It is with great pleasure I can announce the appointment of Glyn Pullen as the new District Commissioner for Petworth and Pulborough District from the 1st August 2017. Glyn will be joined by two new Deputy District Commissioners, Martin Taylor (Hawk) and Georgina Colenutt.
I hope everyone will give Glyn, Hawk, and Georgina their support in their new roles and below is a little background about the three of them.
Yours in Scouting
My Scouting began as a Cub Scout in Pulborough, where my Mother was a leader, and I have never really left.
I went through the sections as a Sea Scout in Pulborough and then Venture Scouts in Pulborough and 2nd Steyning, where I first became an Assistant Leader.
Scouting has provided many great adventures including working on a summer Scout Camp in Virginia, USA, to the Jamborees in Holland and Chile with the West Sussex Contingents and as staff at the UK Jamboree.
I have been a Scout leader and an Explorer Scout Leader within Petworth and Pulborough District and am currently the GSL for 1st Billingshurst.
Billingshurst Group has been like an extended family and I will miss them greatly. It is an amazing group with great leaders and an executive committee who I am sure will continue to offer young people a great scouting experience.
I am married to Helen and we have two boys, a Scout aged 12 and a Cub aged 9. Helen is also involved in Scouting and has always been a great support in everything I do.
For the past 20 years, I have worked for McVeigh Parker and have progressed to Manager of the Sussex Branch, experience which I believe will help me in this role.
I have always had a passion for Scouting. I believe young people should get all they can out of life and with the correct guidance and Scouting principles we can help them to get the start in life that they deserve.
I am really looking forward to this new challenge and working with the District team.
I have been involved with scouting on and off for all my life.
I was a cub, scout, venture and volunteer. I took a break from scouting as my career in hospitality management took up all of my time, making it impossible to commit to a group at that time.
I returned to scouting in 2009 as an Assistant Beaver Scout Leader for 1st Petworth Scout Group. I had been suffering clinical depression at the time and that one hour of fun every week proved to be a life changer. It gave me rare moments of happiness. At that time, beaver leaders in Petworth took woodland animal names. Our leader was Otter, and we had Badger and Woodpecker. Whilst trying to decide on a name, my wife suggested weasel (in fun) and Beverly suggested Skunk (also in fun). Thankfully my daughter saved me with the name Hawk! I have been Hawk for so long now that even my children call me that. I have been known to not hear when someone calls me Martin, but I react to Hawk instantly!
In 2011 I took up another role – that of AGSL alongside Beverly Hoe as GSL. Here I was able to use my lifetimes managerial experience to assist Beverly in running the group, and I have held that role to date.
In 2013 I took on the role of District Scout Leader. This role would take me back to what I love doing the most: Grass roots scouting. I feel that there is still a place for the traditional scouting skills of the past, alongside modern scouting of the present. Good scouting combines both.
Finally in 2015 I stepped up to ADC (Scouts) and have spent the last two years developing the scout section in the district. The roll is an interesting one and is more managerial based than my previous roles, but I still get to get my hands dirty with the young people
Anyone that knows me knows that my passion is scouting, but in particular: fire lighting and bushcraft. I studied for an NCFE level 3 in bushcraft some years ago and that has helped me hone my scout craft. I am at my happiest kneeling down in the mud teaching young people the myriad ways of laying, preparing and lighting a fire.
Georgina agreed back in 2004 to help occasionally with Beaver Scouts with her sons, Josh and Alex (now 22 and 19). Since then she has helped with all sections in the local Group, served on the Group Executive in various roles, is a member of the District Appointment’s Advisory Committee and the local Scout Active Support Unit. Alongside her husband Adrian, she and her family all continue to be actively involved with Scouting both locally and in the wider District and County.
In her day job she has worked in the NHS for over 30 years as a paediatric nurse, health visitor and is currently a Queen’s Nurse specializing in Safeguarding Children.
She is looking forward to working alongside others to ensure the future positive development of the young people and adults in the Petworth & Pulborough Scout District.