Tyler SkertonDistrict Commissioner
Scouting has been part of my lift since joining 2nd Rayners Lane Beavers at the age of 7. I enjoyed so much of it through Cubs, Scouts & Explorers that at 18, I decided to become an Assistant Scout Leader at my local group. Since then I have completed my Queens Scout Award and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award as well as organised lots of camps and trips abroad.
Being DC is an great role in Scouting and I am devoted to growing the movement as well as supporting all of my leaders right across the District. The DC looks after and is responsible for all of the Scout groups within the District, making sure that we offer the best Scouting possible in Harrow & Wealdstone!
By day, I am a Project Manager for an consultancy company, focusing on building medium to large sized engineering projects in aviation and rail. I recently undertook a part-time Masters degree alongside my work and enjoy volunteering with the London Ambulance Service as an Emergency Responder. When I am not volunteering or working I love skiing and making best use of the outdoors, whilst also enjoying music as a amateur DJ!
Paul TurnerDistrict Commissioner
I started Scouts back as a cub in 1971 in the 13th Roxeth Scout Group (Beavers wasn’t around then) and progressed through youth sections and gained my Queen Scout Award in 1984 whilst in the Roxeth Venture Scouts (pre-explorers). In 1979, I was approached by the Scout leader at the 1st Roxeth to help at a camp and have been there ever since!
Scouting has been part of my life for many years, my father was also a Group Scout Leader. It is great to see the development of the young people as they progress through the sections and learning the various skills for life. The similes on their faces when they achieve the challenges is always a great sight!
Over the years I have had a number of appointments including Assistant cub leader, Cub Leader, Group Scout Leader, Assistant District Commissioner (Activities) and became District Commissioner in April 2018
Outside of Scouts I help with a couple of Drama groups doing lighting/sound/stage management. I also help with a music school (Harrow Young Musicians) organising the movement of all the instruments and equipment to concerts. One of my highlights is going on tour to Venice every year.
Outside of volunteering, I work at the University of Westminster as a Technician at the School of the Computer Science and have done so for over 30 years.
Anand TailorDistrict Youth Commissioner
I started my journey through Scouting when I joined the 8th/19th Harrow Scout Group in West Harrow as a Cub Scout at the age of 8. Scouting has been a major influence on my life and I have been actively involved from that day onwards, moving on to Scouts, Explorers and becoming a Young Leader. When I turned 18, I decided to become an Assistant Scout Leader at my local group. My progression through the movement has enabled me to see Scouting through nearly all the perspectives of a young person.
When the position of District Youth Commissioner arose, it felt like a natural progression for me to make. It is a fantastic opportunity to further engage with young people and other Scout groups, as well as creating and driving youth strategy for the District.
As a member of the Leadership Team, I work in partnership with the District Commissioners to ensure that young people from 6-25 years are involved and engaged in every decision that shapes their Scouting experience locally and to empower young people to share their ideas and have a meaningful voice in planning, implementing and reviewing their programme and opportunities.
Scouting is a great movement to be a part of, providing youth people with skills for life, and skills that they may not learn elsewhere. I take great satisfaction in seeing the progress and commitment of young people and adult volunteers within the movement.
Outside of Scouting, I work in IT for a large book publishing company, providing their London based users with IT support, along with working on the implementation and support of wider IT projects in the company. When I am not working or volunteering, I enjoy listening to music at home or at a gig, watching the football, going out for dinner with friends and taking photographs.
Duncan WakelingDeputy District Commissioner
Steven JenkinsDistrict Explorer Scout Commissioner
Robert JenkinsDistrict Chair
Ian McLuckieDistrict Secretary
I attended Harrow County School in the early fifties and my main Scouting was at the 4th Harrow Merrymen, both Junior and Senior Troops. I was also for a short time in the 4th Rover Crew, and attended JIM in (Jamboree, Indaba and Moot) 1957.
In the late 1950s I helped with the 1st Brockley Hill Scout Group at Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital on Sunday mornings but as a change from my normal Group activity, I worked on the Scout Ward.
In the mid-fifties, the 13th Harrow Group restarted at my Church in Station Road and I got involved in the Cub section, first as an Instructor, and later as a Leader. I spent all my uniformed service in the Cub section, with occasional stints as GSL. In 1983 I played a major part in the merger of the 13th and 21st Harrow Groups. I stood down from CSL in 2003, continuing to assist in the Cubs for some years.
Since 2010 I have been President of the 13th/21st Harrow Group and from 2004, I have served as District Secretary, which is my main role in Scouts. As a trustee, I am responsible for the effective governance of the district; coordinating meetings and ensuring the minutes and documentation is appropriately managed.
In the early sixties I was a member of the International Scout Club and was privileged to have been on the judging panels of some of the earlier European Explorer Belt Expeditions, as well as the Blood hound Expedition of 1965. After this trip, I withdrew from International scouting due to Family commitments.
I have been involved in the admin side of the Harrow Scout and Guide Swimming Club for over 35 years, and on their Committee for most of that time.
In 2012, in their Centenary year, I was invited to become as Honorary Member of my original Group the 4th Harrow.
Outside Scouting apart from family, my interests are mainly Church, and Music related. My wife Liz and I have been active in Trinity Church for many years, both serving as Elders, and I sometimes play the Organ for Services. We are also Patrons of Trinity Orchestra and Grimsdyke Brass Band.