Announcement of New Region Commissioners

Following the completion of a merit-based selection process, Scouts NSW is pleased to announce the following Region Commissioner appointments which will be effective from Monday 8 August 2022.


Hume Region

John Selwood is currently the Deputy Region Commissioner of Hume Region. John has previously held the position of Region Commissioner and is also a Life Councillor to the NSW Branch Council. John has also held roles as Assistant Scout Leader, Scout Leader, District Scout Leader, Regional Commissioner Scouts as well as Adult Training & Development and Public Relations. He has served on the Scouts NSW Board, State Finance Committee, has held positions on the Dragon Skin organising team since 2000 and attended the 19th and 22nd Australian Jamborees. John was awarded the Silver Kangaroo in 2008.

We would like to thank Ray Read for his hard work and assistance while Acting in the Region Commissioner role over the last year.


South Coast & Tablelands

Ron Critcher OAM has extensive Scouting experience having held numerous appointments including as a Scout Leader, District Scout Leader, District Commissioner, Regional Commissioner and Training Commissioner. Ron is a Life Councillor of Scouts NSW Branch Council and has previously been a member and Deputy Chair of the Scouts NSW Board of Directors. Ron is currently an Honorary Commissioner and has maintained a close connection with groups as Leader in Charge of 1st Bulli Scout Group. He has attended 12 Australian Jamborees and was awarded the Silver Kangaroo in 2001 and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2013.

We would like to acknowledge and thank Anthony Pritchard who has been the Acting Region Commissioner since April 2020 for taking on that role in addition to continuing in his other roles to support Scouts NSW.


The Golden West

David Scott is currently the Regional Chair of The Golden West Region and has extensive experience in Group Support Committee roles, as a Group Leader and Scout Leader in NSW and as an Assistant Venturer Leader and Assistant Scout Leader roles in South Australia. David holds a Wood Badge and was awarded the Certificate of Merit in 2004. His last Group was recognised with the Quality Scouting Award.  More recently as a community representative, he was on the committee managing the Canobolas Scout Camp and was instrumental in fundraising and organising working bees. David has lived and worked across The Golden West Region for many years, with contact with most communities from Bathurst to Broken Hill, holding senior education roles including Principal and Director in State High Schools. He is currently a consultant working in the education sector.

Thank you to Gavin Arnold who has been Acting Region Commissioner for the last two years while also continuing to deliver front line Scouting as a Leader.


A big congratulations to John, Ron and David on taking up these roles and thank you to Anthony, Ray and Gavin for acting in these positions for a considerable period of time.