Region Team

Girlguiding North West England has a comprehensive team of volunteers who ensure the work of the charity is undertaken, led by the Region Chief Commissioner and her two Assistants. The volunteers are supported by a friendly and approachable staff team of 10, who are based at our Region Headquarters in Preston. The staff team support the volunteers to ensure that Girlguiding North West England is operating in an effective manner and providing the best opportunities to our members. 

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Julie Bell

Julie Bell

Region Chief Commissioner

The Chief Commissioner is the lead volunteer for Girlguiding North West England and has overall responsibility for the running of the organisation and its volunteers.

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Mel Price

Mel Price

Assistant Region Chief Commissioner

The Assistant Region Chief Commissioners are responsible for supporting the Chief Commissioner in her her role as the lead volunteer for the organisation. Mel has particular responsibility for all aspects of work relating to the Finance and Administration of the charity.

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Bekky Ashmore

Bekky Ashmore

Assistant Region Chief Commissioner

The Assistant Region Chief Commissioners are responsible for supporting the Chief Commissioner in her her role as the lead volunteer for the organisation. Bekky has particular responsibility for all aspects of work relating to The Senior Section and youth participation.

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Kathryn Qattan

Kathryn Qattan

Region Chair of Finance and Property

As the head of the Region Finance and Property Committee, the Chair helps to oversee the financial planning, monitoring and reporting on behalf of the Region Executive Committee. She ensures that appropriate budgets are set across the full range of Executive responsibilities and manages financial transactions to ensure compliance with audit and Charity Commission regulations. The Committee also provides support to the various local property management groups as well as having responsibility for the Region Headquarters building.

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Elizabeth Dear

Elizabeth Dear

Region Chair of Awards

The Region Chair of Awards is the head of the Region Awards Committee which meet twice per year to consider applications for Region and National awards. The committee is responsible for ensuring that each application meets the criteria of the award as set out by Girlguiding and Girlguiding North West England.

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Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright

Assistant Region Chair of Guiding Development

The Assistant Region Chair of Guiding Development is responsible for providing support to the Chair; having particular responsibility for Commissioner training.

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Kim Williams

Kim Williams

Region Guiding Development (Adult support) Adviser

The focus of the Region Guiding Development (Adult Support) Adviser is to coordinate all activity relating to Leader support; including Commissioner support, the Leadership Qualification, First Response, Safe Space, Trainers and Membership Systems.

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Julia Lunn

Julia Lunn

Region Guiding Development (Young Member) Adviser

The role of the Region Guiding Development (Young Member) Adviser is to coordinate all activity relating to our young members; including programme for all sections, Peer Education and events.

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Diane Scarborough

Diane Scarborough

Region Adventure and Challenge Adviser

The Region Adventure and Challenge Advisers are responsible for coordinating all activity relating to adventure and challenge within the Region, including the outdoors, residentials and external partnerships.

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Sarah Agnes Evans

Sarah Agnes Evans

Region Social Media Adviser

The Social Media Adviser is here to support all Leaders with their social media queries and to help promote our brand through our region social media accounts. .

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Sandy Kermode

Sandy Kermode

Region Membership Systems Coordinator

The Region Membership Systems Coordinator provides support to the Region Office Team, Region Advisers and County Lead Volunteers for Membership Systems and works proactively with them on projects involving membership systems and processes.

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Nicola Wareing

Nicola Wareing

Region Senior Section Adviser

The role of the Region Senior Section Adviser is to organise and develop Senior Section activities and identify training needs for both Senior Section members and their Leaders. Other responsibilities include promoting the Young Leader Qualification and other Senior Section opportunities such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

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Jocelyn Hetherington

Jocelyn Hetherington

Region Trainer Coordinator

The role of Region Trainer Coordinator involves supporting current Trainers in the Region through communicating new training initiatives and identifying and offering opportunities for Trainers to maintain current training standards and develop new training skills.

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Janet Donnelly

Janet Donnelly

Region Tutors and Prospective Trainers Coordinator

The Region Tutors and Prospective Trainers Coordinator ensures that Tutors and Prospective Trainers receive the support and training they require to deliver the Training Qualification.

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Helen Price

Helen Price

Region Outdoor Activities Adviser

The Region Outdoor Activities Adviser is responsible for increasing access to the outdoors for all our members, as well as ensuring consistent and safe training for Leaders across all outdoor qualification areas.

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Andy Horsfield

Andy Horsfield

Region Walking Adviser

The Region Walking Adviser is responsible for increasing awareness of walking qualifications in the Region and to ensure safe walking practices are undertaken.

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Delia Fletcher

Delia Fletcher

Region Water Activities Adviser

The Region Water Activities Adviser’s role is to advise and support Leaders to enable girls and young members to enjoy water activities. The most important aspects of this role are to ensure all Adult Leaders are properly trained and all members are safe when enjoying water activities.

