Leadership team

Scouting’s UK leadership partnership is made up of the UK Chief Commissioner, the UK Youth Commissioner, the Chief Executive and the Chair of the Board.

UK Chief Commissioner - Tim Kidd

The UK Chief Commissioner’s responsibility is to lead and manage all volunteers within Scouting and in particular the team of Chief Commissioners, UK Commissioners and the International Commissioner.

Tim Kidd was appointed UK Chief Commissioner in September 2016.

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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. 

Tim’s primary aim as UK Chief Commissioner is to lead the national team to ensure that Scouting across the UK meets our strategic vision – Skills for Life - Our plan to deliver better futures. By 2023 we will have prepared more young people with skills for life, supported by amazing leaders delivering an inspiring programme. We will be growing, more inclusive, shaped by young people and making a bigger impact in our communities. The details can be found here

As UK Chief Commissioner, Tim is also a trustee of The Scout Association. Details of the Trustee Board can be found here

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. 

Find out more about Tim’s role by following him on Twitter.



Chief Executive - Matt Hyde

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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) 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.


Chair of the Board - Dr Ann Limb

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Dr Ann Limb CBE DL 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.

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