New UK Chief Commissioner Tim Kidd takes up role


The Scout Association officially now has a new UK Chief Commissioner: Tim Kidd.

We are delighted to announce that Tim Kidd, for many years England and Assistant Commissioner at The Scout Association, is picking up the mantle of Wayne Bulpitt and taking on the role of UK Chief Commissioner.

Tim, who is from Abingdon in Oxfordshire, first joined Scouting as a Cub. In 1984 he began volunteering as a section leader at 32nd Oxford Scout Group, and since then has turned his hand to almost every single volunteering role offered within the Movement, at Group, District, County and national levels. He continues to support Scouting in his local area, running events and taking on local roles. He received an OBE in June of this year for his services to young people within the Scout Movement.

Tim’s number one priority in his new role is making sure young people are offered a quality Programme, which will allow them to learn vital skills. ‘The most important thing that Scouting does is to give young people the chance to grow in their understanding of themselves and the world around them,’ Tim says. ‘Young people can use that understanding to help make the world a better place.’ In an increasingly fractured world, Scouting is becoming more important than ever.

Tim also wants to make sure that the efforts of the 115,000 adult volunteers who keep Scouts running are recognised, and roles are made more manageable. ‘For me, motivated, positive adults are key to ensuring that we reach as many young people as possible,’ Tim says. ‘It’s vital that our volunteers continue to be motivated and engaged.’

As a senior volunteer, Tim has always focused on supporting other adult volunteers to be as effective in their roles as possible. ‘The encouragement and support Tim has given to adults working on behalf of young people makes a big difference to their ability to do their jobs as effectively as possible,’ says outgoing UK Chief Commissioner, Wayne Bulpitt. ‘His expertise and his passion are infectious.’

For Tim, this new role is an exciting new challenge. He will appoint two deputies to create a solid team and spread the workload, and will also work closely alongside the wider UK Scouting team. ‘What I’m looking forward to most is making sure as many young people as possible can take part in the life-changing adventure that is Scouting,’ Tim says. ‘I am proud to be part of a Movement where we genuinely change lives for the better.’

Have a question you want to put to Tim, or an idea for what The Scout Association could do next to further develop Scouting for the modern age? Let Tim’s team know directly.

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