Meet our Leaders
Bill is our Honorary Scout Group President and founder of Anderton St Joseph's Scout Group. Bill was introduced to scouting in 1942, the middle of the Second World War, by a Scout Leader who inspired him to begin what would become a life-long journey. Bill went on to became a Scout Leader himself in 1961, and in November 1975 he established the Anderton St Joseph's Scout Group. SEVENTY FIVE years after he first promised to "do his best" Bill is still doing just that and has inspired generations of young people.
Tony Smith - AKA "Skip"
Victoria is a self-confessed Scouting addict! Her Scouting career started with helping out with Cubs when she was 15, for DofE service, with 7th Grantham (St. John's) and then 14th Nene (West Town). Victoria then started helping out with 5th Huddersfield (Skelmanthorpe) Scouts after moving to Yorkshire, before leaving to have her first child. A chance meeting with 2nd Wakefield (Crofton) led to her helping with their Scouts, eventually becoming an Assistant Scout Leader, where she's been for the last six years - despite moving to Lancashire. As well as this group Victoria is an Assistant Beaver Scout Leader with 1st Chorley Methodist East Beavers and Assistant Scout Leader with Anderton St. Joseph's! Victoria's Husband, Ed, is an Scout Section ASL with Chorley Methodist, her eldest daughter is a Beaver and Rainbow, with her twins on the waiting list and desperate to be old enough to join!
Mark has been an Assistant Scout Leader since 2015 and was a Beaver, Cub and Scout himself at 128th Oldham (St John The Baptist Hey) Scout Group. He has three sons, one of whom is an eight year-old cub scout and a five-year-old who can't wait to join. Mark enjoys cycling, travelling and camping (ideally all three at the same time) and generally being outdoors. Mark is the Webmaster for asjscouts.org.uk and supports sailing/kayaking/canoeing activities as a member of the West Lancs Scouts County Splash Team.
Charlotte returned to scouts as an Assistant Scout Leader in 2014 and moved to ASJ in 2016. Charlotte is currently working toward becoming a primary school teacher specialising in Physical Education. Charlotte enjoys hiking, being active and aims to travel to as many countries as possible.
Mark (Weston) aka Westy has relapsed into Scouting, after having been a Beaver in the very early 80's and then a Cub with 14th Radcliffe (Ainsworth). He sadly didn't move onto join Scouts as it clashed with other interests (The A-Team was on at the same time and "series link" was a glint in Rupert Murdoch's eye). Mark is a keen walker and lover of all things outdoors. He's also an Arsenal fan, likes a good moan and he is a Karate Brown Belt.
Dan has been an Assistant Beaver Scout Leader since December 2017. He was a cub & scout with Blackpool 36th group where his father was a leader. He has a son who is a Cub Scout and daughter who can’t wait to join the Beavers. Dan's interests include anything outdoors but he will most often be found playing & coaching field hockey.