Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees shapes and approves the strategy of The Scout Association and monitors our performance against that strategy. It is the Association's national decision-making body and decides, amongst other things, on the Association's key policies and its rules, as published in Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR).
The latest meeting of the Board of Trustee minutes can be found here
Dr Ann Limb CBE DL
Chair of Board of Trustees; Chair of Nominations and Governance Committee; member Staffing, Salary and Remuneration Committee
Ann is a highly experienced chair and non-executive director in substantial organisations across the charitable, private and public sectors. She has significant experience in corporate and board governance and in strategic stewardship, creating commercial opportunities and cultivating positive culture change.
Former Principal of Milton Keynes and Cambridge Regional Colleges, Ann was from 2000-2005 Chief Executive of the University for Industry (Ufi Ltd) , which was the organisation behind the successful implementation of the government’s flagship digital learning initiative, learndirect, and the national e-services UK online and Directgov.
From 2005-2010, Ann worked as Senior Vice President for an international strategic management consultancy, as well as working as a government adviser in the UK and overseas.
Ann holds a number of public and private sector non-executive directorships and is chair of a major national educational charity, the Helena Kennedy Foundation, which she founded in 1998 to promote social mobility in further and higher education.
Ann is deeply committed to young people’s education and development and is a strong advocate of the vision, mission and values of The Scout Association.
In the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, Ann was appointed CBE for her services to politics.
Gordon Boyd - Treasurer
Chair of Finance Committee; member Staffing, Salary and Remuneration Committee
Gordon returned to the Scouts in 2014 as a Trustee and Treasurer after a gap of almost 40 years, having attended the 14th World Scout Jamboree at the age of 15.
In the interim he pursued a financial career, largely in the power-generation sector. Until recently he was CFO of Infinis Energy plc and has previously been Finance Director of EDF Energy’s generation and customer supply businesses and Drax plc. Gordon holds both treasury and accountancy qualifications.
He is a graduate of Edinburgh University and went on to complete an MBA (Henley) and the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
Tim Kidd - UK Chief Commissioner
UK Chief Commissioner
Tim first joined Scouting as a Cub. He undertook his leadership training, and then took on many voluntary roles, including Scout Leader, Assistant County Commissioner (Scouts), District Commissioner and County Commissioner.
Tim has worked mainly with the Scouts section, and still helps locally at events for Scouts and Beavers in his home County of Oxfordshire. Tim was also the UK Commissioner for Adult Support for four years, and is passionate about ensuring that The Scout Association does the best to support and enable leaders, supporters and Commissioners.
As UK Chief Commissioner, Tim is also a trustee of The Scout Association.
In his professional life, Tim leads the team that provides internet and many other services to the academic and research community in the UK. Tim works for a not-for-profit company which is part of the Jisc Group - a charity that champions the use of digital technology in UK education and research.
Matt Hyde - Chief Executive
Member Operations Committee and Finance Committee; ex officio member Nominations and Governance Committee and Staffing, Salary and Remuneration Committee
Matt Hyde has been Chief Executive of The Scout Association since April 2013. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of the National Union of Students (NUS) for seven years during which time the organisation underwent transformational change.
Before joining NUS, Matt was General Manager of Goldsmiths College Students' Union, Deputy General Manager of King's College London Students' Union, President of the University of London Union and President of Queen Mary and Westfield College Students' Union.
He has a first class degree in English from Queen Mary College and an MBA from Westminster Business School.
Matt is a trustee of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Step Up to Serve (established by HRH The Prince of Wales to increase the number of young people undertaking social action).
He is also a Patron of UNLOCK (the National Association of Reformed Offenders) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Matt was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Queen Mary College in 2012.
UK Youth Commissioner - Hannah Kentish
Hannah Kentish, 22, was appointed as the first UK Youth Commissioner in October 2014 at the age of 21.
Hannah joined Scouting at the age of 10. She went on to support the Cub and Explorer sections and led an event to explore what young people want out of Scouting, with an aim to ensure they play an integral role in decision-making for Scouting in South East London. At 18, Hannah started leading the Explorer Scout section in Greater London South East as their Assistant County Commissioner, and has since organised an Explorer Belt expedition to Kenya for young people aged 16-25.
