Meet the National Honours Subgroup
Find out what the National Honours Subgroup do and how you can get in touch
The National Honours Subgroup (NHSG) aims to spread awareness and increase the number of nominations made.
They also work to increase the number of successful awards given out for adults, deserving young people and Groups who contribute to their communities through and in addition to their activity within Scouts.
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Alan is currently the Chair of AAC of Merseyside Scouts. Alan’s previous roles include Vice Chair, CC, Deputy CC, ACC AT, DC, GSL as well as a Cub Scout Leader, all in Merseyside.
Married to Carolyn, with two (grown up) children and professionally an Employee Affairs Manager with Ford of Britain, Alan is also the current Chairman of Knowsley Chamber of Commerce.
Alan enjoys watching sport of all types, with football (a lifelong Everton supporter) and motor racing topping the bill.
Graham has been a member of Scouts since the age of 8. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1982 and trained in Surgery and Paediatric Surgery in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Toronto, Canada.
Graham recently retired as a Consultant Neonatal and Paediatric Surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. He is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Glasgow, is the Deputy Medical Director at NHS Education for Scotland and chairs their Scottish Surgical Training Board.
Graham was Chief Commissioner of Scotland for seven years until July 2018. He was elected as a UK Trustee in September 2019 and is the Project Sponsor for a redesign of our adult learning programme. He was previously the UK Commissioner for Explorer Scouts and Deputy UK Contingent Leader to the 20th World Scout Jamboree, Thailand.
Graham is the former CC in Cheshire where he held the role for 12 years. He has been a member of Scouting from a child and held roles as Cub Leader, Scout Leader and GSL. He served as a member of the Operations Committee and continues to be involved in a number of national initiatives.
Professionally Graham has a number of business interests but devotes most of his time to third sector organisations, principally he is CEO of Cheshire Young Carers and North Wales Young Carers who support children who have caring responsibilities for parents and siblings.
As a Deputy to the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, Graham is involved in assessing submissions for National Awards in Cheshire and supporting the youth sector in the County.
Michael joined Scouts as a Beaver. He holds roles both locally and nationally. Michael sat on the National Board of Trustee 2012-2015 and was a Trustee of GMW Scouts until 2018. He supports Cheshire Scouts as Deputy Chair of Trustees and was a Unit Leader for the 25th World Scout Jamboree.
In his day job, he is an Assistant Headteacher at one of the country's largest independent day schools with a remit of Service, Outreach and Partnership, as well as supporting educational visits, treks and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
In 2022, Michael was Commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, support volunteering and charities in Greater Manchester, looking for worthy charities for the King's Award for volunteering (KAVs), as well as representing the Lord Lieutenant on behalf of HM the King.
Catherine joined Girlguiding aged 5, and progressed through the sections to become an adult volunteer, before joining Scouts in 2014. Catherine currently holds a role as Cub Scout Leader and also helps to support Duke of Edinburgh and King's Scout Award at District level.
Catherine gained her medical degree in 2017, and is now working as a GP in Derbyshire.
Catherine’s hobbies including gardening, well dressing (a traditional Derbyshire craft) and hiking but is also always planning her next adventure.
Martin was the Hampshire Scouts County Commissioner from 2017 to 2022. He's been an adult member of Scouts since 2000 having held several uniformed and non-uniformed roles at section, group, district and county levels. Along with membership of the National Honours Subgroup, he's also a member of the Policy, Organisation and Rules Subgroup, and a Training Adviser (Manager and Supporter) in Hampshire. As a youth member he was a Cub Scout in 1st Bordon Garrison, Hampshire, and a British Scout in Bielefeld, Germany.
Professionally, Martin is a serving Commander in the Royal Navy with over 35 years service. As a Warfare Officer, he has spent many years at sea, which included commanding warships, and has served in a range of staff jobs ashore. All of this has given him extensive command, leadership and management experience which has helped him throughout his volunteer service in the Scouts.
Graeme joined as a Cub Scout and has never left, he still enjoys Scouting as much today as he did then and is an Explorer Scout Leader in rural Northumberland.
Graeme has a passion for International Scouting and has attended several World Scout Jamboree’s.