New Area Commissioner for Carmarthenshire / Comisiynydd Ardal Newydd i Sir Gaerfyrddin

4th October 2019

A new Commissioner has been appointed for Carmarthenshire as Ian Francis has stepped down from the role. Jonathan Williams will take over as Acting Area Commissioner from 7th October for a year. 

Chair of the Search Group, Sue Benbow, Regional Commissioner said, “I am pleased to welcome Jon to the team, it is an exciting time for Scouting in the area and I know that Jon will bring a new perspective, energy and a desire to build relationships with volunteers. 

“Jon has most recently been Scout Leader at 1st Llanelli and hold various other Area roles including trainer and training advisor, in addition to this Jon this year took on the role of Event Manager at the All Wales Cub Funday, and has the start of a clear plan on how the Area can support local Scout groups to grow and thrive as well as overcome challenges that we face.” 

Chief Commissioner for Wales, Rhian Moore added, “We are at a critical time for Scouting in Wales and we have an amazing opportunity to do things differently so we can support even more young people to be amazing and develop skills that will set them up for life. 

 “Listening to Jon through the recruitment process it’s clear that he has great ideas, understands the challenges we face in the Area and is ready to build relationships, listen to volunteers and support members to thrive.  

“Volunteers in Carmarthenshire are already doing fantastic things for young people. It is now for Jon to listen and work with volunteers in the Area to support groups so they do their best for young people and for Scouting to go from strength to strength.” 

 Jon said, “I know that listening and understanding is key to this role. I am going to spend the first few weeks listening to volunteers and developing relationships to understand what support is needed.  

“Building an Area team will be one of my first priorities, it is important that we have a team approach with clear roles and responsibilities so we make the best use of our combined knowledge, strengths and use our valuable time wisely. Working together we will develop a robust and realistic plan for the Area that makes sure we go back to basics, make sure Scouting is open for all and grows in Carmarthenshire.” 

Sue concluded, “Please join me in welcoming Jon to the role. I am confident that he will support you all whatever your role in Scouting, and work with the team in ScoutsCymru and other Area Commissioners in West Wales to collaborate and cooperate to support Scouting to be the best it can be.”