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Welcoming New National Appointments

Over the last couple of months, we’ve welcomed members to National strategic positions to further our impact as Australia’s largest youth development Movement.


Clare Hanley – National Adviser Diversity & Inclusion

Clare Hanley joins the expanding Sustainability portfolio of Scouts Australia as the inaugural National Adviser Diversity & Inclusion. Clare brings a breadth of professional experience in diversity and inclusion to the role. Her career began as a community development officer working with migrants and refugees in Melbourne to ensure they received equal access to Victorian mental health services. Following this, her work shifted to focus on international development, where she has worked towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on supporting inclusion of people with disabilities in development programs.

Clare was a youth member from Cub Scouts through to Rover Scouts (including earning her Queen’s Scout Award), and has experience as a Venturer Leader in ACT and Victoria. With a previous appointment to the Victorian Branch Executive Committee (BEC) and working professionally in program evaluation and diversity & inclusion in international aid programs, she brings some great new skills and experience to the team.

Clare is looking forward to the opportunity to draw on her professional experience to strengthen scouting’s approach to diversity and inclusion, to ensure more young people can benefit from scouting as she did.

Elston Hynd – Deputy Chief Commissioner of Australia

Elston Hynd AM is Deputy Chief Commissioner of Australia. Elston’s experience in his former role of National Commissioner Adult Training and Development, and current role as a Member of the Asia-Pacific Region Scout Committee combine to ensure Scouting is successful for today and tomorrow.

Elston commenced his involvement with Scouting as a Cub in 1966 and progressed through Scouts into (then) Senior Scouts in Brisbane. His first adult appointment was as an Assistant Scout Leader in Wagga Wagga (NSW) in 1979. Elston has also held the role of Deputy Chief Commissioner (Strategy & Human Resources), NSW Branch, responsible for the portfolios of Strategy & Planning, Adults in Scouting, Local Development, Government Relations & Community Development, Scout Fellowships and Special Projects over a five year period. He has been a member of the National Training Team for 25 years.

Professionally, Elston is the Head of Private Banking Services with BT Financial Group.