Liz Henderson
District Commissioner (Acting)

My Scouting began in 1985, when I joined a Venture Scout Unit in Greater London North, with my friends from Guides.

The opportunities, challenges and adventure that we experienced meant that I found myself, five years later, parading at Windsor as the 4th Southgate’s first female Queen’s Scout. I was also invited to a national presentation ceremony which was held at the Castle Hotel in Taunton. Little did I know then that my life’s journey would eventually bring me to live in Somerset and that my Scouting ‘career’ would include being appointed as the County Commissioner. Since 1988 I have held appointments in every section except for Cubs, but most of my time has been with the Scout or Explorer Scout section. I regularly deliver adult and Young Leader training and have enjoyed my roles with the County Programme Team over the last 9 years.

I work full time as a Consultant Speech & Language Therapist and manage a team of Therapists in a special needs school in Bath.

Frances Fawcett
Deputy District Commissioner - Avalon

Hi – I’m Frances, or Fran – whichever you prefer. As a young adult I offered to help out when a friend told me her daughter’s Brownie Pack was about to close. I became Tawny Owl and Brown Owl became, and still is, one of my closest friends. I also spent some time as a Guide Guider but gave up Guiding after a house move. I found Scouting when my own children joined. My first role was on the Group Executive and helping out at the odd meeting and camp. They discovered I had relevant experience so when there was a shuffle round of Leaders, I took up a role with the Cub Pack in 2012. In our Group we worked well as a team, so I’ve spent some time with Beavers and Scouts as well as the Cubs. I have a Nights Away permit, have been a District Cub Scout Leader and I’m also a County Trainer. I added Leadership and Management to my Country Trainer role which takes me around the region to deliver and facilitate the impressive Manager and Support syllabus.

I Scout for lots of reasons, firstly it was to give my own children this enriching opportunity and also to make sure I get out in a field with decent regularity. After Scouting for a few years, I can see that great friendships are made and it’s (mostly!) thoroughly good fun. The most heart-warming results are the experiences we offer the young people. Watching a scared youngster scale a climbing wall or just learn to tie their shoelaces, for example. But this is what we do in our free time, so I believe it’s important that adults are enjoying themselves too – that way we’re happy to come back time and time again to offer even more to the young people!

Heather Pitts
Deputy District Commissioner - Camelot

I have held an adult appointment in Scouting since I was 18 years old and have worked my way through all sections before deciding that the Beavers was where my heart lies, when I opened my first Colony 19 years ago.

My family moved to Somerset, from North London, in 2002 & I joined a local Colony as Beaver Scout Leader. In 2010 I became ADC Beavers & have enjoyed the constant challenge of supporting the District Team, Leaders & Beavers throughout the ever changing movement that is East Somerset.

Having been a School Nurse in a Special Needs School for the past 11 years I have recently looked for a new challenge in my working life & I am now privileged to be a member of the Nursing Team at Children’s Hospice South West. I hope this new role as Deputy District Commissioner will enable me to provide relevant support throughout the southern area of our district.

Pete Ward
District Explorer Scout Commissioner

My scouting started back in Hove as a cub scout where we spent many a weekend out on the South Downs and camping in the New forest nurturing my love for the outdoors, unfortunately there was a long waiting list to move on to scouts so I moved across to Sea Cadets. I later joined the Royal Navy as an aircraft engineering mechanic and spent ten years working from Portland and small ships flights.  After leaving the RN I have spent most of my working life within the cheese industry as an engineering manager or in project management where my main focus and passion is within the automation and control of factory systems. I restarted my “career” in scouting in 1998 when I became an occasional helper at my son’s cub group where I stayed until I became a DCSL some 8 years ago before taking up the role of 14-25 commissioner. I have recently become the District Explorer Scout Leader. In my spare time I love hiking and climbing in the British mountains and when the opportunity allows abroad as well.  What do i get from scouting? Well I enjoy seeing our young people challenge themselves and the satisfaction they get from succeeding, there is also the satisfaction of working with a great District Team across all sections to deliver “Skills for Life”.


Charlotte Redfearn-Ward
Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts)

My Scouting adventure started as a Scout in Langport where I benefitted from varied outdoor activities and the chance to camp locally and internationally. After University, then travelling in Asia, I returned to The Levels as an ASL then SL. On moving to Yeovil, I swapped Troop responsibilities for District, and with some trepidation accepted the role of ADC Scouts. It’s been rewarding to see the Scout Section through the transition to East Somerset, working with a hugely experienced DSL Team, and we now have great cross-District participation in the extensive programme of Camps, Hikes, Competitions and Activities we offer throughout every year – although I particularly enjoy running Backwoods Camp twice a year with my husband, and fellow District Leader, Pete. In our own time we have a passion for hiking and climbing mountains, in Britain and abroad, while at work I am a Partnership Contracts Manager with responsibility for compliance, audit and quality assurance. Many friends made through Scouting are now like family and it’s with their support I’ve continued fully in my role since having our son – whose first camp was Backwoods at 12 weeks old! For me, seeing young people challenge themselves, acquire and apply new skills from opportunities provided by Scouting, and gain confidence as an individual, team member and leader, is what it’s all about.

Assistant District Commissioner (Cubs)
Assistant District Commissioner (Beavers)
Carol Trowbridge
District Young Leader Leader (Avalon)
Louise MacDonald
District Young Leader Leader (Camelot)
Ruth Allen
District Media & Marketing Manager

I grew up as part of Brownies and Guides and went through the Girl Guiding leadership programme. I assisted at my own group for nearly 10 years after I’d left guides.

In 2007 I went to university in Bristol and joined an Explorer group there, as a leader for the Young Leaders. I enjoyed this part of my life so much that when life brought me to Yeovil in 2012, I looked for a similar challenge. I visited a beaver colony and was made an ABSL pretty much straight away, and a BSL shortly after. I now run 2 beaver colonies in Yeovil as a BSL with Holy Trinity Scout Group.

I run my own digital marketing business by day, so when I was asked to take on the role of District Media & Marketing Manager in 2018, it seemed like an obvious pairing. I love the challenge of finding new ways to promote the local groups and district as a whole, whilst supporting all the young people on their scouting journeys

Paul Bentley
Assistant District Commissioner (Communications)

I first became in Scouting in 2005 when I was volunteered to be Chair for our local Scout Group.

My Children both became members as Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and one an Explorer and Young Leader. Also my Wife became involved as Treasurer and then with Beavers and is currently a Cub Leader.

Subsequently I have held roles at District Level as well as Locally as Section assistants for both Scouts and Explorers.

I now hold the role of Assistant District Commissioner (ADC) Communications and help out with the Administration for Appointments.

Becky Haynes
District Secretary
Pam Burch
District Treasurer

I was born in East London but moved to what was then Essex but which is now part of Greater London, when I was about 6 weeks old. I was a Brownie & Girl Guide but could not go on to Rangers as I started work and could not get to the meetings.

My first involvement with Scouting was when I moved with my job to Clacton on Sea in the late 1970s and asked what there was to do in the evenings. I became an ACSL and have had a warrant ever since, moving through Devon, Herefordshire and back to Essex/Greater London, where I met my husband who was the Venture Scout Leader.

We moved to Somerset in 1989 and both joined 2nd South Petherton Scout Group. I continued in uniform until our son started Cubs when I became Treasurer to the Group. In 2017 I was asked to take on the role of District Treasurer to East Somerset District.

Becky Haynes
District Appointments Secretary
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls