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Guest speaker for Community Awards 2019 Announced

The Foundation is pleased to announce that Matt Hyde, Chief Executive of the Scoutswill be the guest speaker at this year’s Community Awards.

Formerly Chief Executive of the National Union of Students, Matt has undertaken a number of leadership roles in the charity sector. As Chief Executive of the Scouts, the UK’s largest coeducational youth movement, he has overseen a period of record membership growth since 2013, successfully managed a major rebranding project, and spearheaded work to support the growth of scouting in economically deprived areas.

As a committed volunteer, Matt is currently a trustee of Step Up To Serve, an organisation which encourages youth volunteering, for which he has attracted support and investment to grow youth social action. He holds a number of other positions of responsibility in the charitable sector, including serving as a trustee of Comic Relief, a patron of UNLOCK (a charity supporting people with criminal convictions), and he was previously Vice Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).  He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Queen Mary University of London in 2012.

Matt spoke of his excitement about speaking at the 2019 Community Awards:

‘I’m hugely looking forward to coming to Guernsey to speak at the Community Awards about the need for transformational change in charities to meet the challenges our sector is facing, whilst maximising the opportunities. It’s always a delight to visit this beautiful island and it’s a particular pleasure to be able to share in the celebrations of some truly amazing people who do so much for others.’

 “Matt is recognised nationally as one of the leading figures within the charitable and voluntary sectors, and rightly so,” said Jim Roberts, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation “It’s a privilege to have someone with such wealth of experience speak at this year’s awards. We look forward to hearing him share his thoughts on the opportunities changes facing the charitable world”.

The 2019 Community Awards will be held in St James’s on Tuesday 12th November. Tickets will be made available in the coming weeks, following the compilation of the final shortlist of 2019 nominees.

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