Meet the Leadership Team

Leaders

Rob Weston
Group Scout Leader

Rob was a Scout at the 1st Plymstock/Oreston Scout Group and when he went to university he joined the 73rd Penge & Beckenham Scout Group as an Assistant Cub Scout Leader for a couple of years. Then he moved to the role of Cub Scout Leader for the 10th Wembley Scout Group. After a break of several years, he returned as a Beaver Scout Leader at 73rd Reading (Park) Scout Group. Having moved to Devon, Rob joined the 1st Lifton Scout Group in 2018 and has served as Group Scout Leader since 2020. Rob enjoys cycling, camping and watersports.

Natasha Hulme
Squirrel Scout Leader

Joined to assist the Scout section in March 2022. Took on the challenge of setting up our Squirrel Section in May 2022.

Caroline Moulds
Assistant Squirrel Scout Leader

Joined the Scout Group in May 2022 to support the setting up of a Squirrel Section in 2023.

Anna Dymond
Beaver Scout Leader

Anna has a great deal of experience with the Beaver Scout age group and has been in leadership roles at 1st Lifton Scout Group for many years.

Anna served as the Group Scout Leader from 2015 until 2020.

Claire Chalk
Assistant Beaver Scout Leader

Claire started at 1st Lifton Scout Group with her own two children in Beavers, after working as Beaver leader for four years Claire spent some time as a Cub Scout Assistant Leader at Launceston Scout Group before returning with Jessica to help her run the Beaver section at 1st Lifton Scout Group. Claire loves camping, walking, gardening and basically anything which is outside.

Ruth Dymond
Assistant Beaver Scout Leader
Mel Weldon
Beaver Scout Section Assistant

Mel was a Girl Guide with the 3rd Tavistock Group and then went on to be a Young Leader. Both her son and daughter joined 1st Lifton Beaver Scouts which they both enjoyed. Mel volunteered to help out over a few sessions as a parent, then in 2013 joined as a Beaver Section Assistant which she has thoroughly enjoyed. Mel’s hobbies are reading, learning new things and having fun.

Sam Dawson
Beaver Scout Section Assistant

Sam was instrumental in starting up the Liftondown Beaver Colony on September 2021. Her interests include sailing and other watersports.

Fiona Chater
Beaver Scout Section Assistant

Fiona first joined Scouts herself as a teenager when she was part of 1st Lifton Sea Scout Group. In September 2021 her son joined Liftondown Beaver Colony and she decided to train up to be a Beaver Section Assistant. She is very pleased to be back in the Scouting family! In addition to a wealth of experience of working with children, Fiona’s hobbies are running… running and more running! Entering herself into any running challenge she comes across.

Donna Wheadon
Beaver Scout Section Assistant

Donna became a Beaver Section Assistant when her triplets joined the Liftondown Beaver Colony in September 2021. Being new to Scouting she was keen to learn more and be part of the children’s development. Donna has worked in the charity sector for 14 years with a keen interest in community engagement. Donna enjoys art and design, exercising, volunteering and being outside.

 

Debbie Rockell
Beaver Scout Section Assistant

Joined the Scout Group in September 2021 when the second Beaver Colony was started.

 

Jo Northey
Beaver Scout Section Assistant

Joined the Scout Group in January 2022 to support the second Beaver Colony.

Sandie Gumbrell
Cub Scout Leader

Sandie first started out just helping on Scout camps doing the cooking, then in 2009 when her daughter joined Beavers and a leader left Sandie became a Section Assistant. She enjoyed helping out and moved up to a Assistant Beaver Scout Leader for 2 years gaining experience before moving to Assistant Cub Scout Leader and then Cub Scout Leader in 2014. Sandie enjoys camping and being outdoors with her sledge dogs.

Mark Guy
Assistant Cub Scout Leader

Mark joined the Cub Scout section at 1st Lifton Sea Scouts after transferring from 1st Launceston Scout Group in 2020. Mark has previously been a Scout Leader in Worcestershire as well as an Army Cadet Instructor for over 15 years. In addition to helping out at 1st Lifton, Mark also helps to run a local youth group for 8 – 16 year olds. When Mark is not volunteering he works in the ‘energy field’ and has a passion for renewable energy and carbon reduction. Any spare time is spent with his family enjoying sailing and kayaking.

