Local Development Officers


Betony Taylor

Hi I am Betony. I am a Berkshire local and am excited to be in a role that involves me so much in the county. I am keen outdoor enthusiast and enjoy walking, cycling, skiing, snowboarding and all things action packed! I once went on a week-long stunt course in Copenhagen – because why not?!

I have come from The National Trust where I helped to run and maintain one of their properties. A significant part of this role involved managing and supporting the large team of volunteers on a day to day basis as well as interviewing and inducting new volunteers.

I am new to Scouting but have a lot of experience working with children’s activity groups. Whilst at college and university I worked part time at a local after school club and spent three summers at Barracudas Activity Camps as a Fencing Instructor and Group Coordinator.

I studied English Literature at University before completing a three month internship with the National Trust. Whilst searching for a permanent job I did a series of experience-building short-term jobs including dressing chairs for events, lambing, being a dresser at the Royal Albert Hall and being an extra in film and TV. I then began a year contract in the Insurance and Risk Management Department of GlaxoSmithKline which gave me valuable experience in a corporate environment. It was after this I returned to the National Trust.

I am looking forward to working with you all! Feel free to drop me an email or give me a call.

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Elina Zandersone

my name is Elina. I am new to Scouting and I am very excited to be working for this organisation. 
I studied Tourism at college and Social Anthropology at university level. I did my research on haggling process in a car boot sale. Parallel to that, I worked in a history museum where I was an employee of the Education Department organising workshops, guided tours and other educational activities for young people and their teachers. I have also worked as a self-employed tour guide in the city of Riga, Latvia, and as a visitor services specialist at Riga Art Nouveau Centre.
I then moved to the UK and worked for a small charity managing one of their newly opened shops. It was an extremely valuable experience and taught me how to work together with volunteers from different backgrounds – college and Jobcentre placements, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award candidates, retired professionals etc. I saw working for Scouts as a great way of continuing this work in a new setting.
I have also been in a volunteer role myself. I spent several months working in a national park in the Republic of Georgia in 2008 and experienced the Russian-Georgian war. That, however, did not stop me going back there many times afterwards as I had completely fallen in love with the country. In more recent years, I have volunteered for Oxfam in one of their charity shops.
In my spare time I enjoy metal detecting but I am still to find my Roman gold coin collection! I also like kayaking and reading on the history of the Caucasus and the Balkans.
I look forward to getting to know you all and please feel free to contact me.


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