New Scouting Chief Executive

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UK Scouting has appointed Matt Hyde as its new Chief Executive to build on current strengths and lead the next step of retaining an organisation relevant to the needs of young people.

Matt will take up his new post on Monday 29 April 2013 and will work with The Scout Association’s Chairman, the UK Chief Commissioner and the Chief Scout to lead the growth and development of Scouting in the UK. Matt will replace Derek Twine CBE, who is retiring from the post after 16 years of service.

In his current role as Chief Executive of the National Union of Students Matt was responsible for its strategic development and overall management, leading the organisation to deliver campaigns that have saved students hundreds of millions of pounds, significantly increasing membership satisfaction and reducing reliance on affiliation fees.

Matt is an experienced leader with a strong record of leading membership organisations and delivering social change. His previous achievements involved financial turnaround, an award-winning programme of governance reform and the development of cutting-edge, digital campaigning.

Matt said: 'I am delighted to be joining The Scout Association at such an exciting time for the Movement. The Scout Movement plays a vital role transforming the lives of young people across the UK and I believe my leadership, skills and experience will help The Scout Association to achieve its 2018 vision to make a real social impact on the communities which we serve'. He added, 'I am passionate about the power of informal learning and I am planning to build on the great work of my predecessor Derek Twine.'

Matt joins the Scout Movement when the organisation is enjoying major success and is focused on building on its achievements.  Scouting this year has experienced its seventh consecutive year of growth and now has twice as many teenage members as it did a decade ago. Currently The Scout Association has 525,000 members (up from 476,568 in 2002), and 38,804 are aged between 14 and 18 years old (up from 18,429 in 2002).

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout said: 'I'm so excited to welcome Matt back into the Scouting family, which has become a true worldwide force for good, some 525,000 strong in the UK and growing. I so look forward to working with him and know he will thrive. Being at the foot of a great mountain is always a little bit nerve-racking, but empowering young people is the highest mission we can all do together.'

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