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Chief Executive

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.

As Chief Executive of the Scouts, he has contributed to a period of record membership growth since he joined in 2013 – overseeing the development and delivery of two major strategic plans, a major rebrand and a number of award-winning campaigns including the social action initiative A Million Hands – which involves partnering with five charities to provide opportunities for a quarter of a million young people to mobilise and make a difference. Passionate about inclusivity and diversity, he has spearheaded work to support the growth of Scouting in areas of deprivation.

Matt’s 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 trustee of Comic Relief and a patron of UNLOCK (the National Association of Reformed Offenders). He was previously Vice-Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Queen Mary University of London in 2012. 

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