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Trustee roles and responsibilities

Executive Committees are known as Trustee Boards. This came into effect for members in Scotland in July 2023, and all others from April 2023.'Executive Committee' and associated wording will still be visible on Compass and the website as we move to our new way of volunteering.

To learn more about what we are doing to improve how we volunteer at Scouts, visit the Volunteer Experience webpages.

Role descriptions for Trustees

Read the role descriptions for Trustees to help understand the responsibilities, the skills required and the key contacts.

What's involved at Group, District and County/Area/Region level

Find our more about the role of the Group, District or County/Area/Region Trustee Board, the main tasks, who is on the Board and guidance about being a trustee.

Guidance for your trustee role

Find out more about your role as a Group Chair, a Group Secretary, a Group Treasurer and a Group Trustee, including what are the key tasks of your role, who are your key contacts, advice for meetings and who to ask for help.

Check out our guidance for young Trustees, which includes a handy "jargon buster", information about the roles on the Board, details about the benefits of being a trustee, what it means to be a charity trustee and the support available.

If you have recruited young people onto the Trustee Board, read our guidance on supporting young people on Trustee Boards to help ensure that they feel able to actively contribute and that they are welcomed and supported in their role.

Trustee Safety Induction Workshops

Do you know your responsibilities for safety? Do you want to learn more and know where to find support? Join a trustee safety induction session, sign up for a workshop below:

Wednesday 6th December at 7pm

Monday 19th February 2024 at 7pm

Tuesday 19th March 2024 at 7pm

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