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Scouts Australia Team Member Named Association Influencer for 2022

Emma Watson, Program Support Team Leader, has been recognised by the Australian Society of Association Executives as one of their “Association Influencers for 2022”.

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) is the leading association for current and future association and not-for-profit (NFP) leaders in Australia and New Zealand. They are focused on fostering a strong and robust association sector in Australia and New Zealand through providing professional development, support and networking opportunities for existing and emerging leaders.

Each year AuSAE’s Association Influencers program highlights and recognises the outstanding contributions of individuals in the association community across Australia and New Zealand. In 2022 there were 53 peer-nominated nominees. An independent judging panel of experienced and passionate association leaders then selected 12 Association Influencers for 2022.

In their 2022 Association Influencers list, Scouts Australia professional staff member, Emma Watson has earned recognition! The industry body’s award program highlights and recognises the outstanding contributions of individuals in the association community across Australia and New Zealand. Scouts Australia formally acknowledge Emma’s achievements and celebrate her within the industry as an influencer.


Emma Watson is the Program Team Leader at Scouts Australia. Her involvement in community organisations and associations is connected by a common thread of education, leadership and sport. As a volunteer and employee in service and leadership-oriented associations and organisations, Emma strives to improve outcomes, opportunities and offerings for others, often not as the person-in-charge, but rather in a supportive leadership role.

Emma’s contributions to Scouting in Australia benefits over 70,000 members and their families. Her volunteer contributions to the national review, development and implementation of the Scouts Australia youth program were so significant that she was subsequently employed. Emma’s passion has not only inspired others but resulted in her becoming the go-to person in both her employment and volunteer roles.

Emma has been instrumental in designing and implementing the youth program that aligns with the Australian Curriculum, the national school curriculum. This skill has since been used to align Scouting outcomes to the Sustainable Development Goals and other relevant frameworks.

During COVID-19, Emma supported the new “Scouting at home” online program. This initiative was successful as it provided engaging and relevant information to locked down members. Emma has also maintained her passion and commitment in isolation during COVID-19.

Emma’s international contributions and resources engaged with and adopted by other National Scouting Organisations benefit the global community of over 57 million Scouting members worldwide.

The Awards recognise individuals for their tireless efforts to make a significant and lasting impact within the associations industry and set the benchmark for association professionals into the future.

Scouts Australia also recognise and congratulate Jeffrey Lehrer, National RTO Compliance Manager, for being nominated.

Emma Watson Portrait