Staff Leadership Team

Chief Executive - 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.

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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.

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Chief Operating Officer - Ross Maloney 

Appointed in June 2015, Ross is the Chief Operating Officer, he has responsibility for the services that support volunteers to deliver, grow and develop Scouting, ensuring that Scouting has an engaging, high quality programme where young people from all backgrounds are able to experience life changing adventure safely. He is also responsible for the Association’s work on digital transformation and portfolio, programme and project management. Ross has been a member of the Scout Movement since the age of eight, held various adult volunteer roles and previously worked for the Association between 2002 and 2009 in a range of policy and operational roles.

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Ross was formerly Chief Executive of Find a Future (now WorldSkills UK) where he was responsible for the leadership of the national organisation's activities which champion further education, skills and apprenticeships through programmes, competitions and events reaching thousands of young people annually. Prior to that Ross was the organisation’s Operations Director, a role in which he played a significant part in delivering the world's largest vocational skills competition and careers event in London in October 2011.

Ross studied Information Management in Dundee.


Director of Communications - David Hamilton 

David joined The Scout Association in May 2015 as Director of Communications. Since he started he has introduced a new communications strategy, Skills for Life, and seen record media coverage and engagement with our online channels. As well as developing new and innovative communications, David and his team have also launched a new Scout Ambassador programme which has already welcomed Tim Peake, Steve Backshall, Helen Glover, Ellie Simmonds, Anita Rani and many others.

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Before joining The Scouts, David was Head of Public Relations and Engagement at the national children's charity Action for Children and supported the organisation through a transformational change programme. Prior to that he managed communications in the public sector.

As well as being a leader at his local Cub pack on a Tuesday night, David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and a former visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster and  Past Chairman of the PR Council. He has also previously been named PR Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the CIPR.


Director of Commercial Services - Mark Hislop 

Appointed in April 2015, Mark has responsibility for all the commercial income streams, which account for £20m of the total £30m annual income. Responsibilities include Scout Shops Ltd, Unity Insurance Ltd, National Activity centres, Conference centres, Fund raising and development, Heritage and Archives and Estates.


Mark has worked in the 3rd sector for the last 8 years and prior to this spent 25 years in the Retail industry, working across a number of blue chip retailers  (Marks & Spencer Plc., B&Q Plc., Tesco Plc.) both UK and international at a senior level. He was managing director of Habitat UK for 3 ½ years) in addition he ran his own consultancy business, working mainly with National Geographic to develop a new Retail concept store (Stores opened in London, Singapore, Madrid)

Mark’s previous role in the 3rd sector was spent as the Commercial Director for the Somerset House Trust, This role, saw him charged with developing a variable sustainable income strategy, whilst building sustainability for the future financial viability of Somerset House (2008-2015).

Mark is a Non-executive Director of Makerversity, a pioneering community of emerging maker businesses based in central London and Amsterdam. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Yvonne Smithers - Chief Financial Officer

Yvonne Smithers joined The Scout Association as Chief Financial Officer in January 2017.


Yvonne was formerly the Chief Financial Officer at the Haberdashers Askes Federation, an academy school chain. She was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Learning and Skills Network and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the charity Blind Veterans.