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Our Leadership

East London Scouts is the body responsible for Scouting in the London boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, run by two sets of volunteers:

  • The District Team made up of leaders who support our groups to deliver amazing activities and skills for life every week.
  • The Trustees who form our Executive Committee overseeing the administration and enabling the District Team to do their jobs.

Our District Team and Trustees are all listed below, along with their contact details.

General enquiries

If you're not sure who to contact or just want to make a general enquiry, then please fill in our contact form.

If you are enquiring about joining then please provide your postcode / area so that we know who to put you in touch with

District Team

District Commissioner

Jon Ellison

Responsible for the overall leadership of the district and its strategic direction


Youth Commissioner

Position Vacant

Tasked with making sure that young people are at heart of all our decision making



Deputy District Commissioner (Programme Development)

Kevin Bridge

(Also responsible for Explorer Scouts)


Deputy District Commissioner (Programme Support)

Ben Gray

(Also responsible for Scout Network)


Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Bernard Sacarello - Award Scheme Administrator


Support & Training

Deputy District Commissioner (Group Support)

Kay Leggett


Deputy District Commissioner (Skills Support)

Carl Greenslade


Appointments Committee Chair

Nick Varney

Responsible for managing the appointments advisory sub-committee, part of the vetting process for adult volunteers.


Appointments Committee Secretary

Judy Phillips

Responsible for administering the advisory sub-committee, part of the vetting process for adult volunteers.


Growth & Development

Assistant Commissioner (Youth Recruitment)

Andrea Armstrong

Responsible for co-ordinating joining enquiries for young people



The district executive committee were elected at the AGM in June 2019. They can be contacted as a whole at:

They serve as the trustees of both the East London District Scout Council (reg. charity 1114589) and The Roland Philipps Fund for Scouts (reg. charity 281576)



Alan Hands



Veronique Constans



Position vacant

Automatic Members

The following are automatically offered a place because of their role in Scouting:

  • Jonathan Ellison - District Commissioner
  • Kevin Bridge - Explorer Scout Commissioner
  • Ben Gray - Scout Network Commissioner

Elected Officials

The following were nominated and elected by the District Scout Council at the 2019 AGM:

  • Joan Bridge
  • Chloe-Jean Carpenter
  • George Davies

Co-opted Officials

The following were co-opted to support the committee because of their relevant experience:

  • Brian Bench (for Scout Hall, Bouverie Road)
  • Carl Greenslade (for Roland Philipps Scout Centre)
  • Kay Leggett (for Fairmead Campsite)

Nominated Officials

The following have been appointed by the District Commissioner to broaden the experience of the District Trustees:

  • Katy Walmsley (as a parent champion)
  • TBC (as a former Scout who is not a leader)
  • TBC (as someone not involved in The Scouts)