Chief Chat – Introducing Our New Deputy Chief Commissioners

Welcome to our newly appointed Deputy Chief Commissioners


Dear Scouting Community,

At the Chief Commissioner’s Council on 17 – 18 March 2017, I had the pleasure of introducing the five newly appointed Deputy Chief Commissioners (DCCs) and the Youth Commissioner to those attending the weekend meeting.

I am delighted to also introduce our new DCCs and Youth Commissioner to you. I am certain that you will be seeing more of their faces around the State over the coming months.

The DCC team started work on their portfolios immediately, and they are swiftly demonstrating that we all belong to One State, One Team – a United Team.

As part of her portfolio Clair Udy, the DCC (Program Transformation) is asking for your assistance with the Youth Program Review (YPR). More information is available below.

Yours in Scouting,

Neville Tomkins OAM JP
Chief Commissioner
Scouts Australia (NSW Branch)


The DCCs renewing the Scout Promise

DCC(Growth Strategies and Group Support)

After being a Supporter and Leader from 2006 to 2013, Belinda returns to take on the challenge of Development and Future Scouting. "I commit to listening to our community so that I can help with the future growth and the success of Scouts in NSW"

DCC(Youth Program)

Harking from New Zealand, Randall immigrated to Australia in 1999 and continued his Scouting journey. Over the past four years Randall put his skills to the test as State Commissioner (Scouts). "I am looking forward to continuing to be part of this exciting organisation as the future continues to develop."

Youth Commissioner

Lloyd is currently a Rover with 1st Caringbah Rover Crew after progressing all the way from Cubs! He is also the adviser to the State Youth Council (SYC) and a founding member in its reinstatement. "The Youth Commissioner needs to be a touch-point for all decisions made in Scouts NSW, to ensure the voice of our Youth Members is heard."

DCC (Youth Safety, Compliance and Support)

Starting as a supporter 25 years ago, Robert has committed countless hours to Scouting on Group, District, Region and most recently as Scouts NSW Deputy Chief Commissioner (Issues Management). "I am thrilled to be involved with Scouting in this watershed moment when we have a great opportunity to both refresh and revive our Movement."

DCC (Program Transformation)

Since joining the Movement in 2001, Clair has strived to gain as much as possible out of Scouting. Clair is currently an Assessor, an Adventurous Activity Guide and an Assistant Scout Leader. "Open communication is key to the success of the Program and to support the growth of our state."

DCC (Activities, Training and Support)

With 35 years combined experience as a Youth Member and Leader, Wal is definitely passionate about Scouting. He has been an active member of the Scouts NSW Training Team for 15 years and is qualified in numerous Adventurous Activities. "I'm really excited about my new role; it gives me the chance to further support Scouting and the Youth Program in [Activities and Training]."

YPR Logo

The Purpose of the Workshops

The National Youth Program Review (YPR) is currently in the concept consultation stage. Under the direction of the Deputy Chief Commissioner (Program Transformation) the Scouts NSW YPR Team are facilitating workshops across the State.

  • To build awareness and foster an understanding of YPR New Program Concepts.
  • Engage members with the YPR concepts, unpack those concepts, provide feedback and contribute to the continued development of the key concepts.
  • Challenge thinking through hearing the responses of other participants and to unpack their own thoughts.
  • Provide genuine opportunities to contribute to the further development of the new program through:
    • Answering open-ended questions exploring different aspects of what’s presented
    • Describing what you like about what’s presented
    • Make suggestions for what could be added, removed, or changed
    • Completing an online survey after attending the workshop

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