Meet the Trustees
The Board of Trustees (County Executive Committee) exists to support the County Commissioner in meeting the responsibilities of the appointment. Members of the Executive Committee act collectively as charity trustees of Cheshire County Scout Council, and in the best interests of its members.
The Executive Board delegates certain powers to 4 sub committees:
- Appointments Advisory Committee
- Activity Centres Committee
- Finance Committee
- County Youth Forum
Peter MatherCounty Chair
Peter was a Cub Scout and briefly a Scout with 1st Prestbury, 1953 -55. (In the 1920’s his grandfather, Loris Mather was County Commissioner for The City of Manchester Scout Council retiring as its President in 1968) It was Loris who arranged for the purchase and gift of Sandiway, now the Forest Camp Activity Centre, to the Scouts. This connection led Peter to join the Forest Camp Committee in 1988 and he became its Chairman before being selected and appointed as Chairman to the Cheshire County Scout Council in 1990. Since then he has worked with six County Commissioners chairing the Finance and the Executive Committees. He has seen the changes from no mobile phones nor computers to Scouting online and was present when the purchase of the first computer for Cheshire Scouts was authorised. Outside of Scouting Peter graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Manchester University and served in assorted offices and roles in Mather and Platt in the UK and abroad before becoming a financial consultant, retiring in 2008. He served as an officer in the Cheshire Yeomanry and was the Territorial Army Individual Ski Champion in 1984. He enjoys all sports he can participate in, Sailing, Skiing, Golf, Real Tennis, Racquets, Shooting and since lock down, Fell Walking. He also paints and sings in a choral society. He is fully supported by his wife, Bobbski, who shares most of the above.
Dave HopleyCounty Commissioner
Dave has been a member of The Scouts since the age of six. He started his adult leadership journey as Assistant Scout Leader at 1st Over St Johns in Winsford, shortly after gaining his Queen’s Scout Award. He was appointed as Assistant County Commissioner (Scouts) in 2007, having volunteered on the National Scout section support team since 2004. In 2011 he became Deputy County Commissioner, a role has held ever since. Dave has been instrumental in driving youth engagement in Cheshire and was a Cheshire Unit Leader to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan. Professionally, Dave is Director of Student Services for Stoke on Trent College. Outside of work and Scouts, you can find Dave running, walking, spending time with his family and friends, as well as skiing and travelling. In January, Dave picked up his whippet puppy Otis who keeps him on his toes!
Alex DoddCounty Youth Commissioner
Janet WilliamsonCounty Secretary
Having spent the majority of her Scouting life as a Cub Scout Leader, Janet has moved on, to become a Nights Away Advisor, a District and County Secretary. Her professional life has been devoted to being a Farmers wife, Mum and Grannie. Janet enjoys meeting and walking with friends and helping husband John breed and show their Shires horses.
Luke ThorntonCounty Treasurer
Luke trained as a Chartered Accountant with EY, spending five years working primarily with Energy & Construction companies from their Aberdeen and London offices. He now works with a range of organisations from FTSE 100 companies to early stage startups on a variety of projects relating to finance and accounting. As a young person, he achieved his Queen’s Scout Award, Explorer Belt Award and attended the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. Aged 21 he joined the Board of the British Youth Council, where he was treasurer for four years. In that role he led on financial matters for the organisation which employed 18 employed members of staff and delivered programs including the UK Youth Parliament, NHS Youth Forum and Bank of England Youth Forum.
David has been a lecturer in policing at the University of Chester, for the past 8 years following a career in Cheshire Police. He has been involved in Scouting as a Cub Scout, Scout, Venture Scout, ADC and DC in Knutsford, and then County Campsite Manager. In his spare time David likes to be out travelling the UK and Europe on his motorbike.
Eve VickersNominated Youth Member on the Council of The Scout Association
This year I’ve completed my A levels and currently work at my local primary school in their after school club, I’m also hoping to attend Loughborough University in September. In Scouting I took part in being a young leader at my local beaver group for 3 years and I am currently one of the Knutsford representatives for Cheshire scouts Youth Forum. In 2019 I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia and since have been able to achieve my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award and Queens Scout award. In my free time I enjoy crafting and spending time with friends.
Jake VickeryNominated Youth Member on the Council of The Scout Association
Jake started his scouting experience as an Explorer Scout at Aquila ESU and before turning 18, he became a young leader at 8th Widnes. He is currently District Youth Commissioner of Mersey Weaver and is a Section Assistant at 8th Widnes. Jake has a real passion for empowering young people to shape their Scout experience and modernising the image of scouting. Jake also has a deep commitment to promoting mental health and wellbeing, and he has created the 365 Steps of Wellbeing Challenge in Mersey Weaver, an initiative aimed at enabling and encouraging young people in our Scouting community to be happier, more active and more aware of the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Jake is also involved in the planning of Chamboree Subcamps for 2022 as a Deputy Subcamp Leader and is very much looking forward to the event next year. Outside of Scouting, Jake is studying for a MChem in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Leicester University and has been an active member of his faculty’s support network. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, art, watching films, attending festivals and meeting up with friends and family.
