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UK Chief Commissioner

Welcome from the Chair

Thank you for your interest in this role – and it really is one that matters.

The UK Chief Commissioner leads our volunteer team. As such, they’re a role model, a thought leader and someone who lives and breathes our values. As well as someone who sees the picture - where Scouts can best support our society and communities - the UK Chief Commissioner is a friend of the movement, making sure our volunteers get the right support at the right time.

It requires someone of the most exceptional calibre – a first class mind, but an equally strong sense of fairness and diplomacy, with an understanding of what motivates our 160,000 volunteers. You’ll need to have a significant time available and be as comfortable speaking with volunteers on social media and video as face to face. But the rewards are immense – in particular, knowing that you have helped a generation of young people gain the skills to help them succeed in life, often despite the odds.

What we do
We’re Scouts and everyone’s welcome here. All genders, races and backgrounds. We give almost half a million 6-25 year olds the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life.

Right across the UK, we’re helping over 460,000 young people gain skills for life and find their place in the world. We help them speak up, play their part and look to the future with a sense of hope and optimism. Scouts is the place to be yourself and find yourself.
These are young people who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in, to do the right thing and think of others before themselves. There’s a positivity and generosity of spirit in Scouts that’s inspiring to see.

In a time when communities sometimes feel divided, Scouts brings people together. By helping more young people gain skills for life, we’re building stronger communities and contributing to a stronger society. All this is made possible by the generosity of our 160,000 adult volunteers.

How you can contribute in challenging times
Now is a challenging time for our movement, but Scouts has never been more important giving young people purpose, hope and sense of belonging. We’re setting out on another period of transformation, with the launch of new and innovative projects including piloting Scouts for younger children and opening more units in even more areas of deprivation.

As Chair, it’s my huge privilege to lead our talented Board, taking decisions that help us achieve the ambitious aims in our strategy, Skills for Life. We are committed to inclusivity and welcome people from all backgrounds.

We have achieved much but I know that with your help, we can achieve so much more.

Dr Ann Limb,
Chair, Scouts


Overview of the role

The UK Chief Commissioner will inspire and provide leadership and management across UK Scouting. This role will focus on leading the national volunteer team to ensure that Scouting across the UK achieves our ambitious strategic plan. There are two deputies that together help the UK Chief Commissioner to fulfil the duties of the role each focusing on different aspects.

The UK Chief Commissioner will be expected to work in partnership with staff across the Headquarters team and will be a Trustee of our National Board as well as a member of the following:

• Nominations and Governance Committee (a committee of the Board of Trustees that oversees the National Governance of The Scout Association)
• Operations Committee (a committee of the Board of Trustees that oversees the operational aspects of the Movement);
• Programme Management Board (a group that oversees the major projects and programmes of the strategy)

Find out more about the role of UK Chief Commissioner

Board and Committee Structure


We are looking for 


To apply for the role please send your CV and cover letter to Lisa McDonald on email

Closing date for applications is 23:59 on Wednesday 30th September 2020.

Expression of interest interviews will be held w/c 12 and 19 October 2020.

Formal panel interviews will be held w/c 2nd November 2020.

All interviews will be held virtually using Microsoft Teams.

Gilwell Park, Chingford, London

Closing date:
Wed, September 30, 2020, 11:59 PM

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