County Office

The County Office is the busy operating base for our three paid members of staff (left to right): Becky Eytle, Volunteering Development Officer (VDO); Karen Thurlow, County Administrator (CA); and Kim Williams, Local Development Officer (LDO). 

This page provides information on the services provided by Karen Thurlow, CA. Click the appropriate links to find pages which explain the services and support provided by Kim Williams (LDO) and Becky Eytle (VDO).

Contact details for CA and County Office

Email
County Administrator – Karen Thurlow

Telephone
0118 978 8292

Berkshire Scouts
County Administrator
Sindlesham Court
Mole Road, Wokingham
RG41 5EA

Meet Karen Thurlow, CA

Hi, I’m Karen the County Administrator, I’ve been working for Berkshire Scouts for six years. My Scouting goes back a long way, my years as a Venture Scout in Derbyshire, and getting involved again when my children joined Scouting as Beavers. Many years later (my son is now an Explorer and my daughter a Scout!), I now have volunteer roles both in the Group and the District.

My background as a PA at Microsoft stood me in great stead for dealing with the demands and variety of the County Office and I’ve enjoyed developing the county administrator role, and the support we provide to our volunteers across the County.

Services and support provided by the CA

Karen provides a wide range of services and support to the county team as well as directly to adult volunteers and young people across the county.

The role of CA was initially established to take away some of the administration tasks carried out by county team members to allow them to spend more time on delivering support. Whilst administration is still a key part of the role the tasks cover a much wider range of support activities.

The list below is a summary of some of the tasks undertaken by Karen – between the many emails and phone calls that come into the office:

CA
tasks
website
page
CEC adminlink
County AGM admin
Bookkeeping/expenses/invoices
AAC admin & Appointments Secretary
eDofE adminlink
First Response bookings
Activity Permitslink
Activity Training (funding)link
County Directory
Website (imports)
Asset Register
Insurance
Adult Training (enquiries)link
Adult Training (HL)
Berkshire News
International (visits abroad pack)link
County badges
PAT testinglink
Safety ASU adminlink
Adult Personal Files (supply)
Bookings (Sindlesham)
County Appointments records
WINGS 2020 admin supportlink
Activities adminlink
Young Leaders adminlink
Communications (general)
Top award recordslink
Conferences/Workshops
Uganda 2019 stage paymentslink

How to get involved

Register interest in volunteering or join our youth programme