Administration Staff

 

Jess – Chief Executive Officer

Jess’s executive leadership & management experience spans across private, commercial and not for profit sectors. Over the past 15 years, Jess has managed and led recreation centres, health, community, disability, and youth services, across QLD, NT and WA. She relocated from the Northern Territory, to WA, from a YMCA CEO role, as part of an international non-profit organisation, to become CEO of Cahoots (previously known as Kids’ Camps Inc.) in 2015. During Jess’s 6.5 years, at Cahoots, the team of Board, staff and volunteers together transformed the organisation, more than quadrupling in size and continues to evolve and flourish to date.

Jess’s leadership style is inclusive, enthusiastic, and collaborative, focusing on developing teams, community and social impact, partnerships, and business opportunities to help organisations shine and succeed.

Formal tertiary studies; BA Exercise Sciences (Ex Phys.), Dip. Sport Mgmt./Development, Dip. Business, Dip. of Management, Dip. of Community Governance (inc. Risk Mgmt.), Dip. In Coaching (Exec), AICD Company Directors’ Course.

Current community volunteering engagements include Night Manager Telethon Community Cinemas, supporting young people who face exceptional challenges on camps and programs & Mentor for Leadership WA’s Leadability cohort.

Jess also advocates actively for community causes by supporting and leading challenges to raise awareness, through fundraising activities to support young people, such as, Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Abseiling Central Park, House Building Youth Projects & Cycling 500km to Uluru from Alice Springs in one day.

Jess has dedicated her life to positively impacting the lives of young people, and helping keep them safe, whilst providing them with opportunities to live their best life.

Jess is proud and excited to now be in the CEO role at Scouts WA, since February 2022, and looks forward to working with all its stakeholders to continue building the brand, community impact, and sustainability of Scouts in WA.

John – Finance and Business Services Manager

I’m John (JD) and I am very much looking forward to my role at Scouts WA, to do my part helping kids have fun, go on adventures, have new experiences and make friends.

I grew up in the Mid-West region of Western Australia, and I have five children. I have worked in Radio on 96Fm, 92.9, Mix 94.5 and Nova 93.7, and more recently working as the CFO at not-for-profits. I have been on the Divisional Council of CPA Australia for six years. My hobbies are boating and attempting to fish, however in my case, they all get away.

Sonam – Accounts Officer

Sonam processes incoming payment and sales. She attends to phone, email enquiries regarding membership invoices, process reimbursements and invoices.

Sasi – Accounts Officer

Sasi assists with the administration requirements of the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS). He attends to email enquiries regarding membership invoices and other Scouting invoices. He processes refunds for overpayments or cancelled events and reimbursements for Volunteers.

Phuntsho – Accounts Officer

Phuntsho has recently joined Scouts WA. Phuntsho works in the Scout Store attends to phone and email enquiries regarding the Scout Store invoices. She communicates with Westpac on behalf of Scout Groups.

Joshua – Accounts Officer

Josh works in the Scout Store to ensure all invoices, payments are processed. He also attends to any product-related enquiries.

Jill – Payroll Officer

Jill ensures payments are made to Scout Groups, staff members, volunteers and suppliers.

Richard – Operations Manager – Members Services

Richard is our Operations Manager – Members Services. Richard is able to provide assistance to the Branch Leadership Team, Richard’s role has a core Member Services focus. This includes Membership, Events, Training, Grants, Projects, Incidents and Quality.

Eden – Membership Engagement Officer

Eden is all things in membership and will be happy to assist with your enquiries about Working With Children Card, Police Clearance and membership issues.

Jo – Events & Promotion Officer

Jo completes administration tasks regarding to event registrations, bookings of equipment, and venues the Volunteer Team for each event to coordinate and run events smoothly. Jo works closely with the CDS team to ensure the smooth flow of administrative tasks.

Aimee – Training & Recruitment Officer

Aimee handles TR1 forms for all Scouts WA adult training courses, Scout and Venturer youth courses with queries relating to e-Learning, SAIT requirements. She is part of our dynamic team of Customer Service Officers!

Carla – Quality and Incident Officer (QIO)

Carla is the person to whom all incident reports involving personnel are sent. She is available 24/7 by phone. Carla is also available to assist Groups with their understanding of the Child Protection Policy and procedures. The QIO role is a procedural one directly associated with carrying out the Child Protection Policy.

Rachel – Office Manager

Rachel is the first point of contact for the Board Chairman, Chief Commissioner, Executive Manager.

Kenley – Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement

Hi, my name is Kenley Gordon, I was born in Burma 55 years ago and came to Australia when I was seven. I’m currently married and have two children and like eating cheese and watching silly Jim Carrey movies. I am told my marital status may change if I keep watching Dumb and Dumber most Friday evenings.

I have worked as Director of Marketing and Alumni at Curtin University and as a lecturer at UWA. What excites me about the SWA role is the opportunity to do something meaningful for the community. It sounds pretty cliched, but Australia is a great country and I think the Scouting movement has helped in many ways to make it great. I was a member of the 2nd Gosnells Scout Group many years ago and learned a lot from the experience.

There is a lot of upside to Scouts WA and I firmly believe the relatively new team here will make Scouting great in WA!

Cesare – Grants / Project Officer

Cesare assists with Grants applications on behalf of Scout Groups, with evaluations and post-project reports for grant providers.

Barb, Amandah, Albert – Scout Store

Barb, Amandah and Albert are our terrific volunteers who help out in the Scout Store. They may not be paid staff but they are certainly part of the Administration Team.

Ross – Facilities and Insurance Officer

Ross can help you with any insurance queries you may have, whether they be regarding property or personnel. His role encompasses property but also insurance and vehicle/vessel registration queries.

 

John – Business Systems Manager

John has recently joined Scouts WA. John manages the Administration Office IT systems and Scouts WA emails for volunteers.

 

Stephan – ICT Support Officer

Stephan provides support to the Administration Office to ensure tasks are completed in a timely manner. Stephan is involved with managing the Scouts WA websites. Stephan coordinates and distributes our newsletters (Scouts@Info and Scouts@News) to our members.

Reasons to join Scouts WA

A unique
program

Our program is like nothing else, offering a huge range of activities and experiences for ages ranging from 6 to 25 – and new members can join at any stage of Scouts!

Fun and
Adventure

From stories, games and craft to camping, bush adventures and water activities, Scouting offers activities to suit every interest and age group.

Growth and Learning

Scouts grow through adventure and new challenges. They make friends, build confidence and explore their abilities and interests. But most of all, Scouts have fun!

Diversity and Inclusion

Scouts WA values diversity and we warmly welcome members and volunteers from all backgrounds, and those with intellectual or physical disabilities.

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