Executive Training Welcome! Severn & Teme – 30th September 2012
Programme • Introductions and background • The Key Role of Executive Committees • Effective Executive Committees • Vision • Effective Meetings and AGMs • Safety in Scouting • Question and Answer session • Slides at: http://www.malvernscouts.org.uk/?q=node/531 • or Executive Support / S&T - Sept 2012 on malvernscouts.org.uk
Purpose of this morning • Effective Executive Committees are essential for the successful delivery of Scouting within Groups, Districts and Counties • Understand the essentials of your role of Charity Trustee • Make you aware of the key issues and better equip you to be able to undertake the roles • Point you in the direction of where to find further information and support
Assumptions • You have a role on an Executive Committee (Group, District or County) • Could be Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer or Member (Supporter) • Includes Group Scout Leaders and any Section Leaders who have opted to be on their Group Executive (change January 2011) • You have completed Module 1 (Getting started) and know a bit about Scouting
Scouting is: • Fun • Challenge • Adventure For Young People & Adults
Purpose of Scouting The purpose of Scouting is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.
Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) • Look on Scouts.org.uk for latest version
What is the purpose of an Executive Committee?
Executive Committee • Charity Trustees (of Group / District / etc.) including reporting and governance • Maintaining property and equipment • Raising funds & administering the finances • Insurance, security, safety, etc. • Ensuring a good public profile for Scouting • Recruiting volunteers, including leaders • Ensure the culture of safety in Scouting • Effective working with other organisations • Appointment of volunteers • Development of Scouting in the local area
Executive Committee • Overall purpose: • To help the Group Scout Leader / Commissioner meet the responsibilities of their role • To be responsible for the administrative side of Scouting to enable the Group / District / County to function properly and effectively • Leaders have the time to develop and deliver a balanced programme of activities
Governance & Trusteeship Scouting operates as a Charitable Concern Required to meet Governance standards as laid out by The Charity Commission Scouting Executive Committees are Charity Governing Boards under Charity Commission Rules Note: Applies whether individually registered as a Charity or operating under the Exempted Charity rules What is an Executive Committee?
A constitution is a set of fundamental principles according to which the charity is operated and runs Each Group / District / County needs a written constitution Recommend adopting The Scout Association constitution (as laid out in POR). [If in doubt, you can do this via a motion at your AGM.] In the absence of anything else formally adopted, The Scout Association Constitution applies Following slides assume The Scout Association Constitution (or something similar) Constitution
POR definition Scout Groups Chapter 3 (rules 3.22 – 3.24) Scout Districts Chapter 4 (rules 4.22 – 4.26) Scout Counties Chapter 5 (rule 5.14 – 5.17) What is an Executive Committee
Rule 3.22 Management of the Scout Group Every Scout Group is an autonomous organisation holding its property and equipment and admitting young people to membership of the Scout Group subject to the policy and rules of The Scout Association. A Scout Group is led by a Group Scout Leader and managed by a Group Executive Committee. They are accountable to the Group Scout Council for the satisfactory running of the Group. The Group Scout Leader is assisted and supported by the Group Scouters in the delivery of the Balanced Programme for young people within the Group.
Who are the members of the Group Scout Council?
All Leaders, Section Assistants, Skills Instructors & Helpers Parents/Guardians of all young members Executive Members, Group Advisors & Administrators Examiner/Scrutinizer, President/Vice Presidents Members of any Group Active Support Any sponsoring authority Other supporters by agreement Patrol Leaders Explorer Leaders (if included in the units partnership agreement) Representatives from the Scout District Membership of the Group Scout Council
Elect and approve the nominations for membership of the Executive Committee Receive the annual report and accounts of the Executive Committee Appoint an appropriate independent scrutineer for the accounts Hold an Annual General Meeting (and any Extraordinary General Meetings if needed) Responsibilities of the Group Scout Council
Commissioners District and Group Active Support Managers Leaders, Section Assistants, Skills Instructors & Helpers Executive Members, Advisors & Administrators Examiner/Scrutinizer, President/Vice Presidents Chairmen of Troop Leadership Forums in the District All Explorer Scouts All members of District Scout Network All parents of Explorer Scouts Representatives from the Scout County Membership of the District Scout Council
Ex Officio Members because of their role Elected Volunteer and voted in at AGM / EGM Nominated Put forward by the GSL / DC / CC at AGM / EGM Co-Opted Brought in to fill skill gaps Right of attendance Commissioner and Chairman of overseeing level Types of Membership of the Executive Committee
Group Executive Committee Structure Group Executive Committee Ex Officio Members Group Chairman, GSL, AGSL, Secretary, Treasurer, Section Leaders* Elected Members Between 4 and 6 members elected by the Group Scout Council at the AGM. Nominated Members Up to the number elected. Nominated by GSL at the AGM. Co-opted Members Annually co-opted by the Executive. Cannot exceed the number of elected members. Right of Attendance District Commissioner and District Chairman. * As from the 2011 Group AGM, Section Leaders are only members of the Group Executive if they choose to opt-in (2011 POR change).
