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National Executive Committee

As provided for in the By-Laws of the association shall govern in conformity with the policy laid down by the National Council.

Ex-Officio Martin Smith, National Chairman
  National Commissioner
Elected (any age) Alan Lockett
  David McCarthy
  Greg Verhoef
          (under 26) Justin Stewart
  Clarke Truscott
Appointed Trevor Miller
  Murray Pascoe
  Denise Church


Martin Smith

Martin grew up in Christchurch as a Cub, Scout and Venturer at the Waimairi Scout Group and achieved his Queens Scout Award in the late 1970s. His wife and four children have all been actively involved with Scouts and Guides in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. He is a life-long supporter of Scouting who has at times also been a Venturer Leader.

Martin is a Professional Chartered Civil Engineer and General Manager. He currently manages the New Zealand-wide water business group of an international consulting, engineering, science and planning company. He lives in Auckland however also typically spends his working week in Christchurch, and Wellington.

National Commissioner

Kelly Bleakley (nee Tisdall) comes from Auckland and is 24 years old. She has been a youth member in Scouts and Guides as well as a Leader (Scout and Venturer sections) and Rover.

She has been a member of her Zone Team, Regional Representative on the National Council, and represented New Zealand at 3 Asia-Pacific and World Scout Youth Forums and Conferences. She achieved her Queen Scout Award in 2006, and completed the SAPD Wood Badge Course in 2008. Kelly is a secondary school dance and drama teacher and has been involved in the Auckland Central Gang Show for many years.

Kelly has a Facebook page for her National Commissioner role - please 'Like' the page to stay up to date with her progress in her role! http://www.facebook.com/nationalcommissioner 

Alan Lockett

Alan Lockett is an Elected Member of the National Executive Council.

Alan has been involved with Scouting since 1970 when he started as a Cub. He progressed through to Scouts, Venturers and Rovers. Alan achieved his Queens Scout during Venturers and the BP award as a Rover. Alan was awarded a Silver Tiki in 2010 for Service to Scouting.

Currently a Zone Leader for the Palmerston North Zone Alan has held warrants in the Scout section as well as Group Leader, Rover Crew Leader and District Commissioner and has a good understanding of how the movement operates.

Alan is also on the committee for the Zone Camp site and the Manawatu Gangshow Committee. He has spent ten years on the Board of Trustees at the Primary school where his two sons attended.

During the day he works for Competenz, the Engineering Industry Training Organisation as a Team Leader looking after a team of seven Account Managers and 120 plus apprentices thoughout the lower North Island.

Outside work and Scouts Alan’s interests are Rugby, Cricket and Motorsport. Alan has also coached and umpired school aged Cricket teams.

Alan is enjoying his time on the NEC and putting back into Scouting the benefits he received in his youth.

David McCarthy

David is an any age, elected member of the National Executive Committee.

David is currently a member of the Victoria Rover Scout Crew based in Wellington. David has been a member of the Association since joining the Belmont Scout Group at aged 5. Since that time, he has held a number of volunteer executive and leadership positions, represented the Lower North Island on the National Council, was co-author of the Venturer Award Scheme and also Programme Director of the 11th New Zealand Venture.

More recently, David worked for the Association at its National Office as Resources Developer and Assistant Jamboree Manager for the 19th New Zealand Jamboree in Hamilton.

David now works for a Goverment Ministry providing policy advice on New Zealand's international relationships. Having just completed a BA (Hons) in Political Science and an LLB, he relishes working in this technically demanding environment.

Outside of work and SCOUTS, David's interests are mountain biking, tramping and architecture. 

Greg Verhoef

Greg is Group leader for Andersons Bay Sea Scouts.

He has family of 5 kids, 4 of which are actively involved in Scouts, from Venturers, Gangs Shows, founders camps, regatta’s and the many other wonderful activities the scouting program offers.

Other behind the scene roles Greg has in scouting:

  • Area then Zone treasurer since September 1999 to date.
  • Treasurer for the Otago Endowment Fund
  • Lower South Island regional council representative last 2 years.
  • Anderson Bay committee past Chairman

Greg works for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a fully qualified Chartered Accountant. Through this he is also involved with assisting a number of smaller not for profit organizations with various matters including funding, compliance, reporting and although not an auditor helping through the audit process.

Through the Otago Chamber of Commerce Greg has presented about a dozen various courses to the not for profit sector over the last couple of years. Although he does not claim to be an expert he has gained some local recognition for identifying the issues and matters inherent to the sector. 

Justin Stewart

Justin is an under 26, elected member of the National Executive Committee.

He has been involved with SCOUTS since he was 8, joining as a Cub then continuing on to be a Scout and a Venturer at the St Joseph’s Scout Group in Upper Hutt. In 2008, Justin completed his Queen’s Scout Award and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Justin is currently a Scout Leader at St Joseph’s.

Justin is studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration majoring in Management and Information Systems at Victoria University. In addition this degree gives him knowledge of operations, accounting, economics and statistics.

Outside of work and SCOUTS, Justin’s interests are mountain biking, tramping and kayaking. He is currently working part time for Go Vocab as a Business Developer expanding the business both nationally and over the ditch. 

Clarke Truscott

Clarke is an elected member of the National Executive Committee.

He has been involved with all sections of SCOUTS since joining as a Kea. Most of his time in scouting has been in Manukau however, he has also spent time as a youth member in Sydney.

In 2008 he achieved his Queen’s Scout Award and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Clarke is currently a Scout Leader at Cockle Bay and a Rover.

Clarke is currently studying for a conjoint degree in Commerce and Arts at the University of Auckland. In his BCom he is majoring in economics with a minor in finance and in his BA, Clarke is majoring in geography, with a focus on both physical and human/social geographies. This provides Clarke with an understanding of key business skills including accounting, and of social trends and changes, including some of those currently affecting SCOUTS New Zealand.

Clarke works part time in the operations and planning team of a large beverage manufacturing company.

Clarke enjoys outdoor activities including sailing, skiing, cycling and tramping.

Trevor Miller

Trevor was appointed to the National Executive Committee during 2010 and also sits on the Finance Subcommittee. He is a Chartered Secretary by qualification as well as being a member of the Institute of Management and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. Trevor has worked as Financial Controller/ Commercial Manager for a variety of businesses over the years and is currently an independent business and financial consultant.

Trevor is also a board member and secretary of the Papatoetoe Sport and Community Charitable Trust – a unique $11 million multi sport and community facility involving 10 sport and community groups in South Auckland – which is now well under construction.

Murray Pascoe

Murray is an appointed member of the National Executive.

He has been practicing as a Chartered Accountant advising small to medium businesses and several NGO entities and charities for the last 30 years. He is also familiar with trustee and governance issues and has much experience in those areas.

Scouting experience during the 1960’s was in Whakatane and most of life’s useful lessons learned there and then. Contact with Scouting has been ongoing informally through networks and also helping with accounting and audit at the neighbourhood level.

Married with two adult children, Murray lives in Ngaio in Wellington and works for Kendons, Chartered Accountants in Lower Hutt. Interests include old cars, music, gardening and cycling for recreation and pleasure.