After graduating in Economics, Cavell went on to complete a PGCE and embarked on a career in education which has lasted more than 35 years.

Cavell splits his community work between his two main passions, the Scouting Association and RLSS UK.  He is currently Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Bexley District Scouts.

Currently the Governance Advisor for RLSS UK, Cavell has enjoyed two extended periods on the Board of Trustees since being inaugurated in 1995. Previous roles he has undertaken within the Society include Chair of two former National Standing Committees, Branch Chair, RLSS UK Senior Tutor, Staff National Trainer Assessor for Lifesaving, Pool and Beach Lifeguarding and Boat Handling.

In the early 1990s, he was joint lead on the development of the RLSS UK’s National Beach Lifeguard Qualification and was honoured to be nominated by the RLSS Commonwealth to be part of a British Council funded project for two people to visit Sierra Leone to develop and train a Lifeguard Service for Lumley Beach.

In 2016 his contribution to the RLSS was recognised by the Commonwealth body with his nomination as one of the 125 recipients of the HRH Prince Michael of Kent 125th Anniversary Certificate of Merit.

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