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It has been announced that Dave Simpson has been appointed as the new County Commissioner for Isle of Wight Scouts by Ian Newberry, the Regional Commissioner for South East England.

Dave will be succeeding Paul Saville who has been the County Commissioner for over 5 years. He will officially start in his new role on 1st August.

Island Scout Leaders will have the chance to meet Dave at a social event to be held at Corf Campsite.

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Dave Simpson started his Scouting at the age of 8 when he joined Cubs. He jokes that he would have joined earlier had they let him! Since then he has held a number of roles, starting as a young leader and most recently acting as East Wight District Explorer Scout Commissioner – a role he had previously held in Hertford, before moving to the Island.

Professionally, Dave forged a career in IT spending 18 years with CSC UK (now DXC Technology) before their redundancy programme finally caught up with him. When he was made redundant he decided it was time for a complete career change, that’s when he moved to the Island and bought the Sandhill Hotel in Sandown.

Isle of Wight Scouts are just starting a major recruiting drive to attract new Scouts right across the age range, from 6-year-old Beaver Scouts right through to adults. Dave is keen to get involved, saying that we have provided young people with opportunities for fun and adventure for over 100 years and we want to offer the joy of scouting to as many as possible.

Dave will also be jumping straight into the fun side of Island life as he’ll be joining the team running IW ScoutFest at Dick and Dom’s Great Wonderfest in August.

The new County Commissioner is said to be really looking forward to his new role in Scouting and is keen to hear from anyone who feels they can help in any way.

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