Hello, I am very excited to be taking on the role as Chief Commissioner for Girlguiding LaSER. I have been a member of Girlguiding since I was 7 and have fond memories of my time as a Brownie, Guide and young leader including playing games, learning new skills and going on camps, residentials and international trips to Switzerland and Russia. Many of the skills I learnt have developed further in the various roles that I have held as an adult volunteer including being part of unit leadership teams for Guides and Brownies, County Chair of Programme and Training and most recently as County Commissioner for Girlguiding Sussex West and national Lead Volunteer for the Commissioner Review.
My experiences in guiding have also supported me in my work role as an Occupational Therapist where I support a team of therapists in a NHS neuro-rehabilitation centre to provide rehabilitation to those affected by a stroke or brain injury.
I live on the south coast and enjoy walking our dog on the beach or along the South Downs. I have two teenage boys so can often be found watching them play football at the weekend or enjoying a meal out together.
We are all aware that the past 18 months have been incredibly challenging and whilst some have learnt how to deliver guiding virtually or through activity packs etc, others have needed to take a break from guiding for a while. What is important now is that we support all volunteers to take an active role in guiding again. For some, this may be supporting them to start face to face meetings, for others a virtual or blended approach may be better. Taking the first step is often the hardest, but together we will support each other and ensure as many girls and young women in LaSER have the opportunity to experience all the amazing things that guiding can offer them.
I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during my time as Chief Commissioner,