Leader Profiles

Welcome to the 2nd Gordon Leader Profiles

As you may appreciate, Leaders are a mix or combination of volunteers, youth member’s parents, professionals, and people just like ‘you’. Many leaders started as parent helpers and not necessarily Scouts all their life. In fact many are not, and have accumulated the necessary skills through a mix of online and practical training. All practising 2nd Gordon Scout Group leaders are trained according to current child protection policies and have Working With Children Clearances that include a NSW Police background audit. In addition, we take the protection of children’s welfare seriously, and believe all youth are a ‘canvas’ and opportunity to assist in their development.

Leadership is a positive personal challenge, learning journey, and one that countless youth can benefit from what each of us can bring from our wealth and wisdom of personal experience to the Scouting movement. Below are the diverse profiles of the 2nd Gordon leaders which forms our collective strength and friendship as a team. If you are interested in helping or one day contributing to Scouts as a leader, contact one of the leaders below, our group leader in charge, or make an enquiry at the “Contact Us” tab above.

Joey Unit Leaders:

Profiles coming soon for 2024.

Cub Unit Leaders:

Leader Profiles

  • My Scout Name: Javier
  • My Scout Role: New Cub Leader in training
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Scout Unit Leaders:

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Glenn Brown

  • My Scout Name: Glenn
  • My Scout Role: Scout Section Leader, Wood Badge
  • My Daily Work: Chief Financial Officer, Financial Manager, Consultant
  • Personal Interests: Cooking, Electronics, Cycling, Gadgets, 4WD and Camping
  • Introduction to Scouts/Love of Scouting: Was a Cub and Scout in country Victoria with my Dad as Scout Leader. Got my son into Cubs and I wanted to assist leaders and quickly joined as I remembered the enjoyment I had in Scouts. Love the outdoors and challenges you can give youth to build their skills, confidence and the enjoyment of the outdoors.
  • Memorable Scouting Moment: After the Scouts successfully built platforms 2 metres above the ground, an over-enthusiastic Scout (a friends son) wanting to climb up swung his knee past my face breaking my nose, leaving blood everywhere over the hall floor…
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Connor Holmes

  • My Scout Name: Connor
  • My Scout Role: Scout Leader, Wood Badge
  • My Daily Work: Director of Strategy for a company that develops support programs for patients with various health conditions.
  • Personal Interests: Scouting, bushwalking, environmental issues, reading.
  • Introduction to Scouts/Love of Scouting: My kids joined, and I did too. I was in Cubs and Scouts as a kid, and loved it when I did it.
  • Memorable Scouting Moment: Handling an irate customer (over the phone) who was stranded in an airport in Canada, while I was deep in a NSW forest and dressed in a dinosaur costume. We were staffing a Scout Hike activity base.
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Toby Dunne

  • My Scout Name: Toby
  • My Scout Role: Scout Leader
  • My Daily Work: Founder and Technical Director of iOn Sport.
  • Personal Interests: Rock climbing, Hiking, Photography.
  • Introduction to Scouts/Love of Scouting: I followed my children into Scouting. I grew up on a property ‘off the grid’ and want to provide our children with similar outdoor practical skills and experiences.
  • Memorable Scouting Moment: Attended the (2nd Gordon) Scouts Easter Camp which was a great experience as well as an introduction to how Scouts operates.
  • My Scout Name: Joe
  • My Scout Role: Scout Leader
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Venturer Unit Leaders:

Leader Profiles

  • My Scout Name: Nicole
  • My Scout Role: Venturer Leader; Wood Badge
  • My Daily Work: General Manager – Pre-cast concrete industry
  • Personal Interests: Anything in the outdoors, but in particular kayaking (white water and sea), canyoning, cycling, abseiling, caving, camping, generally having adventures.
  • Introduction to Scouts/Love of Scouting: I have been in Scouting my whole life. It was my introduction to adventurous activities and the things I am still passionate about. As a leader, I love introducing youth members to the outdoor activities I feel passionate about.
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David

  • My Scout Name: David
  • My Scout Role: Venturer Section Leader, Wood Badge
  • My Daily Work: CFO specialising in medium-sized enterprises
  • Personal Interests: Outdoor Adventure, kayaking, and snow skiing
  • Introduction to Scouts/Love of Scouting: A Venturer leader with 25+ years’ experience and previous service in Cubs, Venturer and Rover sections. David has enjoyed scouting since the age of 8 as a Cub, through to the age of 26 years as a Rover Scout. David brings a wealth of experience and an adventurous ‘heart’. He is married to Lynda and has two sons, both enjoying Venturers. David specialises in outdoor adventurous activities with particular interest in kayaking, rockcraft, and hiking.
  • Memorable Scouting Moment: Spending time in every youth section (bar Joeys) has given me too many memories too highlight only one.  Challenging youth as a leader gives me a lot of joy, to watch them have fun and grow.  Leadership does take time and effort and yes, is sometimes frustrating, inconvenient and I’m also busy with work and family.  Leadership brings personal growth and satisfaction that you can’t write down.
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Geoff

