Team Pink are the team of the Executive Officers and Assistants who are responsible for the running and development of the National Student Scout and Guide Organisation.

Representation

Your Exec, Your Voice

The Exec are here to represent you and help support your SSAGO Journey. If you've got any suggestions, ideas, concerns or questions, just fill in the box below!

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Our Meetings

Reps Meeting

The next Reps Meeting, where the National Exec, Assistants and all SSAGO clubs gather to discuss SSAGO will be held at Viking Rally on 21/11/2021.

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Exec Meetings

The Exec get together at various points over the year to plan and discuss National SSAGO business and any points raised by SSAGO members. The agendas and minutes are always public and your thoughts are always welcome.

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The Exec

The Exec, elected at the AGM each year, form the elected representatives of National SSAGO and together work to maintain and develop the running of SSAGO at a National Level

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Chair

Samir Soares

Hello there!

I am Samir the Chair of SSAGO from 2021 to 2022, you may have see me all over the place in SSAGO at in person rallies and at various online events such as Green Rally Yellow Rally. I am always open to talking and listening to anyone to improve SSAGO for the betterment of everyone.
I and the rest of National SSAGO will be working towards safely resuming face to face SSAGO activities aswell as looking further into the future and how we can together lay the foundations of the SSAGO of tomorrow.

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Secretary

Tom Webster

Hey, I’m Tom and am the SSAGO Secretary! This is my seventh year of SSAGO, spending four years reading Mathematics in Cambridge, a year as an associate working in London helping with CUSAGC and other clubs and I’m now in my second year of a PhD in Informatics at Edinburgh and am an Indie member of SSAGO.

I first joined scouting as a beaver in Sheffield, moving up through all the sections until I finally reached SSAGO! I spent my first years heavily involved in CUSAGC as social secretary and then chair. It took a while to make my first national SSAGO event, Leeds Northern Lights Ball in 2016, quickly followed by Southampton Dino Rally and then every other SSAGO event since. Along the way, I ran Cambridge Duck Rally in the Summer of 2018, the virtual Green Rally Yellow Rally in 2021, had 5 other committee positions in CUSAGC and was part of the ScotNorth virtual fresher's event! Through SSAGO I've massively increased the number of UK cities I’ve visited, met loads of amazing people and had some extraordinary experiences.

This year I'm aiming to keep the best of virtual SSAGO as we (hopefully) return to something a bit more normal and plan to do lots 'behind the scenes' to try and make national SSAGO more accessible and democratic as well as creating some structure for SSAGO to efficiently accomplish long-term tasks that have been passed down from one exec to the next exec (often more than once).

I think the best thing about SSAGO is it’s members and I’m always happy to hear from you, send me an email, tag me on Discord or find me at a SSAGO event (if we get to have one), I’ll be wearing pink!

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Treasurer

Alex Banwell

Hi, I'm Alex. I am your Treasurer for the 2021-22 year. I intend to ensure the smooth operating of SSAGO's finances throughout the next year, as well as trying to improve the efficiency of them, by turning SSAGO into a charity.
I am a second year Electronic Engineer at the University of Southampton, and have been heavily involved with Southampton SSAGO since I joined university. I was the Southampton webmaster 3 weeks after joining Southampton SSAGO, and then the Treasurer for the next year. I have been involved in Scouting since beavers, and thoroughly enjoy all things Scouty!
I'd love to hear any suggestions you have, or to just have a chat, so feel free to get in contact, or find me at the next SSAGO rally!

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Publicity

Leon Brindley

Hi, I'm Leon! =D

I'm SSAGO's 2021-22 National Publicity Officer, and the Webmaster of Southampton SSAGO. My role in Team Pink involves coordinating publicity campaigns on social media, writing news articles, organising promotional events, creating publicity materials for local SSAGO clubs, managing SSAGO Support events, and more!

I was also the Publicity Officer for Build-A-Rally 2020, the first online SSAGO Rally. I've been involved in Scouting since joining Beavers when I was 6, and carried on through Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and now SSAGO! I also volunteered as a Young Leader with Beavers for 4 years, prior to starting university.

I'm in my 2nd year at the University of Southampton, studying MEng Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems. I love both playing and watching football- and in case you're wondering, I support West Bromwich Albion!

If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please feel free to get in touch!

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Members

Rose Moran

Hello!
I'm Rose and I am your new members officer for the next year. If we haven't met before, I am currently in my 3rd year of a Maths degree at Keele University and hoping to continue onto my masters next year (fingers crossed!).
SSAGO has been a massive part of my life these last few years and I am looking forward to being able to give back to this great community that SSAGO has created. I have been part of Girlguiding since Rainbows and then also joined Scouting when I became an Explorer. While president of Keele SSAGO, I have worked hard to make sure our club is inclusive to everyone and I would like to make sure that SSAGO as a whole uphold these core values in order to create a welcoming environment for both current and new members.
Over the next year, my priorities are; making sure smaller clubs (and new clubs) feel supported and encourage groups to work together, using what we have learnt from virtual SSAGO to continue a more unified SSAGO and make sure there is a friendly and clear line of communication between SSAGO members and the exec.

