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The Regional Structure

The Regional Team

The Regional Team leads and supports the seven Districts within the Region to deliver Scouting directly to young people. The Region addresses issues of development, support for adult volunteers, communications and specific support for the delivery of the young people’s programme. The Region also has a business arm which ensures compliance and funding and maintains the provision of three Centres and a professional staff team.

This table explains how the many volunteers involved fit into the Regional structure. See below for a list of abbreviations used and for details of the District Commissioners and Deputy District Commissioners who also form part of the Regional team.

Regional Structure from 1 Jan 2017

Regional Commissioner Vacant

Regional Executive Chair John Teasdale

DRC (Youth Provision) Diane Marshall

ARC Sections Appointment Pending

ARC Explorers and Network John Buchanan

RA Young Leaders Kirsty Ireland

RA International Colin Brough

RA Activities Alan Fyfe

RA DofE John Buchanan and Neil Grant

DRC (Adult Support) Graham Coulson

ARC Adult Training Margery Naylor

ARC Communications Brian Morrison

ARC Development Vacant

Adult Training Administrator John Bruce

Safeguarding Awareness Coordinator Margery Naylor

District Support

Regional ASU

RA Gang Show Alan Hunter

  1. ARCs Youth Involvement Adam Bennett & Martin Browne will work across both areas of responsibilities.
  2. NB: Safeguarding issues will be supported and should be referred to Graham Coulson, Acting Regional Commissioner.


  • RC Regional Commissioner
  • DRC Deputy Regional Commissioner
  • ARC Assistant Regional Commissioner
  • RA Regional Adviser
  • DC District Commissioner
  • DDC Deputy District Commissioner
  • ASU Active Support Unit

District Commissioners and Deputies

  • Borders Douglas Allan DDC
  • Braid David Colley DC; Graham Coulson DDC
  • Craigalmond Mark Hesketh DC; Martin Elliott DDC; Graeme Robertson DDC
  • East Lothian Contact Andrew Green District Chair
  • Edinburgh North East (ENE) Rob Whitelaw DDC; Katie Young DDC
  • Midlothian Brian McGuff DC
  • Pentland Jenny Tait-McGillivray DC

Two other groups who play an important part in the Regional provision are the professional staff based at Bonaly and the Active Support Units.

Regional Staff Team

Regional Operations Manager Gillian Fraser Facility Manager Barry Johnston Finance Administrator Anne Goldie Activities Manager Neil Kirk

Active Support Units (ASU)

These Units provide adult volunteers the opportunity to support local Scouting in a range of different ways.  Members must be aged 18 years or over and be eligible for membership of The Scout Association.  Units are available in the Region supporting the Bonaly Outdoor Centre and the Longcraig Water Activity Centre.  The Gang Show also benefits from an ASU.  Elsewhere, Units exist in some Districts and in a small number of Scout Groups.