Currently there are 3 of us who work for the Association, we are all part time.

Senior Development Officer

Steven E McQueen


Steve joined the Association in April 2012, as the Senior Development Officer, taking over from Jim Murray MBE, who retired from the post.

Steve has had a long relationship with the Association from completing some of his Gold Award training with Jim, back in 1989 and then volunteering with the Association as a young Gold Award holder. Steve returned to the Committee in 2005 to represent the Air Cadet movement within the area, taking on the role as the Association’s treasurer in 2009, which re relinquished in 2012. Apart from a gap between 1990 and 1993 when he first left home, Steve has kept up his interest and love of the award by joining groups where ever he settled. He shared his passion for the Award through the Air Cadet movement in Liverpool and again in Scotland when he returned home in 2004.

Steve has served at various levels in the award structure over that last 25 years, starting as an assistant leader progressing up to a Manger for the Air Cadet movement. During this time, Steve has had experience of overseeing the introduction of E-DofE; working in various part of the country organising, conducting and assessing expeditions; organising residential opportunities as well as the training of Award volunteers.

Steve is married with one teenage daughter.

Steve says:

“Working with the Association to promote the Award within Perth & Kinross is a joy, sometimes I cannot believe that it is actually work! I love to meet with all the volunteers and try to learn from them. Of course it’s the young participants that make the Award such fun!”

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Development Officer for People with Additional Support Needs

Emma Burtles

I started in the role of Support Officer for People with Additional Support Needs in March 2017.  My role is to give additional support to individuals and groups who mght need a bit of extra help to undertake their Duke of Edinbugh Award due to physical or learning disaiblities, illness, bereavement or complex things going on their lives.   I am really pleased to be in this role and look forward to supporting more people to get the benefits of doing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

I have a lot of experience working with people with additional support needs and have a disabled son so know how challenging things can be.  I have lots of experience to bring to the role, from being a volunteer myself, to managing volunteers to working in the outdoors in various roles.  I have most recently worked for Live Active Leisure on an all ability cycling project.

I would be delighted to hear from you.  I do work part time so may not be able to get back to you straight away.

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Phone 07516 699 639



Letham Open Award Group Leader

Tam D.


Tam has over 30 years of outdoor experience in a variety of different mountainous environments and is a qualified Mountain Leader (Summer).  Some of Tam’s greatest passions are the art of navigation in all its forms and he is First Aid qualified & has a keen interest in teaching both sets of those skills. Another of Tam’s major interests is the instruction of bushcraft techniques and utilising the natural environment in order to survive.

In his spare time Tam enjoys running and keeping fit.

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