County & District Teams

The County Management Team is the County Commissioner, Deputy County Commissioners, District Commissioners, the County Training Manager, and County Scout Network Commissioner. Together they manage and lead Scouting in the County under the overall leadership of the County Commissioner.

The wider County Team includes a variety of County volunteers who manage, deliver, and support a wide range of activities and services provided by the County to help Scouting develop and grow. These include program support Commissioners, Advisers, Assessors, Instructors, Scout Active Support members etc.

County Team

Clive Sandrey
County Commissioner

The lead volunteer within the County of Avon. Working closely with the Chair of the County Trustees Board, to provide strategic vision, leadership and operational effectiveness to the County.  Achieved with support of the nine District Commissioners, Deputies and Assistant County Commissioners.

Ethan Harwood
County Youth Commissioner

Responsible for ensuring all of our Young People within the County have a voice and are able to shape their movement at appropriate times.  The County Youth Forums (Ignite and Sparks) give the Young People the best opportunity to have a say but they also work with all of the District Youth Commissioners in Avon to make sure the Youth Shaped Scouting in the Districts is the best it can be.

Deputy County Commissioners

Andy Hobbs
Deputy County Commissioner
Nigel Ball
Transformation Lead & People

Focused on growth and development, creating new provision and growing existing provision, working closely with the Regional Service team and the Three Counties project coordinator.

Andrew Phelps

Supporting the programme and adult volunteers for the Beaver Scouts, Cubs Scouts, Scouts, Explorers, Young Leaders and Scout Network sections, King’s Scout Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award and Sectional Top Awards, plus International experiences.

Clive Sandrey
County Training Manager

Responsible for all adult leader training in Avon. In the county we have a team of Adult Trainers, Local Training Managers and Training Advisors who support leaders through their training. We aim to make training useful to our leaders and help them provide fantastic opportunities for our young people. In conjunction with this we need to ensure all the adults looking after our young people are appropriately up to date with current legislation.

Stuart Ballard
General Duties

Responsible for Good Service Awards in the County, plus BP Boathouse and Centenary Wood Campsite.  County Safeguarding Advisor.

Assistant County Commissioners

Richard Hurst
International Commissioner

Responsible for International experiences across the County.

Mike Banfield
Activities Commissioner

Oversees the adventurous activities permit scheme on behalf of the County and manages various adventurous activity sections, which include Water Activities (Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Rafting and Rowing and Pulling); Air Activities (Gliding, Hover crafting.); Land Activities (Archery, Shooting, Hillwalking, Climbing, Caving, and Winter Sports).

Beth Clarke

Focused on growth and development, creating new provision and growing existing provision.

Chris Padgett

Focused on growth and development, creating new provision and growing existing provision.

Lucy Collins
Beaver Commissioner

I joined the Scout movement after a lifetime of wishing I had had the chance when a child. This was reinforced by watching my Aunt, as Akela of her local Cub Pack, putting so much energy into giving her young people so many opportunities for fun and life lessons. When my daughter was born I realised she could be the Scout I never was and I could follow in my Aunt’s footsteps and so I became Assistant Beaver Leader at 3rd Wallscourt Farm. I joined the County Team in the hopes of making a difference to the Scouting lives of even more young people.
My main role as ACC is to support ADCs to ensure our Leaders get the support they need, to give our Beaver Scouts across the County the best Scouting experience we can provide. This will prepare our young people with valuable Skills for Life.

Jan Knott
Cub Commissioner

I first became involved in Scouting as an Assistant Cub Scout Leader in 1983, when I joined as a means of getting my eldest son into Cubs.  I had so much fun and learned so much, that apart from a few years gap I’ve stayed on, in various roles but mostly to do with the Cub Scout section.  I consider myself very lucky to have had opportunities to meet amazing people when I ran events at District level and represented nine counties on the then National Cub Scout Advisory Board.

I’m currently GSL for 1st Burrington and Wrington Scout and Guide Group.
My main role as ACC is to support ADC’s to ensure our Leaders get the support they need, to give our Cub Scouts across the County the best Scouting experience we can provide.  This will prepare our young people with valuable Skills for Life.

Andrew Phelps
Scout Commissioner

I’ve been involved in scouting on and off since being a cub at 234th Northwinds Scout Group aged 6.  My main role as ACC Scouts is to ensure purpose, method, policies and programme are carried out throughout the Scout Section in the County. I’m here to assist ADC (Scouts) in the encouragement of all Leaders in the Scout Section to provide a balanced programme and give all scouts the same opportunities. Part of my role is to pass on updates and encourage idea sharing throughout all the 9 Districts for the scout section and to maintain contact relevant to the Scout Section age group within the local community.

I am also a Scout Leader in Stoke Gifford and have been on numerous international trips including leading Avonation at the 24th WSJ in USA and Canada.  In my spare time I help to organise County Competitions like the Cooking Comp, Kahoutek and Monopoly Run plus support the CC.

Gary Barron
14-25 Commissioner

Responsible for Explorer Counts, Young Leaders and Scout Network

Districts & District Commissioners

Ali Kattana
Axe District
Simon Crowden
Bath District
Paul Harper
Bristol South District
Clive Mason
Brunel District
Maddie Jenkins
Cabot District
Dean Ashpole-Champman
Cotswold Edge District
Tony Tween & Steve Hamey
Gordano District
Jamie Martin
Kingswood District
DC Team
Wansdyke District
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls