Central Yorkshire Scouts - County President

I am delighted and very excited to announce that Jane Dowson has agreed to accept the role of County President for Central Yorkshire Scouts.

Jane is an untiring advocate of ensuring that brilliant support, opportunities and services exist for all young people and over  the last few years has supported Central Yorkshire Scouts in many ways.

Jane’s professional experience as Deputy Executive Member for Children and Families, a founder of the Child Friendly Leeds initiative and Lord Mayor, coupled with her extensive knowledge of our County, places Jane in a unique position to support our development over the coming years.

Jane has accepted an initial term of two years and has agreed to support us in a number of ways including:Supporting the County to find opportunities for more young people from all backgrounds and communities.

  • Supporting the Pears Growth Project in Central Yorkshire, being a member of and providing an external perspective to the Working 
  • Group.
  • Promoting the work of the County in supporting young people and developing the public perception of Scouting
  • Supporting the County in developing relationships with other youth organisations, businesses, public sector and third sector organisations who have the potential to work in partnership.
  • Helping the County to effectively celebrate its success and achievements.

We are really grateful to Jane for accepting the role and I know you will join me in welcoming Jane to Scouting and wishing her every success.


County Advisor - Additional Needs and Inclusion
We are very pleased to announce that Jeni Burrell is taking on the role of County Adviser – Additional Needs and Inclusion.

Jeni’s role is all about helping us ensure that we are able to offer young people and adults with additional needs an opportunity to access and enjoy Scouting. We anticipate that most of Jeni’s role will be about advising leaders in ways to support young people into regular Scouting sections but Jeni will also be considering any special provision that the County could offer.

As with any new role it will take some time for Jeni to develop her knowledge and she will be looking to engage a team of leaders who have expertise and can offer advice on additional needs.

If you are interested in supporting Jeni, or have any queries around providing opportunities for young people with additional needs please contact Jeni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." rel="noopener" target="_blank">jeni.burrell@cycscouts.org.uk

We are very grateful to Jeni for taking on this role so that we can offer new support to all our adult volunteers.



Assistant County Commissioner (Scouts) - Lewis Simpson

We are delighted to announce that Lewis Simpson has taken on the role of Assistant County Commissioer (Scouts).

Lewis has been Scouting in and around Grimsby since the age of 6, where some truly inspirational leaders developed his passion and interest in Scouting. His highlight to date was being Assistant Unit Leader at the Jamboree in Japan where he was able to see how young people change and grow with the experience.   Lewis is now excited to be Unit Leader for Humberside Jamboree Unit 31 in 2019.

Now living in Leeds, Lewis has an academic career working as a lecturer in criminology at Leeds University where he is also working on his Ph.D.

Lewis has heard and seen amazing Scouting in Central Yorkshire and is eager to start his new role and be a part of the community. He is really looking forward to meeting us all.  If you see him wandering around anywhere, feel free to stop him and chat. 



Assistant County Commissioner (Explorers) - Jack Moore 

We are really pleased to announce that Jack Moore has taken on the role of Assistant County Commissioner (Explorers). 

Jack has been involved with Scouting in the past and has a huge amount of enthusiasm for supporting the Explorer age group. 

Jack's first contact with Scouting in Central Yorkshire was as a provider for National Citizen's Service, whom we were delighted to partner with over the summer to provide an opportunity for young people on the NCS programme to complete their social action project at our activity centre in Bramhope. Jack has a huge amount of experience supporting programme opportunities for the Explorer age group through NCS and is looking forward to using his experience to provide fantastic opportunities for Explorers in Central Yorkshire.