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Rhian Moore appointed Chief Commissioner of Wales

We are delighted to announce that Rhian Moore will shortly be joining Team UK as the newly appointed Chief Commissioner of Wales.

Joining the Movement in 2012, Rhian’s Scouting journey is perhaps less conventional than most. Unlike 90% of our adult volunteers, she had no prior connections with Scouting (besides a brief childhood stint as a Brownie).

Unsure of where the role would lead, she initially signed up to volunteer following a house move, keen to meet like-minded people and to play a more active role in her community. What started off as a way to help others quickly became a passion, and Rhian has since become a key and valued member of the Welsh team.

Within her first year of volunteering as an Assistant Cub Leader, she volunteered as Commissioner of Communications for Wales, applying her extensive professional experience in communications to promote Scouting to key audiences in Wales and improve public perception. Since then, she has supported the Wales team on a number of internal and external campaigns - supporting the launch of ScoutsCymru, representing Wales as part of the wider team supporting the development and introduction of the new UK Scouting brand, and working on a number of toolkits for volunteers to share their stories. On the ground, she’s taken on a variety of local roles over the last five years, and is currently supporting Scouts in Pencoed, where she’s an active Assistant Scout Leader, heading up their local YouShape programme planning and community involvement.

Outside of Scouting, Rhian is an award-winning communicator and PR professional, working as the Head of Internal Communications for Great Western Railway, and leading a team of volunteers in her role as Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in Wales.

Speaking of her new Scouting role, Rhian said: ‘I’m delighted to be the new Chief Commissioner for Wales. It’s an exciting time to be taking on this role and working with the teams in Wales and the UK. We have recently launched a new strategy that focuses on giving young people the skills for life that will help them develop into amazing young people and give back to their communities, and we have amazing volunteers all over Wales who are supporting young people’s development. Thanks to the great work already in place, Scouting in Wales is growing, but we want to grow even more.

Volunteers can’t do this alone, so I’m looking forward to working with the Board and with my colleagues in Wales and across the UK to make sure we shift the perception of Scouting and showcase the fact it’s not only about fun and adventure; but about providing young people with life skills that last a lifetime.’

Tim Kidd, UK Chief Commissioner said: ‘I’m really pleased and excited with the appointment of Rhian as the Chief Commissioner of Wales. Rhian has an excellent track record of Scouting in Wales and indeed across the UK. I am sure that her communication skills and infectious passion for Scouting will help her as she leads Scouting in Wales to build on its achievements of the past years and provide even better Scouting for more young people. I wish Rhian all the best in this new appointment.’

Andrew Tuggey, Chair, ScoutsCymru said ‘I and my colleagues on the Board of Trustees of ScoutsCymru are delighted that Rhian Moore has been appointed the new Chief Commissioner Wales. The Board congratulates her and greatly looks forward to working in close partnership to give her the full support she needs to lead ScoutsCymru to deliver #SkillsForLife for young people across Wales.’

Tim Kidd will act as the Chief Commissioner of Wales until Rhian officially takes up the role on 1 December 2018.

 

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