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 the Board of Trustees; Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee

Appointed Member 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 the Finance Committee; member of the People and Culture Committee

Appointed Member 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 WebsiteMember of the Nominations and Governance Committee and the Operations Committee

Ex-officio Member 

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 of the Nominations and Governance Committee

Ex-officio Member Matt Hyde

Matt Hyde is Chief Executive of the Scouts, the UK’s largest coeducation youth movement. Both as a volunteer and professionally he has worked to improve the life chances of young people, helping them develop the skills to succeed. Formerly Chief Executive of the National Union of Students (NUS), he has undertaken a number of leadership roles in the charity sector and as Chief Executive of the Scouts has contributed to a period of record membership growth since he joined in 2013.  He has overseen the development and delivery of two major strategic plans, a major rebrand and award-winning campaigns including, A Million Hands, (working with five charities to provide social action opportunities for a quarter of a million young people) and he has spearheaded work to support the growth of Scouting in areas of deprivation.

His volunteer work is equally important. As a trustee of Step Up To Serve, he has helped change the conversation about youth volunteering, attracting support and investment to grow youth social action. As a local volunteer himself in a Scout Troop, he leads by example while understanding the issues facing grass roots volunteers. Matt is also a Patron of UNLOCK (the National Association of Reformed Offenders), a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and was previously Vice-Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Matt was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Queen Mary University of London in 2012.

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 University of London and an MBA with distinction from Westminster Business School.


UK Youth Commissioner - Ollie Wood

Ollie Wood

Member of the Operations Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee

Co-opted Member

Ollie discovered Scouting in January 2000, joining his local Beaver colony aged six. Since then, he’s moved through the sections and in 2015, became the UK’s first County Youth Commissioner for West Lancashire, leading county expeditions to Mongolia and China, and growing his own troop from four to forty in his role as a Scout section leader.

As the UK Youth Commissioner, it’s Ollie’s aim to see that more young people each year in Scouting get meaningful leadership opportunities. It is important that we don't expect too little of young people; by equipping them with the right skills and supporting them to take on responsibility, we are equipping them brilliantly for their future careers as well as for the future leadership of our movement. 

Outside Scouting, Ollie launched his own company in early 2018 at the age of 24. He attributes much of his career confidence to his earlier experiences within the movement.


Gareth Davies

Member of the Finance Committee

Elected Member 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

Member of the Finance Committee and the Nominations and Governance Committee

Elected Member 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

Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Risk Committee, member of the People and Culture Committee and the Nominations and Governance Committee

Elected Member 2013 Stuart Howells

Stuart has been involved in Scouting for over 40 years and is currently a district Advisor for Rushcliffe. As part of the Board of Trustees Stuart has previously chaired the General Purposes Sub-Committee and Appointments Sub-Committee. In 2017 Stuart became Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.

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 before retiring was Head of Controls Assessment at NatWest.


John Kennedy

Member of the Finance Committee and the Nominations and Governance Committee

Elected Member 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

Chair of the Operations Committee

Elected Member 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.

In 2018 Kieron became the Chair of the Operations Committee,

Kieron currently lives on the Essex Coast and is a graduate from The University of York, where he studied History.


Ashley Russell

Chair of the HQ Appointments Committee and member of the Nominations and Governance Committee

Elected Member 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

Chair of the Safety Committee

Appointed Member 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

Chair of the People and Culture Committee 

Lexie Sims

Appointed Member 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

Chair of the Safeguarding Committee

Appointed Member 2016Frances Craven

Frances began her career as a teacher and educational psychologist. She became Statutory Director of Children’s Services in Leicester City Council and is now Chief Executive at the Sandwells Children's Trust. 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 as Chair of the Safeguarding Committee.


Jack Bullon

Member of the Finance Committee and the Safety Committee

Jack Bullon WebsiteElected Member 2016

Having joined Scouts as a beaver, Jack is now an Assistant Scout leader 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 has recently graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Chemistry. He now works for Network rail, and is currently completing his CIMA qualification.


David Branagh

David TrusteeMember of the Finance Committee

Elected Member 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

Member of the Operations Committee, the Risk Committee and the Safeguarding Committee 

Elected Member 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

Member of the Operations Committee and the Risk Committee

Elected Member 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.

Gareth Jones

Matt Trustee

Member of the Operations Committee and the Nominations and Governance Committee

Elected Member 2018

Gareth has been in Scouting since the age of 10. He's held a variety of roles in the movement ranging from Explorer Leader right through to Acting Area Commissioner of his home Area Ceredigion, in West Wales. Gareth took on that role in a shared capacity which saw them reinvigorate the Area through effective communication, transforming the public image and developing a comprehensive strategic plan to see the Area towards 2023.

Gareth currently lives in the capital where he is Deputy District Commissioner for West London and studying Design Engineering at Imperial College London.