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We’re now motoring through 2020 and I hope it has started well for you so far. I am pleased to announce new members to the County Team who will be working to support the Skills For Life and Suffolk Strategy which in turn will be helping you to run a great programme of activities so that our young people can achieve their Top Awards.

The County Team has been structured around five areas that are focused on:

  • Programme and Youth Shaped (Ollie Smith)
    • Supporting leaders to run ever better quality programmes
    • Ensure more young people achieve top awards in each section of Scouting
    • Create programmes that are shared across the county.
  • Growth and Inclusivity (Keith Gleen)
    • Support Groups and Units to increase the proportion of young in Suffolk who take part in Scouting
    • Set up new sections, groups and units in areas of deprivation or population growth
  • Perception and Community Impact (Colin Winter)
    • Create a media team for Suffolk
    • Get the Scouting message out to adults and young people in the County
    • Be a leading authority on youth matters in Suffolk
  • People
    • More leaders and Execs are recruited and stay within Scouting
    • Succession planning and talent spotting
    • Activities run by Scouting professionals
  • Compliance and Operations
    • Suffolk Scouting is robust and safely delivered everyday (100% of mandatory training is up to date)
    • Our website and technology is secure and compliant to regulations
    • Monitor our Scouting and take action when required
I am pleased to announce new members of the County Team who will be part of these workstreams:
 

    • Keith Gleen has been appointed Deputy County Commissioner for Growth and Inclusivity. Keith has already been championing growth initiatives across the County working with our regional team. He is an experienced Scouter of over 30 years, GSL, Cub Leader and for the last two World Jamborees been a part of the service team.
    • Colin Winter has been appointed Deputy County Commissioner for Perception and Community Impact. Colin is part of the County Executive and Suffolk’s County Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinator. Colin has experience as a leader in Scouts, Cubs and Venture Scouts. He is currently studying for a PhD as well as lecturing at University of Suffolk.
    • Jo Cracknell is our new Assistant County Commissioner for Cubs. Jo has previously had roles within Orwell as ADC Cubs and prior to that was a Cub Leader and Assistant Cub Leader, so she is very well versed in the opportunities and issues facing the section. Last year she was part of the World Scout Jamboree Unit which was co-run with our friends in Norfolk.
    • Angela Humphrey will be taking on the role of Assistant County Commissioner for Scouts. Angela is currently a District Scouter in Bury St Edmunds district. She was part of the Suffolk Teagulls Unit who travelled to the World Scout Jamboree in the USA last year. Prior to this she has experience in a variety of sections and can boast a variety of water activity permits.
    • Last but not least, Jamie Mortimer has been appointed Assistant County Commissioner for Explorers. Jamie is a part of the Explorer team in at Eye in Stowmarket district and has a wide range of skills in hill walking and water activities.

    Keith Barber and Peter Jarvis will continue in their roles of Deputy County Commissioner, with Keith continuing to lead the Suffolk International MOOT (SIM) for 2021 and both supporting me in general county management, safeguarding and complaints. I am pleased that Ollie Smith has agreed to lead the Programme and Youth Shaped team which Jo, Angela and Jamie will be part of as well as continuing as the tour-de-force County Youth Commissioner.

    Please share with me in congratulating them all on their new roles!  

    Further role appointments will be announced soon and watch out for further role adverts via email, website and social media.

    Best wishes for 2020 and as ever, feel free to invite me to your Beaver, Cub, Scout, or Explorer meeting, it doesn’t have to be a special evening, just drop me a line!

    Mark

    Mark Pearson

    County Commissioner – Suffolk

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