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Meet the DC Team!

Mark Spiller, County Commissioner, recently announced a new DC team to take the reigns in Cotswold and North Cotswold districts from 1st December 2020
The Districts will not be formally joining together, but you can expect that with a wider pool of groups and adults that the new team may wish to facilitate meetings together and share and pool resources.

What’s the plan?

Why both Districts? We all have experience being in the District team for one of the Districts and understand the challenges (which are similar for both).  With the large geographical area compared to populace, this brings challenges building the right team to properly support you with programme, training, and recruiting leaders amongst others.  Building the cross-District team gives a lot more flexibility for building these support mechanisms.

What is your plan? Well, we do not, have one, well we do, sort of!  We have a plan for the initial six weeks, which involves meeting all of you, chatting about what is going well, not so well, the support you need as groups generally and during this pandemic. 

These conversations will allow us, and the County team, to sit down and work out our short-term plan, and long term aims – which we will communicate with all of you at the end of the six-week period.  We rely on your help and candidness to make this a worthwhile, sustainable plan!

What do you need us to do? In your group/unit, select one of the available slots from the link below for your group to join us on a virtual call.  We will be hosting these calls via Teams or Zoom, and will share the meeting details once you have signed up. Book early to get the slot that suits you best.

Link to Doodle Poll

We will keep them snappy, and as you can imagine with so many groups to get through there will be some evenings when we are running two a night.  If anything raised needs talking through further, we will of course book more time! 

If you have issues with booking or need to arrange a different time for your group, contact Paul by emailing dc@cotswold.org.uk.

More about us

Josh Foye – I started as a Beaver at 1st Cirencester Scout Group at the age of six, before moving to 1st South Cerney as a Cub, and eventually to Churn Valley Explorers (one of the two units that merged to create Cotswold Explorers). Whilst at Churn Valley, I complete my Explorer Belt in Japan in 2014.

After leaving Explorers, I became involve in the Beast camp for Explorers across the county, before becoming a leader at Cotswold Explorers. I took on the ACC Network role to help promote and develop the Scout Network across Gloucestershire. I have experience being on both the Cotswold District and the county executive committees.

Outside of Scouting, I work as an IT designer for end-user tech such as Zoom and Teams – this has proven both busy and useful over the past few months!

Paul Gowen – My Scouting history started aged six and apart from a short 6-month break for A-levels I’ve not left! I’ve held many roles and worked with a range of sections both at group and District level.

Professionally I work in IT both in the technical and project management side and I am committed to getting the right technology in place to support our leaders and remove the burden of Scout Association governance.

Ricky Campbell – I started my scouting career as a cub at the age of 7yrs in the Putney, Wandsworth and Roehampton district where I continued as a scout and senior scout, where I completed my Queens scout award.

I became a cub leader in that district in 1971 and then moved after getting married to a place called Petts Wood (in the Chislehurst district –now Bromley district GLSE).

I continued my scouting and became a scout leader for many years in the 5th Petts wood scout group and then took on the role of an Explorer scout leader which I thoroughly enjoyed.

After 36 years in the Bromley district my wife and I moved to Bourton on the water to be near our daughter who lives in Cirencester. The DC at the time asked me to continue my scouting career and take on the role of ADC scouts and to help at 1st Bourton on the water.

I have been in North Cotswolds District now for 4 years and have become their Deputy DC.

I have found such a change in style in rural Cotswolds to that of a London suburb – but the scouting ideas are still the same but at a slower pace –which can be quite nice but challenging.

Awarded ‘Bar to the silver Acorn 2018’.

I spent many years in the London Fire Authority and the Home Office Fire Service Inspectorate. –I continued my safety career as a Risk Manager in the NHS before settling down as a fire and safety consultant –I am now fully retired.

Contacting the team

The best way to contact the DC team is by emailing dc@cotswold.org.uk, allowing anybody in the team to pick up your query.

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