Deputy District Chair

Expiry Date: 31-12-2021


Scouting relies on strong leadership. So if you can motivate others, keep a cool head and balance a variety of views then you would be an ideal chairperson for Basingstoke East Scouts. With experience of steering meetings to produce excellent decisions, you’ll be equally willing to speak your mind as encouraging others to express their views.

You will use your strong communication skills help to help team of committed adult volunteers who make up a Executive Committee arrive at a good decision that will benefit young people. Able to work as part of a team, you will also contribute the direction and development of the district.

No previous experience of Scouting is necessary. What’s more important is your own skills and experience as well as empathy with our mission and values. We will provide all appropriate training and ongoing support. At the last census, Basingstoke East Scouts had over 900 youth members between the ages of 6 and 18 involved in our Beaver, Cub, Scout, Explorer and Young Leader sections.

There are over 200 adult volunteers, who undertake various roles including:

  • Working directly with young people
  • Managing and supporting other adults
  • Sharing expertise in programme and activities

Appointed by: District Chair subject to the relevant committee approval process.

Responsible to: District Chair

Main contacts: District Chair, District Commissioner, District Executive Members and Trustees

Time Commitment

The Deputy Chair will assist the Chair in leading the District’s Board of Trustees

The Deputy Chair will also work closely with the District Commissioner to achieve the purpose of The Scout Association through the development of local Scouting, in accordance with POR.

Required Skills

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Able to think creatively and solve problems
  • Able to motivate others and encourage participation
  • Able to handle and resolve conflict effectively
  • Willing to speak one’s mind and listen to the views of others
  • Able to maintain independent and objective judgement
  • Willing to actively design and contribute to the strategic vision of the District
  • Willingness to take decisions which will further the work of the District.


Standard Responsibilities

  • To be a full and active participant in Board of Trustee meetings and activities.
  • To uphold the responsibilities of a Trustee as outlined in The Scout Association’s Policy, Organisation and Rules.
  • Willingness and eligibility to act as a Charity Trustee for the District
  • Contribute to the strategic aims and future development of the District.
  • An understanding of other roles on the Board of Trustees.
  • A commitment to understanding and forming opinions on the key discussion points.
  • Objectively and impartially chairing and facilitating Board meetings when the Chair is unavailable.
  • Planning the annual cycle of Board Meetings and, where asked, work with the District Secretary to set the agenda for Board meetings.
  • Working with the Chair to monitor that decisions and actions agreed at Board meetings are implemented.
  • Working closely with the Chair and District Commissioner to ensure the long and short term goals of the District are articulated and implemented successfully.
  • Working alongside the Chair to address and resolve conflicts that arise.


Specific Areas of Responsibility

  • Be a member of the District SLT.
  • Be a member of the District Finance Committee.
  • Be the Board Lead for Change Projects
  • Develop and own the Delegated Authority Register for the District.
  • Be the Board Lead for Professional Standards and Chair the Professional Standards Committee.
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