Meet Our Team…

Our County Team consists of over 30 members, all of whom are volunteers working hard to provide fun and adventure everyday for our 6-25 year olds!
Liz Walker
County Commissioner Contact Liz
Michael Shurety
County Chairman Contact Michael
David Sturt
County Secretary Contact David
Frank Monnington
County Treasurer

County Treasurer and DESL in Hemel Hempstead among other appointments.

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Dan Nathan
Deputy County Commissioner (General) Contact Dan
Stuart Leacy
Assistant County Commissioner (Beaver Scouts) Contact Stuart
Richard Haynes
Assistant County Commissioner (Cub Scouts) Contact Richard
Mick Edwards
Assistant County Commissioner (Scouts)

Mick left Scouts when he was 15 and did not return to Scouting until his wife needed help at her Beaver colony. He had been helping her for less than a month when he was asked to help at a local Scout troop. As he was at the time working as a part time youth Leader, he moved back to Scouting to be able to give the time required.  Mick first started as Scout leader in Stevenage and is currently a GSL at the same group.

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Nick Nieder
Assistant County Commissioner (14-25)

Nick has Been in scouting since he was a Cub and has held a range of District and County roles supporting the old sections. He leads the County 14-25 programme team working to support all aspects of the countywide Explorer and Network programme provision. From Chiltern Challenge and London Monopoly to Youth Engagement, awards and unit workshops the 14-25 team look to support Districts creating the best scouting provision possible for our old sections.

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James Sanderson
County Explorer Scout Leader

James is part of the 14-25 team. As Hertfordshire’s County Explorer Scout Leader, James’s role is to work with our Districts to provide support to their Explorer Scout Leaders especially in supporting an adventurous and well balanced programme and, of course, to bring them all together.


James has previously been a Scout Leader at 5th Potters Bar, Explorer Leader and then District Explorer Scout Commissioner for Potters Bar. He has a keen interest in International Scouting and, most recently, was a part of the leadership team for the 2018 National Explorer Belt Expedition to Oman.

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Matt Palacio
County Scout Network Leader

County Scout Network Leader, Matt’s role is to be a point of contact for all Network Units in Hertfordshire. This includes offering help and advice on Network related issues or simply putting different Networks in-touch with each other. He sits on the County 14-25 Team. Matt has been a Scout right through from Beavers to Network. As well as setting up and running the Stevenage District Network.

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Peter Makewell
Assistant County Commissioner (International)

As the ACC International Peter is responsible for promoting and supporting all things International. He believes very strongly that international scouting helps to build relationships between peoples throughout the world who are culturally  different but have one thing in common; Scouting. Peter is 55 years old and has five children (four at home), a dog and a cat  and one grandson. He has been lucky enough to travel to India and Africa on County led expeditions as well as attended three World Jamboree’s as a Leader and a member of the international service team, the most recent of which was held in Japan.

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Colin Knowles
Air Activities Commissioner

Colin is the County Air Activities Adviser and also GSL for 2nd Hitchin Air Scouts. He looks after the County motor glider and can help any Group get involved with air activities and any aviation related badges.

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Michael Gurney
Land Activities Commissioner Contact Michael
Richard Watson
Water Activities Commissioner

As Assistant County Commissioner: Sailing, Richard endeavours to provide as much support in promoting Sailing and Powerboating Activities as possible. Richard originally qualified as a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Coach /Examiner in 1973.From that time, he has run Sailing Instructor courses within Hertfordshire, Lochearnhead and East Mersea/Brightlingsea, aiming to provide many Dinghy Sailing Instructors throughout the County so the activity can flourish under appropriate authorisations. The main course at East Mersea has been held annually since 1976 and has expanded from only training potential Instructors to offering the full range of Sailing courses available within the RYA Dinghy Sailing Scheme. Hertfordshire Scouts is a RYA Training Centre in its own right, so can issue National Governing body certificates to all those who come on the courses. They also run RYA Powerboating courses and can offer tuition throughout the year as some of the boats are kept at Brightlingsea. Richard also looks after the County Fleet of over 50 Sailing and Powerboats all of which are available for hire.

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Jan Maddern
County Support Contact Jan
Gill Pearce
County Accounts Manager Contact Gill
Amy Bartlett
Communications and Media Officer

A Fashion Promotion graduate, Amy has been working in the Public Relations and Media industry for over 5 years, extending her experience from fashion, to entertainment, to the charity sector. She has been in Guiding since the age of 5 through to a leadership position, and has been part of Scouting for nearly 3 years.

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Jan Maddern
PR Officer Contact Jan
Frank Brittain
County Archivist

Frank has been a lifelong Hertfordshire Scout, he has attained the Queen’s Scout Award and was awarded the Silver Wolf, Scouting’s highest award in 2008. In 2003, Frank took over the County Scout Museum (opened 1957, in memory of F. Haydn Dimmock). He has published 2 books, Milestones of 100 Years of Hertfordshire Scouting and Milestones of 105 Years of Hertfordshire Scouting, continues to write pamphlets and historic related documents, holds exhibitions in the Heritage Centre and gives talks to Scout Groups, Districts and kindred organisations. He manages a team of nine specialist assistants. As well as his current role, Frank has been the County Quartermaster, an Assistant Leader Trainer and later a Leader Trainer (a 4-wood badge bead appointment), and the County Training Administrator. Frank held these appointments for 35 years, in this time he developed the Training Resource Facility and produced the Trainers Resource Manual. He is also a qualified Backwoodsman and Pioneer badge trainer.

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Mark Jefferson
Activity Centre Management Committee Chair


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Julia Pich
County Training Manager

Julia is one of the three County Training Managers who are responsible for the delivery and validation of adult training within Hertfordshire. She has especial responsibility for the 6 districts in the Western Cluster – West Herts, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Watford North, Watford South and Rickmansworth & Chorleywood. Julia also helps to deliver some of the leader training modules including First Aid. She has been involved in Scouting for over 16 years, starting off as an Assistant Cub Scout Leader and working her way through the sections to Explorer Scout Leader.

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Aida Woolley
County Training Manager

Aida’s Scouting career started when she became Hitchin’s First Female Venture Scout back when girls were first permitted to join. Since then she has been one of the founder members of Hitchin District Scout Fellowship (HDSF) and later Hi.D.E.O.U.S. (Hitchin District Eccentric Old Useful Scouters) ASU. Aida was a Beaver Leader (her Colony reached 36 Beavers!) for several years, she is now one of the County Training Managers and delivers modular training and Safeguarding. She is also on Hitchin’s Appointments Committee and is Manager of Hitchin District Scout Shop. Aida is married to Graham who is DCC.

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Veronica Dewey
County Training Manager

Veronica has been in Scouting since doing a service award for one of her Guide badges, where she was then asked to continue with assisting a Cub pack. This has been her age group ever since. She has been an A.C.S.L. leading on to becoming a C.S.L. Following a few years, she then was asked to be A.D.C. for Cub Scouts. Whilst in this role, Veronica was given a supporting role on the training team. Meanwhile, she assisted the A.D.C. L.T. and eventually took on this role as L.T.M. During this period she became a trainer and has continued with the training team. Just over a year ago Veronica was appointed a C.T.M. for the Eastern side of the county. Also in her cluster she is the leader who looks after training for camp sites. During the many years that Veronica has been in Scouting she has also helped at activities for Beavers, Scouts and Explorers.

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County Inclusion Adviser Contact
Gill Pick
Special Needs Adviser Contact Gill
Andrew Rice
County Mountaineering Advisor

Andrew started his mountaineering activities at Lochearnhead Scout Station on an IMC in 1969 and since then has explored mountains on all 7 continents whilst continuing his long association with Lochearnhead and the mountaineering courses.  He is a passionate believer in the benefit of mountaineering activities in the development of young people and together with the Mountaineering Section has been running the New Year and Easter courses at the Station for many years.

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Steve Skittrall
County Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Advisor

Steve was appointed County Administrator in 2009, retiring from this role in 2019. His initial involvement in Scouting (apart from youth membership in shorts) was in the early 1990s as a Beaver Scout Leader when the colony his sons attended wanted a male Leader.  After several role changes Steve is currently the DESC in Stevenage, having been involved with the Explorer section since 2002.  A DofE Gold Award Holder himself, Steve has been a District DofE Advisor since 1998, and was appointed County Advisor in 2006.  Steve is also a DofE Accredited Expedition Assessor, and holds a National role as a trainer for DofE Leaders.

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Sheena Burrus
Queen’s Scout Award Co-ordinator

Sheena has been involved in Guiding and Scouting since she was 8 years old, both as a participant in the movement and as a leader.  She gained my Queens Guide Award when she was sixteen and has always valued what she learnt throughout this and has tried to put her knowledge and enthusiasm back into helping our young people gain their awards.  Sheena has been the County Queens Scout Award Coordinator since 2011 and gets great pleasure in helping to support our young people work towards gaining their award.

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Stuart Dickens
Safeguarding and Safety Training Coordinator Contact Stuart
Dave Pullen
County Health and Safety Coordinator Contact Dave

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