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Our Section Leaders

Air Scouting's everyday adventure is possible thanks to our adult volunteers, who support our Cubs, Scouts and Explorers in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage a Group, to being a charity Trustee. We help volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship.

Merlin Cub Pack

Jackie Hains

Jackie Hains

Merlin Cub Pack Leader

Jackie has been a Cub Leader from the age of 16 and specialises in Special needs education. She is a vibrant and innovative leader with a crazy sense of humour so our Cubs enjoy the most amazing adventures and camps under her Leadership.  With over 25 years as a leader with the Scout Association, our Merlin Cubs could not be in better hands.

Neil Tavener

Neil Tavener

Merlin Cub Pack Assistant Leader

Neil started in Cubs at the age of 8 and hasn’t left Scouting since! He has been an Assistant Cub leader since 1991 so brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Air Scout Group working with all our sections. With permits for Shooting and Camping, Neil loves introducing young people to the outdoor life and teaching ‘back to basic’ Scout skills, as well as having a passion for Aviation.

Ben Walker

Ben Walker

Merlin Cubs Section Assistant

Ben joined our Group as a Scout, before moving on to Explorers and we are delighted that he has stayed on to become a Leader. 

As Section Assistant for Merlin Cubs, Ben is a very popular member of the team with a great sense of humour and always ready to run games and activities.

Air Scout Troop

Clint Marler

Clint Marler

Air Scout Troop Leader

It’s all down to Clint!

In 2014 Clint formed Sywell Air Scout Troop. Originally from Oxfordshire, Clint was the Chief Observer with the UK Primary War Headquarters.  He now lives in with his family in Northamptonshire. An avid supporter of the Royal British Legion, he believes we should remember our heroes past and present every day.
With the formation of 1st Sywell Air Scouts Clint’s vision is to empower young people through the adventure of Scouting.  Air Scouts will offer its members,  “the chance to experience something different and the opportunity to challenge yourself whilst learning about Aviation and associated skills, perhaps opening new doors of opportunity in real life.”

Through an immense amount of hard work, Clint has seen his vision come to fruition with the Group growing from just 3 members at the outset to over 75 active members at this point… and still growing.

Clint also holds the position of UK Air Activities advisor for the Scout Association, and his day job is working for Scout shops so he is truly a member of the International Scout movement family!

Sue Stowe

Sue Stowe

Air Scout Assistant Leader

For many years Sue has been an experienced Scout Leader. She has recently moved from Merlin Cubs.  Sue regularly visits Twinwoods, a local restoration project so brings with her a huge amount of knowledge of vintage aircraft, as well as a passion for encouraging young people to enjoy aviation.

Robert Moore (Doc)

Robert Moore (Doc)

Assistant Air Scout leader

Rob has a background in the emergency services and has worked with several youth organisations including the RAF Air Cadets.

A new addition to Scouting, Rob brings specialist Health and Safety knowledge to the troop and as a professionally qualified first aid trainer, is leading the delivery of the emergency aid syllabus.

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Wayne Richardson-Steel

Assistant Air Scout Leader

Wayne is a builder by trade… and by nature. He loves creating amazing structures and has recently completed a 4ft Spitfire replica as part of the village scarecrow festival. It sat on top of a 12ft scaffold complete with sound effects, and we have challenged him to add smoke to next year’s entry.

Wayne loves the great outdoors and specialises in survival skills. He teaches the Scouts back to basic skills including fire-lighting, backwoods cooking and knife, saw and axe skills as well as being an incredibly accurate catapult shot.

Full of fun, Wayne’s jokes keep us going through thick and thin, and there is never a situation where we don’t have a smile on our faces when he is around!

Pete Higgs (Sapper)

Pete Higgs (Sapper)

Sectional Assistant

Some 60 years ago Pete joined the Cubs in SW London, progressing to the Scout Troop. Pete later joined 39(F) Barnes Squadron of the ATC due to his interest in Aviation. It was during this period that he started to build Airfix models.

After his apprenticeship he joined the Royal Engineers to continue his career in Civil Engineering. After completion of his military service he had a long career in Civil Engineering throughout the UK, South America and Saudi Arabia. He became a civil instructor with 5(F) Squadron ATC in Northampton for several years. Now retired Pete still builds models spanning from aviation to military and railways.

As a trained Land Surveyor, he has a good knowledge of maps that he brings to assist the troop in their navigation skills.  He also leads sessions in model making using both plastic kits and balsa, and we look forward to flying some of our more impressive model kits out in the open. 

Mick Waldron (Gunner)

Mick Waldron (Gunner)

Sectional Assistant

Mick recently retired after a long career with Northamptonshire’s ATC unit.

As a longstanding friend of Sywell Air Scouts, Mick helps us with the occasional drill practise for important parades as well as guiding the Air Scouts with Aviation activities.

With a vast knowledge of military aviation, Mick is helping the Air Scouts improve their Aircraft recognition skills. He also joins us on days out and takes part in all our adventures.

Spitfire Explorer Unit

Scott Doak

Scott Doak

Spitfire Air Explorer Unit Leader

With both sons being members of the movement since they were 6, Scott has supported them throughout their time in Scouting.  As a sectional assistant with Earls Barton he attended numerous camps and events.

In 2016 with the growth of Sywell Air Scout Group, Clint approached Scott and asked him to help with Air Explorers (our 14 to 18 years old). Scott is now Leader of our thriving Spitfire Air Explorer Unit. The unit continues to grow in size and a vast array of experiences under their belts including representing Air Explorers at the Houses of Parliament as part of a Youth Aviation event, and making in into the finals of this year’s RAF 100 Engineering competition.

Scott works closely with our Air Explorer’s encouraging them to take part in the District Young Leaders programme as well as offering support for all to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

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Iain Kershaw

Sectional Assistant

New to Scouting, Iain has recently joined Spitfire Air Explorer Unit.

Holding a PPL, Iain has been a welcome addition to the unit being able to assist the Air Explorers that wish to work towards their Private Pilot’s Licenses. All flying activities they take part in allow them to log their hours. With Iain at hand to guide them with navigation skills, pre-flight checks, airfield circuits and basic maintenance of a light aircraft we hope to see our members going solo very soon!

Ben Walker (Explorers)

Ben Walker (Explorers)

Section Assistant

Ben uses his engineering knowledge to teach and run STEM activities for our Air Explorers.

With his extensive knowledge of Remote Controlled Aircraft builds, he has helped us to create a whole fleet of working models ..... as well as a repairs bay for those that have not landed quite as successfully as we may have wished!