Tina Curtis
District Comissioner

My Scouting life started with my son joining Beavers and, like a lot of leaders, I became involved with the group’s executive committee and gradually worked my way to Cub Leader and then joined the District Team. I really enjoy working with other leaders and the young people to make sure they both get the most from their Scouting experience. Discovering the next level of Scouting and learning how everything works at County & National level is much more fun than I thought it would be and I am looking forward to helping shape the future for Scouting and for our young people to develop skills for life.

Graham Bush
Deputy District Commisioner
Ian Tucker
Deputy District Commisioner

 I have have been a Scout leader for 18 years. I  started helping out at High Littleton when they were short of Scout Leaders. This continued until 2007 when I  became the  Explorer Scout Leader at Mercury who are based in Radstock. After ten years in this role, I decided to stand down and let the younger leaders have a go. I was then asked to join the District team and with the Chew Stoke Group in need of help I agreed to take on the role as Group Scout Leader which I am currently still doing. 

John Mander
Chair/Media Development Manager (Print)

John Mander, District Chairman, has been involved in Scouting since the age of 11. He has over 30 years’ experience as an ASL, SL, and GSL in Croydon. He retired to Wansdyke in 2006 and served as Group Executive member in Radstock, and for 5 years was District Secretary.

Jane Bale

One day at work, a good friend, colleague and GSL asked me to help out with his Cub Pack and so began my Scouting career.  After taking on the roles of Assistant Cub Scout Leader (West Wiltshire) and Assistant Beaver Scout Leader (Wansdyke) I have now moved to being Group Secretary and District Secretary, supporting the Leaders and Groups from the admin side. 

John Sharp
Ian Carter

Known by many as Carts, joining Keynsham Cubs in 1963 and never left! My first Leadership role was Cub Scout leader during 1976 -1986, Troop Scout Leader 1986-1990, Venture Scout Leader 1989 -2002, District Explorer Scout Commissioner 2003 -2013, Keynsham GSL 2003-date. I hate knots, have a passion for supporting young people to challenge and develop them. I embrace change taking the view nothing should stay the same

David Moore

I enjoyed my time as a Cub and Scout with Saltford Scout Group. When the time came to move on, I wanted to give something back to Scouting, so I volunteered as an assistant leader. I am still one today and still like seeing the Scouts getting all that they do from Scouting. I also enjoy working with the adults in Scouting - helping new leaders through their training and helping the district team as one of the trustees.

Tony Stringer

I have been involved with Scouting in an administrative capacity since May 1990 initially as Group Secretary for 1st Saltford.

I joined the District Executive in June 1993 and became District Appointments Secretary in August 1998 which is still my primary role.

Also served as Avon County Appointments Secretary from 1999 - 2008.

20 years in one role is more than enough for anyone so if someone would like to take on the role please contact the DC.


Tristan Stuart

I joined as a Beaver and progressed through the sections and really enjoyed the experience and skills I gained.  I then became an ASL, I have also held the roles of ACSL, SL and CL and have really enjoyed working with young people and passing on the knowledge I have gained to them at section meetings and large district events.  When the District Executive asked for younger members to join them I was happy to step up.

James Swallow
Media Development Manager

My Scouting story started aged six at local group High Littleton, where I'm currently a young leader and the Data Protection Officer. I worked my way up through Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and am currently an active Explorer Scout in the district. As the Media Development Manager for Wansdyke, my job is to promote the amazing things we achieve as Scouts and to support recruitment through all media platforms- including this website! I also help groups to utilise technology and communication to improve Scouting and make leaders' lives that little bit easier, so they can focus on the fun stuff!

Mark Smee
Explorer Scout Commissioner
Jim Pratt
Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts)

The reason I do Scouting is for the fun, adventure,the chance to do something different, and giving back to the local community.

Emily Johns-Turner
Assistant District Commissioner (Cubs)
Phillipa Couzens
Assistant District Commissioner (Beavers)

I became a Beaver Scout Leader in 2003 when my son joined, and stayed on in the group when he moved up to Cubs. I then had a District Assistant role, over a few years helping at least 3 other Beaver Scout Colonies and a Cub pack to start up and expand. I enjoyed working as a part of a team to deliver weekly sessions, there is always lots of laughter and I got to do all sorts of fun things I wouldn't have otherwise done. I've learned some new skills and been able to pass some of them on.With my husband, I also ran a District 5 a side football annual event for several years and got involved in other District events such as WanJam. I am now supporting a great team of enthusiastic leaders, and enjoy organising Beaver events and sleepovers.

Tony Clutten
Assistant District Commissioner (Activities)
I started at 7 in Cubs then Scouts and Venture Scouts which were new then. I was an ASL (cubs) at 14 running the Cub football team and at 15 was running a cCb pack and organising Explorers and a Guide troop program-all unofficially of course! All this was in Essex .
At 21 I left Scouts and became a full time outdoor pursuits instructor for 7 months for a Boys Brigade centre in Poole.  I then moved back to Essex and took on a job travelling away. After a further 5 months I got a local job and I took on ASL Scouts and ADC scouts in Essex moving to a Sea scout troop as SL when they became leaderless. After 18 years as SL Sea Scouts, I moved to Bath and then had another year out of Scouting whilst I did up my home in Clandown, Radstock.
I joined Midsomer Norton as ASL then SL  then added AGSL. Work took me away from home so I handed over the troop but stayed as ASL at MSN. When Clutton had no leaders I moved  there as ASL where I am currently temporary SL. I also hold roles as ADC Activities Wansdyke, Senior Instructor Avon County Sailing Team, and Coach at Avon Scout and Guide Canoe Club.I have been around in Scouting 61 years and  have held roles in scouting 54 years; 52 officially. 
Scouting has taken me places I would not have had the opportunity or confidence to go. It has certainly given me Skills for Life and I hope to keep on passing these on.
Stuart Whale
Assistant District Commissioner (Training)

One thing just leads to another!  Having been a Cub & Scout in my youth I reconnected with Scouting with my children as they joined Beavers in 2007.  It wasn’t long before I started to volunteer; first as Beaver Scout Leader and then Group Scout Leader. Now I help and support volunteers completing their Scout Training.

Will Holmes
District Youth Commissioner

I started Scouting in High Littleton, moving up through the sections before returning as a Young Leader, then becoming an Assistant Scout Leader when I turned 18. I joined the group executive committee shortly after, representing the young peoples’ voice in the group. I now look after the #YouShape initiative across the district, ensuring groups are taking part in Youth-Shaped Scouting and the programme is led and developed by young people; for young people.

Hilary Mander
Badge Secretary

Hilary Mander, District Badge Secretary, served as a Beaver Leader in Croydon for 5 years, before retiring to Wansdyke and supporting husband John (District Chairman).

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