Meet the Team

Dave & Debbie Phillips

Dave & Debbie Phillips

Camp Chief & Assistant Camp Chief
David and Debbie Phillips have been appointed as the Camp Chiefs for WS2017. They have both been in Scouting & Guiding for a combined 84 years since they joined at the age of 8.

David is the Group Scout Leader for 5th Chichester Scouts and Debbie a Leader with 3rd Chichester Guides - groups they have always been associated with since becoming a Scout & Guide.
Both have attended many WS Camps, first attending in 1980 as a Scout and a Guide where they first met, then as Unit Leaders for 1988, 1996 and 2001, in 2004 as Sub Camp Leaders for Dodge City and as the organisers of the City and Camelot, the Camp Centres for WS2008 and WS2013.

During 2015, they met with and formed their Core Team and in 2016 will meet regularly as a Team to organise the International activities camp – WS2017.

The WS website and Facebook page have been operating for several months. The website includes both the registration forms for groups and Adults and lots of information about the camp and Facebook gives you the opportunity to keep updated and join in with conversations.
These will both be updated regularly, as further information and forthcoming dates are released.

Please help us to make WS2017 another successful Camp by either registering with your Guide or Scout Group or volunteer for one of the many Adult roles and we hope to see you at Ardingly in August 2017.
Janet Samuel

Janet Samuel

WS2017 International Co-ordinator
I have been an active leader with Girlguiding for over 40 years, having worked with Senior Section, Guides, and Rainbows
In addition to these leadership roles, I have held within the County of Girlguiding Sussex Central the positions of County International Adviser, P.R Adviser and County Commissioner. I have also helped organise several Region events.
I have been fortunate to have travelled abroad extensively at a personal level & have led Girlguiding groups to both Japan & South Africa
Over the years I have been involved in the support of a number of WS camps, most latterly WS2013, as part of International. This time I am delighted to be coordinating our International Team and look forward to meeting our overseas guests in August
Brian Riches

Brian Riches

Head of Site Services
Brian Riches has been appointed as the Head of Site Services for WS2017. Brian has been in Scouting for over 25 years, starting at the age of 6.

Brian is an Assistant Explorer Scout leader in East Grinstead, as well as sitting on the District Executive Committee, and acting as the Treasurer for the District Network Unit and for one of the District SAST Unit. Brian is also the District Queens Scout Advisor, having gained the award himself in 2008, and is a member of Waxwell Rover Scout Service Crew at Paccar Scout Camp in Greater London Middlesex West.
WS2017 is Brian’s 5th WS as a member of the Site Services team and his second alongside Tony as the Heads of Site Services. Brian has also been a member of the site services team at the World Scout Jamboree in 2007 and at 3 County Cub Camps, and was recently Head of Site Services with Tony at Sussex100.
Jane Fella

Jane Fella

Core Team Secretary
Jane Fella is the Core Team Secretary and has been a leader of Chanctonbury Rangers since 2010 Jane joined Guiding in response to a need for a unit for Senior Section. She was secretary of the Petworth Park Camp for four years and spent 8 years at a local secondary school as an administrator.
Rosie Cornish

Rosie Cornish

Registration and Bookings - Groups
If you have registered your group to come to WS2017 you will already have corresponded with Rosie Cornish who is once again looking after everything to do with group bookings and payments for the camp.
Rosie has been to all but the first WS camp – as a group leader or member of the staff team. She was joint camp chief for WS2001 and WS2004 and this will be the third time she has undertaken the important task of managing our bookings.
Rosie’s knowledge of how the camp runs means she is often able to answer many of the varied questions you throw at her.
Amanda Teasel

Amanda Teasel

Registration and Bookings - Staff
Amanda Teasel’s first WS camp was in 1984 when, at the age of 6, she came along with Mum Rosie and sister Zoe. Since then, Amanda has been a regular WS attendee although she somehow managed to miss a camp while producing one of her own children – a lame excuse! Amanda is looking after the staff bookings and the allocation of volunteers to the various WS camp teams.
Amanda was appointed in May 2016 as Girlguiding Sussex West County Commissioner
Gwyn Cheesmur

Gwyn Cheesmur

Logistics & Deputy Camp Chief
After having been the WS Camp Chief at WS2008 & WS2013 he has volunteered his services to another WS Camp. Other roles he has undertaken at previous WS Camps have been the Camp Centre on 4 occasions along with attending every WS Camp from the first one in 1980.
Gwyn along with Christine have taken on the role of heading the Logistics Team for the camp which will be based in the camp centre. Gwyn has also been appointed as Deputy Camp Leader utilising his knowledge of previous camps to support the Camp Chiefs.
Gwyn is currently an Assistant Group Scout Leader with 1st Copthorne Scout Group & has more than 40 years service in Scouting as well as currently being a West Sussex Scout County Executive member
Christine Cheesmur

