UK Youth Commissioner of The Scout Association
21 year-old Hannah Kentish from the Abbey Woods area of London is The Scout Association's first UK Youth Commissioner. This role sees her sitting on the Movement’s national leadership team, alongside its Chief Commissioner, Chief Executive and Chairman. Hannah works to make sure that decisions made at the top of the organisation are fully representative of all of its members, whatever their age.
Hannah is a long-time member of The Scout Association herself and has been awarded her Explorer Scout Belt. She is currently working towards the Queen’s Scout Award, the highest award available in Scouting.
Before becoming the UK Youth Commissioner, Hannah joined The Scout Association’s County Team in Greater London South East (GLSE) and became the youngest ever Explorer Scout Chairperson when she was just 16.
Within this role, she helped create the project ‘Spandango’, which sought to ensure that Scout groups in the region were offering activities that local members were keen to try out. The project went on to become a great success, with Hannah leading the ‘Spandango’ team for two years.
During her time with the Scouts, Hannah has also co-founded a charity that works with disadvantaged young people in rural Kenya, to ensure that they too can experience the benefits associated with Scouting.
Outside of Scouting, Hannah has worked as the leader of a National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, which empowers young people to make a difference in their local community.
Hannah is currently studying for a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Hertfordshire.