Scouts SA 's 19th Chief Commissioner
Introducing Jan Turbill, our new Chief Commissioner
Dear South Australian Scouts and families,
I am pleased to announce that the Branch Executive Committee (BEC) has endorsed the recommendation of the Chief Commissioner selection panel to appoint Jan Turbill to the role of Chief Commissioner for Scouts SA.
Jan is extremely excited to take up the position as Chief Commissioner for South Australia and is looking forward to leading the development of young South Australians as well as the challenge of guiding our dynamic Adult Leadership into the future. These are very challenging times but Jan is confident that she can lead the organisation through the many difficulties we will face in coming months but she is confident that Scouting in South Australia will be even stronger as a result of the impositions we currently see. She believes Scouting from Home will provide a much-needed distraction for youth in lockdown and will hopefully give them a preview of what they can experience when we meet face-to-face again. The future is bright!
Jan brings with her a wealth of experience in Scouting having worked with the organisation for around 12 years and on the BEC for 9 of those years. She is the past Vice President and has had strong input into several major structural decisions and is well versed on the commercial side of the Scouting business. Jan is the current Chair of the Scouts Australia Brand and Marketing Committee (and is largely responsible for our new logo). Jan was a member of the Woodhouse 2020 committee and really enjoyed working with all involved in this project. She also loves the fantastic activities and other improvements that the Branch has been able to achieve at Woodhouse.
Jan is currently the chair of the BEC’s Scout Activity Centres Strategic Committee. In addition to this contribution to Scouting, at both the Branch and National level, she offers extensive professional board experience having been a member of many notable South Australian government boards including South Australian Tourism Commission, Adelaide Convention Centre, Australian Major Events, Grand Prix Corporation, South Australian Motorsport Board and Racing Industry Development Authority.
She has a strong volunteer ethos having volunteered for many not for profit boards including 17 years with the Salvation Army Advisory Board, six years with the Guide Dogs, 3 years with Heart Foundation of Australia (Fundraising), 3 years with Kain Foundation and a wonderful six years of wonder and delight with the Adelaide Fringe.
She currently is a board member of Eldercare, Kain Foundation, the University of South Australia Undergraduate and Postgraduate Advisory Board and is Chair of a Federal Government board Regional Development Australia Metropolitan Adelaide which links her to local, state and federal governments.
Her working life has seen her operate her own businesses since 1987 when she founded what was to become one of Adelaide’s largest advertising agencies which morphed into a market research company that is now based in Norwood.
Jan grew up in Adelaide and was a brownie for several years. Two siblings and amazing parents. She attended Walford Girls College. She lives with her adult son in Hyde Park. In later years she completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (a Psychology degree) online from Charles Darwin University which has helped her in business and relationships at board levels. She is also a recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Thank You Harry
In making this announcement, the Branch Executive and Scouts SA thank Harry Long for the past 5 years of service to Scouting in the role of Chief Commissioner. Harry’s vision and leadership during this time have seen many exciting new initiatives including the roll out of our new youth program, the planning and conduct of AJ2019 and meeting and interacting with many of our members at events, visits to Groups and any available opportunity. Harry has certainly had a positive impact on our Branch that will be remembered well into the future, and we thank Harry for your leadership. Thank you also to Helen for her support of Harry as he undertook this role.