Executive Committees to Trustee Boards

As part of the work to transform the volunteer experience, there are changes to Executive Committees and how they function.

These changes are informed by:

  • The evolution of good practice guidance from charity regulators
  • Our move to a teams-based approach
  • A need for Trustees to focus on governance and not operational tasks
  • Governance processes such as risk and financial management are often not carried out or well supported

These cultural and procedural changes to how Executive Committees currently operate will support our Skills for Life strategy, our ‘North Star’ and the overall aims of the volunteer experience transformation.

During 2023, Executive Committees will become Trustee Boards across all Groups, Districts and County. The purpose of a Trustee Board is:

The Trustee Board is a team of volunteers who work together to make sure Scouts is run safely and legally.

Together, Trustees make sure the charity is well managed, risks are assessed and mitigated, buildings and equipment are in good working order, and everyone follows legal requirements and Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR). Their support helps other volunteers run a fantastic programme that gives young people skills for life (and experiences they’ll remember forever).

To find out what out more about the changes, and the actions your current Executive Committee need to take during 2023, please watch the webinar recording below from the 30 March 2023:

Chapter 5 of Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) has now been updated to reflect the shift to Trustee Boards. We encourage all Chairs, line managers and Trustees to read this significantly updated chapter 5. Here’s a LINK

There are further changes anticipated around Membership of Trustee Boards during 2024, with information around these due to be available late 2023.