Man works his way up to the top job at Scouts Scotland after 20 years

Graeme Luke, who has been involved in scouting since he was eight-years-old, first started paid employment at the charity in 2001

Graeme Luke
Graeme Luke

Scouts Scotland has appointed Graeme Luke as its new chief executive after working his way up through the ranks in more than 20 years at the charity.

Luke replaces Katie Docherty who has become chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. 

He takes on the charity’s top job after more than 20 years at the organisation where he had spent the last two years as head of scouting operations and deputy chief executive.

The charity said Luke had been involved in scouting since he was an eight-year-old cub scout and held multiple volunteer roles prior to his first full-time position at the charity which he began in 2001.

“I owe so much of who I am and where I am to Scouts, and I am so incredibly passionate about what we do and the difference we make in communities across the length and breadth of Scotland,” said Luke. 

“The pandemic has been so hard on all of us, but most of all our young people.

“My focus will be working with our staff and volunteer teams on recovery and regrowth, and making sure that our amazing volunteers have what they need to support our members. 

“I am committed to rebuilding our Scout Adventure Centres and providing exciting opportunities for access to quality outdoor learning for all young people.”

Gordon Robertson, chair of Scouts Scotland, said: “We ran an incredibly robust recruitment process and were so impressed with the candidates that we interviewed.

“Graeme’s experience, skills, values and vision shone throughout the process, and I know that he will be an absolutely fantastic leader for Scouts Scotland.”

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