Meet Daniel Lyons - Deputy Chief Commissioner

8th October 2019
Daniel Lyons

Look who’s joined ScoutsCymru! Introducing Daniel Lyons, one of our two new Deputy Chief Commissioners. We’ve had a busy summer recruiting new volunteers to add to Team Cymru. Daniel will support the operations side of Scouting, helping our young people to be amazing!

We caught up with Daniel to learn a little bit about him and why he is the perfect fit for the job.

 

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Bedwas but I now live in Newport. 

 

Who do you work for outside of Scouts and in what role?

I’m the national Youth Development Manager for St John Cymru. I develop and lead the National Youth Team, Programmes and Senior Regional Youth Officers. 

 

What is your career background?

I’m a passionate professional with over 15 years’ experience of leading and innovating impactful projects, services and programmes for children and young people in the statutory and charity sectors on an all Wales level. 

I started my career working with an amazing team in Caerphilly local authority, supporting and providing services for children and young people with complex needs and their families. For the past seven years I’ve worked in the charity sector with St John Cymru where I started volunteering at the age of nine. As well as working for the charity, I’m still a passionate volunteer 22 years on from when I first joined, now as the Commissioner for Gwent. 

 

Were you a Scout when you were younger?

This is my first voluntary involvement with the Scouts which I’m very excited about. Volunteering is in my DNA, especially with children and young people. I’m a longstanding volunteer with St John and I’ve volunteered with several other projects over the years. It is where I found my passion for youth work, volunteering in my teens as a Peer Mentor with an amazing guy who has Down Syndrome. 

 

Why did you want to become involved in Scouting?

Having worked in the youth work sector for a long time, I’ve witnessed the positive impact that Scouting has on young people, adult volunteers and communities across Wales. The leaders and staff are all an inspiration, full of passion and ideas and fully committed to delivering the highest standards. How could I not want to get involved!

I was excited by the latest strategy and felt I had skills and experience that could help make it a reality.  

 

What will your role as Deputy Commissioner involve?

As Deputy Chief Commissioner I will contribute to the awesome work of Team Cymru, with a specific focus on supporting our inspirational Regional and Area Commissioners to develop and implement ambitious plans to grow inclusive Scouting that’s shaped by young people and has an even bigger impact in our communities. 

 

What do you hope to achieve in your new role and for Scouting in Wales?

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help lead and support ScoutsCymru in growing Scouting in Wales. The active and meaningful participation of young people and the commitment and skills of our leaders are key in delivering an inclusive and growing offer. I’m keen to ensure that we have systems, plans and support that enable our young people and leaders to deliver on the full potential of Scouting. 

 

How do you think your professional career will benefit your role within Scouting?

I have experience of developing and delivering diverse, impactful programmes centred on young people and community. I’m passionate about people and developing a team approach that makes the most of the shared knowledge, experience and skills of all involved. This combined with my understanding of the value, motivations, challenges and experiences of volunteering will be key in enabling me to successfully add value to Scouting in Wales.