Meet the leaders

Here you can find information about all of the leaders at Staplehurst Beavers.

Alex Lawrence (Malak)

Section Leader

Having been a member of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts at Staplehurst as a child, Alex joined Staplehurst Beavers as a leader in October 2018 and became Section Leader in December 2019. Outside of Scouting, Alex works as a trainee conveyancer at a local law firm and his other interests include photography, music and the classical world. For any enquiries regarding Staplehurst Beavers, please contact Alex using our contact form, by telephone on 07808090945 or by email.

📧 staplehurstbeavers@gmail.com

 

 

Ray Burr (Hawkeye)

Assistant Section Leader

Ray started as a volunteer with Mote Park Beavers in Maidstone in 2005 before becoming an Assistant Beaver Leader in 2008 and then Beaver Section Leader. He moved to Headcorn Beavers in 2013 as an Assistant Beaver Leader and in 2014 also ran Matfield and Brenchley Beavers as a Leader for approximately 18 months until they could find a local leader to carry on. In 2015 Ray came to Staplehurst Beavers as a Leader and jointly helped to restart the Colony in the village at that time with Adele Govett. He has also been Headcorn Cub Leader since 2018. As well as Scouting, Ray has travelled to countries including Russia, Poland, China and Yugoslavia and enjoys walking his dog, watching wrestling (which his wife hates) and going to the cinema.

 

 

Lindsay Oakes (Lightning)

Leader

Lindsay became a Beaver Leader in December 2019 having loved helping out as a parent volunteer on a weekly basis since November 2018 when her son joined the Colony. Outside of Beavers, Lindsay works as a carer in the community. She has travelled extensively over the past 10 years living in Ghana West Africa for 2 years and in China for 3 and a half years. Her hobbies include dog walking, rock painting and travelling.

 

 

Christina Azzopardi (Hopper)

Leader

Christina has been involved as a volunteer since May 2018 when her son joined Beavers and she decided to become a leader in December 2019. Christina also works as a support worker and enjoys spending time with her children as well as reading, shopping, playing badminton and taking regular trips to the cinema. She also owns guinea pigs which she adores!

 

 

Tamar Barkess (Tic Tac)

Leader

Although only becoming a leader at Staplehurst Beavers in December 2019, Tamar has been involved in Scouting as a volunteer since May 2018 when her son joined the Colony. Tamar has gained experience working in a local primary school for a number of years and, outside of Scouting, is currently training to become a childminder from home. Tamar's other interests include gardening, spending time with her family and animals.

 

 

Jon Rootes (Rusty)

Leader

Jon joined in December 2019 after completing the Kent Scouts 4 Week Challenge and volunteering as a parent helper when his Daughter joined the Colony. Jon has now taken on the role of Beaver Scout Leader and also owns his own business looking after machinery for golf courses, schools and locations such as those operated by the National Trust. During his spare time, he spends time with his daughter, travelling, quad bike racing and is a great lover of other outdoors activities such as camping, mountain biking and clay pigeon shooting.