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The make-up of a Trustee Board

The make-up of a Trustee Board

Executive Committees are now known as Trustee Boards. To learn more about what we are doing to improve how we volunteer at Scouts, visit the Volunteer Experience webpages.

Trustees are either ex-officio (automatically given a place due to their role), appointed or co-opted. The Trustees will be appointed by the Scout Council at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).


The Chair leads the Trustee Board and the recruitment for new trustees. They objectively chair the Trustee Board meetings and the Annual General Meeting, set the meeting agenda and plan its schedule. They’ll make sure that all Trustees are properly trained and understand their own responsibilities.


The Treasurer looks after finances and makes sure the financial documentation (such as budgets and accounts) is kept. They make sure the Annual Statement of Accounts gets done in time for the Annual General Meeting and keep track of the independent examination process. They also share details about income and spend with other trustees and draw up policies on finance and investment.

Ex-officio Trustees

Ex-officio Trustees are people who are on the Trustee Board automatically as a result of their role in Scouts. 

At group level, this is the Group Scout Leader. 

At District level, this is the District Commissioner and District Youth Commissioner (except Scotland). 

At County level, this is the County Commissioner and the County Youth Commissioner (except Scotland).

Other Trustees

Appointments to the Trustee Board can be made in two other ways, if you are not an ex-officio trustee:

  • You may stand be appointed at the AGM.
  • You can be co-opted onto the Trustee Board between Annual General Meetings if a Trustee Board needs new members with a particular skill set, or to do a particular task.

However, there is no hierarchy of members, and all should be treated equally.