NORTH Yorkshire Scouts has a new county president - Jo Ropner, the Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire.

The group, which has more than 6,500 male and female members across the county, said that Mrs Ropner will support North Yorkshire Scouts and its 1,300 volunteer leaders in helping to promote the “skills for life and opportunities for adventure” that scouting offers young people, aged six to 18.

Mark Edwards, county commissioner for North Yorkshire Scouts, said: “We are delighted that Mrs Ropner has agreed to be our county president.

“This continues our excellent relationship with the Lieutenancy, and Mrs Ropner will be a great ambassador to champion scouting and help us to reach even more young people from all backgrounds and communities across North Yorkshire.”

In her new role, Mrs Ropner will be the principal guest at this year’s Scout and Guides St George’s Day celebrations in York on April 28.

She said: “I have always held the work of scouts in high esteem. Given the challenges that our young people face in this changing world, I believe this is more important than ever. I look forward to being involved with North Yorkshire Scouts over the coming years.”