District Executive Committee Structure District Executive Committee Ex Officio Members Chairman, District Commissioner, Secretary, Treasurer, District Scout Network Leader, District Explorer Scout Commissioner Elected Members members elected by the District Scout Council at the AGM. Co-opted Members Annually co-opted by the Executive. Cannot exceed the number of elected members. Right of Attendance County Commissioner and County Chairman. Nominated Members Up to the number elected. Nominated by DC at the AGM.
County Executive Committee Structure County Executive Committee Ex Officio Members Chairman, County Commissioner, Secretary, Treasurer, County Scout Network Leader Elected Members members elected by the County Scout Council at the AGM. Co-opted Members Annually co-opted by the Executive. Cannot exceed the number of elected members. Right of Attendance Regional Commissioner. Nominated Members Up to the number elected. Nominated by CC at the AGM.
Executive Committee “Trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up” The Charity Commission
Obligations and Responsibilities Under the Governance and Equality Act 2010, Charity Trustees have the following obligations: • Powers of investment • Powers of delegation • Powers of appointment • To ensure the appropriate safeguards for the operation of the above powers, including a duty to take proper advice in relation to investments and statutory duty of care
Obligations and Responsibilities Responsibilities of Trustees: • Accept Responsibility for the operation of the Group/District/County • Ensure Compliance (Charity Comm. & POR) • Act with Integrity • Duty of Prudence • Duty of Care
Charity Commission Website http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk
Trustees • Cannot be: • Under 18 • Convicted of an offence (dishonesty or disception) • Undischarged bankrupt • Disqualified from acting as Company Director • Failed to make payments under a court order • Removed from being a Trustee or barred by the Charity Commission
Covered as part of the subscription fee to Headquarters Are you a registered member (to be covered)? Broadly speaking covers personal liability, providing individuals have endeavored to follow POR, Charity Law, etc. Who’s covered; elected, nominated and co-opted members Criminal actions are not covered Trustee Indemnity Insurance
Registered members will have filled in a registration form such as the Adult Application (AA) Form [or Change Role (CR) Form to add an additional role] The AA Form (and CR Form) contain the charity Trustee declaration which Trustees need to sign to confirm that they are eligible to take on the responsibility Section Leaders opting in should be listed as Executive Members How do you know you are a Registered Member 1
They will have had a satisfactory CRB check Will have been issued with a Scout Association membership number (and possibly certificate of appointment) Will appear on the Membership Services System (MSS - often referred to as My Backpack) Should receive periodic communications from The Scout Association (although these can be turned off) How do you know you are a Registered Member 2
Responsibilities of the Executive Rule 4.25f(i) defines the responsibilities of the District Executive Committee as follows: “The District Executive Committee exists to support the District Commissioner in meeting the responsibilities of the appointment and to provide support for Scout Groups, Explorer Scout Units and any District Scout Network in the District.” Rule 3.23b defines the responsibilities of the Group Executive Committee as follows: The Group Executive Committee exists to support the Group Scout Leader in meeting the responsibilities of their appointment.
Killing some Myths • The Group Scout Leader is the District representative in the Group (not the Groups representative at the District) • The DC is the County representative in the District (not the Districts representative at County)
Simple Group Structure Group Scout Leader Group Chairman Executive Committee Group Leaders Meeting • Section Leaders • Beaver Leaders • Cub Leaders • Scout Leaders • Sub Committees • Working Parties • Project Teams
Responsibilities of the Group Executive: (POR 3.23b) the maintenance of the Group’s property and equipment; the raising of funds and the administration of the Group’s finance; the insurance of persons, property and equipment; Group public occasions; assisting with the recruitment of Leaders and other adult support.
Simple District Structure District Commissioner District Chairman Executive Committee District Leaders Meetings • ADCs, DESC, etc. • Explorer Leaders • Network Leaders • Group Scout Leaders • Beaver Leaders • Cub Leaders • Scout Leaders • Sub Committees • Working Parties • Project Teams
Plan well beforehand and let all know the focus Don’t go over and over the same ground Make sure that all key topics are covered every year Potential areas to be covered? Executive Meetings
Needs to organised Requires a range of skills Pro-active approach It is a Team effort Ability to delegate (and know that it will get done) Forward looking (not just reactive) Things don’t just happen at meetings! Group Executive
Scouting’s Vision 2012 • A Growing Movement • A Youth Led Movement • A Sound Movement • A more Relevant and Focussed Movement • A Diverse Movement Improved Improved
Impact Film 2012 • Download from scouts.org.uk
Scouting’s Vision 2018 • Scouting in 2018 will: • Make a positive impact on our communities • Prepare young people to be active citizens • Embrace and contribute to social change • Scouting in 2018 will be: • Shaped by young people in partnership with adults • Enjoyed by more young people and more adult volunteers • As diverse as the communities in which we live • Members of Scouting in 2018 will feel: • Empowered • Valued • Proud