Scouts say thank you to Matt Hyde

Date: 25th Mar 2024 Author: Alan Henderson

Matt Hyde will be leaving his role as Chief Executive at Scouts on 1st September after 11 years, to become chief executive of the Lloyds Bank Foundation.

Chair of Trustees, Jennie Price, said, ‘I want to express our sincere gratitude to Matt for his leadership as Chief Executive at Scouts over the last 11 years. There have been some real highlights for Scouts during this time, including launching a new provision for 4 and 5 year olds called Squirrels in 2021, and developing the award-winning social action campaign “A Million Hands” engaging over 250,000 young people to take action on issues they are passionate about.

Image shows Matt Hyde, chief executive of Scouts
Matt Hyde, Chief Executive of Scouts

‘We have worked through the pandemic, a rebrand for Scouts and championed opening over 1300 new groups in areas of deprivation within the UK. We will greatly miss his passion and dedication to Scouts.’

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, shared, ‘Matt has been a truly inspirational leader, showing kindness and courage with every step through his journey at Scouts over last decade. I feel so grateful to have been able to work so closely alongside him during this time. Thank you Matt, you are a real Scout hero.’

Matt Hyde said, ‘I want to thank, and pay tribute to, the many volunteers and staff I have worked with at Scouts over the past 11 years. It’s been a huge privilege to play a part in helping hundreds of thousands of young people gain skills for life over that time. Scouts is an incredible movement with amazing people who I will miss greatly.

‘We’ve delivered two strategies during my time at Scouts, and now is an exciting time as we move into our planning as an organisation for 2025 and beyond. It’s an immense honour to be joining the Lloyd’s Bank Foundation as chief executive and I’m grateful to their trustees for putting their faith in me.’

Matt will continue in his role until 1 September, finishing after the National AGM and Gilwell Reunion event for Scouts.

A recruitment process for his successor will start shortly.


Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls