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The UK Scout Association appoints a new Director of Scouting Operations

UK Scouting has appointed Ross Maloney to join its senior staff leadership team as its new Director of Scouting Operations. Ross was previously the Chief Executive at Find a Future. In this role he was responsible for the leadership of the national organisation’s activities which champion further education, skills and apprenticeships through programmes, competitions and events reaching thousands of young people annually.

Ross has previously worked for The Scout Association where he took responsibility the development and implementation of policy and regulation for young people's non-formal education activities. He was also part of the team that delivered the World Scout Jamboree when it was held in the centenary year of Scouting - this event had more participants than the London 2012 Olympics. Ross also has experience of managing large overseas expeditions having lead the UK Contingent to a world Scout event in Kenya in 2010.

The appointment follows ten years of consecutive growth in the Association’s youth membership and has been made as the Movement embarks on a Strategic Plan for 2014-18. This plan aims to attract even more young people from across all sections of the UK population while ensuring that Scouting has a positive impact on those young people and the communities in which they live, study and work. This work also involves putting structures in place to give young people an enhanced role in influencing the future direction of the Movement.

Ross will oversee the Association’s work to make Scouting more youth led, inclusive and community focused. He will also look to support local Scouting to ensure it continues to grow and transform young people’s lives through participation in the Scout programme.

Commenting on his appointment, Ross said:
“I'm really looking forward to returning to work for The Scout Association, and making sure we continue to grow the Movement and change for the better as many young people’s lives and communities as possible in the coming years. The Movement is in great shape and I look forward to making a valuable contribution to continue its work nationally and locally.”

Ross has extensive voluntary sector experience having been the Vice-Chair of the Governing Body of a large secondary school and is currently a trustee of Ambition, a national youth organisation working with 3,000 voluntary youth clubs. In addition he is a Governor at South Thames College, a diverse general further education college based across three campuses in South London with more than 21,000 learners.

Matt Hyde, Chief Executive of The Scout Association, said:
“I am very pleased to welcome Ross to the team. He has extensive education and voluntary sector experience with a strong understanding of the Scout Movement and how it can change young people’s lives. I know he will contribute hugely to our work in making sure we continue to grow the Movement and to reflect the communities in which we work. As a former youth member of The Scottish Board of The Scout Association I know he is committed to ensuring young people have a real voice in the future of this Movement.”



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