Meet the refreshed Growth and Development team, here to help you grow local Scouting.


We know that the Scouts change lives by giving young people skills for life. So we want to make growing the Scout movement as easy as possible.

Along with the ever-changing hub of ideas and resources available on the Scout website, Hampshire Scouts has its own five-strong team of Growth and Development officers here to help start Scouts in places we're not currently in and to help volunteers grow their local Scouts.

Meet the team below and get in touch through the form on the Growth and Development page or by emailing them at [email protected].

Kelly Taylor

An image of Kelly Taylor among the forest at Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre.

Since May 2022, Kelly’s has been our Growth and Development co-ordinator. It's an important job involving scoping and allocating new projects, supporting her colleagues to ensure our projects have positive outcomes and reporting back to the County Leadership Team the impact they have made.

Kelly continues to look for ways to improve the experience of her colleagues and volunteers and to build on the success the team has had, ensuring opportunities for growth are acted up on. She's delighted to see the incredible work the team have achieved over this last year and the positive impact Scouting has directly had on our young people.

Melissa Salisbury

An image of Melissa Salisbury among the forest at Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre.

Our most experience Growth and Development Officer, Melissa has a wealth of knowledge of all things growth and development.

She has been involved in working with young people and the Scouts for many years and volunteers as Chair for the trustee board for her local Scout group.

Melissa is especially keen to see our sections for those aged 14-25 years and young leader programme grow. Melissa has supported many projects, from opening new groups & sections to the supporting struggling groups to return to pre-pandemic levels.

Lucinda Seward

An image of Lucinda Seward among the forest at Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre.

Lucinda is also new to the Growth and Development team, having started in February 2023.

Lucinda has previously worked in commercial recruitment & on STEM projects at Winchester Science Centre where she was involved in recruiting and retaining volunteers as part of an outreach team on the STEM Ambassador volunteering programme.

Lucinda is keen to start projects which have a positive impact on growth within Hampshire Scouts and is able to think outside the box when all other options have been exhausted.

Ellie Selwood

An image of Ellie Selwood among the forest at Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre.

Our newest member of the Growth and Development team, Ellie is an enthusiastic supporter of raising up young people to fulfil their potential.

Ellie is creative, empathetic and a determined individual who is passionate about the Growth & Development role.

She has worked as a science communicator and presenter for the last three and a half years working with various age groups; from schools and people with all different backgrounds, SEN/SEMH groups and behavioural support units to name a few.

Chris Nightingale

An image of Chris Nightingale among the forest at Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre.

Chris became a Growth and Development officer in May 2023 and has over 30 years of Scouting experience.

He is an active Beaver Scout leader in Denmead and is passionate about ensuring Scouting is for all and we give as many young people the opportunity to get involved as possible.

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