County Team

Scouting across Berkshire is supported by an extended network of volunteer managers. Information about their responsibilities is included below. 

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countyadmin@berkshirescouts.org.uk

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County Team

County Management Team

Nigel Bevan, County Commissioner (CC). Nigel is the lead volunteer for Scouting in Berkshire. He sets the strategic vision and direction for our work by leading the County Team, the County Executive Committee and the District Commissioners.
Contact CC – Nigel Bevan

Pete Jeffreys, Deputy County Commissioner (DCC). Pete leads our work on growth and development, marketing and communications. He line manages our Local Development Officer and Volunteering Development Officer.
Contact DCC – Pete Jeffreys

Simon Pickett, Deputy County Commissioner for Programme (DCC Programme). Simon leads the support teams for our youth programme. Through Assistant County Commissioners, Assistant District Commissioners and others, Simon and his team provide support to help volunteers in Sections to deliver high quality programmes to young people.
Contact DCC Programme – Simon Pickett

Frank Cselik, County Training Manager (CTM). Frank leads the adult training team who manage, support and deliver the training process to adults across Berkshire.
Contact CTM – Frank Cselik

James Mulligan and Rachel Stout, County Youth Commissioners (CYCs). James and Rachel are the key advocates for the involvement of young people’s voices to shape Scouting across Berkshire. They work closely with the County Team to ensure our activities are youth shaped, and work with District Commissioners to appoint and support District Youth Commissioners.
Contact CYCs – James Mulligan & Rachel Stout

Mick Stocks, Appointments Advisory Committee (AAC) Chair. Mick provides wide-ranging advice and support to the County Team on a range of projects. He also line manages our County Administrator.
Contact AAC Chair – Mick Stocks

Ian Aitken, County Chair. Ian leads the County Executive Committee in managing the finance, reputation and risk of the organisation.
Contact County Chair – Ian Aitken

County Office Staff

Karen Thurlow, County Administrator (CA). Karen is responsible for coordinating a wide range of activities including First Response training, and Activity Permits. Karen leads on the production of our regular email newsletters to adult members, and on support to Appointments Chairs and Secretaries.
Contact CA – Karen Thurlow

Kim Williams, Local Development Officer (LDO). Kim focuses on supporting local volunteer teams to grow Scouting. This can be by opening new sections, or expanding the capacity of existing sections. Kim also coordinates all enquiries for young people to join their local Scout Group.
Contact LDO – Kim Williams

Becky Eytle, Volunteering Development Officer (VDO). Becky leads a number of projects aimed at improving the experience of our adult volunteers. She is currently focused on the Induction Process, and GSL Induction. Becky also works proactively to advertise volunteer vacancies and handle enquiries from prospective volunteers.
Contact VDO – Becky Eytle

Programme Team

Simon Pickett, DCC Programme. Simon leads the support teams for our youth programme. Through Assistant County Commissioners, Assistant District Commissioners and others, Simon and his team provide support to help volunteers in Sections to deliver high quality programmes to young people.
Contact DCC Programme – Simon Pickett

Ian May, ACC International. Ian leads our support for international projects such as World Scout Jamborees, Uganda 2019, and WINGS. He is also active in supporting Sections and Group to go abroad as part of their programme. 
Contact ACC International – Ian May

Bob Meldrum, ACC Activities. Bob supports volunteers to include adventurous activities as a part of their programme, by supporting a number of Active Support Units and operating the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme. 
Contact ACC Activities – Bob Meldrum

Joe Halls & Kirsty Aldridge, County Beaver Scout Leaders CBSLs.
Contact CBSLs – Joe Halls & Kirsty Aldridge

Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) Cubs.
Contact DCC Programme – Simon Pickett

Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) Scouts.
Contact DCC Programme – Simon Pickett

Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) Explorers.
Contact DCC Programme – Simon Pickett

Simon Quantrell, County Scout Network Leader (CSNL). Simon works closely with District Scout Network Commissioners to improve the provision and engagement for 18-25 year olds across Berkshire.
Contact CSNL – Simon Quantrell

Phill Wood, ACC Young Leaders. Phill supports District Young Leaders Leaders to engage with Young Leaders through their module training, ongoing support, and other initiatives.
Contact ACC Young Leaders – Phill Wood

Adult Training Team

Kennet District
Local Training Administrator – Carolyn Evans

Loddon District
Local Training Manager – Jenny Lamprell
Local Training Administrator – Jane Moore

Maidenhead District
Local Training Manager – Contact CTM

Pang Valley District
Local Training Manager – Jeff Howman
Local Training Administrator – Karen Shenton

Reading Central District
Local Training Manager – Kris McCabe

Slough District
Local Training Manager – Sue Took
Local Training Administrator – Sarah Ainsworth

South Berkshire District
Local Training Manager – Suzanne Johnson
Local Training Administrator – Eric Johnson

South East Berkshire District
Local Training Managers – Penny Fox and Angie Nielsen

Taceham Hundred District
Local Training Manager – Pete Kearley
Local Training Administrator – Carolyn Evans

Windsor and Eton District
Local Training Administrator – Wendy Allum

Wokingham District
Local Training Manager – Ruth Fillingham
Local Training Administrator – Jean King

County Executive Committee

Ian Aitken, County Chair. Ian leads the County Executive Committee in managing the finance, reputation and risk of the organisation.
Contact County Chair – Ian Aitken

James Mulligan, County Vice-Chair

Mark Taylor, County Treasurer. Mark manages and monitors all aspects of county finances. Mark is supported by a Finance & Risk sub-committee.
Contact County Treasurer – Mark Taylor

Ex-officio members
County Commissioner – Nigel Bevan
County Treasurer – Mark Taylor
Joint County Youth Commissioners – James Mulligan & Rachel Stout

Elected members
Erica Hunter, Robin Kent, Jan Large; Bhupendra Patel, Pete Smith

Nominated members:
Pete Jeffreys, Ian May

Co-opted members
Safety Coordinator – Howard De Silva
WINGS 2020 – Stuart Ford, Simona Saunders

Minutes Secretary, Helen Price

District Commissioners

LoddonDC Geoff Barnes, Deputy DC Jenny Lamprell

KennetActing DC, Pete Jeffreys

MaidenheadGraham Parkins

Pang ValleyGrant Bailey

Reading CentralPaul Bandy

SloughActing DC, Dave Shaw, Deputy DC David Docherty

South BerkshireDC Graeme Thompson, Deputy DC Pam Pearce

South East BerkshireDC Steve Richards, Deputy DC Derek Salter

Taceham HundredDC Caroline Coopey, Deputy DC Pete Kearley, Deputy DC Julian Payen

Windsor and EtonDavid Smith

WokinghamDC Lorraine Bolam, Deputy DC Cheryl Carter, Deputy DC Neil Graham

How to get involved

Register interest in volunteering or join our youth programme