Hannah is the co-founder and trustee of a charity in Kenya, supporting disadvantaged children in rural areas by increasing their opportunity to get involved in non-formal education. Hannah is in her final year of studying Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) at the University of Hertfordshire, focussing on health and childhood obesity. Having worked with a leading children’s weight management provider during her placement year, Hannah supported the management of residential and weekly weight management programmes for overweight and obese young people and their families.
In a gap year, Hannah also worked for the Cabinet Office and Number 10 Downing Street on a volunteer recognition scheme, thanking outstanding volunteers across the UK for the positive impact they have on their local communities. In her spare time she also like to go climbing, scuba diving and exploring different countries; with Oceana and Antarctica being the only continents Hannah has yet to travel to!
Chair of Operations Committee
From a variety of Scout section roles, including six years as a County Commissioner, Byron has recently been appointed County Chairman for Leicestershire Scouts. Alongside these roles Byron has been involved in several World Scout Jamborees, most recently as UK Contingent Leader for Japan.
Byron is a director of two successful companies in the Midlands, including Sea-Band Limited. During many years growing the company he picked up a wide range of business skills and travelled to countries across the world.
Member Finance Committee
Gareth has been involved in Scouting for more than 40 years, first joining as a Cub Scout. He went on to hold several volunteer positions before becoming County Commissioner in Somerset. During his time as County Commissioner, one of Gareth’s proudest achievements was bringing about a huge increase in the numbers of young people taking part in Scouting across the County.
Now semi-retired, Gareth had a successful career as a senior Business Consultant with Hewlett Packard for over 30 years. He has varied experience on a number of committees and projects for The Scout Association and chose to become a Trustee to be able to apply both his professional experience and lifelong knowledge of Scouting together.
Member Operations Committee
Fi has been involved in Scouting for over 15 years and is currently an Assistant County Commissioner in Hampshire, where she has led youth shaped scouting for over 5 years. Fi attended the 2015 Jamboree as a unit leader and the 2011 Jamboree as a member of the planning team.
In her professional life, Fi works within secondary education, and also for a youth work charity. Fi completed her studies in 2015, for an MA in Youth and Community Learning and Development, and currently is a member of the council of the Institute for Youth Work.
Nicola was a trustee on the Board of the Welsh Scout Council from 2001 to 2012 as well as a member of the Area Executive. She is currently a member of Flintshire District Executive and has volunteered at HQ, working on Programme resources, national conferences and most recently the Cub Centenary project. Outside of Scouting Nicola is a member of the Prestatyn Town Business Forum.
Member Operations Committee
Nigel Hailey has been Trustee since September 2014 and currently sits on the Member Operations Committee. Nigel previously held the role of International Commissioner for seven years.
Chair of Risk Committee
Stuart has been involved in Scouting for over 40 years and is currently County Chairman for Nottinghamshire. As part of the Board of Trustees Stuart has previously chaired the General Purposes Sub-Committee and Appointments Sub-Committee.
In addition he sits on the Awards Board, recognising Scouting achievements across the UK.
Professionally, Stuart's career has covered a wide variety of areas including marketing, media relations, corporate finance and training. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and his current role is Head of Controls Assessment at NatWest.
Member Risk Committee
Liz has been a member of The Scout Association for almost 20 years; in that time she has held various positions including running a Scout shop and Young Leader training for the explorers. She is a member of the [Hertfordshire] District Executive and is the District Scout Leader. Liz has also attended Jamborees in the UK and abroad and been part of expeditions to Ghana, Swaziland and Mozambique.
Professionally Liz was an IT Consultant with Price Waterhouse and the IT Director for Nestor Healthcare plc. Liz has wide project management experience having designed, developed and installed multi-million-pound computer systems for about 30 years. This experience included strategic planning and budgeting, as well as development and delivery of training courses.
Member Finance Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee
John has been involved in Scouting for over 40 years, as a young member and in various leadership roles including leader, District and Area Commissioner.
