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National Section Leaders

National Kea Leader - Caroline Perry

“Originally from the UK, I began my involvement with youth organisations as a Brownie, then a Guide and then helping as a Young Leader until I left to travel and go to university at the age of 18.

In 2003, whilst working as a volunteer coordinator trying to get university students to volunteer I thought I should practice what I preached and volunteer again myself. A local Scout group was advertising for help with Cubs so I joined. I stayed with 33rd Huddersfield (Slaithwaite) Scout Group until mid-2011 when I left the UK and moved to New Zealand. At Slaithwaite I started as an Adult Helper, and then got my warrant to become an Assistant Cub Leader, then Cub Leader until 2008 when I had to take some time out for study. In 2009 I went back as an Assistant Beaver Leader (aka Keas) from 2009 until 2011.

In addition to being involved at group level I was involved at District (Zone) as part of the Scout Centenary Committee between 2006 and early 2008, planning our events to mark the centenary. I was also on the Appointments Committee, which interviewed all potential new Leaders in the District, from 2009-2011.

After moving to New Zealand and settling in Auckland, I joined St Chads Scouts as a Kea Leader and then became Group Leader in late 2014.

Scouting provides such fantastic opportunities for young people and at Keas I love seeing them try new things and start to gain new skills. I look forward to working with Kea Leaders around the country, supporting them in their role and supporting their Kea Clubs.

Outside of Scouts I live in Auckland and work for Brake, the road safety charity.”    

National Cub Leader - Jocelyn Gardner

"Scouting has been a huge part of my life for many years. As part of my service to the community for my Gold DOE, our Leader suggested I come along to Cubs one night. I instantly knew this was something I was really going to enjoy.

I have been a warranted Cub Leader in many packs - starting at St. Mary’s Levin, Waterloo Lower Hutt, Silverstream Upper Hutt and Cockle Bay in Howick. I held the position of Zone Cub Leader in Manukau for 14 years until I became Assistant National Cub Leader, then National Cub Leader in 2014.

I have the Bar to the Silver Tiki Award and am a Life Member of Scouts Manukau.  I was a member of the Uniform Task Force involved in designing our new SCOUTSNZ uniform and I really enjoyed this work.

The highlights of my time in Scouting are getting to know the youth members and watching them grow into well-rounded young people. I am always proud when I see their achievements and successes later in their lives, knowing that they were one of my Cubs.  

As part of my role I am lucky to get to meet many Leaders from all over New Zealand who share the same passion for Scouting as I do, and to encourage and support them in their roles. I support the Zone Cub Leaders to provide training programmes, Sixer Leadership Courses, Kea-Cub, and Cub Scout Link Camps.  I am involved in keeping the Award Scheme, Personal Challenge Badges and the National Programmes current.

I also get to meet so many Cubs who I enjoy chatting to about their badges earned, the adventures they are about to have or had, the fun times at camps, getting outdoors and their ideas on making Cubs FUN."

National Scout Leader - Callum Clark

“I am originally from Dunedin but currently living in Queenstown. SCOUTS has always been a major part of my life since I joined up as a Kea when I was six years old, and I have been involved ever since as both a youth member and a Leader.

I took a break recently from studies and Scouting to travel and live overseas but when I came back I found myself more involved than I ever had been and even representing the Lower South Island on the National Council in 2015 and also helping organise and facilitate Zone events. Shortly after my move to Queenstown I became the Group Leader of the Queenstown Scout Group and in addition to my work as a Leader I am also a keen Rover and member of the Otago Rover Crew.

I think the opportunities offered in SCOUTS really do empower young people to reach their full potential, much as it has empowered me to reach my own goals in life.  When I reflect back on some of my best memories, they come from my time in SCOUTS. I look forward to working with Scout Leaders around New Zealand as we move forward as One Team making a positive impact in our communities.

