Neville Tomkins

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

Participating in their 8th Vinnies CEO Sleepout

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. He is currently the Chair of the Asia Pacific Governance Committee.
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 40 years including as a Justice of the Peace, and as a life time blood donor (he is about to reach the milestone of 425 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.

Neville has been appointed as an Ambassador, for 2 of his years participating in the campaign, including in 2019 which marks the 10th Anniversary of this wonderful initiative.

So far this year I helped provide


Individual support programs





Funds raised over the years

Latest Donations

Bill And Katharine Ranken

Congratulations and good luck with a great cause.

Kaye Hogan

It is a great cause Neville and I hope you can reach your fundraising target.

Geoffrey Morgan

Thanks for your commitment to such a great cause.

Anthea Cudworth

All the very best for a very worthwhile cause.

John Leece

Paul Porteous

Bruce Munro

well done - great contribution

David Jones

Neville, hope you get a reasonable nights sleep and not too cold or wet. See you soon.

Deborah Howlett

Best wishes Neville and lets hope you keep dry this year!

Lisa Paul

Good on you!

John Coombe

Good luck

Peter Quiggin

Great effort Neville

Antony Keenan

Great cause!

Ian Willis

Happy sleep-out, Neville! (It'll be neither happy nor comfortable, but for a good cause.) May many more CEOs join you in this important charity.

Gail Reekie

Rebecca Henry

Thanks for your passion in supporting homeless youth.

John F Booth

John Martin

Congrats Neville on an ongoing and uncomfortable commitment to Canberra's homeless.

Molly And Sophie Dixon

Supporting your inspiring leadership. Catriona, Molly and Sophie Dixon

Robert Mulcahy

Well done Neville.

Frank And Judith Barr

Wayne Geale

Roger Butler

Leo Farrelly

BZ Neville. I hope the weather is kind this year.

Hugh Watson

Yogi Vidyattama

Good on you

Rodney Quiggin

Good luck this year Neville!

Rob Hale

Another great example of your commitment to youth. Well done Neville

David Cocking

John Pearn

A privilege to support neville in this altruistic endeavor. best wishes from John.

Jeff And June Harrison

Try and stay warm on the night.

Wendy Freeman

Fiona Broadby

Thank you Neville for support this worthy cause.

William Traynor

Neville I continue to be impressed by your efforts. Well done mate! Best regards, Bill

Stephen Lancken

Sally Gavin

Thank you for conrtibuting to those less fortunate in the community and in so many ways. A worthy cause.

Gai Green

A worthy cause, Well Done Neville

Elaine Heaney

As ever Neville a worthy cause and an amazing contribution by you.

Gayle Partridge

This is a fantastic initiative Neville and your participation makes a difference.

Colleen Godsell Am

As always Neville you lead by example! Well done.

Dan Ryan

Cheers Neville Tomkins! Well done.

Phyl Holmes

Marylene Gagne

The Curtin/UWA Research team wishes you a warm sleepout! And to all people who have to sleep outside night after night.

Janine Cullen

Ian Langford-brown

Andrew Leigh

Neville, you’ve had plenty of experience sleeping under canvas. I hope it stands you in good stead for sleeping under cardboard! Thank you for supporting this vital fundraising event.

David Kennemore

We offer our congratulations with respect to your willing participation in such a worthy cause.

Harris Boulton

Keep up the good work

Leisha Mccarthy


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