Board of Trustees

Together, the Trustees make sure the District (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). 

Rosemary Shaw

District Chair

Ex-officio member

Tyler Jeffs

District Treasurer

Ex-officio Member

Will Hazell

District Lead Volunteer

Ex-officio Member

Thomas Newman

14-24 Team Leader

Ex-officio Member

Ken Hancock

Elected Member

Mike O’Connor

Elected Member

Sue Pearson

Elected Member

Chris Van Schaijik

Elected Member

Harry Huckin

Nominated Member

Robert Skears

Nominated Member

Tolulope Ajayi

Co-opted Member

Tasks for the Team

All Trustees are equally responsible, but they might decide to split the tasks between them. 

Trustees work together to make sure Groups, Districts, and Counties: 

Manage money well 

  • Have enough money for now and in the future. This means having a reserves policy and making sure fundraising takes place, if it’s needed.   
  • Have a budget in place. Trustees then agree how to manage the budget with other volunteer teams. 

Follow Scouts policies and relevant legislation  

Look after buildings, insurance and property 

  • Look after records of ownership of property and equipment.  
  • Have the right insurance for people, buildings, and equipment. 
  • Make sure buildings and equipment are working well. 

Manage risks 

  • Carry out regular risk assessments and put the right risk mitigations in place.  

Help the charity to operate well, today and in the future 

  • Work with Lead Volunteers to meet their charity aims.  
  • Champion Our Volunteering Culture, and make sure volunteers are aware of it, reflect on it, commit to it, and apply it in their teams. 

In carrying out the above, Trustees also: 

  • Keep a record of Trustee Board meetings, and complete any actions that are agreed. 
  • Recruit new Trustees. 
  • Co-opt Trustees onto the Board if they need people with particular skills or knowledge.  
  • Get expert advice, if needed. This could be on health and safety, managing money, buildings, equipment, or employees. 
  • Network with other Scouts Trustees to share knowledge and experience. 
  • Create sub-teams for specific activities, such as risk management, if needed.  

Allocated tasks


  • Lead the Trustee Board. 
  • Plan when Trustee Board meetings should take place, and decide what to talk about at each meeting. 
  • Lead Trustee Board meetings and the Annual General Meeting (AGM). 
  • Liaise with Lead Volunteers. 
  • Lead recruitment for new Trustees. 
  • Support other Trustees by organising inductions, checking in to see how they’re getting on, and carrying out annual reviews. 


  • Look after finances, such as making sure all membership fees are collected and all payments are made.  
  • Share details about income and spend with other Trustees.  
  • Make sure Gift Aid is being claimed.  
  • Make sure proper accounts are kept and draw up policies on finance and investment. 
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