In my spare time I can usually be found somewhere outdoors tramping, mountain biking or out kayaking. I work for AccorHotels on their Graduate Management Programme.”

National Venturer Leaders

Iain Richardson

"My name is Iain Richardson, better known as Possum.  Along with Cabbage, I’ve been appointed to the role of National Venturer Leader.  With Greg Walsh and a few others, we are looking to run this role as a team affair to give it all the attention and passion it deserves. We are really excited about working with youth and leaders to improve what is already
and  great  section,  making  sure  the  programme  and  award  scheme  are  suitable  and
relevant, that our units are youth-led and thriving, and that as many scouts as possible are having the opportunity to move up to Venturers and continue their time in Scouting.

Through my time in Scouting, I have achieved the Queen’s and St George’s Scout Awards, been to and helped run several National events, and have had the privilege to represent New  Zealand  overseas  at  the  21st World  Jamboree  in England  and  at  the  World  Scout Conference  in  Slovenia. I’m currently a proud Rover with Victoria Rover Crew and a Venturer leader with Endeavour Venturers in Wellington.

In the non-scouting world, I work as a Business Analyst, enjoy the outdoors, running, football and podcasting."

Andrew Morrison

"I’m that Cabbage guy who Possum mentioned he is partnered with as your new National Venturer Leaders. Like Possum, I am really looking forward to working with Greg Walsh as a joint team, along with all the other Regional, Zone and Section Venturer Leaders. This is a fantastic opportunity, where we can continue to build the growing culture of Venturers getting out there and doing things. I’m particularly looking forward to working with the Scout section to increase the percentage of Scouts that move into Venturers and to ensure they are retained in the section, in hope that this will create strong, open Venturer units in our regions and zones.

While Possum is a current Venturer Leader,andI have spent some time as UNI Regional Venturer Leader, I feel there is more opportunity for more growth and support to come from a national level in supporting the work that has been done by Greg Walsh to help push that through and be able to support Venturers at a Region, Zone and Section level.

I have been through all sections of Scouting, and found the Venturer section was the most rewarding for me. I was group Quartermaster on the group committee as a Venturer and spent 5 years as a Group Leader. At the last NZ Venture I was in charge of the evening Entertainment programme and ceremonies.  I am also currently a member of the Roskill Rover Crew a, member of the Moot organizing Committee for the upcoming 2017 Rover Moot, and the Chair of the National Rover Council."

National Rover Leader - Andrew Kenny

"I was born and bred in Ashburton but currently live in Christchurch. I have been a member of SCOUTS New Zealand for almost 29 years and have grown through all the sections of Scouting.  I have always had a great passion for the Movement; some of my most memorable moments of my life to date have been thanks to SCOUTS. I started Scouting as a Kea and it wasn’t long till I was firmly cemented in the Movement. I worked my way up through all the sections and for the last 15 years have been a very active Rover with participation in many local, national and international events. I have been presented with my Chief Scout, Queen’s Scout, BP Award and Medal of Merit. I was presented with my Gilwell Scarf and Beads in 2010 which was a very special occasion for me as they were presented by the same leader who also presented my Chief Scout and Queen’s Scout Awards.

At a National level, I was an elected member of the NEC from 2005 to 2007 during the implementation of New Scouting. From 2008 to 2010 I was an elected member of the National Council and was very active in working with the Zone Teams in my Region and communicating their thoughts at the council meetings.

I have also been involved in organising National events such as Scout Jamborees, Ventures and Moots. I was a Group Leader for the Linwood Scout Group in Christchurch from 2006 to 2008.  I enjoy assisting others in providing the Scouting experience to our youth, leaders and families. My other voluntary interests include being a Cadet Unit Commander in the New Zealand Cadet Forces where I have held a commission for 12 years. My Unit is based in Ashburton where I was a Cadet and again worked my way up to obtain the rank of Major.

When I'm not volunteering, I am working for the Gough Group as a Health and Safety Advisor."