State Operations Team

The Scouts NSW State Operations Team is the uniformed team responsible for providing guidance and:

  • Leadership and Region Support
  • Membership and Growth
  • Strategic Decision Implementation
  • Governance
  • Region Development

Working together and with our colleagues in the State Support Team, we contribute to making it easier for our Groups and formations to deliver quality Scouting to thousands of young people and their families across the state.

We’ve done this since 1908 and we’ll keep on doing it.

Deputy Chief Commissioner

Greg Barnier

Greg Barnier
Deputy Chief Commissioner

Our Deputy Chief Commissioner (DCC) Operations reports to the Chief Commissioner and has effective oversight the day-to-day operations across all Regions in NSW. The DCC (Operations) also leads the focus on growth and development of Scouting through recruitment and retention.

The Region Commissioners report to the DCC (Operations) and, as a cohort, address the operational needs of each Region.

Alongside the DCC (Culture and Resource Support), DCC (Youth Program and Support) and the Chief Executive Officer, the DCC (Operations) works closely with a team of committed and experienced leaders who help determine the priorities for the organisation. The DCC (Operations) is a key decision-maker, making recommendations to the Chief Commissioner and the Scouts NSW Board of Directors.

The DCC Operations is a member of the Branch Council and a member of the Chief Commissioners’ Council.

Greater Western Sydney Region

Scouting is alive and growing in the greater western Sydney area. Greater Western Sydney Region incorporates the Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Holroyd, Penrith, Hawkesbury and Parramatta local government areas, as well as western parts of the Hornsby local government area.

Visit the Greater Western Sydney web page to find out more or find who you need for help.

David Stopps
Region Commissioner

Hume Region

Hume Region is located to the south west of Sydney and is made up of both metropolitan and rural areas, along with bushland incorporating lake Burrajong and the Upper Nepean plus the Nattai and Dharawal National Parks.

Visit the Hume Region web page to find out more or find who you need for help.

Ray Read
Region Commissioner (Interim)

Hunter & Coastal Region

Hunter and Coastal Scouts Region covers from the Hawkesbury River in the south, to Harrington in the north, then west to Merriwa. With over 3,000 youth and adult members from various cultures, faiths, backgrounds and various abilities, Scouts is one of the largest and most successful youth organisations in this region.

Visit the Hunter and Coastal web page to find out more or find who you need for help.

Steve Fernie
Region Commissioner

North Coast Region

This Region covers towns from Chinderah in the north and down the coast to Camden Haven in the south, and west to the Great Dividing Range.

Visit the North Coast web page to find out more or find who you need for help.

Braydon Gleeson (Acting)
Region Commissioner

North West Region

Our North West Region starts at the Queensland border and west of the Great Dividing Range and includes Groups at Moree, Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Glen Innes, Narrabri, along with our Lones Scout Group.

Visit the North West web page to find out more or find who you need for help.

Brett Grimmond
Region Commissioner

Riverina Region

This Region covers a large footprint starting from the Victorian border with Albury, out to Hay and Murrumbateman, then north West Wyalong and Young.

Visit the Riverina web page to find out more or find who you need for help.

Ian Petty
Region Commissioner

South Coast & Tablelands Region

The South Coast and Tablelands Scouting Region stretches from Helensburgh in the North to the Victorian Border in the South, and incorporates areas West to Goulburn, Queanbeyan and Jindabyne.

Visit the South Coast and Tablelands web page to find out more or find who you need for help.

Anthony Pritchard
Region Commissioner (Acting)

South Metropolitan Region

South Metropolitan Region covers the southern area of Sydney, bordered by Sydney Harbour to the north, Waterfall and the Royal National Park to the south, the Pacific Ocean in the east and Bass Hill in the west.

Visit the South Metropolitan web page to find out more or find who you need for help.

Bryan Davison
Region Commissioner

Sydney North Region

Sydney North Region is one of our oldest and largest Regions. From the Hawkesbury River to Sydney Harbour, along the Northern Beaches and following the main train line, this Region enjoys some excellent campsites, activity centres and water activities.

Visit the Sydney North web page to find out more or find who you need for help.

Kerry Griffin
Region Commissioner

The Golden West Region

The Golden West Region is comprised of Groups in the area locally known as the Central West and Far West. Our active Scout Groups come from Bathurst, Orange, Kandos, Dubbo, Parkes, Grenfell, Portland and Broken Hill.

Visit The Golden West web page to find out more or find who you need for help.

Gavin Arnold
Region Commissioner (Acting)

Region Support and Development

The strength of Scouts in NSW is reliant on the growth of the Movement across our Regions. Growth is the result of numerous things:

  • A great activity program that provides opportunities to young people
  • Leaders who are excellent at what they do and who live by the Scout Promise and Law
  • Supporters who help with the administration of our Groups and in the delivery of experiences
  • Being able to retain and recruit members.

Knowing where and to whom we should promote Scouts is key to finding new members. Knowing how to retain current remembers is as important to attracting new members. The Region Support and Development team works closely with the Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) and the Region Commissioners to support our Region teams to grow and develop their member base and how they execute Scouting in the Region.

You can contact this team by sending an email to [email protected].

Assistant Chief Commissioner
Region Support & Development

Daniel Boland
State Commissioner
Growth & Retention