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.
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.