News | Tim Kidd to receive OBE


Deputy UK Chief Commissioner Tim Kidd has been named in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours list, and will receive an OBE for his services to young people in the Scout Movement. Tim is just one of many Scout Volunteers who have honoured by the Queen for their services to young people in this year’s list.

Tim, who is from Abingdon in Oxfordshire, has volunteered with the Scout Movement since 1984 in a variety of roles, at both local and national levels. He will take on an exciting new challenge this autumn when he becomes UK Chief Commissioner.

During his time as a volunteer, Tim has led Scouting in Oxfordshire through a period of significant change. Updates to the Programme, uniform and volunteer training provision has helped contribute to 11 years of sustained growth. Tim has also focused on supporting other adult volunteers to be as effective in their roles as possible.

'It's a massive privilege to accept this award on behalf of all the fantastic volunteers across the UK,' Tim said, upon learning of his award. 'I am looking forward to making sure as many young people as possible can take part in the life changing adventure that is Scouting.'

He added: 'For me, motivated, positive adults are key to ensuring that we reach as many young people as possible, and so it’s vital that our volunteer team continues to be motivated and engaged in the Movement.'

The OBE is one of the UK's highest awards. It is given to prominent members of society who make a significant charitable contribution in their communities, and more widely.

Wayne Bulpitt, the Scout Association’s current UK Chief Commissioner, said he was 'so pleased Tim has been recognised for his hard work with the Scout Movement. It’s particularly pleasing that he is getting this recognition during National Volunteer’s Week.'

'The encouragement and support [Tim] has given to other adults working on behalf of young people makes a big difference to their ability to do their jobs as effectively as possible,' Wayne continued. 'His expertise and his passion are infectious.'

Wayne also took this opportunity to pay tribute to the other Volunteers recognised in this years Honours list and said “Tim is one of Many Scout Volunteers across the UK who have been recognised by the Queen for their contribution to young people. Like Tim their work is essential in building a modern, tolerant and caring society and I salute them all”

Tim Kidd joins a distinguished list of Scouts who have received awards from the Queen. If you'd like to nominate a Scouts volunteer for such a prestigious award, read more about the process here. For details of all those honoured click here.



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