Scouting Ireland Appoints New Chief Executive Officer


Scouting Ireland is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr John Lawlorto the position of Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1st March 2012. The appointment followed a thorough selection process and was ratified at a recent meeting of the National Management Committee of Scouting Ireland.

Mr Lawlor will now assume the challenge of leading the professional structures and will work closely with the volunteer teams of Scouting Ireland, the fastest growing youth organisation in Ireland. Scouting Ireland has evolved over time and has outlived its traditional image to become a modern organizationenabling young people to develop their character, physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually so that they may achieve their full potential and, as responsible citizens, improve society.

Scouting Ireland now has 464 Scout Groups located throughout Ireland and is opening on average 20 new Scout Groups each year. Scouting Ireland's Membership was 32,283 in 2004 and today it is standing at 42,668 an increase of some 30%.

Commenting on the appointment, the Chief Scout of Scouting Ireland, Michael John Shinnick, stated that he is "very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr John Lawlor. Scouting Ireland has conducted an extensive recruitment process to make sure that the candidate they have chosen is up to the task of leading Scouting Ireland”. The Chief Scout went on further to say “I am confident that the appointment of John Lawlorwill ensure that Scouting Ireland now has both the leadership and the staff to build on its existing strengths and develop new opportunities that will ensure future sustainability and growth of the association”.


John Lawlor brings with him a wealth of experience gained previously working with Eircom as head of Customer Service-Corporate Business, and most recently as CEO and founding director of Bridge 21, a joint Venture between Trinity College Dublin and Suas Educational Development. Part of the work of this company was to develop an alternative model for 21st Century Learning. This work will not be lost as he starts work with Scouting, which is a voluntary, non formal educational movement for young people.John brings with him an enterprising spirit, a passion for teamwork and a natural talent in leadership - all attributes that will stand him in great stead as he takes over in Scouting Ireland.


At the heart of it all, John is a Scout, active since his own teens having joined Scouting in 1967. He has held many adult leadership roles in Scouting. He has dedicated his life, through the Scouting Movement, to helping young people to fulfil their potential. He now brings his understanding of leadership development, teamwork and peer-learning back home to where it all started - Scouting Ireland.