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Chief Commissioner of Australia
Reginald Walter Williams RFD
Reg Williams began his association with Scouting in 2000 when he was asked to apply for the role of Chief Commissioner of the South Australian (SA) Branch. He was subsequently selected and appointed as Chief Commissioner SA in July 2000 and served in that role for six years until July 2006 when he was elected President of the Branch.
During his term as Chief Commissioner of SA Reg presided over AJ2004, the Australian National Jamboree held at Woodhouse in SA in January 2004. This was a very successful Jamboree, not only financially but also because of the range of exciting activities offered and the significant media coverage achieved.
As President of the SA Branch Reg was active in driving the Branch businesses, which include substantial recycling operations, to deliver over $1 million a year in profit to fund the Scouting program.
Reg was appointed Chief Commissioner of Australia on 1st February 2009.
Reg comes from a strong background of community service, having commenced as a gymnastics instructor at a Youth Centre at 15 years of age and progressed through numerous volunteer roles including 12 years as a Local Government Councillor and 17 years as Vice President and President of a Regional Festival (Kernewek Lowender). (Kernewek Lowender - Copper Coast Cornish Festival is held in the historic copper mining towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula. Established in 1973 it is the world's largest Cornish Festival. The Festival is held over seven days with the highlight being ‘The Big Weekend’ which comprises of three large fairs, the village green fair "Fer Kernewek" and the Classic Cavalcade of Cars. The festival is packed with a variety of traditional Cornish activities such as Furry Dancing, art, craft, great food and wine, Cornish pasties and live entertainment.
He also served as a Board member and Vice President of the Australia Day Council of SA.
In parallel with this civic service, Reg served over 30 years in the Active Army Reserve rising from Recruit to Lieutenant Colonel in 18 years. His commands included the 3rd/9th Light Horse (SAMR) and the 10th Battalion Royal South Australia Regiment. Much of his latter service was as a Chief Instructor, responsible for training officers and NCOs in the 4th Military District (SA). He retired from the Active Reserve in 1996 but later served as Honorary Colonel 3rd/9th Light Horse (SAMR).
Reg retired from paid employment in August 2010 after almost 47 years of continuous service with Telstra Corporation and its predecessors. He commenced in the PMG as a trainee telecommunications technician in country operations at Kadina and progressed to senior technical officer before switching streams to sales and service, becoming District Customer Services Manager in 1985 and District Telecommunications Manager, Kadina District in 1988. Following his promotion to Marketing Manager of the newly created Adelaide Metropolitan Region in late 1988 he moved with his family to Adelaide. He was always one step ahead of the regular company reorganisations stepping into Metropolitan District Management, SA & NT Operations Management and finally into a series of national project and IT management roles from 1994. At the time of his retirement he was the Business Improvement Manager for Telstra’s Network and Consumer Services Division.
He lives in Adelaide with his wife Leonie, three adult children and two grandchildren.