I have been a leader since 1973 starting with Air Ranger Guides in Yorkshire. Then following my move to Gosport in 1979 I led Rangers and Young Leaders for many years alongside various District, Division and County appointments. Rainbows and Guides in Gosport North / South followed and I now assist with Guides at 1st Alverstoke. I have been on the Foxlease Management Group and currently enjoy being a Committee member for Friends of Foxlease.
County Vice President
I made my Brownie promise in 1952 and had no idea then what a fantastic organisation I was to be part of for the rest of my life, opening so many doors and putting colour and adventure into my life along with all the other values that Guiding enriches our life with. I was initially a leader in Horndean Division before moving to Bere Forest. I have been involved with all sections but Guides and Senior Section are my favourite and outdoors is where I like to be. I am now a member of the Trefoil Guild. Being asked to be Vice President of the County gives me the opportunity to be involved in future Guiding and experience some of the exciting challenges ahead. I have been married almost 50 years and have three Grandchildren who are involved in Scouting. My son is a Scout leader and my daughter was very involved in Guiding and took every opportunity WAGGGS had to offer.
Assistant County Commissioner - Capacity
I have been an adult member in Guiding for over 40 years. I have worked with all sections but the Guide section was always my favourite as was the out of doors adventures until my health curtailed that side of Guiding for me. I have had many Adviser roles as well as being a Trainer, Tutor and Assessor/ Verifier for the Training Qualification. I enjoy supporting Leaders and the County and hope that I can continue to do so in my new role. As ACC Capacity I have responsibility for monitoring girl and adult waiting lists, DBS checks, our County Administrator, I chair the Awards Committee, I am the Trefoil Guild Rep and I attend the Finance Committee.
Queen's Guide Advisor
I started my Guiding career as a Brownie and carried on through Guides and Rangers and knew I wanted to do more. I went back as a helper at the Guide Unit I used to attend and have been a Leader there now for 20 years. I am a qualified Archery Instructor and enjoy teaching this to the Brownies and Guides. Having gained my Queen's Guide Award I was very pleased to be asked to be the County Queens Guide Advisor and help others to achieve this prestigious award.
Assistant County Commissioner - Voice
I have been a leader with 1st Catisfield Guides for 14 years and enjoyed every minute! I was County Outdoor Activities Adviser until 2013 and helped manage the Guide Resource Centre and shop in Fareham until 2014. I am the County Badge Secretary. I like adventures and am most happy to be outdoors (camping if possible) with the Guides. As ACC Voice I have responsibility for the County Website, the Fareham Resource Centre, the Grotto, liaising with the Scouts and PR and chairing the Recruitment and Retention Committee.
Assistant County Commissioner - Access
I wasn't a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide or a Member of the Senior Section – I was just asked to help – like many of you. That was in 1990 and I have been with 1st Portsdown Guides since. It has been great to help so many girls and to see them develop. I then went on to be District Commissioner and eventually Division Commissioner for Bere Forest. This position finishes in Feb 2017. I love crafting and cooking – especially over an open fire at camp. There is nothing better than the smell of wood smoke. As ACC Access I have responsibility for Commissioner support and induction programme, Leadership Qualification and our Development Worker.
I have been involved in Guiding since I became a Brownie at 7 (there were no Rainbows then) and have never left. Over that time I have been a Junior Council member, District and Division Commissioner, Chair of Adult support and Region Lead Volunteer for Training. I am still currently a trainer, LQ mentor and a Quality Board Member for the Quality Pilot. My day job is a Headteacher of an Infant School in Portsmouth. Interests for me include cooking, reading , travel and fast cars.
County Vice President
I was a Brownie leader in Portchester for several years but am now a leader in training with 3rd Portchester Rainbows. I have been Division Residential Advisor and County Residential Adviser. Currently I am Fareham Division's Brownie Adviser and a County Mentor. I was thrilled to be asked to be County Vice President.
I am a Guide Leader in Bedhampton and have been involved in Guiding since I was Rainbow 30 years ago. For the past 15 years I have worked as an Occupational Therapist in various roles within the NHS working with both adults and children.
I passionately believe in Inclusion. As an Occupational Therapist of 12 years it is my job to promote independence and inclusion for people in all aspects of their daily living. I have worked with all ages across the physical, mental health and learning disability classifications. I have been a member of all sections and as a leader with a young family of 3, as a single parent, I have had to be flexible in how I support my district and division. It doesn't have to be a 1-2 hour weekly meeting, there are other ways to include and involve adults in supporting our units. I believe each District and Division already has a wealth of experience that we will need to tap into, but we could do more to make Girlguiding in Hampshire East accessible to all members. We all have busy lives with different pressures and/or health conditions - one size doesn't fit all, and we need to evolve to embrace being more inclusive. As we develop our role, we will keep you updated. If you have new or existing members in your unit who may have additional needs, please contact us if you need some guidance on how to support them inclusively.
I have been a leader in the Meon Valley Division for over 23 years, mainly as a Guide leader but also with Rangers. I love the opportunities International Guiding can bring and am lucky enough to have visited a number of countries through Guiding including Sweden, Japan, USA and three World Centres. I have kept in touch with Girl Guide and Girl Scout friends from all over the world and was delighted when friends from California and Japan travelled over and joined Hampshire East Centenary Camp in 2010.