Our District Team…

Find out more about our team.

District Commissioner: Brian Hobden


Brian was appointed as District Commissioner in 2011 having been involved in Scouting all his life. Before becoming DC Brian was a Scout Leader, and also held roles within adult training, District Explorers and was a Group Treasurer for a while.
Brian is quick to point out that the most important people in the District are the Young People and is pleased that Scouting continues to grow across the Town.

District Youth Commissioner: Lydia Rawley

Lydia is the first person to hold the post of District Youth Commissioner and was so eager for the job that she applied and was interviewed (via the power of Skype) whilst on trip to Australia.
Lydia joined scouting when she was 14 – helping at her local Beaver Colony and has never looked back.
In this new post Lydia is key to ensuring young people have an active role in shaping their own scouting experiences be that at section, group or district level.

District Explorer Scout Commissioner: Paul Rainbow

Before switching to the Explorer section Paul spent many years in ten Scout section. Paul loves the outdoors and is a keen canoeist – which has seen him organise an annual canoe expedition for Explorers.

Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts): Suzanne Gale

Suzanne is relatively new to Scouting but It’s fair to say she has well and truly caught the scouting bug.
Bringing a fresh perspective and new ideas she has quickly grown the numbers of Scouts in her own Troop and is now looking forward to bringing this fresh thinking to Scout Troops across the District.

Assistant District Commissioner (Cubs and Beavers): Gill Daniels

Gill has been scouting for, in her own words, “far longer than I care to remember” and her wealth of experience has been a huge boost to the District in her role as ADC. Gill has been instrumental in supporting the launch of our newest Scout Group in Hawkenbury.
In addition to her role as ADC Gill runs a large and successful group in High Brooms.

Assistant District Commissioner (General Duties): Nick Burgess


Whilst the job title may not sound glamorous Nick has an important role within the District Team. He has project managed the roll out and support of Compass within the District and has been key in securing thousands of pounds worth of funding from various grant organisations to support the development of Adamswell – in addition he looks after the bookings for the campsite and is a key member of the site service crew. Nick is also Group Scout Leader in Speldhurst.

Local Training Manager: Steve Dennis

Steve Dennis

Steve like so many got involved after attending an event with his son who was in the Beavers. Steve was keen to get involved but due to work commitments could not commit to a weekly sectional meeting but made the “mistake” of saying he was involved in training. The rest as they say is history, and Steve is now a key part of the district team supporting both new and experienced leaders ensuring they have the “tools for the job”. Steve is also part of our Scout Active Support team providing help at group and district events.