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

Appointed 2015Ann Limb

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

Appointed 2014 Gordon Boyd

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

Tim Kidd WebsiteUK Chief Commissioner

Appointed 2016

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 CommitteeMatt Hyde

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

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!


Byron Chatburn

Chair of Operations Committee

Elected 2015 Byron Chatburn

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.


Gareth Davies

Member Finance Committee

Elected 2013Gareth Davies

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.  

Nicola Gamlen

Elected 2015 Nicola Gamlen

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.


Stuart Howells

Chair of Risk Committee

Elected 2013 Stuart Howells

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.


Liz Jack

Member Risk Committee

Elected 2015 Liz Jack

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.


John Kennedy

Member Finance Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee

Elected 2013 John Kennedy

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.


Kieron Moir

Member Nominations and Governance Committee

Elected 2015Kieron Moir

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.


Ashley Russell

Member Operations Committee

Elected 2014 Ashley Russell

Ashley has been a member of Scouting for over 12 years, as a Beaver Scout, Scout, Explorer Scout, Network Member, Section Leader and a local manager. He is currently Group Scout Leader of 51st Bath Scout Group, which he has proudly grown from one section to all three sections whilst its manager. He says that, most of all, he enjoys seeing young people achieve things they never first thought possible – whether that be climbing a climbing wall, or spending the first night away from home on a Beaver Sleepover.

Professionally, Ashley works for the retailer Sainsbury’s. As a member of his store’s leadership team, he is responsible for leading the various teams of the store’s Groceries Online department. He previously studied Computer Science at the University of Bath.


Jane Simpson

Member Operations Committee and Risk Committee

Elected 2015 Jane Simpson

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.


Lexie Sims

Member Staffing, Salary and Remuneration Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee

Lexie Sims

Elected 2015

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. 


Frances Craven

A Trustee and Chair of the Safeguarding Development Group

Elected 2016Frances Craven

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


Jack Bullon

Member of the Board and the Nominations and Governance Committee

Jack Bullon WebsiteElected 2016

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.


David Branagh

David TrusteeElected 2017

David is a Group Scout Leader in County Antrim with over 20 years’ volunteering service, giving him a keen understanding of the aims, methods and organisation of Scouting in the UK. Through Scouting, David had some of his first outdoor adventures, and he is passionate about the positive impact that Scouting has on society as a whole, as well as individuals.

David is the Engineering Director at a company specialising in wireless medical devices and has previously held significant leadership positions on a school’s Board of Governers. He loves developing clear and progressive strategies and is motivated by the use of digital technology to improve lives, outcomes and society. 

Susan Harris

Elected 2017

Susan Trustee

Susan has over 30 years’ volunteering experience in Scouting, and has held various roles locally, before becoming Regional Commissioner for the East Midlands. Susan believes that Scouting must continue to evolve so that it remains modern and relevant but also staying true to its core values.   

Susan is a Healthcare Consultant who has worked as a senior manager in the NHS. More recently, she has worked with hospital boards both nationally and internationally to implement governance frameworks which adhere to regulatory requirements. 

Matt Mills

Matt Trustee

Elected 2017

Matt has held a number of volunteer roles, both locally and nationally, for 20 years, mostrecently as Regional Commissioner for the East of England. He says his life has been positively shaped by Scouting, having had some amazing experiences since joining the Movement as a Cub Scout.

 Matt is the Head of UK Operations Transformation for the British Red Cross and has extensive experience of strategy development, business planning and transformation, policy design, and programme execution. He has previously held a role as Governor of an NHS Foundation Trust.