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In Wansdyke, we’ve moved to a team-based approach. This means we can share the load, and help volunteers work to their skills and experiences.

There are two main parts to the district team, these are:

  • The district Trustee Board, responsible for governance, compliance, and finances
  • The district operational team, responsible for the day-to-day running of the district, split into six main strands:
    • Programme
    • Groups
    • Support
    • Volunteering development
    • General duties
    • Youth-shaped Scouting

Find out what each team is responsible for, and how to contact them below.

The district operational team

Responsible for the day-to-day running of the district.

District Commissioner (Lead Volunteer) Team
About this team

Where previously there used to be one District Commissioner (DC), the lead volunteer for the district, there is now a team.

Each person in this team looks after one of the district teams (programme, groups, support, volunteering development or general duties).

Contact this team

You can contact the team at dc.team@wansdykescouts.org.uk. Your email will be responded to by the most appropriate person for your query.

The team is made up of
Name
Role
Email address
Team email address
District Commissioner Team
Will Summerill
District Commissioner – Programme
Graham Bush
District Commissioner – Groups
James Swallow
District Commissioner – Support
Stuart Whale
District Commissioner – Volunteering Development
Stu Ballard
District Commissioner – General Duties
Programme Team
About this team

This team is responsible for the provision of district activities and events, section support (Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and 14-25 (Explorers and Network)), nights away (permits and notifications), and activities (permits and notifications).

Contact this team

Choose the most appropriate person for your query below, or contact Will Summerill (District Commissioner – Programme), via will.summerill@wansdykescouts.org.uk

Notifications

For nights away notifications, please email your notification and risk assessment to nan@wansdykescouts.org.uk

For activity notifications, please use the form on the county website.

The team is made up of
Name
Role
Email address
Will Summerill
District Commissioner – Programme
Louise Smee
Assistant District Commissioner (Section Support – Beavers)
Vacant
Assistant District Commissioner (Section Support – Cubs)
Vacant
Jim Pratt
Assistant District Commissioner (Section Support – Scouts)
Will Holmes
District Explorer Scout Commissioner (14-25 Lead)
Tony Clutten
Assistant District Commissioner (Activities)
Ian Tucker
District Nights Away Adviser
Wilf Harrison
District Nights Away Adviser
Groups Team
About this team

This team is responsible for supporting groups in the district. It includes the Group Scout Leaders for each group as well.

Contact this team

Choose the most appropriate person for your query below, or contact Graham Bush (District Commissioner – Groups), via graham.bush@wansdykescouts.org.uk.

The team is made up of
Name
Role
Email address
Graham Bush
District Commissioner – Groups
Support Team
About this team

This team is responsible for the wider support available to volunteers in the district, including media/communications, inclusion, safeguarding and badges.

Contact this team

Choose the most appropriate person for your query below, or contact James Swallow (District Commissioner – Support), via james.swallow@wansdykescouts.org.uk.

The team is made up of
Name
Role
Email address
James Swallow
District Commissioner – Support
Helen Bush
District Adviser – Inclusion (Special Needs)
John Mander
District Badge Secretary

Volunteering Development Team
About this team

This team is responsible for the development of adult volunteers in the district, including recruitment, the welcome process, appointments and reviews, learning (formerly ‘training’), and awards.

Contact this team

Choose the most appropriate person for your query below, or contact Stuart Whale (District Commissioner – Volunteering Development), via stuart.whale@wansdykescouts.org.uk.

The team is made up of
Name
Role
Email address
Stuart Whale
District Commissioner – Volunteering Development
General Duties Team
About this team

This team is responsible for other responsibilities, which don’t fall under the other teams in the district, including liaising with the trustee board, the development of the district, and district overview.

Contact this team

Choose the most appropriate person for your query below, or contact Stu Ballard (District Commissioner – General Duties), via stu.ballard@wansdykescouts.org.uk.

The team is made up of
Name
Role
Email address
Stu Ballard
District Commissioner – General Duties

Youth-Shaped Team
This team is currently under development.

In the meantime, please contact James Swallow (District Commissioner – Support), via james.swallow@wansdykescouts.org.uk

District Trustee Board

The trustee board has responsibilities to keep the district running from a governance and compliance perspective. It supports the district operational team to complete its duties and provides oversight of:

  • Finance (including of Explorer Scout Units)
  • Charity Commission compliance
  • Data Protection compliance (including of Explorer Scout Units)
  • Risk management
  • Insurance for the district
  • Compliance with The Scouts’ Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR)
  • Other responsibilities as set out by The Scouts
Trustee Board membership
Contact this team

Choose the most appropriate person for your query below, or contact Nigel Wright (District Trustee Board Chair), via nigel.wright@wansdykescouts.org.uk.

The team is made up of
Name
Role
Email address
Nigel Wright
Trustee Board Chair
Maddie Difazio-Wright
Secretary
Tim Miles
Treasurer
John Mander
Charity Commission compliance
Stu Ballard
District Commissioner Team representative
Will Holmes
District Explorer Scout Commissioner (14-25 Lead)
James Swallow
Data Protection and Communications

Other contacts

Contact
Email address
Telephone
Scouts Support Centre
Scouts Safeguarding Team
020 8433 7164
Avon County Office
01454 613006

At a glance…

Our district structure makes it easy to see the different teams in the district.

General contacts

Some useful addresses you may need.

DC Team – dc.team@wansdykescouts.org.uk

Data Protection – dataprotection@wansdykescouts.org.uk

Nights Away Notifications – nan@wansdykescouts.org.uk

Activity Notifications – via the county website

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