Scouting is a movement that helps develop young people into leaders and prepares them for future success; our governance structures allow us to meet challenges, innovate, and use information in new ways to support the development of our youth-led programmes.
Through good governance, Scouting Ireland delivers on strategy, while focusing on safe, positive, quality Scouting experiences for young people.
Scouting Ireland is a Complex organisation under the CRA Code. This means that the Voluntary Board focuses solely on their governance and oversight role, delegating management and operational duties to the CEO and staff.
The Board consists of a maximum of thirteen directors, ten elected and the option of three functional members.
The Board has eight sub-committees which are volunteer-led. These committees focus on matters which require more in-depth research and consideration to enable Board members to focus on more strategic matters.
These committees are:
1. Nominations and Remuneration
2. Governance and Compliance
3. Strategy and Culture
4. Quality of Scouting
5. Financial Audit and Risk
7. Health and Safety
Scouting Ireland departments are led by the Chief Executive Officer, Anne Griffin, who is responsible for the implementation of the Boards strategy and the management of professional staff.
The organisation is working towards eight professional departments in Scouting Ireland. Some of these are already in place. They include: Programme Services, Volunteer and Group Support, Finance and Compliance, Corporate Services, Safeguarding, Information and Communication.
Scouting Ireland's Chief Scout the primary representative for Scouting Ireland. Representing the organisation at ceremonial and public events.
They chair the AGM and lead on youth-focused agendas within the organisation.
Scouting Ireland recognises youth participation as a vital part of our organisation. Our youth members are represented and participate in governance through our National Youth Representatives, the National Youth Forum, the National Youth Assembly and through membership of Board sub-committees.
Scout Counties & Provinces provide support to our Scout Groups, which are supported by the national structure that provides professional resources, guidelines, training and assistance in developing Scouting and making it available to more young people.
Scouting Ireland is a Complex organisation under the Charity Regulatory Authority (CRA) Code. We comply with the CRA Governance Code, SORP, Colamh Code of Practice, Company Registrations Office (CRO) and Register of Beneficial Ownership (RBO).