National Conference - Summit17

The next National Conference will take place over the weekend 31 March/1-2 April 2017 at Warwick University. The conference will have the principal objective of engaging key attendees in the development of the movement’s strategy beyond 2018. The conference will be open to Regional Commissioners (England), County/Area/Regional Commissioners, District Commissioners and Youth Commissioners (at County/Area/Regional level).  

24th November 2016. Summit17 is Scouting’s national conference, our most important national gathering in 2017. The date is getting closer and I’m pleased to provide some further information about the plans for this event.

We want to use Summit17 to plan Scouting’s future beyond 2018 together. It will be an opportunity to think about our priorities and identify any new areas where we can make a real difference. Most importantly, Summit17 will address three questions: how can we improve the lives and futures of young people, increase our impact and better support our volunteers?

Summit17 - outline programme

Summit17 will formally commence at 10:00 on Saturday 1 April 2017.  All delegates will need to register prior to this and registration desks will be open on the Friday evening for early arrivals and the Saturday morning from 07:00.   Friday night arrival is optional and you can select this when you register. 

View a draft outline programme

Introducing the Summit17 delivery team

A team has been put together to organise the programme for the weekend and to ensure that we have workshops, seminars and panel discussions organised. The Summit17 team is:

  • County Commissioner: Glen Fendall (East Lancashire)
  • Head of Education: Karen Fulton (UK staff team)
  • Director of Scouting Operations: Ross Maloney (UK staff team)
  • Regional Commissioner: Dan Potter (West Midlands)
  • Member of Team UK: Kester Sharpe (UK Commissioner for Adult Support)
  • County Youth Commissioner: Frankie Smith (East Sussex)
  • Events Manager: Emma Townson (UK staff team)
  • Country Youth Commissioner: Rhiannon Wells (Northern Ireland)
  • District Commissioner: Mike Winn (Aberdeen)

Over the coming months the team will be working together to plan, shape and develop the national conference programme for you.

Delegate information

To help you plan your attendance at Summit17 below is further information on the costs and registration process.

Delegate fee

There are two delegate packages available to attend Summit17:

Summit17Plus – £250 per delegate. Includes accommodation on Friday and Saturday nights, all meals from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon.

Summit17 – £175 per delegate. Includes accommodation on Saturday night, all meals from Saturday lunch time to Sunday afternoon.

I am encouraging as many people as possible to attend Summit17 to help plan and shape our vision beyond 2018. Please do support applicable members within your County/Area/Region to attend, in particular young people. I hope that no one is out of pocket attending this event and your County/Area/Region can support delegates financially.


Registration for Summit17 will open on the 6 December 2016 and will close on 14 February 2017.   

A reminder, the roles invited to attend Summit17 are:

  • County/Area/Regional Commissioners
  • County/Country Youth Commissioners (and equivalents in Nations e.g Chair of the Regional/National Youth Advisory Group in Scotland)
  • Up to two additional young people aged 18 to 25 from each County, Area and Scottish Region. This is for Counties/Areas/Regions to decide whom, but the additional young people should ideally be District Youth Commissioners or where appropriate Deputy County Youth Commissioners
  • District Commissioners
  • UK Board of Trustees
  • Representatives of the Nations' national Boards and staff teams
  • Team UK
  • Senior Leadership Team at UKHQ

We have an event database for Summit17 that will be used for the registration process.

On 6 December 2016 you will be sent a registration link which will enable you to register by entering your basic personal details; select your delegate package; and pay the initial deposit. We will ask you at a later date to select your workshop/seminar preferences, dietary requirements and pay the final balance all via the Summit17 database.

Between 6 December 2016 and 30 January 2017 you will be asked to do the following:

  • Agree the relevant people to attend from your County/Area/Region/District from the above list
  • Ask the agreed attendees to register individually via the Summit17 database and ensure that the £50 deposit is paid

Please ensure the individuals chosen to attend the event can make the date prior to completing the registration. Full terms and conditions, instructions on how to register, payment schedule and payment methods will be sent on 6 December when registration opens.

I hope this update is useful to help start planning your attendance.

Look out for the registration email on 6 December.

Tim Kidd  
UK Chief Commissioner  


Friday, 31 March, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, 2 April, 2017 (All day)