At a ceremony on Saturday 18 March, Lloyd Nurthen was appointed by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of New South Wales and Chief Scout of NSW as the new Chief Commissioner of Scouts NSW.
With a Scouting background spanning 17 years, Lloyd exemplifies the incredible benefits of Scouting and the profound impact the movement has on many thousands of young people on a daily basis.
At the ceremony, Lloyd affirmed the Scout Promise and acknowledged the deep impact Scouting has had on both his personal, volunteer, and professional life. “Scouts has truly had a profound impact on my life over the last 17 years. Through Scouts, I’ve learned so much about leadership, teamwork, and community involvement. And I would suggest if it wasn’t for Scouts, I wouldn’t be where I am today in my professional career. I’ve had the chance to meet incredible people from all different backgrounds, to learn from them and to form lifelong friendships.
A message from Lloyd:
“With each new generation of young people come new ideas, new perspectives and different expectations. We are not just interested in their views on the climate, social media, social inequality, mental health, and the future of work. We want their views to influence and guide the way we deliver our program.
We already know that the skills for life we are building make a positive impact on young people’s resilience, courage and leadership abilities. To stay relevant in 2023 and beyond, we’ll make sure their voices are more prominent than ever before, both within our organisation and in leadership positions everywhere. That’s how we’ll build on the incredible legacy we’ve been given.
I could not be prouder to be a small cog in the incredible machine and family that is Scouting.
We have an amazing legacy and strong foundations, and we will continue to build upon it. We will embrace new ideas, ways of working and we will be innovative and creative in our approach to Scouting. We will listen to our youth, empowering them to take the lead and shape the future of the movement.
I truly believe that we can make a difference to help create a better world, and I’m excited to lead Scouts NSW into the future and continue to grow it to be the largest youth organisation in Australia. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!”
“I’m privileged to have been selected as the next Chief Commissioner for Scouts NSW. I’m grateful to stand here, alongside so many heroes, of every age, and know that together we are part of something really incredible.
In his first month in the role, Lloyd will attend Dragon Skin (a 4 day camp over the Easter Weekend for Venturer Scouts) and also travel overseas in his role as Deputy Contingent Leader for the 25th World Scout Jamboree, Heads of Contingent Meeting in Korea. Lloyd believes it is crucial to his success as Chief Commissioner to remain engaged with youth members at the grassroots level, to truly listen and represent them in an authentic and open way.
As a volunteer Leader, Lloyd was appointed as the first Youth Commissioner for Scouts NSW. He is currently the State Commissioner International and Assistant Group Leader for his local Group. In 2020, Lloyd took on the role of Deputy Contingent Leader for the 25th World Scout Jamboree, being held in South Korea later this year. Lloyd has attended various other World Scouting Events such as the 24th World Scout Jamboree and the 42nd World Scout Conference. Lloyd was a member of the Youth Program Review from 2015 – 2017 and has been involved in several Scouts NSW Board Sub Committees, currently serving on the Public Fund Committee. Lloyd also works full time with a global tech company and is a fantastic role model too for many of our Scouts NSW volunteers who volunteer and work full time.
“I am excited and privileged to be leading Scouts NSW into the future and continue to grow it to be the largest Youth Organisation in Australia,” said Lloyd.