County Treasurer, Girlguiding Essex South East
Since 2019 I have been County Treasurer. My role is to ensure that the county’s money is used to give the girls and leaders the best possible experience of Girlguiding. I chair the Finance Committee, which includes representatives from each division, and together we set budgets, allocate grants and assist units with their accounts.
I grew up in Westcliff joining Brownies when I was eight and continuing to Guides and Rangers eventually becoming an assistant leader at the Brownie unit. I loved trying out new things and enjoyed many camps with Guides, but we never went too far afield.
I moved to Chelmsford and then Norwich continuing to run Brownie units.
Returning to Essex in 1986 I lived in Rayleigh for over 30 years. Once again, I was a Brownie leader, 13 years at one unit followed by two more units for approximately six years each. I have also been district commissioner, division Brownie Holiday Adviser, County Walking Adviser and County Brownie Holiday Adviser.
A great sense of achievement is seeing the growth in confidence of girls as they try out new experiences and I have especially enjoyed being on unit, county and region Brownie holidays.
In 2010, to mark 100 years of Girlguiding, a group of leaders and I walked 26 miles around three of the county campsites. We were joined at various points along the route by girls.
My greatest personal achievement was completing Level 2 of the Walking Scheme. Essex is not known for its hills so I spent many weekends in the Peak District and Wales! I still love to go walking.