George Purdy

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George Purdy, CBE (born 1942) was Chief Scout of the United Kingdom and Overseas Territories and head of the Scout Association from March 1996 to 2004.[1] He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire "for services to young people" in the 2002 Queen's New Year Honours list. Purdy was also the first Chief Scout not to have spent time in the British Armed Forces. He is an Elder of the Presbyterian Church.

He joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 1960 and retired as Director of Policy and Legislation in the Department of Health and Social Services.

His service in the Scout Association started in 1950 as a Cub Scout. In 1960 he became an Assistant Scout Leader in the 45th West Belfast Scout Group. In 1994, he became Chief Commissioner of Northern Ireland and in 1996, Chief Scout of the UK. He retired as Chief Scout in 2004, being replaced by Peter Duncan.

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  1. ^ "Meet the Chiefs" (PDF). The Scout Information Centre. October 2004. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
The Scout Association
Preceded by
Garth Morrison
Chief Scout of the United Kingdom
and Overseas Territories

Succeeded by
Peter Duncan