Our County Team

Scouting in Central Yorkshire is supported by our County Team, alongside our Executive Committee. These people work to enable Scouting to take place every in our Groups.

Scouting is primarily delivered to our young people at group & district level through our eight districts. The County Commissioner appoints a District Commissioner to lead each district, and each DC has their own district teams. The County Team works with the Executive Committee and our staff members to support the Scouts in Leeds and Wakefield.

If you would like to speak to a member of our County Team, please use the Contact buttons, or speak to our County Office.


Carol Milburn
County Commissioner

Role Responsibility
As County Commissioner I am privileged to lead a dedicated, energetic and inspirational team of volunteers who work together to make sure that Scouting in Central Yorkshire is inclusive, youth shaped, community focused and growing. We aim to provide our young people and adults with exciting experiences which provide challenge, fun and adventure whilst feeling safe, valued and supported.

It is a privilege to see Scouting making a real difference to communities and the lives of so many young people.

Ask me about

  • Why I volunteered to be a leader
  • The things I enjoy the most
  • The way in which you can become part of our movement
  • Adventures that you can be part of

Email: Carol.Milburn@cycscouts.org.uk

John Smallwood
Deputy County Commissioner

Role Responsibility
My key role is to contribute to the smooth running of Bramhope Campsite and Aldwark Activity Centre as well as supporting other major County events. In addition to this I am a member of the County Executive. I am a member of my old District’s Active Support Unit where my wife Margaret is still active.

Ask Me About

  • Bramhope Campsite
  • Aldwark Activity Centre
  • Nights Away Permit Scheme

Email: John.Smallwood@cycscouts.org.uk

Sarah McAtominey
Deputy County Commissioner – Development

Role Responsibility

My role within the County is to support with all things development. Whether this is co-ordinating the support to Groups or Districts that would like to open new sections or providing support and guidance on development projects in Groups and Districts. This can also involve supporting Groups and Districts with adult recruitment and the volunteer journey and co-ordinating support from the Regional Service Team.

Ask Me About

  • Creating new spaces for young people in your Group or District.
  • Recruiting adults to support Scouting in Groups or Districts.
  • Potential support for new sections
  • Areas of potential growth in your District.

Email: Sarah.McAtominey@cycscouts.org.uk

James Nehaul
Deputy County Commissioner – Programme

Role Responsibilities

My role is all about making sure that every young person in Scouting in Central Yorkshire has access to a high quality, safe, enjoyable programme providing them with plenty of opportunities to pick up valuable skills for life.

To do this I support the County Programme team to provide fantastic activities, events and support to Districts, as well as supporting the development and direction of Central Yorkshire as a whole as part of the County Leadership Team. As part of this role I am the Camp Leader for Challenge20.

Ask Me About

  • Programme implementation or support for any section
  • County activities and events – what your young people would like to see
  • Access to adventurous activities
  • Challenge 20
  • Any feedback that might help us to develop more fantastic programme opportunities for young people

Email: James.Nehaul@cycscouts.org.uk

Alison Fell
Deputy County Commissioner – People


Role Responsibilities

My role is to support the adult volunteers across the County to complete their training journey for their role with the provision of learning opportunities and support through validation.  The team also support on inclusion & diversity issues, safety and safeguarding, adult appointment committees as well as supporting Districts & groups with the Nights Away Permit Scheme.

Ask Me About

  • Anything to do with your own training journey
  • Support with inclusion & diversity
  • Support obtaining a Nights Away Permit
  • Anything volunteer journey related!

Email: Alison.Fell@cycscouts.org.uk



Jane Dowson
County President

Role Responsibility

The include the promotion of the wellbeing of Scouting in the wider community by assisting to develop relationships between Scouting and other institutions and associations.

Ask Me About

  • 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.

Adult Support

Alison Fell
County Training Manager

Role Responsibilities

  • Work with the County Commissioner and District Commissioners to maintain the right vision and structure for supporting learning opportunities across the County
  • Plan and ensure the delivery of a high-quality learning provision in the County so that all Adults in Scouting who are completing their training have access to suitable learning opportunities, ensuring that everyone involved in supporting the delivery has the relevant experience and knowledge to deliver the learning.
  • Recommend Wood Badges.

Ask Me About
We want all adults who volunteer in Scouting to have access to learning relevant to their role as quickly as possible. We do this in several ways:

  • We offer a wide range of courses in various locations throughout the County – many in your local District
  • We can provide alternative methods of learning such as e-learning, DVDs and workbooks for many modules
  • We can even provide one to one support, or arrange for extra training courses to be put on if the date, time or location is not suitable

Please let me know if you are finding it difficult to complete your training, get modules validated or want to access alternative methods of learning. The easiest way is to drop me an email via Alison.Fell@cycscouts.org.uk or you can ring the County Office (0113 2605917) and they will pass on a message.

