Governance

The Scout Association exists by authority of a Royal Charter. These give authority to the Bye Laws of the Association, which are approved by Her Majesty's Privy Council.  The Bye Laws, in turn, authorise the making of rules for the regulation of the Association's affairs. The rules are laid out in the Policy, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association.  Scout Counties are autonomous charities affiliated to The Scout Association which together form the Scout Movement in the United Kingdom.

The County Executive Committee is the Board of Trustees of the Scout County and exists to support the County Commissioner in meeting the responsibilities of the appointment and to provide support for Scout Districts and the Scout Network in the County.  The County Scout Council is the electoral body which supports and encourages the development of Scouting in the County.  It is the body to which the County Executive Committee is accountable.

The County Executive/Board of Trustees meets regularly throughout the year and has committed itself to becoming an exemplar of good practice in governance. The Committee/Board has contributed to and then adopted the County Plan. It developed and approved a budget aligned to the plan, and forecast forward 3-5 years.  It has adopted ways of working which will facilitate the achievement of the plan and will provide a transparent approach to governance and decision making.  In accordance with this, key documentation and the agenda and papers for meetings are published Members Area of the website. You need to be logged in to access this.

Members of the County Executive/Board of Trustees 

Ex-Officio

  • County Chairman - Neil Salter
  • County Commissioner - Graham Brant
  • County Treasurer - Helen Hobbs
  • County Secretary - Vacant
  • County Scout Network Committee Chair - Gemma Sharples
  • County Youth Commissioner - 

Elected Members

  • Simon Carnegie
  • Chris Padgett
  • Kathryn Challis
  • Alan Dempster
  • Martin Brooks
  • Lorna Muffett

Nominated by the County Commissioner

  • James Ferrand
  • Simon Hornsby
  • Tracey Stevenson
  • Phil Woolcock

Co-opted Members

  • Peter Crawford (Chair of County Appointments Committee)
  • Graham Clark (Chair of Finance Sub Committee)
  • Huw Cooke (Chair of Personnel Sub Committee)
  • Mike Bell (Chair of Woodhouse Park Liaison Committee)

Right of Attendance

  • Regional Commissioner for the South West of England - Hamish Stout

Invited to Attend (non-Trustees)

  • Regional Development Manager - Donna Tew
  • Nominated Youth Member of the Council of The Scout Association - Gemma Sharples
  • Nominated Member of the Council of The Scout Association - Amir Cheema
  • Nominated Member of the Council of The Scout Association - Scott Stowell
  • Safety Co-ordinator - Vacant