John retired having spent some 40 years working in telecommunications. His scouting life started as a cub, scout and leader in Hertfordshire and progressed via Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and now Cheshire. During this time he has held roles at group, district and county levels including the county commissioner role in Bedfordshire. Outside of Scouting he enjoys attending football matches as a supporter of Manchester United. He also is involved with various roles within the Methodist Church.
Nigel FlatmanChair of the Appointments Advisory Committee
Nigel is a Logistics Director with many years’ experience in Food Logistics, systems and processes. A member of the movement since the age of eight Nigel has been a member of the County team for a number of years starting as Assistant County Commissioner Venture Scouts before moving into Events, running Site Operations for the last four Chamboree and supporting many County events and projects. Outside Scouting he enjoys, Kayaking, Caravanning and is a keen DIY enthusiast.
Philip CoxChair of the Activity Centres Sub-Committee
Philip has spent most of his Scouting career in the South East, initially as an eager Cub Scout as soon as he was old enough to join, leading to him becoming a Scout Leader in a number of different groups in Surrey and West Sussex, and, ultimately, Group Scout Leader and Explorer Scout Leader. Outside of Scouting he is the Chief Executive of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (the agency responsible for economic development in Cheshire), having previously been a Senior Civil Servant in a number of Whitehall departments. He lists his leisure activities as walking and canoeing.
Graham ProctorDeputy County Commissioner for Programme
Graham is originally from Edinburgh where he was a member of every Scout section. Since moving to the North West of England in 2011, Graham has been an Assistant Scout & Explorer Leader in Sandbach and has most recently been the Explorer Scout Commissioner for Cheshire Scouts. He is also the Artistic Director of Crewe Gang Show where he is responsible for leading the creative production team. Professionally, Graham is a percussionist, musical director and music teacher. He specialises in Brazilian Samba bateria drumming since studying in Rio de Janeiro, Locally, Graham teaches world percussion classes and workshops across several primary and secondary schools in Cheshire and performs regularly as a founding member of the Manchester International Roots Orchestra.
Val ThomasonDeputy County Commissioner for People
Val is now retired, but previously worked in adult training at a local college. Having started her Scouting life as an ACSL with 1st Moore, she has held various roles until becoming Deputy County Commissioner in 2007. Outside of Scouting, Val enjoys walking, gardening and is the Chair of a local flower club.
Andrew LittleDeputy County Commissioner for Perception (Starts Jan 2022)
Andrew works with the Youth Federation as part of the Pledge team inspiring the next generation of young people offering quality experiences with employers across Cheshire. He joined Scouting as a Cub and has held roles as a Cub leader, ADC Cubs and District Commissioner as well as being involved in large scale events since turning 18. With his wife Denise they enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities.
Michael has been a member of The Scouts since 1997, when he joined his local Beaver Colony. He holds roles both locally, currently a Group Scout Leader, and nationally, as a member of the Awards Advisory Committee. Michael sat on the National Board of Trustee for a 3year term, (2012-2015) and served as a trustee for GMW Scouts from 2009- 2018. He has also been a Cub Leader and ADC Cubs, as well as supporting higher awards as Greater Manchester West’s (GMW) Queen Scout Award Coordinator. Professionally, Michael is a Geography Teacher and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager at Manchester Grammar School. Michael is a Mountain Leader and enjoys hill-walking, mountaineering trekking and climbing. Outside of Scouting, Michael serves as a Magistrate in Greater Manchester, is a Governor of an Independent Special School and is Chair of Proud and Loud Arts, a disability arts charity.
Debbie is an experienced HR professional with over 15 years’ experience in the field, covering many disciplines and working for organisations across a range of sectors including waste management and recycling, logistics and transport, facilities management and R&D. In 2017 Debbie set up her own HR consultancy business and with her extensive HR experience she works collaboratively with Board Directors and Business Owners across the North West to design and implement strategic HR procedures and policies which improve an employee’s experience at work. Outside of work, Debbie has a wide range of interests. She plays the saxophone and clarinet and enjoys running, playing hockey and yoga, and going to the theatre, but all these have recently been put on hold as between running her business and raising her two-year-old daughter, there isn’t much time for anything else! She is looking forward to taking these interests up again in the not-too-distant future, but for now enjoys being with her daughter and socialising with friends and family.
Laura DyerCounty Safeguarding Adviser
Laura has been a primary school teacher for over 10 years. She has been part of Scouting since the age of 16 when she was an Explorer Scout. She has held the role of ABSL at her local group alongside various other Scouting roles at District and County level. Outside of Scouting, Laura spends time with her young family and enjoys being outside on mini adventures with them.
John BennettCounty Safety Adviser
John is a retired police officer and company director with many years of experience in the world of safety. Once a Cub and Scout in Buckinghamshire, John moved north becoming a warranted leader in South West Cheshire in the 1970’s. John is currently the GSL with Wistaston Scouts (35th SWC) as well as District Secretary for South West Cheshire, Cheshire Hike and Chamboree’s Director of Safety, and also holds involvement in Crewe Gang Show. In the non-Scouting world John enjoys foreign travel, as well as spending time with his Golden Retriever. In between this, he is a sports fan, with rugby, soccer, and cricket being the favourites.