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The Regional Structure

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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

Regional Commissioner

Margery Naylor

Chair of the Regional Executive

John Cannon

Deputy Regional Commissioners

Diane Marshall and Martin Elliot

ARC Explorers and Network John Buchanan

RA Young Leaders Kirsty Ireland

RA International Diane Marshall

Adventurous Activities Information Lawrence Mitchell

RA DofE John Buchanan and Neil Grant

ARC Adult Training Mary Dick

Acting ARC Communications Martin Elliot

Adult Training Administrator John Bruce

Safeguarding Awareness Coordinator Russell Shoulder

RA Gang Show Alan Hunter

ARCs Youth Involvement Adam Bennett & Martin Browne work across both areas of responsibilities.


  • 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; Brian Morrison DDC
  • Braid David Colley DC
  • Craigalmond Mark Hesketh DC; Martin Elliott DDC; Graeme Robertson DDC
  • East Lothian John Hannah DC
  • Edinburgh North East (ENE) Rob Whitelaw DC; Katie Young DDC
  • Midlothian Margery Naylor Acting DC
  • Pentland Neil Hogg DDC

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

Temporary Centre Manager John Bruce (

Facilities Manager Barry Johnston Activities Manager Neil Kirk
Regional Administration Assistant  Lynne Wilson Finance and Administration Assistant  Blanche Vevers


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.