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Bexley scout 'honoured' to be made youth commissioner

PUBLISHED: 15:06 21 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:06 21 October 2014

Hannah Kentish. Picture: Dave Bird Copyright

Hannah Kentish. Picture: Dave Bird Copyright

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For the first time in history, the UK Scout Association has appointed a UK Youth Commissioner.

The role involves sitting on the Scout Association’s national leadership team, working with the UK Chief Commissioner, the CEO of the Scout Association and Chairman to ensure that decisions made at the top of the organisation are fully reflective of its younger members.

Hannah Kentish, 21, of Bexley, has been appointed.

She is a long-time member of the Scout Association, having already achieved her Explorer Scout Belt, and she is currently working towards her Queen’s Scout award, the highest award available in Scouting.

Ms Kentish joined the Scout Association’s County Team in Greater London South East (GLSE) at 16 years-old, becoming its youngest ever Explorer Scout Chairperson.

She said: “I think Scouting can be summed up in one word- opportunity. Scouting provides over 450,000 young people across the UK with the opportunity for everyday adventure, and even if they don’t know it yet, it will change their lives forever.

“It certainly changed mine; giving me confidence I never knew I had. Over the next three years I look forward to working to give even more young Scouts, from a wider range of backgrounds, the opportunity to be heard and, ultimately, to experience Scouting to the fullest.

“It is such an honour to have been appointed as UK Youth Commissioner and I can’t wait to the rest of the national leadership team.”

UK Chief Commissioner, Wayne Bulpitt, added: “Having a Movement that is shaped by young people in partnership with adults is at the heart of what Scouting is all about, and I am delighted to welcome Hannah and her deputies Jagz, and Jay onto the national leadership team today. They are all incredibly passionate about Scouting and bring unique qualities and experience to the team that will ensure that the decisions made at national level remain relevant to our members. I look forward to working with them all as we begin this new and exciting chapter in our history.”

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “I’m so proud to welcome Hannah Kentish on board our senior leadership team. She brings amazing enthusiasm, rich experience and positive energy to our work in changing young people’s lives in all communities across the UK. We’re 100 per cent committed to making sure everything we do is shaped by young people - and Hannah is there to lead and steer that.”

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