Wales Team


The Chief Commissioner of Wales is the lead volunteer for Scouting in the Country and is responsible for the management of Scouting in Wales.

The Chief Commissioner may be assisted by a Deputy and a number of Assistant Chief Commissioner's with specific responsibilities. Additionally 12 Area Commissioners in Wales are responsible for their own geographical patch.

There are a number of activity teams that are able to provide help and support in their own specialist fields to members in Wales and those visiting us.

To request a visit from a member of the Wales Team for your local event, please see Request a visit.

For more details see ScoutsCymru Delivery & Support of Youth Programme Structure

For Regional Commissioners and Commissioner Wales' contact details see Wales Team Details


Gareth Watson - Chief Commissioner for Wales

Gareth joined Scouting at the age of six. Once 18 he became an instructor at a local activity centre and in 2010 undertook his first leadership role within Scouts. Gareth is currently responsible for leadership & management of Scouting in Wales, and is the primary contact for all line management enquiries.

Outside of Scouting, Gareth runs a company which provides training to organisations around the world on organisational management, accounting, and project management.


Chris Hollis - Deputy Chief Commissioner for Wales

Chris was originally a Cub Scout in Oxford. He became involved again when his son joined Beavers and he was elected to the Group Executive Committee. Since then Chris has had various management positions and been the Chairperson and Commissioner at District and Area levels.

Chris was a middle manager for BMW before moving to Wales.  When he has time he enjoys landscape photography, his two Corgis and Border Collie and researching his family tree.







Gordon Richardson - Regional Commissioner North Wales





Adrian Austin - Regional Commissioner Powys





Sue Benbow - Regional Commissioner West Wales

When Sue found out her son's Beaver colony was going to close due to lack of leaders she volunteered. Nearly twenty four years later and having undertaken a number of different roles including District and Area Commissioner, she now oversees the West Wales Region.

As a retired teacher Sue now has time to enjoy gardening, cooking (particularly desserts), and dog sitting for friends. She loves Sci-Fi - especially Star Trek!


VACANT - Regional Commissioner South Wales





Malcolm Latham - Commissioner Wales - Programme





Kay Holmes - Deputy Commissioner Wales – Programme (6-14)





Ashley Holsgrove - Deputy Commissioner Wales – Programme (14-25)




Wyn Owen - Deputy Commissioner Wales – Programme (Activities)




Steve Holmes - Deputy Commissioner Wales – Programme (Events)




Lee Wells - Deputy Commissioner Wales – Programme (International)




Martin Spain - Commissioner Wales - Inclusive Scouting

Martin has been a leader in Cubs, Scouts and Explorers as well as undertaking a wide range of management roles. At the moment he is the temporary Group Scout Leader in a local Group and the Wales Commissioner for Inclusivity.

Martin is a church minister in Pembrokeshire and Army Reservist, holding the position of Reverend Major and serving the Welsh Field Hospital. He likes singing, public speaking and being with people. His claim to fame is that ...Martin once 'backed' for Shirley Bassey - Invite him to dinner to hear the full story!


Pat Thomas - Commissioner Wales - Adult Training




Rhian Moore - Commissioner Wales - Communications