Revisions to our County Structure

A message from our County Commissioner, Matthew.

Hello everyone!

As a County Team, we’re constantly evolving and changing to best support our teams of adults delivering our offering across Norfolk. This year things have really taken a shake up with a number of the things we ‘normally’ do stopping, and other activities being introduced and increased.

Despite the really positive news about the vaccine, we’re already seeing that a number of engagements we were expecting next year, like the Royal Norfolk Show, have been called off and so I’ve taken the decision as this time not to appoint a new Deputy County Commissioner for Operations and have closed the Operations workstream for the time being.

That means a number of small changes in roles and reporting lines which I’ve summarised below:

Deputy County Commissioner – Perception and Growth 

I’ve asked Jane Warden to lead on some of the event activities that we complete to raise the profile of Scouting, as well as attract adult volunteers and young people. I’ve slightly tweaked her role description and changed the title of her workstream to Perception and Growth

Assistant County Commissioners – Events

Following this appointment at Scout Active Support Manager (I.C.E), Matt Kitchin has stepped away from his ACC Events role.

I have slightly broadened Phil Wright’s role and re-titled it as Assistant County Commissioner (Support), Phil will report directly to me and support all three deputies and myself with our project and short term delivery work.

Active Support Units

We now have five Active Support Units and a team of adults totalling almost 150 people working within them. I have decided to appoint an Assistant County Commissioner for Scout Active Support to line manager the five ASU managers and oversee this operation. Please take a look at the vacancy if you’re interestedVacancy: Assistant County Commissioner (Scout Active Support).

County Quartermaster and County Archives 

I’ve asked Paul Weeks our County Treasurer to assume responsibility for the County Stores and Archives and line manage the teams who support them. Our County Quartermaster, Jason Watcham, will now report to Paul.

With these changes, and a number of recent appointments why not take a look at our new County Organisation charts.


I hope these changes make sense and I look forward to our continued delivery focus, with a number of things we want to achieve in the next few months.

Thank you everyone for your flexibility.


Matthew Burrell, County Commissioner (Norfolk)