  • My Scout Name: Geoff
  • My Scout Role: Venturer Leader and Sydney North Region Rockcraft Team
  • My Daily Work: Farmer (grazier), Merino wool production and Angus cattle. Nature of work – going broke slowly!
  • Personal Interests: Farming, Traveling, Abseiling, Canyoning, Caving, Bushwalking. I really enjoy working and hopefully mentoring the Venturers as they develop into young adults with strong outdoor and community involvement. (I am sure Nicole will ‘kill’ me for not including kayaking!).
  • Introduction to Scouts/Love of Scouting: My son when he joined Scouts. And all the things I mentioned above.
  • Memorable Scouting Moment: Not for publication!
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Kate

  • My Scout Name: Kate
  • My Scout Role: Venturer Leader
  • My Daily Work: Student – UTS Environmental Science
  • Personal Interests: Art, Ultimate Frisbee, SCUBA
  • Introduction to Scouts/Love of Scouting: Participating in Rovers; the outdoors focus.
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Rover Unit Leader:

Leader Profiles

David Richards

  • My Scout Name: Dave
  • My Scout Role: Rover Crew Leader
  • My Daily Work: Student and Handyman
  • Personal Interests: Ultimate Frisbee, Outdoors, cars, DIY (wood and metal), model railway.
  • Introduction to Scouts/Love of Scouting: Can’t get enough of the outdoors, challenges me, learn and improve skills I enjoy using opportunities I wouldn’t find anywhere else with friends.
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Group Leader:

Leader Profiles

  • My Scout Role: Started as Cub Section Leader, and now Group Leader
  • My Daily Work: I work as an Alliances Director for an IT services company.
  • Personal Interests: Photography and hiking (preferably both combined).
  • Introduction to Scouts/Love of Scouting: When my son joined Cubs, I thought it was a good opportunity to learn some new skills – and I’m glad I made the decision as it’s great seeing the kids develop and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Memorable Scouting Moment: I’m sure there will be many more in future, but so far leading my first Cubs hike, culminating in the first Cub investiture I attended where the Grand Howl echoed down the length of Middle Harbour…
Group Advisor:

Leader Profiles

  • My Scout Name: Chris
  • My Scout Role: Group Advisor, previously Leader In Charge (2nd Gordon Scout Group); RA 2nd Gordon Rovers; Wood Badge
  • My Daily Work: Project Manager
  • Personal Interests: Scouting, Caving, Canyoning, Camping
  • Introduction to Scouts/Love of Scouting: Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, Leader, lifetime pursuit. Enjoy the friendship, challenge, value.
  • Memorable Scouting Moment: Tricked the Scouts into believing an Alien spaceship had landed on the next ridge on a camp using a Cyalume glow stick after dark. The belief of the Scouts and how worried they became was infectious ad hilarious!
Group Advisor:
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Dr Richard Barnes QS

  • My Scout Name: Ric
  • My Scout Role: Kayak advisor
  • My Daily Work: Structural Engineer
  • Personal Interests: Kayaking and adventure racing. Have kayaked around the world: marathon, whitewater, river and ocean. Have also kayaked across Bass Strait and around Tasmania. Dreaming to kayak to New Zealand.
  • Introduction to Scouts/Love of Scouting: Started as a Cub at 2nd Gordon. Went through Scouts and Jamboree in Adelaide. Onto Venturers, and then into 2G scout leading. 2G had a Corsair sailing dinghy which we raced on Narrabeen Lakes.
  • Memorable Scouting Moment: On my first ever kayak trip as a 2G Venturer, on the Macquarie River, I holed my fibreglass canoe. On the second trip, I holed another canoe, and was banned from the next canoe adventure. Things have improved since then!
Support Leader:
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Dr Stephen James Craven PhD

  • My Scout Name: Steve
  • My Scout Role: Support Leader, previously Rovers Advisor, Leader-in-Charge and Scout Leader
  • My Daily Work: (Retired) Manager – Minerals Processing Unit, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Macquarie University. Geologist – Geological research, Rock and mineral preparation for analysis and research.
  • Personal Interests: Downhill skiing, sailing, yachting
    Introduction to Scouts/Love of Scouting: I have two sons, Ben and Luke and a daughter Sarah. I got into Scouting with the intent to give them the best adolescent development I could and to spend quality time with them in doing so. I believe that the outcome of this intent was most successful. It is my belief that Scouting is about adolescent development and building interpersonal skills through enhancing self awareness and a healthy self esteem. The activities Scouts get involved in are just tools to achieve this. Scouting is eminently successful in achieving these aims. What I loved about Scouts was to see the strong relationships develop and bloom under my tutelage, in particular, in the shy and inhibited Scouts.
  • Memorable Scouting Moment: The evening of the green light on the hillside… (more to this…)