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As part of Trustees' Week, we spoke to three Scouts Trustees about why they love their role.

The Scout Association’s team of national Trustees come from all sorts of different backgrounds. They work to assist The UK Chief Commissioner and Team UK to make sure we are delivering high-quality Scouting to young people and achieving our strategic objectives.

We asked Jack, Kieron and Gareth about why they became Trustees, and what they love about their unusual volunteering role.

Trustee J

Jack Bullon

Why did you become a Trustee?

A couple of years ago, when I was fresh out of Explorers at the age of 18, I had a conversation with my District Commissioner about joining the District Executive Committee. I didn’t think I was interested, but they explained that it was a chance to have my voice heard about issues that mattered to me, and to shape the direction of local Scouting. That sounded good, plus I knew it would look great on my CV, so I joined. I really enjoyed sitting around the table, making important decisions about things I cared about, so when I saw the national Trustee role advertised, I knew it was a great opportunity to do the same on a national level.

What do you do in your role?

The basic commitments are four board meetings per year, plus sitting on a national sub-committee. In a nutshell, we discuss important projects and issues, and make decisions about the future, which is pretty exciting. There are also lots of other events and projects that I’ve been involved with as a Trustee, but these are all by choice – they are things I am interested in and feel I can contribute to, so there’s no pressure.

What do you enjoy most about being a Trustee?

Honestly, so far there’s nothing I haven’t enjoyed about being a Trustee! I had a great induction and have felt really welcomed around a friendly table. I’m joining the national board at a really exciting time, as we begin to look beyond Vision 2018, so it’s exciting to look at strategy and begin to contribute to the future direction of the Association. I’ve also enjoyed meeting lots of new people, and getting to see a part of Scouting I haven’t experienced before.

Trustee K

Kieron Moir

Why did you become a Trustee?

I was looking for a new challenge, and wanted to do something that would give me experience of governance and leadership in the charity sector. I’ve been involved in Scouting for over nine years, so the chance to develop my own skills and interests in an organisation that I am passionate about was perfect. As a young person, I also felt strongly that Youth-Shaped Scouting should apply to every part of Scouting, including national management, so I wanted to be a part of it.

What do you do in your role?

I would say about 80% of being a Trustee involves getting stuck into discussions and debates about the future of the Movement and the way it works. I’ve also attended conferences, given speeches and been to national events. We have to ask lots of questions, offer opinions and read reports to make sure we are well informed and can make the best decisions. If you’re into that kind of thing – which I am – then it’s a fascinating role.

What do you enjoy most about being a Trustee?

It feels incredible to play a part in shaping the decision-making of The Scout Association. I enjoy getting to see behind the scenes, and to understand and sometimes influence the vast number of different departments, decisions, people and places that make Scouting work. We’re a complex, interesting and values-driven organisation, and being a UK Trustee gives me a unique perspective into our ongoing success.

Trustee G

Gareth Davies

Why did you become a Trustee?

I was really interested in Trustees’ ability to influence decisions and ensure the Scout Movement is delivering the very best to young people. It’s exciting to be able to have that direct influence, and see the positive impact of your decisions.

What do you do in your role?

As well as Trustee meetings, I sit on the finance subcommittee. Essentially, we decide the right amounts of finance that should be available at certain times to deliver new projects and support the Movement. For example, when we were debating the recent changes to the membership fee structure, we were also making sure we could offer grants to Groups who needed them. So, even though we don’t get much chance to work with young people in this role, our work still has a direct positive influence on our youth membership.

What do you enjoy most about being a Trustee?

Being a Trustee enables me to have an input that is very different to a week-to-week uniformed role. I enjoy governance and process – all of my working career has been focussed on this area –  so it’s constructive use of my skills. As Trustees, we are all focussed on making the Scout Movement as good as possible. I really do believe that Scouting helps young people and adults to become the best that they can be, to learn new skills and take a constructive role in our society. It doesn’t matter where we all start or finish: as long as we do our best.

Inspired by what you’ve read? Find out more about our current board of Trustees, or read more about what it takes to be a Trustee if you’re interested in getting involved, locally or nationally. 

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