Sam Morris appointed Deputy Chief Commissioner of EnglandThe Scout Association is pleased to announce that Sam Morris will be supporting Team UK as Deputy Chief Commissioner of England.
Sam has been involved in Scouting since the age of six, joining Beavers at his local Group in Berkshire. He went through the sections before returning to help at his old Cub Pack as a Young Leader, and an adult leader upon turning 18. He continued to volunteer with Cubs during his degree, and also became involved with a HQ Steering Group within Adult Support.
After graduating, Sam needed a more flexible voluntary role to fit around his new job, and so became Assistant County Commissioner (Cub Scouts), a role he held for over four years. Sam has also been involved with the Contingent Management Team for the UK’s contingent at the 2010 World Scout Moot in Kenya, and most recently held the role of Deputy County Commissioner for Essex.
His favourite Scouting moments have included being part of the team for Essex Scouts during the 2012 Olympic Torch activities, opening County Cub camp for 2000 Cub Scouts and leaders, and visiting Kenya with the Moot.
In his professional life, Sam is the Head of Volunteering for an NHS Trust in London, managing a volunteering programme across five hospitals.
Sam says: ‘I'm really excited to get stuck in and start adding value to Team UK. I'm most looking forward to getting out and about, getting to know the County and Regional Commissioners who make up Team England, and seeing the great Scouting that is being delivered up and down the country. My aspiration is that every young person can have access to a brilliant Programme of activities that changes their life for the better, and I want every volunteer to feel supported and inspired.’
Alex Peace-Gadsby, Chief Commissioner of England, said: ‘It’s fantastic that Sam is joining the team! It really matters to us that all volunteers feel valued, supported and listened to, and the addition of Sam enables us to help others even more. Helping young people develop life-changing skills through a brilliant Programme is at the heart of Scouting, and so it is particularly exciting that Sam's role is focussed on this.’
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