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The Assistants

The Assistants, appointed by and working with the Exec, support the running of National SSAGO through filling specific roles and tasks needed to make SSAGO work

Quartermaster

Joe Barnes

I’m Joe, currently studying a PhD in Biomedical Tissue Engineering at the University of Liverpool. I started in Scouting when I was six, and never left; I’ve been in Liverpool SSAGO for 6 years now, on committee for 2 of those and now I’ve stepped up to offer you the best merch around...

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Archivist

Larah Korrison

I'm Larah and I'm your archivist.

I Joined The Scouts at 8 years old and never looked back, I had a lot of fun gained all sorts of skills and completed my top awards. I did my undergrad course in History at UWE, Bristol and a Masters in Archive Administration at Aberystwyth, I now work for a public body as a records and information officer.

My role is about looking after records and objects of historical value that belong to SSAGO, these come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of what we have include: minutes, published documentations, pictures, club reports, various magazines (Student Scout and Guide, Kudu, Kudu Notes, SSAGO Journal and SSAGO News). Our archive is both in digital and physical formats and continues to grow every year.

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Archivist (Incoming)

Charlotte Simmons

Hi, I'm Charlotte and I will be taking over the Archivist role. This is my fourth year in SSAGO, and my first as an Indie, having finished at Nottingham last year. Whilst at Nottingham I was involved with the archive that SNoGS run in conjunction with the University of Nottingham archives and really enjoyed it, and I believe it's important that clubs are supported to set up and run their own archives if this is something that they wish to do, as well as maintaining and building the national SSAGO archive. I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in to this role and to working with members of SSAGO to build our records for future generations. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions relating to archives either at a national or club level.

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International

Cornelia Schmitt

Hi, I’m Conni, and I’m probably one of SSAGO’s most international members: I am German, have done my undergrad degree in Ireland and am now living in the Netherlands. My first Rally was Chocolate Rally, which was AWESOME. And that is why I applied to become international officer: I loved taking part in SSAGO events as part of an international contingent and want to help others in experiencing this too! So if you’re an international student scout/guide wanting to come to an event, or an incoming exchange student who wants to know what this “SSAGO” thing is all about, or if you’re going abroad and are wondering if we know of any group you could join where you’re going – ask away! I will also try and see if any of the international groups would welcome a contingent of SSAGOers as guests at their camps (I can’t promise but: Irish Rover Intervarsities are some of the best camps you can imagine!).
A bit about me: I first came to scouting because I heard about Roverway and it sounded so great, I just had to participate – and I wasn’t disappointed, I absolutely loved the international atmosphere! And the Netherlands as a country too: Two years later I even moved here, and now I am studying electrical engineering at TU/e in Eindhoven. In my free time I do bouldering and Survival Run (a Dutch sport – think of a combination of Ninja Warrior and cross country running). I am addicted to badges (and as part of the badges-at-home team am helping run badges for SSAGOers to do during lockdown). So far I’ve attended three Rallies, one SSAGO goes Spoons and two other SSAGO camps. And I regularly do my grocery shopping using a unicycle.

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Webmaster

Oliver Bills

Hi, I'm Oli and I'm the webmaster for SSAGO. I'll primarily be looking after all the technology behind-the-scenes of SSAGO, while doing my best to support both National SSAGO, the Exec and SSAGO clubs and members in anything digital!

When I first found SSAGO at university, I'd never been involved in Scouting before, so this was a completely new experience but I immediately fell in love with SSAGO, Scouting and Guiding and found both a new home and a new obsession! Since then, SSAGO and Scouting has taken over my life, but I can honestly say it's been the best thing that's happened in my life so far - and that's thanks to all the lovely and wonderful people that make up SSAGO, Scouting and Guiding and the wonderful community I am now a part of.

As webmaster, I build and maintain all the various aspects of the website, from the membership and events system (and all those other new systems we seem to have needed, like the survey system or the murder mystery system...), to the scary parts behind the scenes that nobody else will ever see, such as the bits that make the emails work or projects and teams.

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Events Officer

Anthoney Gathercole

I'm Anthoney, I'm currently studying Forensic Genetics and Human Identification at Wolverhampton University. I have been involved in Scouting ever since I was 6 and have received my 5 year service award as a leader. I have been involved with many large scale camps in previous years being staff at scout camps such as Scarefest and Gilwell 24 and also been on Staff catering Team as well as being involved with organising district and international camps in the past. My role as Events officer is to assist with any issues regarding any events involving SSAGO be it at National, Regional or even at Club level from Fresher's Fayre to Rallies I'm here to help anyway possible.

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