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Neville Tomkins

Chief Commissioner, Scouts Australia (NSW Branch) at Scouts Australia
Location: Canberra

One night isn't a lot, but it can make a whole lot of difference

Neville has always been a strong advocate for youth, especially disadvantaged youth.

He is currently the Chief Commissioner, Scouts Australia (NSW Branch) and Honorary Commissioner, Scouts ACT. In NSW, Neville's role is to reposition the organisation so it can play a vital and exciting new role in all communities of NSW – both city and country. His vision is to substantially increase the number of youth across NSW participating in the world renown Scout program.

Neville served 6 years as the International Commissioner of Scouts Australia. His work across the Asia Pacific Region attracted various international recognition awards.

As Chief Commissioner of ACT Scouts for almost 10 years, Neville played an important role in rebuilding Camp Cottermouth, which was destroyed in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. He has actively supported and promoted the Family Support Fund which helps disadvantaged youth participate in Scouting activities and is currently the Vice President of The Arthur Shakespeare Foundation for Scouting.

Neville has served the ACT community for nearly 40 years including as a Justice of the Peace, and as a life time blood donor (he is about to reach the milestone of 400 donations). He is also a White Ribbon Ambassador. In 2010, Neville received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the community, particularly his youth leadership. In 2012, he received the Highly Commended Award in the Community Service category, as part of the ACT Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Neville recently retired as First Assistant Secretary with the Department of Defence, following a 35 year career with the Commonwealth Public Service, including 25 years as a Senior Executive. His is now volunteering full-time for community based organisations.

So far this year I helped provide


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Funds raised over the years

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Dick Smith

Peter Barclay

Congratulations Neville you are agreat role model continually helping the less fortunate in our community.

Christopher Chenoweth

Well done again Neville, I hope that it is a dry night!

Paul Porteous

Great to see your commitment as always.

Anthea Cudworth

Neville you are awesome. Your dedication, passion and commitment to helping others is simply exemplary. I suspect you will be well prepared!

Scouts South Australia

Happy to help Neville!

Jan And Trevor Wheeler

These old bones will be with you in spirit - keep dry

Bill Ranken

Good luck and sleep well Neville. And good on you!

Allan Kirkpatrick

Alway happy to support a worthy cause

Robert Mulcahy

Great effort Neville.

Ian Sinclair

Deborah Howlett

Well done Neville on being an advocate for such a worthy cause! Keep warm though!!

Lisa Paul Ao Psm

Well done Neville, all the best with the sleep out, cheers Lisa

Jules Rikkers

Here's wishing you a "braw bricht moonlit nicht the nicht" (of the sleepout) and "lang may yer lum reek!"

Jonathan Karlovsky

Good work Neville

Hugh Watson

Well done again Neville.

Barbara Bennett

What a great thing to do Neville! cheers Barbara

Ross Tutin

Peter Quiggin

Well done Neville. This is an important contribution to an important cause.

K Notaras

Harry Long Scouts Sa

Congratulations Neville, your efforts to help others less fortunate is commendable.

Ros Baxter

Congrats Neville :)

Elston Hynd

Well done Neville for doing this for our community again. You are an inspiration to all.

John O'neill

You are brave Neville!

Fiona Broadby

Tiffany Blight

Neville, I am inspired every year by your commitment to the CEO Sleepout. Such an important cause - I will be thinking about you and reflecting on those to whom this is a nightly dilemma.

Rodney Quiggin

Well done Neville

Sarah Gibbens

Good luck, Neville!

Sandra Herrmann

Thank-you Neville for being personally willing to make a difference by engaging in this annual CEO sleep-out for such a good cause.

Tom Martin

Dominic Bentley

Sarah Byrne

Thanks again for doing this Neville - stay warm!

David Hassan

Michael Hovington

Best of luck with the weather Neville.

Gary Humphries

Rather you than me, Neville! Good luck...

Jeff Harrison And June Harrison Oam

Hi Neville, June and I are pleased to support you again for your CEO Sleepout. We hope it isn't too cold for you. Cheers June and Jeff.

Wendy Freeman

Ziad El-daoud

Sarah Millard

Sleeping out in Canberra during winter is certainly living the Scout Law "Believe in Myself" and facing this challenge with courage. BRAVOO

Sally Gavin

Ian Langford-brown

Thank you for supporting our needy in this way

Mark Butz

Robert Slater


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