Email: Alison.Fell@cycscouts.org.uk

County Safeguarding Adviser
County Advisor - Inclusion and Diversity

Please visit our vacancies page for information about this role!


Vicky Sanderson
County Communications Manager

Role Responsibility

I coordinate the use of Facebook and Twitter to promote the opportunities Scouting can offer in Central Yorkshire for Young People as well as showcasing our events such as Challenge Camps, Awards Evening and Silly Chilly. Working with a team of social media whizzes, photographers, video makers and technical gurus, we are able to cover most events in the County as well as regular weekly meetings.

Ask Me About

  • How you can use and set up Social Media for your District.
  • How to promote #YouShape within your Group.
  • How to positively engage and aid volunteer recruitment.
  • Safeguarding and Acceptable use of Social Media.
  • How to engage with my local community effectively.

Email: Vicky.Sanderson@cycscouts.org.uk


Andy Gallivan
Assistant County Commissioner – International

Role Responsibility

Promotion of International Scouting to the County, supporting World Jamborees, World Scout Moots, International Jamborees and camps both home and abroad, and County Expeditions. Promoting international opportunities at County events, e.g. Challenge 17 International Zone.

Advice to Groups undertaking an international trip, supporting international awards, e.g. Explorer Belt, and acting as a point of contact for the County for UK headquarters and International Scout Movements.

Ask me about

  • The Explorer Belt
  • World Jamborees and Moots
  • County Expeditions
  • Global and International Awards

Email: Andrew.Gallivan@cycscouts.org.uk

Susannah Cameron
Assistant County Commissioner – Beaver Scouts

Role Responsibility

  • To support the Beaver Scout Leaders in the County in introducing the youngest section of the Scout Group to outdoor activities, giving them the opportunity to be creative, explore their local community and experience the excitement of a Beaver Scout sleepover whilst making friends, having fun and learning Skills for Life.
  • To co-ordinate and plan events for the Beaver Scouts in Central Yorkshire to come together as a county to enjoy Fun Days, outings and various activities.

Ask me about

  • Beaver Scouting: programme, badges and general queries;
  • Future events for Beaver Scouts in Central Yorkshire;
  • How to get involved (as a Beaver or a Beaver Scout Leader);
  • Attending meetings, events, awarding badges, certificates etc.

Email: Susannah.Baker@cycscouts.org.uk

Carrie Pearson
Assistant County Commissioner – Cub Scouts

Role Responsibilities

  • To support the Cub Leaders in the County to provide all our Cub Scouts with the fun, challenge, adventure and skills for life that great Scouting provides.
  • To co-ordinate and plan events (with our great team of Cub Leaders) for Cubs in our County, including Fun Days, the annual trading post, theatre trips, sleepovers, camps and much more!

Ask Me About

  • Cub Scouting: programme, badges and general queries;
  • Future events for Cub Scouts in Central Yorkshire;
  • How to get involved (as a Cub or a Cub Scout Leader);
  • If you would like me to come along to a meeting, camp or event or to award badges, certificates or prizes.

Email: Carrie.Pearson@cycscouts.org.uk

Assistant County Commissioner – Scouts

Please visit our vacancies page for information about this role!

Jack Moore
Assistant County Commissioner – Explorer Scouts

Role Responsibility
To promote Explorer Scouting across the County and support the District Explorer Scout Commissioners and DCs to develop their Explorer Scouting provision ensuring consistency in programme, awards and training.

To co-ordinate County Explorer events and encourage sectional links between Scouts and Scout Network. To Represent the County at Regional and National Explorer Scout forums and events.

Ask Me About

  • Achieving the top awards (Platinum, Diamond, Queens Scout and DofE awards) and the approval process
  • Ideas for County Explorer events and how to get involved
  • Unit and Young Leader Provision, training and Operational issues
  • Visiting your Districts / Units

Email: Jack.Moore@cycscouts.org.uk

Joyce Wright
Assistant County Commissioner – Scout Network

Role Responsibility

To ensure all 18 to 25 year olds with Central Yorkshire have the opportunity to join a District Scout Network. By:

  • Arranging and running initial District Scout Network Launch Events;
  • Supporting and/or assisting District Commissioners (DCs) in the appointment of a District Scout Network Commissioner (DSNC);
  • Providing support and advice/guidance to DSNCs and in there absence the DCs regarding Scout Network ensuring consistency in programme, awards and training;
  • Working with the County Team to provide additional opportunities for Scout Network members;
  • Organise and attend, County wide DSNC meetings; and
  • Represent the County at Regional and National Scout Network meetings, forums and events.

