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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.

Membership:

 Ex-Officio

Sean Gray, Chair

 

Clarke Truscott, National Commissioner

 Elected (any age)

David Wallace

 

Nick Kaspers

 

Deborah Kent

 Elected (under 26)

Vincent Rijlaarsdam

  Raani Kelderman

 Appointed

Denise Church

   
 

 

Sean Gray, National Chair


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.


Raani Kelderman


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).