About the role – Executive Committee Chair

The Scout Group’s executive committee works to support the Group Scout Leader and to make sure that the group delivers the best experiences it can, safely and legally.  Like the Board of Governors in a school, the executive committee helps to set the long-term vision for the group and supports the group’s Leaders to make that a reality.

As chair of the executive committee, your role will be to set the agenda for the committee meetings, facilitate discussions, and make sure that the necessary decisions are taken and actions are carried out.  You’ll work closely with the Group Scout Leader and other Leaders to help them achieve the short- and long-term goals of the group.  As such, you will play a key part in the future success of the group.  

This role needs someone who is organised, creative, and able to communicate well.  You will be leading the executive committee, and so must be willing to speak your mind and listen to others. This isn’t a full-time commitment, but you will need to attend around six Executive Committee meetings every year as well as a small number of other meetings.


Responsible for: Executive Committee Members.
 Appointment requirements: Must successfully complete the appointment process (including acceptable personal enquiries and acceptance of The Scout Association’s policies).
Training Requirements: Must complete Module 1 within 5 months of full appointment.

The responsibilities of the Chair include:

  • Objectively and impartially chairing and facilitating Executive Committee meetings.
  • Planning the annual cycle of Executive Committee meetings and setting the agenda for Executive Committee meetings.
  • Monitoring that decisions and actions agreed at Executive Committee meetings are implemented
  • Working closely with the GSL to ensure there are long term and short term goals and the role the Executive Committee can play in helping to achieve these.
  • Providing direction for the Executive Committee.
  • Ensuring that all members of the Executive Committee have been briefed and inducted into their roles, receive appropriate training, and are aware of their status as charity trustees.
  • Addressing and resolving conflicts that arise.
  • Membership and attendance of any working groups or sub-Committees set up by the Executive Committee, where appropriate
  • To be a full and active participant in Executive Committee meetings and activities.
  • To uphold the responsibilities of an Executive Committee as outlined in The Scout Association’s Policy Organisation and Rules.
  • Willingness and eligibility to act as a Charity Trustee for the Group,
  • Contribute to the strategic aims and future development of the Group,
  • An understanding of their own role, and the role of others on the Executive Committee
  • A commitment to understanding and forming opinions on the key discussion points and responsibilities of the Executive Committee.
  • Willingness to complete various tasks which support the work of the Executive Committee and aims of the Group,