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Our County Team

Robert Sidley
County Commissioner

Locally known as Sid, his role is to lead Scouting in the County. Before becoming County Commissioner Sid was mainly involved with the 5th Worcester Sea Scouts and throughly enjoys all elements of Scouting.

Harry Bantham-Jones
County Youth Commissioner

Harry has been Scouting since he was 6 and has been a member of all the youth sections. He has really enjoyed all his Scouting experiences and has learned many useful skills over his time as a youth member.

Now, in his role as County Youth Commissioner, Harry wants to make sure that Scouting in Hereford & Worcester remains truly youth-shaped and that all our youth members have the opportunity to contribute to their activity programmes, events and personal development, in partnership with adult leaders.

Harry would love everyone to have access to amazing Scouting opportunities and get the most from their time in Scouting.



Jamie Sandison
County Chair

Jamie leads the the executive committee and trustees of the County. Working collaboratively with the County Commissioner to develop and support the strategic vision of Scouting UK and our local County policies and provision.

Lynn Lee
County Administrator

Lynn professionally provides administrative support for a number of elements in the County namely:

  • Governance Reporting
  • Kinver Administrative Support
  • Awards Delivery Administration
  • Minutes of AGM and County Meetings
  • Compliance Statistics
  • Website admin
  • Contact point for the County
Jo Turnbull
County Secretary

Jo is the hub of the executive committee dealing with all correspondence, keeping the County Commissioner in line and supports the trustees to develop and support the strategic vision of Scouting UK and our local County policies and provision.

Ian Newman
County Treasurer

Ian has been on the County of executive committee for a number of years providing key support to number of functions including our Kinver Campsite. Ian is responsible for all matters relating to money, property and insurance.

Alan Lane
Trustee and County Appointments Chair

Alan has been involved in scouting since a child and sits on the executive committee as a member. Alan supports the trustees to develop and the strategic vision of Scouting UK, including our local County policies and provision. Alan is also Chair of the appointments committee which ensures the safe appointments of County volunteers.

Abbie McFarlane
Trustee and County Scouter (Youth Projects)
Nicola Hedley
County Deputy Youth Commissioner
Val Leddington
Safeguarding Advisor

Val champions safeguarding within the County and helps to ensure the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults are at the core of scouting in Hereford and Worcester.

She supports provision to ensure members are up to date with training and are confident in implementing the safeguarding procedures of The Scouts.

Mike Thompson
Legal Support
Julie Turbutt
County Development Officer

This role is based throughout the County supporting Districts and Groups that need assistance to grow the volunteer base.

The roles also helps to deliver volunteer development projects, including adult volunteer recruitment, opening new Groups and Sections and promoting Scouting at local events.

This is a paid role, working in partnership with County and District Commissioners and specific Project Teams.

Meg Williams
Kinver Operations Manager

Meg overseas the Kinver campsite, the on-site activities, the infrastructure and the team of wardens and supporters.

This is a paid role, working in partnership with County volunteers.

Meg is also very active in outdoor activities and belongs to the Activate and the Kinver teams, providing challenge and adventure at the Kinver Campsite and at events all round Herefordshire and Worcestershire.



Mel Brammer
County Deputy Commissioner - People

Mel is responsible for all aspects of the volunteer journey across the County.

Recruitment, joining, training, managing compliance, and supporting with reviews, if you need help with any of these, get in touch with Mel.

Her team includes the ACC Exec Support, ACC Inclusion and Diversity, ACC Pride and County Training Administrator as well as all the Local Training Managers.

Pete Dodman
County Deputy Commissioner - Perception
Robert Williams
County Deputy Commissioner - Programme

Rob manages the County programme for all youth Sections – Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network – as well as overseeing the Top Awards, the Queen’s Scout Award and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Rob is supported by Matt Fox (QSA and Top Awards Co-ordinator), Siân Telfer (ACC Young Leaders), and Bob James and Ali Shaw (D of E Advisors).

He is also a member of the County Executive Committee and the County’s representative on the National Executive for The Scouts.

Edd Hogan
County Deputy Commissioner - Activities
Rob Willams
MAPS (Manager of Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme) & Kinver Camp Warden

Contact Rob for any queries relating to your current adventurous activity permits – either to renew your permit or if you would like to discuss broadening your skillset and joining the team providing adventurous activities to young people in the County.

Rob is also a Warden at the Kinver campsite.

John Day
County Assistant Commissioner - Executive Support

John has been in Scouting for over 40 years and has held numerous roles.

He is currently advising and providing training to executive committees and offering support on good governance.

Ann Clark
County Assistant Commissioner - International

Ann offers support on all elements of programme and also advises on the administrative/logistical elements of international trips.

Siân Telfer
County Assistant Commissioner - Young Leaders

Siân supports District Explorer Leaders with their provision for Young Leaders and she runs targeted Young Leader events and training.

She has been a Scout leader since she was 18 years old and loves all aspects of Scouting.

Matt Fox
Queen's Scout and Top Awards Co-ordinator

Matt supports the County Deputy Commissioner for Programmes, Rob Williams, in delivering the Scouting Top Awards and the Queen’s Scout Award.

He holds several other Scouting roles and injects Scouting knowledge to develop the strategic vision of Scouting UK, including our local County policies and provision.

Andy Hopkins
Assistant County Commissioner - Inclusion and Diversity

Andy is also the District Commissioner for Worcester.

Phil Lacey
Assistant County Commissioner - Pride
Gareth Roberts
County Appointments Committee Secretary
Joe Angel
County Nights Away Advisor
John Stribblehill
Activate Scout Active Support Manager

John is the County’s SASu manager and specialises in adult training for adventurous activity permits. Along the way he runs adventurous activities in several areas across all Sections. John is supported by County Assessors who are all dedicated and highly experienced in their fields.

Bryony Francis
County Scouter
Lee Russell
BushScout HW - Manager

Lee founded the national Scout Active Support Unit (SASU) “BushScout” to fill a gap in practical scouting skills – things like fire lighting, backwoods cooking, knots and using knives and axes.

BushScout H&W runs one training day a year and supports practical skills at other events throughout the County.

As well as heading up the County BushScout team, Lee is a leader with 20th Worcester.

Click HERE for the BushScout website or HERE to check out the Facebook page.


Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls