Meet the Team

Group Executive Comittee

Mark Wisby
Chairman

Mark has been involved for many years as a parent of two highly active boys within the group. He recently stepped up to the challenge of taking on leading the executive committee as Chair in late 2019, taking the lead in focusing the committee on fundraising, safety, and governance. The Group Chairman works closely with the Group Scout Leader and lead all of those who provide help and support to the Group in other ways.

Neil Haughey
Secretary

Neil has been a part of the group as a parent, and the occasional call for help and volunteer for fundraising for several years, while his wife supplies the leaders with the food of life, cake! He has recently taken on the role of Secretary in late 2019 and is responsible for arranging meetings, keeping minutes, sending agendas, as well as keeping all the important paperwork together!

Ben Hardcastle
Treasurer

Ben has been in scouting since he was 6, starting as a Beaver, and has been a member of the 2nd Bognor team since he joined as a Young Leader in 2014. After turning 18 Ben moved to London to study a degree in Mathematics at Imperial College London. Ben has taken on the role of Group Treasurer in later part of 2019, as it is a role he can do remotely from London; has been an invaluable member of the Executive Committee since.

Awards

  • Wood Badge Holder
  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh
  • Queen’s Scout Award

Leaders

Susan Shimell
Group Scout Leader

Sue started her scouting journey in 1965 as a Cub Scout Leader, she has taken the role of GSL for 2nd Bognor from 1999-2012 and then from 2015 till present. Dedicating most of her life to bringing high quality scouting to young people in 2nd, helping to shape many young people’s futures. Sue’s role in the Group is the management of adults and leaders as well as overviewing the running of the sections.

Awards

  • Wood Badge Holder
  • Chief Scout’s Commendation of Good Service
  • Medal of Merit
  • Silver Acorn
  • Chief Scout’s 30 Years Service Award
Elizabeth Bilham
Deputy Group Scout Leader / Cub Scout Leader

Elizabeth started scouting back in 2001 as a Scout, volunteering at the Cub Section as a Young leader at aged 15 and has never looked back. Becoming the Cub Scout Leader at aged 18 in 2009, with a wealth of experience in running a section and delivering a programme to young people, she is a great help to other leaders in the group. Lizzie has recently taken on the Role of DGSL, this is to aid Susan in the running of the group and management of adults in the team.

Awards

  • Wood Badge Holder
  • Chief Scout’s Commendation of Good Service
  • West Sussex Scouts Award for Balanced Programme 2018
  • Chief Scout’s 10 Years Service Award
Nathan Bilham
Scout Leader

Nathan started scouts in 2nd Bognor Beavers at aged 6, he continued his way through the youth sections. He became a Young Leader at 14 volunteering at 11th Bognor Beavers and then at 2nd Scouts later. Once he turned 18, Nathan took on an adult role in the Scout section and later becoming the Section leader. Nathan is also a fully qualified Duke of Edinburgh Supervisor and Assessor and has many practical skills in the outdoors. Nathan’s role is to plan and deliver a balanced and engaging programme for the Scout section with his team.

Awards

  • Wood Badge Holder
  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh
  • Queen’s Scout Award
Sue Woodruff
Scout Sectional Assistant

Sue or her alter ego known as ‘Fun Mum’ has been an active part the group for many years with all 4 of her children making their way through the group. She was once known as the Super Occasional Helper for many year, helping on evenings, trips and camps but finally was convinced to join the Blue Shirt Team! Sue’s role is to provide help and support to the Scout section and Nathan.

Lucy Budge
Assistant Cub Scout Leader

Lucy started scouting in 1st South Bersted Scouts in 2012 and carried on her journey at Tsunami Explorer Scout Unit, she became a Young Leader at 2nd Bognor first at Beavers, then settled at Cubs. She has been a brilliant member of the Cub team since. She has been an adult leader since 2018 and has had first-hand experience in International Scouting, attending Roverway 2018 in The Netherlands. With a love for the outdoors Lucy supports the Cub section with niche evenings, outdoor activities and helping deliver a balanced, fun and engaging programme.

Awards

  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh
  • Queen’s Scout Award
Jack Penfold
Assistant Cub Scout Leader

Jack started scouting in Aldwick and Pagham Cubs aged 8 and progressed through all the youth sections. Turning 18 he started volunteering at Aldwick and Pagham Cubs but soon transferred to help at 2nd Cubs. He has been a massive part of the team since, with his morale boosting antics he keeps the rest of the team on their toes. Jack has a love for all thing physical exercise inclined, shown by his marathon running, 100-mile cycle rides and helping organise the Scout Junior Park Run takeover. Jack helps run the Cub Scout Section and his evenings are always a highlight.

Awards

  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh
  • Queen’s Scout Award
  • Chief Scout’s 5 Year Service Award
Harry Mason
Beaver Sectional Assistant

Harry has a vast experience in different Scout groups, he started off as a Beaver in 2nd, skipped Cubs moved to 11th Bognor for Scouts, finishing at Tsunami Explorers. Continuing this pattern when volunteering as a Young Leader moving through several sections before settling at 2nd Cubs running several nights and a camp. Once turning 18 in December 2019 he took up the role of Beaver Scout leader at 2nd but has now stepped down to move to London to study Product Design Engineering at Brunel University London. He has experience with International Scouting at its best, attending the World Scout Jamboree 2019 in America. Harry’s role in the group is to provide remote support with the programme and to join meetings and camps when back on break.

Awards

  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh
  • Queen’s Scout Award
Tom Weaver
Quartermaster / Explorer Scout Leader – Tsunami ESU

Tom grew up close to scouting with his Dad “Bosun” taking on the role of the Group Quartermaster while Tom was still learning to crawl; his mum Jo spending time helping the Cub Section till 2012. Tom started in Beavers and went all the way through to Scouts in 2nd completing his scouting at Tsunami ESU. Taking on a leadership role at aged 18 at 1st Felpham Sea Scouts and later Tsunami Explorer Scout Unit. His Role in the group is to look after the equipment and making sure it is kept in good condition to make sure it can be used by as many young people as possible!

Awards

  • Wood Badge Holder
  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh
  • Queen’s Scout Award
Katherine Bilham
District Explorer Scout Commissioner / Group Occasional Helper

Katherine started her Scouting journey at 11th Bognor Cubs aged 8, moved to 2nd Bognor for Scouts and finished at Tsunami ESU. Volunteering as a Young Leader at 2nd Bognor Beavers, Scouts then settling at Cubs, once she turned 18 in 2013, took up the role of Assistant Cub Scout Leader at 2nd Bognor. Katherine continued to help run the section up until end of 2019 at which point, after 6 years, she stepped down to take on the role of DESC. Katherine role in the group is an occasional helper and can be seen on most camps as she has a lot of experience running residential experiences and expeditions.

Awards

  • Wood Badge Holder
  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh
  • Queen’s Scout Award
  • Chief Scout’s 5 Years Service Award
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