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Wayne caught up with our friends in Scouting Ireland and joined colleagues at Gilwell to assess plans going forward…

Scouting in Ireland

On Tuesday I returned to Ireland to co-host a meeting with the Chief Scout of Scouting Ireland, Michael-John Shinnick, together with colleagues from Scouting Ireland and The Scout Association in Northern Ireland. At the meeting we reviewed an agreement between our two associations, which was formally established 10 years ago (though working partnerships were in play many years before that) and governs the basis on which Scouting in Northern Ireland operates.

Our discussions followed on from my visit to Scouting Ireland in April last year, where, among other things, I talked about the opportunities to expand our current collaborations to ensure that young people are the main beneficiaries of what Scouting has to offer. We agreed a number of actions having explored what works and what opportunities there are to improve things in the future; we have also agreed to follow up in a couple of months’ time.

Returning to London on Wednesday, I joined a group of colleagues to take forward the objectives within our Scouting for All strategy to ensure Scouting truly reflects its local communities.

Striking the right balance

I also took the opportunity this week to meet up with colleagues who travelled to London for a meeting.  On this occasion, Dean Smith updated on the progress of our Future Leaders Programme strategy.

I returned to Gilwell Park on Friday for a busy day of interviews for the Director of Commercial Services, where, as part of the panel chaired by Matt Hyde, we interviewed a great selection of candidates and were delighted by the appointment that we have been able to make. This was another great opportunity to catch up with other colleagues and on this occasion, Gordon Boyd, Treasurer, was a fellow member of the panel.    

A brief meeting with a consultant from the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, who is helping us with our project management processes, just about left me enough time to head back to Guernsey.




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