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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 Chair
  National Commissioner
Elected (any age) David McCarthy
  Greg Verhoef
  David Wallace
          (under 26) Justin Stewart
  Clarke Truscott
Appointed 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 

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. 

David Wallace

Coming from a Scouting family, David started as a Cub 25 years ago, David progressed through all youth sections achieving his Chiefs Scout, Queens Scout and Baden Powell Awards on his journey through to Rovers.  David spent over five years as a Scout Leader at the Northland Scout Troop in Wellington and was Assistant Area Commissioner – Youth in the former Wellington Area before becoming National Rover Leader in 2005.  During this time he was a member of the National Council. 

David has been involved in a wide range of Scouting activities including Rover Moots, Ventures and Jamborees.  David’s interest in music and theatre has seen him heavily involved in Ganghow, as a cast member and musical director with the Hutt Valley Gangshow and more recently as Chorus Master for the Auckland Central Gangshow. 

Professionally, David is Head of Contemporary Wealth Management at AMP, responsible for AMPs KiwiSaver Scheme, workplace superannuation and investment products. 

David completed a MBA at Auckland University, is a board member for the Anglican Church Pension Board, vice chairman of Workplace Savings New Zealand and a member of the Financial Services Council KiwiSaver Policy Committee.

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.

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.