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Office Bearers

Friday 29th July 2022

The Brigade Executive is proposing the following Office Bearers for the 2022/23 session:

Rev Dez Johnston

Dez was working as a bouncer in Glasgow when he came to faith through joining an Alpha Course. Now an ordained Baptist minister, he worked in youth ministry before becoming the Director for Alpha Scotland in 2018 where he continues to serve and support Churches across the country. He was also recently appointed as Alpha’s Europe, Middle East and North Africa Youth Director. Dez has been working closely with the Brigade for a number of years, and the partnership has seen the Alpha Youth resources being made freely available across the Brigade. Keeping Dez busy at home are his wife Fiona and children, Amber, Cody and Finn.

Mervyn Murdock

Mervyn has been a member of The Boys’ Brigade for over 50 years and has served as a leader in 1st Raffrey, becoming Captain in 1986, a position he held for 35 years. Mervyn is President of Down Battalion and a former Northern Ireland District Vice-President. After becoming a Christian in his late teens, he has served God at Raffrey Presbyterian Church as a Sunday School and Bible Class teacher, BB leader, on Church Committee and as an Elder. Mervyn managed a team of University Technicians for five years and has served on and chaired numerous committees through work, BB and Education Authority youth advisory groups.

Alison Chambers

Alison is a leader in Airdrie, Coatbridge and District Battalion, and has served as a leader in 6th Airdrie and 15th Coatbridge. Alison has been the Battalion’s Training Convenor, Queen’s Badge Co-ordinator for Lanarkshire District Fellowship and has also served on the staff team of KGVI at Carronvale. She has been professionally engaged in education for over 25 years in senior roles and is currently Education Officer with Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Ian Rumbelow

Ian has a wealth of experience as Captain of 1st Martock & Hamdon, presently President of Somerset Battalion and is currently Chair of our Brigade Programme Group. In a professional capacity Ian was a Head Teacher for many years, most recently specialising in supporting local authorities and an academy trust with schools in special measures.

David Aubrey QC

David joined the Life Boys in Cardiff, and it was there that he became a Christian. He gained his Queen’s Badge and was presented with his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award by His Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace. He has served as a leader and Company Captain, and is now the President of the BB in Wales. He is also the Chairman of the Brigade Safeguarding Panel, and involved in the Archive Trust and Heritage Society. By profession David is Queen’s Counsel, and sits as a Recorder in the Crown and County Courts as a well as a Legal President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Rev Stewart Cutler

The Boys’ Brigade has featured strongly since Stewart was a 6-year-old member of Anchors through to Queen’s Badge, DofE Gold and KGVI as a participant (and later as Chaplain) as well as being a leader at 4th Carluke and 1st Stonehouse. Stewart has 30 years of experience working with children, young people, volunteers, students and ministers in Churches and communities around Scotland. For the past five years he has been minister of St Ninian’s Church in Stonehouse, an ecumenical partnership between the United Reformed Church and Church of Scotland.

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