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Chief Commissioner's Blog | The well planned and the opportunistic

This week, Wayne talks about the balance between having a plan and going with the flow!

The well planned and the opportunistic

Whilst much of the last 10 days have been taken up with a variety of meetings and discussions to improve the effectiveness of our project management and planning, we have also taken good advantage of unexpected opportunities!

Planning for success

Various meetings in the last 10 days have included my team, the Senior Staff Team and the Trustees - discussing governance and focussing on ensuring that we have effective project management (which remains a key challenge for us in our complex structure of partnership between staff and volunteers) and plans to achieve key priorities for the coming financial year (April-March).

As we have previously said, we are very focussed on the number one priority of supporting section and unit leaders to deliver fun and exciting Programmes for young people, as the key to our continued success.

Discussions have also included ensuring the return of Compass adult membership functionality and I am pleased to say that we continue to be on schedule to do that later this month.

The opportunistic

Good planning and effective project management will be at the core of achieving our success, but this week also demonstrated that we must and can be opportunistic when presented with the chance.  When 10 year old Harry Mathieson hit the headlines earlier this week having achieved 41 badges and receiving extensive media interest across many channels, we took the opportunity to highlight how Scouting continues to be relevant in the 21st century including reaching out to our largest audience yet of 6m listeners across the BBC radio network. Similarly, the sad passing of David Bowie saw many copies of the photograph of him as a Scout also hitting the media.

Kicking off Cubs 100

And so what better way to launch the centenary of Cub Scouting with a human story of relevance, to be followed up this coming weekend with a national launch involving Cub Scouts from across the UK enjoying a sleepover in London Zoo!  More of this next week.

Handing over

I was also delighted on Wednesday at the announcement that Tim Kidd is to take over the role of UK Chief Commissioner in September from me.  You may or may not, however, be reassured to know that I am far from demob happy, and continue to have a full diary and programme for the remaining few months of my appointment whilst working with Tim to ensure a good handover. More planning! 

Much more importantly, we very much hope that you will be able to join us at Gilwell Reunion on 3 September for the handover and a fab weekend. Book early, we have a fun weekend in store, including the AGM!



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