Executive Committee

The Board of Trustees exist to support the GSL in the effective delivery of scouting through the provision of sufficient funds and resources. The Committee also has important Governance responsibilities – membership is drawn from parents, leaders and the local community. The committee is elected annually at the Scout Group AGM.

On this page, you can find information on the committee as well as view the minutes which have been taken at previous meetings.


The 2018/2019 Executive Committee officers:

Executive Chairman, Clive Mobbs

Executive Secretary, Dawn Carman-Jones

“I have been involved with 1st Fressingfield Scout Group since 2012 when I became a parent representative on the Executive Committee. With my parents and grandparents all heavily involved in scouting, it was almost written in my DNA that I would continue the tradition and was involved from age 5-22 in the Guide and Scout movements in various youth and leadership roles. After a short break 😉 I returned and now hold the roles of Executive Secretary and Group Administrator; and my husband, Chris and children are now also active Group members. I was incredibly proud to have been awarded my Wood beads in July 2017 and a County Commissioner Commendation in December 2017.”

Executive Treasurer, John Coop

Group Scout Leader, Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne

“As Group Scout Leader I have had the exceptional pleasure of leading a great Scout Group at 1st Fressingfield, I also have responsibility for our active and renowned Explorer Scout Unit. I have been involved in scouting for around 15 years and have seen significant and sustainable growth in the Group. Previous experience includes Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme assessor, Norfolk Youth & Community worker and for almost 20 years as a Commissioned Officer with the TA&VR commanding Army Cadet Units. Professionally I am a qualified teacher, experienced Headteacher and currently the CEO of the Consortium Multi Academy Trust, operating nine schools across Suffolk and Norfolk.”

Assistant Group Scout Leader, Peter Smith

“My role at 1st Fressingfield Scout Group is Assistant Group Scout Leader I have been a member here for 12 years, I was previously an active youth football coach until 2005. Andrew a good friend of mine and the GSL at 1st Fressingfield suggested that my wife and I joined him and his wife for the weekend camping with this group of 12 lads camping in Holt we had very little equipment and it was very old and basic but enjoyed the weekend of scouting . Well we were hooked and got talking about scouts Andrew suggested I helped out and then we started to build group bit by bit, well 12 years on our Scout Group is an exceptional Scout Group with outstanding leaders, young people and parents, all working together.”

Assistant Group Scout Leader, Michael Knights

“I joined Eye Scouts in 1968 when I was 13, achieving my Chief Scouts Award when I was 16, and no we didn’t wear short trousers in those days! I stayed helping at Eye as what would now be called a Young Leader until I was 18 when I moved to Fressingfield to become Assistant Scout Leader. In 1978 I took over as Scout Leader. Unfortunately my work moved me in 1979 and I had to move my Scouting to Cambridge. In 1986 work again brought a move, this time to Colchester and volume of work and family commitments meant I didn’t continue Scouting. In 1996 a change of career brought me back to Hoxne and I rejoined Fressingfield Scout Group when the Pioneer Troop was formed in 2012. I continue as Assistant Scout Leader, and have recently taken on an additional role as an Assistant Group Scout Leader. I also have a role in working on the New Headquarters Project and Fund Raising activities. My work outside of Scouting included 22 years in Midland Bank (now HSBC), including 15 years in Supervision and Management. I then spent 6 years as a part time lecturer at Otley College and 20 odd years growing and marketing organic vegetables and acting as an Horticultural Business Consultant.”

Beaver Scout Leader, Susie Remblance

“I joined 1st Fressingfield Scout Group in 2015 as an Assistant Beaver Scout Leader after attending the sessions as a parent helper. Since then I have become the Beaver Scout Leader of the Ninjas on a Monday night. I particularly enjoy taking the Beavers on adventures and planning new activities for them to try. With my background in administration and planning, I am pleased to be part of the Fundraising Committee and the HQ Building Committee. I love that I get the chance to help the community and learn new skills too – not only some Scouting skills but am now a qualified archery and fencing instructor.”