For John, the highlight of his involvement in Scouting has been the International Camp held at Blair Atholl every two years; he has attended 20 camps in total, holding various roles, including Camp Chief.
Professionally, John is a Chartered Accountant, running his own general practice accountancy business. In more recent years, John has utilised his business knowledge and expertise to help Scouting, having served three years as a Regional Chairman and currently as Honorary Treasurer of Scouts Scotland.
John stood for election as a Trustee so that he could blend both his professional knowledge of accountancy and his lifelong experiences of Scouting together in the role.
Member Operations Committee
Colin was appointed as the Chief Commissioner for Northern Ireland in 2010. He is a passionate believer in the "out" in Scouting and has encouraged all Scouts in Northern Ireland to get out and explore the world. He recently led a Northern Ireland Scouts expedition to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
Member Nominations and Governance Committee
Kieron has been a member of The Scout Association for over nine years. He is an Explorer Scout Leader and Trustee with Essex Scouts and has contributed to work on talent management and coaching and mentoring for UK Headquarters.
Kieron currently lives on the Essex Coast and has recently graduated from The University of York, where he studied History.
Member Operations Committee
Ashley Russell works in customer service for the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s. He says that he loves meeting all kinds of people in his work, interacting with them, and ensuring they have an easy and pleasant shopping experience. He was previously studying computer science at the University of Bath, but chose to withdraw to pursue a career in retail. Ashley has been involved in Scouting for over ten years, starting as a Beaver on the Isle of Wight (but missed out on Cubs). He is a strong believer in Scouting’s ability to change lives, and make the world a better place.
On a local level, Ashley manages a group in Bath as Group Scout Leader, previously having held roles in section leadership and as Nominated Youth Rep for the Isle of Wight. In addition, Ashley chairs the steering group of a major growth and development project, using funding from the Pears Foundation to increase Scouting provision in the Avon area in innovative ways.
Member Operations Committee and Risk Committee
As Head of Asset Creation at Severn Trent, Jane is accountable for the delivery of all above ground infrastructure capital programmes, which includes clean water provision, waste water treatment and the renewable energy programmes. Prior to this role Jane was the Chief Engineer at Network Rail. Jane has extensive experience from operational, strategic, commercial and infrastructure-based roles including infrastructure asset management, major change programmes and policy framework compliance on a national basis.
Jane was a Girl Guide and a Scout, gaining her Baden-Powell award as a Guide and her Queens Scout Award as a Venture Scout. She has initiated and led a Rainbow Unit and been an adult helper in both Beavers and Cubs. Jane firmly believes that Scouting has given her huge personal benefit and that she would never have followed her chosen career path if it were not for her time in Scouting.
Member Staffing, Salary and Remuneration Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee
Lexie is a highly experienced HR professional, who has held senior HR roles for Cellular One, Centre for Learning, SBC Communications and Jack Wills.
At Jack Wills (a leading retail chain), Lexie delivered an integrated global HR service and enabled the opening of 12 new stores in the USA and two in Hong Kong in just eight months.
She has significant experience around ensuring diversity and inclusion in organisations. Lexie has undertaken volunteering throughout most of her professional life and is currently a Trustee for SmartWorks, a charity working with underprivileged women to help them back into the workforce.
A Trustee and Chair of the Safeguarding Development Group
Frances began her career as a teacher and educational psychologist and is now the Statutory Director of Children’s Services in Leicester City Council. Frances has a significant role in working with partners in order to ensure that children and young people are safeguarded across a geographical area, ensuring that there are robust and appropriate performance frameworks in place.
Frances has been involved with The Scout Association since 2011, beginning with a joint role as County Commissioner in Bedfordshire. Since 2012, Frances has fulfilled a more strategic role for The Association by serving on the Board’s Operations Committee and the Safeguarding Development Group which reports to it
Member of the Board and the Nominations and Governance Committee
Having joined Scouts as a beaver, Jack is now an Assistant Scout leader and Deputy County Youth Commissioner in West Lancashire. Jack is passionate about giving young people the same opportunities he has had himself over the last 15 years in Scouting. Jack is a Chemistry student at the University of Glasgow.