Former UK Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association Wayne Bulpitt has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for his service to young people in the Scout Movement.
Wayne Bulpitt was appointed UK Chief Commissioner in May 2009, having been Chief Commissioner of England (South) since September 2007 and a member of Scouting since the age of eight. He was Chairman of the Association’s Board of Trustees until that date and an elected Trustee since 2001.
Wayne’s Scouting started on his eighth birthday with the 1st Warsash Cub Pack. He has been an active member of each section and became an Assistant Scout Leader at the age of 18. Moving to the Channel Island of Guernsey in 1983, he was quickly welcomed and became leader of the Northern Venture Scout Unit. After a period of time as Treasurer, he was appointed Bailiwick Commissioner from 1998 – 2004. Wayne’s service to Scouting was acknowledged with the award of the Silver Wolf in 2014, Scouting's highest recognition of service.
As UK Chief Commissioner, Wayne introduced the alternative Promise, welcoming all young people regardless of their faiths or religious beliefs, and signifying the Movement’s ‘determination to become truly inclusive and relevant to all sections of society’.
A strong advocate of social entrepreneurship, in addition to his voluntary activities with The Scout Association, Wayne is active in wider youth issues in Guernsey. He was the inspiration behind the creation of the Youth Commission, Guernsey Employment Trust and co-founded the Guernsey Community Foundation. With a business partner, he purchased and renovated a former chapel in 2006, which is now the successful North Youth Centre run by the Youth Commission. In 2008 he founded Guernsey Youth LBG to purchase a former pub and restaurant which formed the base for the St Peter Port Centre for Young People, a £800,000 project to provide a variety of facilities and services for young people, led by them.
Professionally, Wayne founded the Active Group Limited in 2002. Under his leadership, Active is a highly regarded company providing practical and professional support services such as compliance, corporate secretarial and management services. It employs 40 people from offices in Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Malta.
Upon achieving the award, Wayne said: ‘It’s both a privilege and honour to be recognised in this way for something I have enjoyed so much. It’s also humbling as I have been fortunate to work with so very many amazing people across the UK and further afield who give so much of themselves to make Scouting the fantastic movement it is.
As I’ve said many times before, Scouting and in particular, the volunteers who make it happen, gave me the skills I needed to succeed in life. Any success I may have achieved, in whatever field, is down to those volunteers, and so it has been very satisfying to be able to help future generations in similar ways myself, especially in recent times when the needs are even greater.
I’m especially looking forward to being able to share the occasion with Julie, Alastair and Francesca [my family] without whose support I would not have been able to do what I have.’
Bear Grylls, the Scout Association’s current Chief Scout, said: ‘Many congratulations to Wayne. His selfless efforts have influenced the lives of so many young people, helping them develop skills for life.’
A massive congratulations to all the amazing volunteers honoured by the Queen this year.