Youth Commissioners

Local Youth Commissioners bring a huge number of benefits to local Scouting and help lead the work towards our Youth Shaped strategic objective. They are not the end product of the strategy; they are an enabler and champion for the Youth Shaped work locally.The role is to ensure that young people from 6 – 25 years are involved and engaged in every decision that shapes their Scouting experience locally and to empower young people to share their ideas and have a meaningful voice in planning, implementing and reviewing their programme and opportunities. Youth Commissioners work very closey with their relvant District or County Commissioner and Chair. Northumberland Scouts have two County Youth Commissioners who share the role.

Stu Bennett - County Youth Commissioner

Stu joined Scouting aged 6 as a Beaver and progressed through all the youth sections to become an adult leader. During his time as an explorer he sat on his District Executive as a youth rep for a number of years and also took an active role in regular Explorer Scout Forums. Stu's main role before becoming a Youth Comissioner was as a Media Development Manager for his district, working to promote modern day Scouting to the press and in the community. He has also volunteered previously as a Scout section assistant and and still keeps a keen interest in his local Scout group, serving on the executive committee and helping at camps and events. He has also sat on the core management team for the last two Marra Camps, taking a lead on Marketing and Communications. Outside of Scouting Stu graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in Computer Science and works professionally as a IT Delivery Consultant.

Stu also volunteers nationally as an Assistant UK Youth Commissioner for Management.

Twitter: @stubennett04 / Email:

Mick Blewitt - County Youth Commissioner

Mick has been involved in Scouting all his life as a child moving through all the sections including the Young Leader Scheme. He became an Assistant Scout Leader with his local group at 18 and organised district events at a young age. He has been a member of the Core Management Team for the last two Marra Camp’s, firstly looking after entertainments before taking the lead on the full activity programme for Wild West Marra, being responsible for over 100 activities over 5 zones for 1700 young people.

Mick achieved his Queen Scout Award this year attending the St Georges Day ceremony at Windsor Castle. Alongside his Youth Commissioner role he is a Scout Leader at his local group and is a qualified NSRA Range Instructor, instructing Rifle Shooting for various groups. Outside of Scouting Mick is a power engineer for BT and the resident technician at the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre

Twitter: @ScoutMick / Email:

"We are delighted to be appointed as the first ever County Youth Commissioners for Northumberland County and are very excited for some of the fantastic work we can do together to achieve better Scouting for our young people. We’d love to hear your experiences and success stories of Youth Shaped Scouting locally, do get in touch on the details below. We’d also be delighted to receive invites for events, so if you’re planning something exciting and would like us to come along do drop us a message. Do make sure you like our facebook page below for the latest news and updates along with twitter! Together we can empower and inspire our young people through scouting, to benefit them and us later in life."

District Youth Commissioners


Sean Mulligan - District Youth Commissioner
Daniel Thirlaway - Deputy District Youth Commissioner
Chris Selby - Deputy District Youth Commissioner

Tynemouth District have recently appointed their first youth commissioner team. The District Youth Commissioner is Sean Mulligan who is an Assistant Beaver Leader from 5th Tynemouth Scout Group. Sean has been involved in Scouting since the age of 6. The rest of the team consists of Chris Selby and Daniel Thirlaway who are deputies. Chris is an Assistant Cub Leader from 5th Tynemouth Scout Group. Chris has been involved in Scouting since the age of 9. Daniel is a Cub Leader from 13th Tynemouth Scout Group. Daniel has been involved in Scouting since the age of 6. We aim to make Tynemouth Youth Shaped by having our aims to achieve in the next three years.

Twitter: @TynemouthDYC / Facebook: TynemouthDYC / Email:

Whitley Bay & District

Andrew Coulson - District Youth Commissioner
Sarah Godlington - District Youth Commissioner
Kieran Horvath - District Youth Commissioner
Charlotte Seager - Deputy District Youth Commissioner
Jonny Elkin - Deputy District Youth Commissioner

Twitter: @WhitleyBayDYC / Facebook: WhitleyBayDYC / Email:

City of Newcastle

Dave Welch - District Youth Commissioner

Lewis Mooring - District Youth Commissioner

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Blyth Valley

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Castle Morpeth

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Mid Northumberland

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North Northumberland

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