Meet the team…

This is the team that manages Scouting on the Isle of Wight.
Paul Savill
Island Commissioner

The role of being Commissioner for the Island has many aspects. There are the traditional parts, visiting groups,giving awards, and joining in with all the events that we take part in each year.

Then there is the governance side to the role attending executive meetings (Paul is a trustee for Isle of Wight Scout Council), processing safeguarding concerns, and ensuring new adults joining us are fit and proper for their role and that current leaders maintain their standards through training expected by the scout Association.

Finally there is the developmental aspect keeping the momentum behind all our plans to grow.

Paul is out and about at all the County camps, IsleShape, training events, Corf maintenance days, Group AGMs  and award ceremonies. He is always pleased to be invited to section meetings to say hello to some of the 1300 young people enjoying Scouting here on the Isle of Wight.

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Victoria Lawton
County Youth Commissioner, County Executive Committee, Media Team Coordinator, Assistant Scout Leader (7th Newport Scouts)

Hi, I’m Victoria, known to some as DYB!

My scouting journey started aged 12, as a Scout in my hometown of Warrington, in the short space of time till my 14th birthday, I dedicated my time to gain my Chief Scout’s Gold award. Since my first Scout meeting, I was hooked, I even earned my first badge on that first night (My Hobbies badge for my collection of Jacqueline Wilson books).

I carried on my Scouting journey into Explorers and being a Young Leader at my local group. I was nominated and chosen to be on the District and County Youth Forum. A few days before my 18th Birthday, I achieved my Young Leaders belt. Once I turned 18, I became an Assistant Scout Leader at the group I was a Young Leader at, was offered the role of District Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leaders) and District Photographer, whilst still carrying on being involved with the District & County Youth Forum. I completed my training as an Assistant Scout Leader and achieved my Wood Badge.

At the age of 21, I moved to the Isle of Wight, where I have continued with my Scouting Career. I started volunteering at 7th Newport Scout Group as an Assistant Scout Leader, and the opportunity arose to become the County Youth Commissioner. After a nerve racking afternoon, of leading an activity and being interviewed in front of 3 young people and Paul Savill, I was offered the role. With this role, I have been across the Island leading on Youth Shaped activities and making sure Young People are heard and feel empowered. I sit on the County Executive so that Young People’s opinions and views are heard. More ideas and events are planned for the future, so watch this space.

With my Media background, I got actively involved with the Wight Rovers Media Team. From volunteering at the Isle of Wight Festival to helping out at open days to revamping the social media for Isle of Wight Scouts to co-managing the new County Website. With my knowledge and expertise, MaC asked if I would like to be the Media Team Coordinator to make sure that the Young People involved with the media team are happy and understand our goals and aims.

I attend IOW Smugglers Network regularly and I am currently the programme coordinator to make sure that a regular programme of activities happen as and when we want them too, to fit around our education and working lives. We always have exciting things planned on the programme and evenings dedicated to making sure all members get the opportunity to gain the top awards.

I also actively attend 7th Newport as an Assistant Scout Leader, as out of all my roles, this one will always be my favourite as it is the first role I ever had.

Over the years, I have been to the Kandersteg International Scout Centre twice, helped fundraise for many different international opportunities including the World Scout Jamboree, gain many different awards like the ones stated, attended Cheshire Chamboree in 2010, been on trips and camps both near and far to do with badge work and adventurous activities, been on many different training courses, attended conferences and events, went to Summit17, attended Gilwell24, and so on. The list is endless, Scouting provides so many different opportunities.

Personally alongside the aims of my roles, I am hoping to achieve the Top Awards of Queen Scout Award and Gold D of E. I love spending time in the outdoors, and exploring new places. I want to make sure that every young person has the opportunity to be adventurous, feel empowered and aim high.

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Malcolm Cox (MaC)
Media Development Manager

Hi! I’m Malcolm Cox – I’m usually called MaC, which is a good way to differentiate between me and Malc Smith!

In my youth I was a Cub, but didn’t go any further in the movement at that time. I helped with events for a friend’s Venture Scout unit, then again left the movement, returning in 1994 as Assistant Scout Leader in Chale and Niton, then Scout Leader in Shanklin. In 1997 I went to Germany, contracting. I gave up as a leader and I became a member of the Scout Fellowship and started running a website for initially East Wight District, then the County.

On return from Germany I became East Wight District Chairman, working with District Commissioner at the time, Tim Fallick. Trevor McAlister took over running the website in 2007, when the Scout Fellowship became Scout Active Support. I was involved in centenary events both on the Island and going to Chelmsford as part of the build and breakdown crew for the 2007 Jamboree – my wife, Julie, was on site from the first day of the Jamboree build to the last day of the breakdown. We have also worked on the 2008 and 2012 Essex Jamborees, the 2010 Girl Guide Centenary Jamboree, and as volunteers for the 2011 Island Games and as Games-makers at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

I’m now the Media Development Manager and County Communications Manager. That basically means I help organise a proportion of the County’s PR.  I’m liaison for the Isle of Wight Festival, Eklectica, Robin Hill and other Island organisations and have helped run Scouting PR at many events. I run the Wight Rovers Media Team, which is a way to help Scouts of all ages develop an interest in PR and media work. On the Comms side, I run the County website with help from Alan, an Explorer Scout. I also promote Sid the Scout’s exploits.

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