State Uniformed Support Team

The Scouts NSW State Program, Youth Safety and Support team is the uniformed team responsible for:

  • Supporting Regions, Districts and Groups in the delivery of the youth program
  • Ensuring our adults members and supporters are trained and knowledgeable
  • Supporting our extended needs in growing and invigorating what we do
  • Highlighting the voice of our young people in Scouts.

Working together and with our colleagues in the Regions and at the frontline of Scouting, we contribute to making our product (the youth program) and our workforce (Leaders and supporters) high quality so that it attracts more members and adult volunteers.

We’ve done this since 1908 and we’ll keep on doing it.

Deputy Chief Commissioner

Belinda Francis
Deputy Chief Commissioner
Program, Youth Safety & Support

Our Deputy Chief Commissioner (DCC) Program, Youth Safety and Support reports to the Chief Commissioner and leads the day-to-day workings of the volunteers who provide support directly to the frontline of Scouting and to the Region and District teams across the state.

Alongside the DCC Operations and the Chief Executive Officer, the DCC PYS&S works closely with a team of committed and experienced Leaders who help determine the priorities for the organisation. The DCC is a key decision-maker, making recommendations to the Chief, the Board and the professional staff.

The DCC PYS&S is also an Ex-Officio Director on the Scouts NSW Board of Directors and a member of the Branch Council, a Scouts NSW Representative on the National Council, a Youth Safe Advocate and an accredited Mental Health First Aider.

Youth Program & Support

Chris Buggie
Assistant Chief Commissioner
Youth Program & Support

The Youth Program & Support team are the volunteers who operate at a State level to support the delivery of each aspect of the program across NSW. The team is broken into three groups, providing different program and Section support.

Our team members bring a variety of Scout, professional and personal experiences and knowledge to their roles. They work closely with members of the Region-based team and interact directly with the frontline of Scouting to ensure the program is enjoyable and inspiring for youth and adult members.

This team manages everything from general weekly program support and facilitating international opportunities, to the processing and presentation of Peak Awards, to governance of major events, and the support, training and delivery of adventurous activities.

This team is a support organisation for every formation in NSW.

One Program

The One Program team is made up of volunteer members who work closely with the Region-based Section support and major events teams. Our mission is to help adult and youth members achieve the best possible program outcomes and have fun along the way. We do this by promoting program activities and Region, State and National major events. We know that major events make Scouts different to any other organisation and that taking part in major events is key to growing Scouts in NSW.

Each Peak Award is processed by one of the volunteers in the One Program team, to ensure our youth members are rewarded for their focus and commitment. The number of Peak Awards grows every month. We work closely with the Members Services team at the State Service Centre on Peak Awards and to identify opportunities for member recruitment and retention.

To find out about the program or a major event, first contact your Region Program team, then the One Program team (ypsupport@nsw.scouts.com.au).

Mitch Stubbs
State Commissioner
One Program

Grace Mitchell
State Commissioner
Rovers / Branch Rover Council Chair

Erika Hood
State Commissioner
Program Support

Gabie Thompson
State Commissioner
Program Support

Vacant
State Commissioner
Major Events

Educational Purpose

The Educational Purpose team supports youth members to reach their potential, become active citizens and get the most out of their Scouting journey. We provide advice and support on how Scouting activities can be educational.

This team customises advice and support and also develops intuitive and high-quality resources to revolutionise the delivery of special interest projects and the international experience at a Unit level.

If you are looking for advice for supporting your Unit to reach their potential through the Youth Program, first contact your Region Program team, then contact a member of this team.

Liam Brown
State Commissioner
Educational Purpose

Simone Haider
State Leader
Environment

Adele Lockman
State Leader
Arts & Literature

Vacant
State Leader
STEM

Cecilia Jackson
State Commissioner
Special Interest Areas

Vacant
State Leader
Better World

Lloyd Nurthen
State Commissioner
International

Adventurous Activities

Scouting has a history of outdoor adventure. The Adventurous Activities team provides our youth members the opportunity to experience adventure, and grow their skills and capabilities in a fun, engaging and safe environment outdoors across a broad range of activities. We provide the policy, procedures, training and activities for Leaders to grow their skills and confidence, and we support those Leaders when they provide exciting and challenging activities within a Group, District or Region.

Our team is made up of experienced subject matter experts across the many fields of adventure that are of interest to youth and adult members in NSW.

If you are looking for advice or assistance with adventurous activities, first contact your Region Program team, then contact us on ypsupport@nsw.scouts.com.au).

Kenton Jurgs
State Commissioner
Adventurous Activities

Chris Ward
State Leader
Alpine

Dave Noble
State Leader
Aquatics

Tracey Hansford
State Leader
Archery

Chris Walster
State Leader
Boating

Stuart Cowan
State Leader
Bushwalking, Bushcraft & Camping

Vacant
State Leader
Cycling

Vacant
State Leader
Flying Fox

Paul Mclntyre photograph

Paul Mclntyre
State Leader
Motoring

David Fisher photograph

David Fisher
State Leader
Paddling

Wal Waerner
State Leader
Vertical

Adults in Scouting

Dr Justine Douthwaite
Assistant Chief Commissioner
Adults in Scouting

The Adults in Scouting Team is made up of a very diverse team, with backgrounds in health, law, education and business. You may never come across this team in your everyday Scouting lives, but be sure we are there, backing you up when you need it.

We manage the training of our mighty Leaders from initial training to Wood Badge and beyond. When you want to gain a nationally recognised qualification, this is the team that helps you do that. Think of us as the HR team, beavering away in the background to help our adults in Scouts to succeed. It’s also where you will find the people who try to make sure we are all abiding by the Scout Code of Conduct and help sort things out when things aren't going to plan.

We are the team responsible for offering support and making sure the mental and physical health of our members is a priority. Our networks of peers are across NSW.

100% not the glamour end of Scouting and, as with all volunteers, the pay isn’t great. For this team it’s definitely a labour reflecting our love of Scouting.

This team is a support organisation for every formation in NSW.

David Brigden
State Commissioner
Child Protection & Issues Management

Wendy White
State Commissioner
Members Support

Gai Green
State Commissioner
Adult Training & Development

Sallyanne Luxton
State Commissioner
Vocational & Educational Training

Malcolm Wilson
State Commissioner
Fellowship

Innovation and Culture

Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips
Assistant Chief Commissioner
Innovation & Culture

The Innovation and Culture team provides a wide variety of support and direction to Scouts NSW. We help find ways for us to benefit from partnerships with government and business, and we look to create advocates across the state. We work with Regions and with the State Service Centre to make sure the risk footprint is small for the organisation and for the activities we facilitate, including helping establish great locations for adventurous activities.

Inclusion is a global Scouts philosophy, and we can work with frontline teams to help with finding and supporting diversity and ensuring that everyone who wants to commit to the Scout Promise and Law is welcome in the Movement.

We help protect and share the traditions and memorabilia that show who we are, what we stand for and how the past helps us prepare for the future. And we make it available to you.

Importantly, a strong, positive and engaging culture is critical to our Movement. How we interact with each other and with the community must demonstrate our Code of Conduct and Ethics. Alongside culture is a need for us to look for how we can think differently to support the sustainability we seek. Innovation is as important as tradition in Scouts.

John Dwyer
State Commissioner
Partnerships & Advocacy

Martin Jones
State Commissioner
Risk & Safety

Mark Burfield
State Commissioner
State Commissioner Inclusion

Vacant
State Commissioner
Adventure Centres & Bases

Joe Attard
Assistant State Commissioner
Heritage

Youth Engagement

Meg Cummins

Meg Cummins
Assistant Chief Commissioner
Youth Engagement

Youth Engagement is all about empowering our youth members to be the change they want to see in the world. This team connects with our Scouts from across NSW to ensure the youth voice is an important part of all decision-making. We work alongside our powerhouse team of State Youth Council members to develop highly impactful projects, to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, to recognise excellence through the Scout of the Year Awards, and to promote confidence and connection in the You+Lead courses and at every level of Scouting.

We help share the incredible stories about how our youth members are changing the world. You can reach out to us directly at YouthEngagement@nsw.scouts.com.au or you can speak with your Region Youth Engagement lead.

Vacant
State Commissioner
Youth Empowerment

Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement

This key role in the team supports the work of the Scouts NSW Board of Directors, the Chief Commissioner, Deputy Chief Commissioners and the Chief Executive Officer, focusing on high priority stakeholder communications and engagement opportunities.

Providing counsel and guidance, the SC Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement frequently works closely with the Communications and Marketing team.

Also the lead for the Scouts NSW Strategic Plan, this State Commissioner regularly looks forward to how the organisation can enhance our reputation in the community, create opportunities for growth and leadership, and adopt innovation in how we work and deliver our Youth Program product to the community of Scouts in NSW.

Anthea Cudworth
State Commissioner
Strategy & Stakeholder Engagement

Air Activities

The Scouts NSW Air Activity Centre operates out of the Camden Airport in the South West of Sydney. The aim of the Centre is to provide youth members and adults in the movements with flying experiences. Find out more at air.nsw.scouts.com.au.

Stan Prout
State Commissioner
Air Activities Centre