CEO Derek Twine retires
Derek Twine is retiring after 16 successful years as CEO of The Scout Association. Since his appointment, he has played a pivotal role in transforming the fortunes of UK Scouting.
Dramatic changes achieved during Derek’s tenure have ensured that the Movement is growing fast and is more relevant to young people and adult volunteers than ever before. After a period of decline, The Scout Association is now the most successful co-educational youth organisation in the UK and the total number of teenage members has almost doubled in the past decade.
Last Friday, family members, friends and colleagues gathered to thank Derek and celebrate his immense contribution over the years. UK Chief Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt paid tribute to Derek’s leadership qualities and ‘impeccable professionalism, sound judgement, sincere empathy and unfailing loyalty.’
Sir Alan Craft, Chairman of the Board of The Scout Association also thanked Derek for his contribution to the Movement's high profile. 'Derek has led us through the troubled waters of a declining, less relevant organisation to one where we are riding the crest of a wave. This is a wave of opportunity and we look forward to our new CEO leading us to even greater success.'
Derek’s first involvement with the Movement was as a Cub Scout at 9th Horley and he later became an Assistant Scout Leader. He joined The Scout Association’s staff as Director of Venture Scout Training in 1976 and also worked as Director of Programme, before becoming CEO in 1996.
Matt Hyde will take up his post as CEO of The Scout Association on Monday 29 April.