 pages of content, along with 27 individual microsites, this is no small task!). 

The team have agreed to provide regular updates on their work and I am sure we all have our fingers crossed and great expectations for the end result.

Operations Committee

The quarterly meeting considered a number of very substantive topics which you will be hearing about over the next few weeks and months. Notably, we approved action plans to support development of the Culture of Safety within our organisation (I won’t say more yet as I have just written my comment page for June’s magazine and so you will have to wait until then!).  

We discussed the progress of the project teams reviewing the youth programme, had an update on internal communications and in particular discussed how we can best communicate with the large number of our core leaders who are not IT literate or have expressed a preference for more traditional means of communication rather than email. All great suggestions appreciated please.

We considered proposals relating to the contingents that visit international events such as the World Scout Jamboree, Moot and Roverway, and received a progress report form the Youth Involvement Group. 

It is pleasing that so many core pieces of work aimed at supporting local Scouting continue apace, and each has a communication strand to ensure that you are updated and fully engaged in this work.

Even the rain doesn’t dampen our spirits

I have commented in previous blogs about the wider activities around the annual Queen's Scout parade and service at Windsor, and although the weather was the worst anybody has experienced in the past 30 years, as you can see from the various reports and on Facebook etc, over 600 young people and young adults didn’t let the curtailment of the review by Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh dampen their spirits too much. 

As always, these are immensely proud moments for all of us in Scouting, especially for the parents of those who have received their Queen's Scout and Gallantry Awards.

The traditional Mattins service on the morning is also an opportunity to recognise the achievements of so many adult leaders, who are of course the back bone of the success that we continue to achieve.


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