Do you know someone in the County who deservers to be recognised for their outstanding services to Scouting, length of service, a special act of heroism and bravery, courage? Then we want to know! The Scout Association has number of awards for members and as a organisation run by volunteers it’s important that we say “Thank You”. West Sussex has presented a number of these awards over the years but we need your help as we are sure there are more out there!

You can find out more about the awards available and the criteria here

Contact the Adult Awards Team

If you have someone whom you would like to nominate then contact the Adult Awards team below to start the process!

County Commissioner Award

The County Commissioners Award is a local award issued to people who have given good service to Scouting in the County, but do not qualify for a National Award. Nominations should be emailed to to [email protected] or posted to the West Sussex Scouts County Office, Lodge Hill, London Road, Watersfield, Pulborough,West Sussex.

Meet The Team

Irene Orford – Reward and Recognition Panel Chair

Lives in Southwater near Horsham

Works for her husband who runs a small plumbing and heating business

Been involved in scouting in West Sussex for over 30 years as a Cub Scout Leader, Assistant District Commissioner (Cub Scouts), Deputy District Commissioner, Assistance County Commissioner (Cub Scouts), Deputy County Commissioner and between 2012 -2017 West Sussex County Commissioner.

Volunteers for the National Trust as a room guide at Petworth House, likes reading, walking, dancing, travel and spending time with family and friends.


Jill Gladman – Reward and Recognition Panel member

Based in Arundel and Littlehampton District.

Works in the office at River Beach Primary School in Littlehampton

Been involved in scouting for over 40 years in Worcestershire, Kent and West Sussex and have held various posts from Section to County level.  

She is currently Deputy District Commissioner for Adur Valley, A Training Advisor and a mum and a nanny to two.


Becca Hardcastle – Reward and Recognition Panel member

Based in East Grinstead District. Cub Scout Leader in Copthorne. 

Also a member of East Grinstead Network, where she is the Programme Co-ordinator. She is also an Assistant County Commissioner for Growth

Works in Haywards Heath in Admin, and has just started a Business Law course. Likes to read and watch movies or TV programmes. 

Enjoys travelling and exploring new places. 


Steve Dawson – Reward and Recognition Panel member

Based in East Grinstead

Works for a chemical raw materials distribution company 

Been involved in scouting for many years as is his wife and daughter 

Held various roles including Deputy County Commissioner.  Now the Chairman of the County Appointment Advisory Panel and a member of the County Executive 

Likes to read and watch TV programmes especially live sport. 

Still trying to play village cricket in Sussex and enjoys travelling across the world both in and outside of Scouting


Victoria Gillespie – Reward and Recognition Panel member

Based in Chichester District

Runs own private care business

Been involved in scouting for 10 years first as a parent helper then an assistant scout leader then occasional helper now this

Likes to read, travel and play scrabble. Working towards an O.U degree in health and social care.