Wolf Cub Scout Leader, Chris Carman-Jones

Tiger Cub Scout Leader, Julie Barry

Adventure Scout Leader, Emma Craig

“As a young person I was involved in Guides and my Mum was a Queen’s Guide so I was always keen for my own boys to be involved in Scouts. Soon after they joined Scouts 12 years ago I became involved myself, initially as parent helper, then as Group Treasurer and now also as Assistant Adventure Scout leader. I am extremely proud to be part of such an active group and feel privileged to see our young people grow and gain confidence as they move through the different sections and even become leaders themselves. Scouting has given me new skills and confidence and friends for life and I hope to be able to help provide this for many other young people and adults for many years to come. Once a Scout, always a Scout!”

Pioneer Scout Leader, Jean White

Assistant Explorer Scout Leader, Lewis Craig

Network Representative, George Austin

Group Digital Champion, Ciarán Carr

“Joining 1st Fressingfield Beavers in 2007, I have remained in the group ever since and have been fortunate enough to have participated in numerous camps and activities, most notably – the Explorer Belt Expedition to Kenya in 2016. Since becoming a member of the Executive in 2017, I have become increasingly more involved in the group taking on roles including Beaver Young Leader, Explorer Youth Representative and currently the Group Digital Champion and Assistant Adventure Scout Leader. I too was very proud to receive the Commissioner’s Commendation Award in 2016.”

Explorer Youth Representative, Harry Maguire

“I’m 16 years old and have been part of 1st Fressingfield Scout Group for six years. I joined as a Scout at the age of 10 and am now in Explorers. In that time, I have travelled to: Iceland, the Peak District, Milton Keynes, Sussex and many other places as well. I am part of the Kenya team, and will be travelling to a Kenyan Christian orphanage in 2019. I am currently a Senior Explorer Scout.”

Explorer Youth Representative, Aimee Wraight

Parent Representative for Beaver Scouts, Emma Petty

“I was elected as the Beaver parent representative for the Executive Committee in June 2017. Having enjoyed being part of the Guiding movement when I was young, I am delighted that both my children are keen members of the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group – one in Beavers and one in Pioneers. Both thoroughly enjoy being part of the Scouting movement and participating in new experiences. As a family, we try to support as many of the events and activities as possible.”

Parent Representative for Tiger Cub Scouts, Avril Mattocks

Parent Representative for Wolf Cub Scouts, Katie Phillips

Parent Representative for Adventure Scouts, Robin Chew

“I was in the Cubs and Scouts when I was young and found it so rewarding that I encouraged my own two children to join. I am pleased to say both took to it have have both been enthusiastic members of the Beavers, then the Cubs and now the Scouts. A great change since my time is that my daughter can now join in. I joined the Executive Committee in 2014 as a parent representative for the Cubs. We aim to support the leaders who give so much of their time as well as ensuring that the group is run responsibly and effectively. Fundraising is another important role for us. Our next big challenge is the HQ project.”

Parent Representative for Pioneer Scouts, Rachel/Jim Morris

“Jim is a local GP and Rachel is a consultant anaesthetist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Both our children are active members of the Scout group and have been since they were 6 years old! As Executive Parent members we hope to be able to represent the view points of other parents.”

Parent Representative for Explorer Scouts, Angie Ellis

“I have been involved with 1st Fressingfield Scout group for the last 6 years since my son began scouting. Currently I am the Explorer Group parent representative. We are proud to belong to such a dedicated group, giving young people amazing experiences and support. My background includes working with young children in nursery and after school clubs including childminding for 10 years. My current role is Nursing Support Officer for a Learning Disability Service.”

Associate Member, Arthur Brown

“I first became involved with Fressingfield Scout Group in 1977 when I became Group Chairman (my wife being Cub Scout Leader). I then became Group Scout Leader in 1979 (when Charlie Vincent retired) and held that post until 2004 (there was compulsory retirement at 65! in those days) when I became Group Administrator/Group Chairman until 2013, since when I am on the a Trustee.”

Associate Member, Sue Webster


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