New Chief Commissioner of Scotland
It is with delight that we have learned that, Graham Haddock, a former member of the 45th Greenock & District, has been appointed to succeed Eleanor Lyall as Scottish Chief Commissioner as from the 1st August 2011. Graham is resident in Quarrier’s Village and takes a great interest in the new 45th Greenock and District (1st Quarrier’s Village)
The Scottish Headquarter’s announcement reads as follows:-
We are delighted to announce that Graham Haddock has been announced as the new Chief Commissioner of Scotland and will succeed Eleanor Lyall on 1st August 2011.
In announcing Graham’s appointment, Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner, said: “Graham brings a wealth of experience from senior volunteer roles in Scotland and across the UK including the very successful launch of Explorer Scouting and I’m delighted that he has accepted this key role to lead and inspire Scouting in Scotland and to build on the significant achievements of Eleanor who retires after seven years as Chief Commissioner.”
Duncan Clark, Chairman of the Scottish Board, added: “We are so fortunate to have someone of Graham’s calibre to lead Scottish Scouting. His many attributes and leadership skills are of the highest order. He has a strong belief in our young people and what they can achieve. I know that through his drive and determination he will ensure effective support for those who deliver Scouting to our youth members.”
With a strong Scouting background in the Scout, Explorer Scout, Adult Support and International areas at various levels, Graham has also worked at UK level as Explorer Scout Commissioner. He is an elected member of the Board of The Scout Association, and Chairs the UK Operations Committee.
Professionally, he is a Consultant Neonatal & Paediatric Surgeon, at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow. He serves on a number of professional, academic and governmental advisory bodies and has responsibility for overseeing and managing the training of all Paediatric Surgeons in the UK & Ireland.
Graham commented: “I am both excited and honoured to have been asked to accept the role of Chief Commissioner of Scotland by the Board. Our Movement is currently in good heart. The number of young members who are part of Scouting’s adventure continues to increase….for the sixth year in a row. The quality of what is on offer in local Scout Groups, Districts and Regions across the country is extremely high and the dedication of leaders, helpers and supporters in delivering this quality every week is truly astonishing. I am delighted to be able to be part of that and to seek opportunities to further develop what we do together in the future. I look forward to meeting many of our young members and adults in the coming months and years.
“I am aware of the difficult task that I face in trying to follow in the footsteps of Eleanor Lyall. Eleanor is an outstanding Chief Commissioner and is held in the highest regard by Scouts and Leaders in Scotland and at UKHQ. If I can achieve half of what has been achieved under Eleanor’s guidance and leadership, I will be extremely pleased.”