Ask Me About

  • Joining Scout Network
  • Achieving Scouting Top Awards – Chief Scout’s Diamond, Queen’s Scout, Explorer Belt, Scouts of the World and DofE)
  • Coming to see your Queen’s Scout Award (QSA) presentation to enable me to sign off your award (please be aware ACC (Scout Network) must sign off all QSAs for anyone aged 18 to 25)
  • Someone visiting your Explorer Unit about Scout Network.

Email: Joyce.Wright@cycscouts.org.uk

Ian Chappell
Manager of the Activity Permit Scheme (MAPS)

Role Responsibility

To support adult volunteers applying for an activity permit to identify the opportunities available, provide a clear pathway within the scheme and manage the availability of permit assessments and training.


Provide support to District Commissioners with their role within the activity permit scheme and to the County Assessor Team to ensure that there is availability for training and assessment opportunities across the County.


I also support the recruitment and training of new County Assessors and would welcome anyone interested to contact me.

Ask Me About

  • Gaining an activity permit – How do I start?
  • Information on and direction to the Activity Permit Scheme
  • Joining the County Assessor Team
  • Internal and National Governing Body courses
  • Availability of funding

Email: Ian.Chappell@cycscouts.org.uk

Sue Russell
Assistant County Commissioner – Activities

Role Responsibility

Co-ordinate, support and help develop County and District activity teams. Provide information and advise leaders and commissioners on activities.

Maintain up to date information on activity initiatives and ensure awareness of new activity rules and adherence to them.

To bring about awareness of the ongoing activities rolling review and the role we can play at the consultant stage for each activity.

Ask Me About

  • District, County, North East Region and National activities
  • The role young people can take in providing activities especially within the permit scheme.
  • Where to get information about activity courses and the funding available
  • Where to find all the activity information you need on the website Scouts.org.uk

Email: Sue.Russell@cycscouts.org.uk

Becky Burrell
County Cub Scout Leader

Role Responsibility

Supporting the ACC Cubs to ensure that all young people in the Cub section in Central Yorkshire have the opportunity to access high quality, safe and exciting programmes, activities and events.

Ask Me About

  • Information about County Cub events
  • Suggestions to improve the County Cub Programme

Email: Becky.Burrell@cycscouts.org.uk

Sites (Aldwark and Bramhope)

Katie Bentley
County Active Support Manager – Aldwark

Role Responsibilities

I am responsible for ensuring all DBS checks and permits are valid and entered on Compass. I am responsible for the catering arrangements for crew at weekend bookings. I liaise with Scout Groups throughout the County and further afield to ensure as many bookings as possible are made at Aldwark. I am also responsible for ensuring all the building checks are completed and we use safe operating procedures within the building.

As we move forward with Aldwark’s revival I also ensure we receive competitive quotes to upgrade equipment before making purchases. The continued development of the site to include land activities also falls within my remit to ensure we can provide a variety of experiences for members of the Scout Association in various weather conditions.

Ask me about

  • How to join the Aldwark team, we have volunteer opportunities including, Water Activity Crew, Land Crew, Maintenance team & Weekend Duty Management Crew
  • How to make a booking for your Group
  • What Aldwark now offers

Email: Katie.Bentley@cycscouts.org.uk

Geoff Noble
County Active Support Manager – Bramhope

Role Responsibilities
Responsible for keeping all DBS and training records of our volunteers up to date & entered on Compass. With the Steering Group assist in planning the future development and improvement of the site and facilities.

Ask me about
• Joining the Bramhope team, we have volunteering opportunities for both Duty Wardens and Service Team.
• Any enquiries regarding the site.

Email: Geoff.Noble@cycscouts.org.uk


Helen Thomas
County Growth and Development Officer

Role Responsibilities

My role is all about developing Scouting in Central Yorkshire. I am part of the Regional Services Team and work with the County team to provide support on issues affecting growth and development, including volunteer recruitment and the recruitment and retention of young people. I also support District teams to open new Scout groups, grow existing groups and bring more volunteers on board.

Part of my role is also exploring possibilities for partnerships with other organisations, and how we can work with them to give our young people the best experience possible.

Ask me about

  • Tips and tricks for getting more adults and young people involved
  • Potential support for opening new groups or sections
  • Potential partnerships with other organisations
  • Areas for growth in your District

Email: helen.thomas@scouts.org.uk

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls