Meet the Team

Scouts NSW State Office is responsible for supporting the business of Scouting, ensuring the framework is in place for thousands of young Australians to grow and develop through adventure and activity.

The office consists of numerous business units including the Chief Executive's Office, Child Safety and Risk, Operations, Marketing and Communications, IT, Project Management and Property. Together, its goal is to maintain a healthy business side to Scouts NSW so that members can continue to enjoy the organisation that has been putting smiles on faces since 1908.

Interim CEO

Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones
Interim CEO

Nathan Jones was appointed as the Interim CEO of Scouts NSW in October 2021. He has worked across Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and the broader Asia Pacific in roles from general management, professional engineering, project, PMO and process management including at an executive level. He has extensive experience in successful integration, change and operational delivery in many industry and Government sectors. Nathan has a passion for Scouts. In his youth, Nathan was a Cub Scout at 6th Albury Scout Group and continued on through to Scouts. Nathan returned to Scouting a few years ago. In memory of the positive influence of his favourite childhood Leader ‘Baloo’, he too is currently a Cub Scout Leader ‘Baloo’, where his four kids are keenly following in his footsteps!

Chief Executive's Office

The Chief Executive's Office is responsible for supporting the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Commissioner of Scouts NSW. The Office coordinates State-level events including the Annual General Meeting, Chief Commissioner's Council and Commissioner's Conference, and is responsible for management of the State Office.

Gabie Thompson 
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Leisha McCarthy 
Executive Assistant to the Chief Commissioner

Contact the Chief Executive's Office here.

Youth Protection & Historic Matters

The Child Protection Department coordinates Child Protection and Behavioural Management Issues, and develops and champions the Scouts NSW Child Safety Policy and Procedures. The WHS/Risk Department coordinates compliance, incident and hazard reports, asbestos management, WHS site audits, support for volunteer ScoutSafe Team and Risk Management.

Tracey Hansford
Senior Research Officer

Renay Kaloudis
Assistant to the Research Officer

Bill Barnes
Child Protection & Issues Management Coordinator

Alison Higginbottom
Youth Protection & Issues Management Assistant

Contact the Child Protection or Risk teams here.

To report a Child Protection Matter click here.

To report a Behavioural Management Matter or Breach of the Code of Conduct click here.


The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the strategic and operational aspects of financial management and planning, and the operational service delivery of Scouts NSW.

Bharti Desai
Chief Operating Officer

Finance Services

Finance is responsible for the strategic and operational aspects of financial planning and management, including insurance, procurement, budgeting, taxation, audit, payroll, and financial accounting.

James Goodman
Management Accountant

Neelam Jain
Assistant Financial Accountant

Saeed Saund

Edmund Teperski
Project Accountant

Contact the Finance team here.

Member Services

Member Services coordinates membership awards, membership invoicing, forms and membership data processing, and is responsible for travel, hotel and vehicle bookings.

Melanie Dimmock
Member Services Coordinator

Lyn Mann
Member Services Consultant

Knar Nalbandian
Member Services Consultant

Contact the Member Services team here.

IT Support

The IT Support team provides IT and admin support to members of Scouts NSW, including assistance with teleconferencing, preparing reports, ScoutLink access and email registration and functionalities.

David Cooley
IT Manager

Dick Lai
IT Support Officer

Jared Hale
IT Services Officer

Contact the IT team here.

Training Services

Training Services is responsible for the management of training records, administration of leader training, wood badges, e-learning, and Adventurous Activity training. The team also manages accredited qualifications, as well as administering the Youth Safe Advocate training.

Emma Vasta
Training Coordinator

Chelsea Chen
Training Services Consultant

Melissa Bannon
Training Services Consultant

Contact the Training Services team here.

Commercial Activity Centres


Lisa Penson
Commercial Manager

Contact the Commercial Activity Centres team here.

Marketing and Communications 

Marketing and Communications is responsible for the management and coordination of marketing, corporate communications, brand, media, digital media, publications and events. The team is also responsible for administration of government and philanthropic grants for Scouts NSW and Scout Groups, including the Community Building Partnership Grants.

Janet McGarry
Interim Head of Marketing and Communications

Miriam Mercer
Senior Marketing & Communications Officer

Natalija Antic
Marketing & Communications Assistant

Simone Kaenzig
Grants Writer

Natalie Castellanos
Grants Administration Assistant

Photograph of David Miller

David Miller
Development Officer

Contact the Marketing and Communications team here.


Property is responsible for the high level management of, and input to, the procedural practice and strategic direction of the State property portfolio.

Brett Clarke
Head of Property

Bruce Retallick
Property Manager

Brian Warters
Property Officer

    Contact the Property team here.

WHS and Risk Management  

Peter Belan
WHS and Risk Manager

Contact the WHS and Risk Management team here.