Christine Cheesmur

Logistics & Deputy Camp Chief
After having been the WS Camp Assistant Chief at WS2008 & WS2013 she has volunteered her services to another WS Camp. Other roles she has undertaken at previous WS Camps have been the Camp Centre on 4 occasions, organised Craft Activities on 3 occasions along with attending every WS Camp from the first one in 1980.
Christine along with Gwyn have taken on the role of heading the Logistics Team for the camp which will be based in the camp centre. One of Christines talents with badge design has again been utilised for WS2017 where one of her roles will be to sort out the various badges,
Christine is currently a Guide Leader with 1st Copthorne Guides & is currently a Sussex Central County Vice President. Christine has more than 40 years service in Guiding which have included the role of Girl Guiding Sussex Central County Commissioner.
Tony Baulch

Tony Baulch

Deputy Head of Site Services
Tony Baulch is the Deputy Head of Site Services for WS2017, Tony has a long Scouting career and has been involved in Scouting since he was 8.

Tony has recently been appointed as the District Explorer Scout Commissioner for East Grinstead after holding a number of leading roles within the District. Tony is also the acting Scout Leader at the 6th East Grinstead Scout Group. Tony has held a number of additional leadership roles since becoming a leader at 18.

Tony has been attending WS events since WS80 (as a Scout) and has attended every event (except WS88) since. WS2017 is Tony’s second WS as Deputy Head of Site Services having worked with Brian at WS2013 and Sussex100.

Site Services provide the infrastructure and maintenance support to the event, as well as event marshalling, car parking, toilet cleaning and fire safety. They can be identified by their bright orange shirts and happy expressions.

Brian and Tony will be 2 of the 1st people on site to set up and the last to leave, if you see them or their team around the site, please offer them a cup of tea and a biscuit.
Anna Jones

Anna Jones

Treasurer
Having thoroughly enjoyed being part of the core team for WS2013 I have returned for a second stint as camp treasurer. Responsible for all the incomings and outgoings from the camp bank account!

I have been involved in Guiding from an early age (as a child member, YL and adult leader) and have particularly fond memories of being a Guide in Mole sub camp at WS. I am currently Sussex Central County treasurer as well as treasurer for the East Grinstead Division shop.
Matt Pike

Matt Pike

Activities Coordinator
Matthew is one of the masterminds behind the Activities for WS and is really excited about taking on the challenge. Matthew has been involved in Scouting since he was a Beaver at the age of 6. This will be his 4th WS International Camp.

Matthew has had a number of group, district and county roles and is currently the Deputy County Commissioner for Programme 14- 25 looking after all Explorers and Network members in the County. He also has the responsibility for Youth Involvement and the County Youth Forum. He is a real Champion for Youth Lead Scouting and helping our young people to shape their own scouting experience.

Matthew is really excited about all the different activities that will be on offer at the camp and hopes to see you there.
Alison & Gordon Weller

Alison & Gordon Weller

Camp Centre
We are Alison & Gordon Weller and this time at WS we are heading up the Camp Centre where all the evening entertainment, merchandise, Scout & Guide shops, Retreat area, Media Centre, Photo booth, International marquee, coffee & tuck shops will be located.

We have both been involved with Scout & Guides for over 30 years ranging from being a Scout & Guide (many moons ago!) to being leaders across all sections in Scout & Guides, Our involvement with previous WS Camps have included most roles from Sub Camp Leader to Camp Chief, Activities, Coffee shop and most notably Tuck Shop, the only role we have not done is Site Services!

We have had many happy camps over the years and are looking forward to WS2017
Dawn Boult

Dawn Boult

Activities Coordinator
Dawn is one of the activity co-ordinators for WS2017. She has been a member of Girlguiding since joining as a Brownie aged 7 and is currently a Brownie Leader and is the Division Commissioner for Worthing Highdown. She has attended WS camps both as a Ranger and as a leader. As a parent she has seen her 5 daughters grow in confidence through the fantastic experiences that a WS camp provides.
She is looking forward to providing activities to help make the camp a memorable experience for all participants.
Rob Marsh

Rob Marsh

Subcamp Team Representative & Hufflepuff Subcamp Leader
I am an Explorer Scout Leader for Rowfant ESU, in East Grinstead District. I've not stopped scouting since I was a little Beaver Scout, one of my many highlights was getting my Queens Scout Award when I was 17. I have had the privilege of going to two world scout Jamborees, one in the UK in 2007 as International Service Team, and again in 2011, Sweden, as an Assistant Unit Leader for West Sussex Canute. One of my more recent projects was Head of Activities for Sussex100.

This WS will be my second ever WS camp, WS2013 being my first, where I was the Subcamp Leader for Valhalla. I can't wait to get to the camp again, and look forward to seeing a few familiar faces along the way!
As well as being the Sub Camp Leader I also sit on the WS2017 CORE Team as the Sub Camp Team Representative.