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.


UK Youth Commissioner - Hannah Kentish

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The UK Youth Commissioner works directly with the UK Chief Commissioner, Chief Executive and Chairman to ensure that The Scout Association’s decisions and planning are shaped by young people. In additio

n to responsibility for our overall strategy, the UK Youth Commissioner will lead a National Youth Council and other projects to achieve our vision of youth shaped Scouting and Scouting for all.

Hannah Kentish, 22, was appointed as the first UK Youth Commissioner in October 2014.

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 and ensure they play an integral role in decision-making. At 18, Hannah started leading the Explorer Scout section in Greater London South East, and has since organised an Explorer Belt expedition to Kenya.

Hannah is the co-founder and trustee of a charity in Kenya supporting disadvantaged children in rural areas to increase the opportunity to get involved with Scouting. As a Sport and Exercise Science undergraduate Hannah worked with MoreLife (UK) Ltd to help young people and their families tackle childhood obesity. Hannah is now taking part in an internship at the Cabinet Office. She is working on the Points of Light Award, which thanks outstanding volunteers across the UK for the positive impact they have on their local communities.

Find out more about Hannah’s role by following her Facebook Page and on Twitter


Chief Executive - Matt Hyde

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Matt joined The Scout Association in April 2013 as Chief Executive. He is also Vice-Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and a Trustee of youth social action charity Step Up to Serve.

Before joining the Scouts, Matt was Chief Executive of the National Union of Students (NUS) for seven years, leading the organisation through a significant change programme.

Matt is a Patron of UNLOCK (the charity for people with convictions) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Queen Mary University of London in 2012.

Find out more about Matt by following him on Twitter


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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