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Welcome to our new Chair designate, Mike

The County Commissioner has asked Mike Phelps to be our new Chair.

Following our recent search and selection process we’re delighted to announce a volunteer who has agreed to be the next Chair of the Norfolk Scouts Board of Trustee.

Matthew, our County Commissioner has proposed Mike’s appointment and this will be ratified fully at our new Board of Trustees meeting.

Mike’s email address is m.phelps@norfolkscouts.org.uk 

 

Here is an introduction from Mike.

Mike, you’re a new volunteer to Scouting, tell us a little be about your background.

I have recently retired from working in education, September 2020, where I spent over ten years as a senior leader in a number of academies across the UK. Prior to this I was employed in the manufacturing industry, in particular aluminium extrusions and rolling mill. I also served in the army where I supported a number of regiments and corps on their deployments.

During my time as a senior leader we supported a number of scout troops within some schools, such as fundraising and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Even though we were able to support these troops I was never in a good position to give my personal time to make a significant difference due to competing priorities. Therefore, when the opportunity arose for me to give my time in a supporting role, I jumped at it!

What appeals to you in the role of Chair?

The role of County Chair appeals to me due to my experience as a senior leader having chaired multiple sub committees and sat on the board, where I believe I can bring both my knowledge and experience to the role. Furthermore, having worked with young people for over twenty years I am very excited to be able to continue to do so through supporting them on their journeys into the future. Over the next few months, I am looking forward to getting to grips with the new role and getting to meet the county team.

…And importantly, if you had to spend a month on a desert island, what luxuries would you take with you?

If I was stuck on a desert island, I would take my 1970s Ladybird Scouts book and my 1970s Beano comics collection to help keep me sane! I would also take my cat Lily, as they say ‘dogs obey you and cats you serve’ and she has had me under her paw for the past four years!