Bridie Gumbrell
Cub Scout Section Assistant
Adam Sanders
Cub Scout Section Assistant
Laura Cooper
Cub Scout Section Assistant
Imogen Spooncer
Scout Leader

Imogen has grown up in the Lifton Scout Group. After a short spell in Durham, we were pleased to welcome Imogen back as our Scout Leader.

Rob Gumbrell
Assistant Scout Leader

Rob was in The British Red Cross for many years and was an Assistant Scout Leader with 1st Portslade Scout Group in Sussex before moving to Cornwall. He joined 1st Lifton Sea Scout Group, initially as a Assistant Beaver Scout Leader then moved to the Cub section as Cub Scout Leader. Since 2019 Rob has been our Assistant Scout Leader, he enjoys outside activities, wood work, rope work, camping and watersports.

Adam Shickle
Assistant Scout Leader
Darren Faulkner
Assistant Scout Leader

Darren joined the 1st Lifton Scout Group in January 2022. Darren has many years of camping  experience and an interest in many outdoor activities.

Ben Longhurst-Prior
Scout Section Assistant

Ben has a great deal of watersports experience which will enable the development of our provision of sailing, rafting and kayaking.

Kelly Stephenson
Scout Section Assistant

Joined to assist the Scout section in March 2022

Wendy Eselby
Group Occasional Helper

Joined the Scout Group in January 2022 to support the second Beaver Colony.

Scout Group Executive Committee

Peter Morris
Chair

Peter has been Chair of Lifton Sea Scouts since 2015 (excluding 2 years while working in New Zealand). For most of his working life he was a submariner in the Royal Navy. This saw him undertake various engineering roles. He also served as the Defence Attaché to Bulgaria and finally ran the Submarine Escape Training Tank in Gosport. Since leaving the RN he has worked for Babcock International and this included time in both New Zealand and Australia. Now ‘partially retired’ he is keen to work with the GSL to develop the ‘sea’ part of Lifton Sea Scouts and to improve/provide the facilities that the leaders require to deliver a comprehensive programme of Scouting.

Kay Dunn
Secretary

Kay has been the Secretary to the Scout Group Executive Committee since 2020. Prior to this she was heavily involved with children and young adults through her teaching career. When Kay retired in 2015 she was Head of School. During her teaching career she became a Surrey Schools Sports Co-ordinator and was active in the planning and implementation of residential visits which included climbing, abseiling, canoeing and archery. For fifteen years she held the roles of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Child Protection Liaison Officer. These roles enabled her to develop skills regarding the physical, emotional, social and health difficulties children may have and how best to help them overcome these.

Simon Dunn
Treasurer

Simon is the Treasurer of Scout Group having previously been a member if the Executive Committee. He is now semi-retired after working many years in IT mainly at insurance companies in the City of London. He also spent a number of years overseas working in Saudi Arabia for the Saudi Airforce and in Los Angeles, California.

Simon  is also a councillor on Lifton Parish Council, a volunteer / site guardian for South West Lakes and Secretary of Lifton Youth Club. He has taken part in many fund raising events such as cycling from Hayling Island to Paris and back, running the occasional 5K and a 24 hour badminton challenge. One of his most enjoyable volunteering efforts was helping to plant new mangrove forests in north Vietnam.

He enjoys travelling and walking and now has the time to pursue other interests such as learning Spanish and gardening.

Tim Rayner
Parent Representative
Ray Moulds
Parent Representative
Ray moved to Lifton in 2020 and joined our Executive in Spring 2022.
Ray grew up in York and was a cub and scout himself in the Lord Mayor’s Own Scout group which met just behind Bootham Terrace in York.
He works for Tavistock based Flood Control International
and is often travelling around the UK visiting sites that have been flooded or are at flood risk.
Since moving to Devon, Ray and his family are enjoying visiting the many beautiful places we have on our doorstep.
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls