Katie Docherty, Scouts Scotland Chief Executive, moving to exciting new role

26 July 2021

After over 5 years as Chief Executive of Scouts Scotland, Katie Docherty will be moving on to an exciting new role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising at the start of October.

Katie said:

“It has been an absolute honour and pleasure to have led Scouts Scotland over the last 5 years. I have had the privilege to work with an amazing team of dedicated and passionate colleagues, volunteers and trustees. I am so proud of everything we have achieved together over the past 5 years.

“The last 16 months have been particularly challenging with the impact of the pandemic. Working together and decisively, the actions that we took have put the charity into a place where it will be able to regrow quickly and flourish. We achieved a profit at the end of the financial year, we had the smallest loss in membership in the UK, we were awarded Silver Investors in People Accreditation, we led a successful campaign to persuade the Scottish Government to provide emergency funding to the sector. Scouts Scotland is well placed to regrow its membership with a Regrowth Strategy and a plan to restart our Outdoor Centres in place.

“Over the years I have been so inspired by the incredible impact that Scouting has on young people’s lives. I have seen it as Chief Executive, as an Assistant Beaver Scout Leader, and as a parent of children in Scouts. I know that Scouts Scotland will continue to thrive, and so I feel that now is a good time for me to move on to a new opportunity.”

Gordon Robertson, Scouts Scotland Chair said:

“Katie has been an incredible leader of Scouts Scotland. Working alongside staff and volunteers, Katie has led huge change, modernised the way we work and massively improved how we are understood and valued as a charity.

“Katie has led us through some very difficult times, especially over the last year, and has made sure that she is leaving Scouts Scotland in a very healthy place for a new leader to take over.

“We’ll really miss Katie, but we are so excited for her fantastic new role as Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, and wish her all the very best.”

The recruitment process to look for a new Chief Executive will begin in the coming weeks.

There will be plenty of opportunities to catch up with Katie before she leaves her role on 1st October 2021, and we’re delighted that Katie will be continuing her role as Assistant Beaver Scout Leader in Dunfermline.