County Activity Centres and Support Functions Structure Announcement

County Activity Centres and Support Functions Structure

Over the past few months we have undertaken a review of our Activity Centre Management and County Support functions to deliver a structure that allows for sustainable ongoing operation during the exit phase and post Covid 19 environment that will enable us to:

  • continue to deliver our core purpose and charitable aims

  • reducing our financial exposure from our Activity Centre Operations due to reduced usage by Scouting and third parties

  • reducing our central costs to allow for the impact of significantly reduced Centres levy income

  • ensure that we have the resources available to make operational changes required by Government Guidance at the point of potential re-opening

Delivery of the restructure is also key to demonstrate that we are a “Going Concern” for the purposes of our audit and annual return to the Charities Commission given our significant loss of trading activity this year.

As a result of this review, our structure has been simplified to create one team responsible for the management of Activity Centre operations and delivery of our County Support functions. Our new management team comprises:

Manager, Activity Centres and Support Functions – Doug Stack

Responsible for the overall management of our Centres and County Support functions

Financial Controller – Clare Gilden

Responsible for County finances for Centres and Scouting Sections

County Marketing and Communications Manager – Emma Ball

Responsible for bookings and delivery of our Support Centre function as well as marketing and communications

County Secretary – Claire Stevens

Responsible for Governance within the County, including oversight of HR, legal and insurance matters

Regrettably, as a result of these changes driven by our financial and simplification requirements, 14 staff members who have supported the delivery of Scouting in Hertfordshire for many years will be leaving us. We would like to thank them for all they have contributed to Scouting and wish them all the best for the future.

Whilst we will support and facilitate small scale Scout usage in line with Government guidance, our activity centres will not be resuming any significant levels of work before April 2021 especially given the reduced ability to provide our usual programmes to Scouting and schools.  The Management Team above will be supported by a very small team to enable us to continue our County Support Centre and manage bookings for both centres and small events as they begin to resume. This team is starting to return to the office from furlough over the coming weeks and we hope it will be fully in place by 3 October.

A separate announcement will be made in the next week for our plans for re-opening.  This will enable us to take into account the very latest government guidance and procedures.

Thank you for the support and consideration that you have shown our staff team through 2020. As we move forward with this smaller, focussed team, please continue to work with them in this spirit - as we support #TeamHertfordshire in creating amazing experience for young people.

Mark Jefferson

Activity Centres Management Committee Chair