District Team

Dawn Wilson
Moors & Coastal District Commissioner

I began scouting when looking for volunteer service opportunities in my local village for my DofE Bronze award and was lucky enough to start working with my local cub pack, I am pleased to say the habit stuck as my volunteering was easy and fun and eventually I took on the Akela role under the watchful eye of my GSL.

Since then I have had many adventures – I easily found myself getting involved with the activity teams and discovering a passion for walking and caving and helping at county events. It was an easy progression to Scout Leader and an opportunity to lead a contingent of youngsters at the World Scout Jamboree in Chile. For some while I was part of the county executive and supported my district team with the scout programme and being one of the early nights away advisors.

Each year I was lucky enough to lead a sub camp team at the county scout jamboree which gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with patrols and leaders from all over the county. Since 2014 I have been part of the DC team in East Somerset as well as continuing to work weekly with my Scout troop. I now have the exciting challenge of being the DC in Moors & Coastal and am looking forward to working and supporting groups in my home Scout district to grow and thrive.

Scouting has given me many truly amazing moments (both good and bad!), tears of laughter and joy, my scouting friendships long lasting and strong enough to keep me going through the darkest of times. Could I see myself ever not being a Scouter– No never, why would I not want to have moments of madness and a wonderful excuses to stay young and share adventures with my friends and scouts?

Phil Changeur
Deputy District Commissioner

My Scouting life started at a young age when I joined Cleeve, Claverham and Yatton Scout Group, in the Gordano District during the late 1980’s, where I was a Beaver Scout. After progressing through Beavers, Cubs and Scouts I became involved in Venture Scouting, which is where I gained my enthusiasm for Hiking and Expeditions.

In 2009 I started working in Burnham on Sea and became involved in local life. During 2012 I became an Occasional Helper with the Cubs section at 1st Berrow, progressing to Assistant Cub Scout Leader.

2013 saw my move to the Explorer Unit within Moors and Coastal District. Here, I was able to put my skill set to better use with the members of the older sections by introducing and developing their map skills, hike experience and introducing many of them for the first time to expedition camping. Along with many other skills I had learned from my Scouting.

During this time, I had also been involved with launching and revamping the Young Leader Programme within the District. I developed into the role of District Explorer Scout Commissioner, this position works well alongside the Young Leader Leader and allows me to ensure those who wish to step up become a Young Leader are identified and assisted to do so.

In early 2017 I attended T1 Hill Walking Training where I successfully gained my permit. Since then, I have become a Duke of Edinburgh Leader and started supporting the Duke of Edinburgh scheme in Moors and Coastal District; by being an Expedition Supervisor where my skills help guide and support those young people that are completing the expedition section of the award.

During 2019 I saw an opportunity to help develop and widen the Somerset County Scout Ten Tors Teams, this is where Young People successfully take up and complete the rigorous Ten Tors Challenge across Dartmoor.

Like many during the COVID-19 pandemic I have developed my skill set, making me part of the District Team enabling and approving the Safe Return to Scouting. Many groups across the District needed help and support in areas such as Risk Assessment, and Checklists etc.

I believe that by taking up the role of Deputy District Commissioner I will be able to support an even greater number of leaders who are working directly with Young People and are providing high quality Scouting. I see this as an opportunity to continue the growth and development of superb scouting across the District recognising our outstanding leaders.

Outside of Scouting I am a self-employed IT Consultant. With the impact that COVID-19 has had on scouting in the past 12 months my skills in this area have proved to be invaluable where I have been supporting groups to develop new and exciting ways to scout online.

Janet Hall
Moors & Coastal District Training Manager

Hello, I’m Janet – your Local Training Manager I have been connected with Scouting and Guiding since 1956, so consequently I have a wide experience of Scouting in a variety of roles from ACSL through to Deputy County Commissioner. I have also worked professionally for 13 years as a Field Commissioner. and then Field Development Officer for Scout HQ in the Counties of Avon, Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. I have wide experience in mentoring, coaching and conflict resolution and I have specialised in developing, delivering and managing training.

I have a passion for Scouting and how it changes young lives forever. I also have a passion for music of all types, both listening and playing. I am an explorer at heart and long to visit new places worldwide. Although I no longer have a role with Young People I do enjoy sharing Scouting Skills with my 5 Grandchildren.

My aim is to see all adults fully trained and able to fulfil and enjoy their role. I believe training is all about helping adults to carry out their role better, and for those adults working with and guiding young people, delivering the highest quality programme they can.

Jacob Beard
Moors & Coastal District Events Coordinator

Hi I’m Jacob and I’ve recently taken up the post of District Events Coordinator. I started Scouting as a Beaver, and worked up through the sections including a Young Leader for both my local Cub Pack & Scout Troop. I’m currently an Assistant Scout Leader. One of the key highlights in Scouting for me was seeing the Young People at a recent adventure camp face their fears and have the confidence to undertake activities they had never tried before.

Matt Moore
Moors & Coastal District Youth Commissioner

Hello, I’m Matt, and I’m the District Youth Commissioner for Moors & Coastal District. I first got involved with Scouting when I joined Cubs at 8 years old and moved up through Scout and Explorers, and I am now a Network member. I’ve really enjoyed the new challenges and adventures that each section has provided.

When I’m not Scouting I’m at University studying engineering, I’ve always enjoyed the sciences and love seeing them used in scouting and being able to provide young people to explore areas of science they might not learn about in school.

It’s great to see all the exciting opportunities Scouting offers young people, such as the World Scout Jamboree in 2015 held in Japan which I attended as a Scout. I am also preparing for the Explorer Belt Challenge Expedition in Uzbekistan in 2017.

Youth Shaped Scouting is the future of scouting, and I want to see Young People across all sections involved in decision making, for both their own Group meeting as well as District and County level events.

Chris Ball
Moors & Coastal District Media Manager

Hi, I’m Chris and I’m the District Media Manager. I joined Scouting as a Cub, and progressed up through Scouts, Venture Scouts and became a Scout Leader. I was also a member of the Burnham & Highbridge Scout & Guide Marching Band. After a break from Scouting to concentrate on my career, I have recently returned to Scouting.

I enjoy using the all the skills I have learnt through Scouting and passing them on to others. I also love a good campfire.

Some of the highlights of my Scouting life mainly hark back to my time in the Band; playing at the Royal Albert Hall, the N.E.C. and marching from Horse Guards Parade via The Mall to Buckingham Palace as part of a massed band to help celebrate the Queen’s 40th Anniversary of being on the throne.

Scouting provides a second family to lots of young people. It’s a safe place where they can aspire and grow.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls