State Leadership Team

Rod Byrnes

Rod Byrnes

Chief Commissioner

Rod leads the State Leadership Team which comprises the Deputy and five Assistant Chief Commissioners. Rod has a deep passion for the Venturer Scout Section with his last appointment being State Commissioner Venturers. He has participated in numerous National and International events and was on the Contingent Management Teams for the first Australian KISC visit, NZ Venture 2019 and World Scout Jamboree in 2019. Rod’s vision is to continue to build on growing Scouting in Victoria, the put Youth at the centre of everything we do and to drive a culture whereby we bring our best selves to Scouting, every time. In his professional life, Rod is a Change Manager.

Email: chief.commissioner@scoutsvictoria.com.au

Daniella Taglieri

Daniella Taglieri

Deputy Chief Commissioner

Daniella works closely with Chief Commissioner Rod Byrnes to support and assist him in all areas. Daniella will also continue to work with Scout Groups to develop capacity, grow Scouting and provide a ‘go to’ person at the State level to help resolve issues Groups may encounter. This is both a service oriented and strategic development role.

Her responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting Group Leaders in their role as community leaders
  • Working towards every Group having a Group Leader and an Assistant Group Leader
  • Working with the team at the Victorian Scout Centre, including the Membership Support Team, to provide a service-oriented contact point for all Groups
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Group Leader conferences
  • Adult Training including supporting the Training Team and State Commissioner and oversight of the training office.

Email: dcc@scoutsvictoria.com.au

Alan Harding

Alan Harding

Assistant Chief Commissioner - Development

Alan works with the Development team and the Deputy Chief Commissioner to provide support to the development of District plans toward future growth and he facilitates the District Commissioner Council. Through the State Development and Leadership Team, Alan works with Region Commissioners and District Commissioners to grow membership throughout the State.

Primary areas of responsibility are:

  • District Development: Promote and co-ordinate the delivery of Scouting within the State through the appointment of Region Commissioners and District Commissioners.
  • People Development: Provide direct support and advice to Region and District Commissioners in their recruitment, selection, approval, training and review of suitable adults as Leaders and Lay members and District Development activities.

Email: acc.development@scoutsvictoria.com.au

Mathew McKernan

Mathew McKernan

Assistant Chief Commissioner - Personnel

Matty’s responsibilities include all aspects of supporting our volunteers as Scouts Victoria aims for best practice while meeting our obligations to Scouts Australia, Scouting’s Asia-Pacific Region, and the World Organisation of the Scouting movement.

These responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing and supporting of the implementation of the best practice of Child Safe Standards for Scouts Victoria
  • Developing Scouts Victoria’s responsibilities relating to the Reportable Conduct Scheme, ensuring that Scouts Victoria responds to allegations of child abuse (and other child related misconduct). Ensuring we implement a focussed practice to support children and victims of abuse in our organisation.
  • Support to our members in response to critical events and incidents such as unexpected traumatic incidents
  • Chair of the Adults in Scouting Team which includes our personnel management, risk and safety and wider emergency response practices
  • Implementing the World Adults in Scouting policies
  • Development and review of adult policies in Scouting within Victoria
  • Appointment process for positions of all Commissioners and State roles by advertising these roles to the membership, appointing interview panels and then making recommendations to the Chief Commissioner of Scouts Victoria for appointment
  • Developing resources to assist ongoing formation and development of adults in Scouting within their roles
  • Annual Recognition Awards
  • ICT Scouting Support Services
  • Approval of Adult membership list on behalf of Chief Commissioner

Email: acc.personnel@scoutsvictoria.com.au

Jason O'Donnell

Jason O'Donnell

Assistant Chief Commisioner - Marketing and Communications

Email: acc.marcomms@scoutsvictoria.com.au

Lisa Picking

Lisa Picking

Assistant Chief Commissioner - Youth

Lisa is responsible for leading the change as Scouts Victoria becomes increasingly youth-led, with adult support. Lisa works to support youth in leadership roles such as our State Councils and Youth Commissioners. Lisa is working to build youth capacity so they can build the world they want to live in.

Other duties include:

  • Heritage
  • Environment
  • International
  • S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • Performing Arts
Diana Swift

Diana Swift

Assistant Chief Commissioner - Program

Diana’s responsibilities cover all areas of the Scouting program, working with the State Commissioners for each youth Section to ensure we deliver a quality Scouting program where youth participate in the age-appropriate developmental award scheme; enjoy camps, sleepovers and holidays; and experience the Scouting method of learning through doing, in small teams or Patrols. Diana also works with the Adventurous Activities to ensure that these programs are supporting all youth members to be able to participate in an adventurous and challenging program.

Email: acc.program@scoutsvictoria.com.au

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Assistant Chief Commissioner - Adventure

Michael works to ensure our resources are all strategically used. He steers Scouting’s involvement with government and the community. This role has oversight of many of the finance and property based aspects at a State level.

Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Membership of the Branch Executive Committee
  • Budgets
  • Adventure facilities including campsites

Email:acc.adventure@scoutsvictoria.com.au

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