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National Board

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



Stuart Francis, Chair


Clarke Truscott, National Commissioner

 Elected (any age)

David Wallace


Nick Kaspers


Deborah Kent

 Elected (under 26)

Vincent Rijlaarsdam


Ross Jordan


Denise Church


Sue Wells



Stuart Francis, National Chair

Stuart is a senior management consultant and is the Executive Chairman of Francis Health, specialist advisors to the health sector, who operate in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.  He has advised organisations on performance improvement and organisational development in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.  He works at senior levels within client organisations, particularly facilitating organisational design, multi-agency initiatives and change programmes.  He has experience working for some 18 of New Zealand’s DHBs, the Ministry of Health and ACC.

He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.  He is also the New Zealand Assistant Honorary Editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management.  Stuart is the Deputy Chair of Presbyterian Support Central, who provide a range of social services as well as manage more than a dozen aged residential care facilities across the lower North Island.

Stuart is a proud Queen Scout, having completed his Chief Scout’s Award with Wakari Scout Group in Dunedin and his Queen’s Scout Award with One Tree Hill’s Venturers in Auckland.  He also holds a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  He is a graduate of the Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School and attended the Feilding Jamboree in 1983.  Stuart also holds a full Amateur Radio Operator’s Certificate (ZL1CAD), has a Private Pilot’s Licence and has nine years volunteering as a qualified paramedic for St John in Auckland.  Stuart has a Master of Commerce in Management Science and Information Systems (with Honours) from Auckland University.  He has three children who are Scout members at Eastern Bays in Wellington: Lucy (8 years old, who is in Cubs), Lauren (11, Scouts) and Ryan (13, Scouts).

‘Seeing my children enjoy the opportunities that Scouting affords them I have been reminded about my own time in Scouts and how rewarding and fun it was. It also makes me think how much it prepared me for personal and work life as an adult. I am enthusiastic to have the opportunity to use some of my professional skills to give back to the Movement at this stage in its life. Better Prepared is an exciting journey for the Movement in New Zealand and one that rightly should challenge all of us as we serve our members and they in turn serve their communities.’

Clarke Truscott, National Commissioner

Clarke grew up in Auckland and Sydney and has been a member of SCOUTS since 1997. During that time he has achieved his Queen’s Scout Award and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and represented SCOUTS New Zealand at overseas events. He is currently a Scout Leader at Cockle Bay in Auckland.

Clarke works for Coca-Cola Amatil as a Project Manager in the customer strategy team. He has a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography.



David Wallace

Coming from a Scouting family, David progressed from a cub through all youth sections.  He has held Scout Leader, Assistant Area Commissioner – Youth and National Rover Leader warrants.

David has a keen interest in music and theatre performing for New Zealand Opera and is involved supporting Auckland Central Gangshow.  

David is Head of Contemporary Wealth Management at AMP, responsible for KiwiSaver and other 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.  

Deborah Kent

Deborah is an experienced Wellington based senior executive with 18 years’ experience across a wide range of public, private and not for profit sector entities. Deborah is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and is actively working towards being a chartered member. 

Deborah’s family has been involved in Scouting since 2012 and is “Scouting mad”.  During this time Deborah has been both an active Scout parent and Scout Leader at 1st Karori Scout Group.


Vincent Rijlaarsdam

Vincent joined SCOUTS New Zealand as a Kea in Dunedin with Waitaha Sea Scouts, and progressed through all sections, attending a number of Jamborees and Venture. He has held several roles in SCOUTS, including Scout Leader with Terra Nova Sea Scouts, Crew Leader with Otago Rover Crew and Assistant Chair of the National Youth Council. He was a member of the team that led Better Prepared, the Movement’s 10 year strategic plan.

Vincent studied at Otago Polytechnic and graduated with a Bachelor of Information Technology in 2015, before joining PwC New Zealand in their Technology Consulting team.

In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, kayaking, and can occasionally be convinced to go tramping.

Ross Jordan

Ross is currently a member of Valley Rover Crew in Lower Hutt. He has been involved with SCOUTS since he joined Avalon Scout Group as a six year old Kea. He progressed through Cubs and Scouts before joining Valley Venturers, where he was awarded his Queen’s Scout Award in 2011. Prior to accepting a role on the NEC, Ross was Chair of the National Youth Council and a Regional Youth Representative for the Lower North Island.

Ross has completed a conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree with Computer Science, Psychology and Linguistics majors. Professionally, he now works for Vodafone on their graduate programme.

Ross also enjoys tramping, camping, road trips, and generally adventurous good times in the outdoors.

Denise ChurchDenise Church

Denise Church grew up in Auckland, where she was a Girl Guide.  She is a Scout Leader at Brooklyn Scouts in Wellington. Denise enjoys empowering youth to lead.

Denise is an experienced company director and senior manager and was Chief Executive of the Ministry for the Environment.  Through her company Leadership Matters Limited, Denise helps chief executives, boards, and leadership teams to clarify strategy, lead change, and fulfil their potential.  She is a trustee of the Scout Youth Foundation, and a Companion of the Queens Service Order (QSO).


Sue Wells

Sue spent 15 years as a City Councillor in Christchurch, where she still lives. Sue has extensive community, corporate governance and broadcasting experience.

As well as running her own Resource Management Act (RMA) planning and property consultancy, Sue is part of Local Government New Zealand's EquiP training squad, which develops and provides courses for elected members.