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Helen Humphreys

Helen Humphreys

Region Safeguarding Adviser

The Region Safeguarding Adviser is responsible for providing support to ensure safe guiding for all of our members.

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Doreen Stanley

Doreen Stanley

Region Heritage Adviser

The Region Heritage Adviser is responsible for maintaining the heritage of Girlguiding North West England, taking particular responsibility for looking after its archives.

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Rachel Heyes

Rachel Heyes

Region Peer Education Coordinator

The Region Peer Education Coordinator has been trained through Girlguiding’s Peer Education scheme and encourages other Senior Section members to become Peer Educators too. The role also includes organising Peer Education trainings for prospective Peer Educators, and supporting Peer Educators in the Region, as well as representing Girlguiding North West England's Peer Educators nationally.

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Chloe Harrison

Chloe Harrison

Region Chair of Express!

Express! is the Region’s Youth Forum which is made up of a Chair, Vice-Chair and a County Representative from every County within the Region. Express! meets four times a year to discuss important issues affecting members of The Senior Section within the Region and come up with solutions, such as the Promise, the name and age range of The Senior Section.

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Kelly Hunter

Kelly Hunter

Strategy Manager

The Strategy Manager is responsible for the strategy, governance, income generation, partnership work and the leadership of Girlguiding North West England’s staff.

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Caroline Conry

Caroline Conry

Operations Manager

The Operations Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Girlguiding North West England, including responsibility for the Region Headquarters and its staff team.

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Louise Smith

Louise Smith

Finance Coordinator

The Finance Coordinator is responsible for all of Girlguiding North West England’s day to day payments. Yes, Louise is the lucky person who receives all the bills!

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Alex Dodd

Alex Dodd

Training and Development Coordinator

The Training and Development Coordinator is responsible for providing support to the Guiding Development and Trainer lead volunteers to sustain and enhance quality guiding in North West England.

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Amy Mackin

Amy Mackin

Community Support Worker

The Community Support Worker is responsible for responding to the needs and priorities of our County teams in the recruitment and development of young members and volunteers, to support the delivery of Girlguiding’s wide programme of activities for girls and young women, supporting the maintenance of existing Units and establishment of new Girlguiding Units across North West England.

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Ellis Quinn

Ellis Quinn

PR and Communications Coordinator

The PR and Communications Coordinator is responsible for raising the profile of Girlguiding North West England through managing all press enquiries, overseeing the website, and keeping up-to-date with our Social Media pages.

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Jennifer Davies

Jennifer Davies

Design and PR Assistant

The Design and PR Assistant is responsible for supporting the Region specifically with design and PR projects for the charity.

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Louise Lee

Louise Lee

Support Services Coordinator

The Support Services Coordinator is responsible for making sure the administration of the office, events and Region Headquarters shop run smoothly.

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Chloe Rossall

Chloe Rossall

Membership Systems Coordinator

The Membership Systems Coordinator is responsible for managing, reporting on and maintaining Girlguiding North West England’s Membership Systems, delivering a comprehensive support service to volunteers.

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Becky Collinson

Becky Collinson

County Coordinator

The County Coordinator is responsible for providing administrative support to the Counties of Manchester, Lancashire South East, the Isle of Man, Sefton and Wirral. Each County’s needs are different, but they all have a few similar needs such as sending emails, updating Go! and Join Us, as well as running reports. The County Coordinator has also previously helped to organise events and attended County meetings.

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Helen Barrance

Helen Barrance

Region Inclusion Adviser

The Region Inclusion Adviser is a port of call and support for any queries surrounding the integration of girls, young women and adults who may feel they are in need of extra support. They offer advice, training and support in opening guiding to girls and adults with additional needs, encouraging the growth of guiding amongst new communities and to promoting guiding as an inclusive organisation.

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Amy Longhurst

Amy Longhurst

Assistant Region International Adviser

The Assistant Region International Adviser works with the Region International Adviser to support and encourage members to take advantage of all the international opportunities available to them, such as Region trips and GOLD (Guiding Overseas Linked with Development). They also provide training opportunities and support for Leaders to encourage them to take girls, from Brownies through to Senior Section, abroad with confidence. They facilitate events and provide resources to encourage members to look at the international aspect of guiding as part of their programme and run events abroad such as the ‘Adventures in…’ trips.

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Alexis Tate

Alexis Tate

Region International Adviser

The Region International Adviser supports and encourages members to take advantage of all the international opportunities available to them, such as Region trips and GOLD (Guiding Overseas Linked with Development). They also provide training opportunities and support for Leaders to encourage them to take girls, from Brownies through to Senior Section, abroad with confidence. They facilitate events and provide resources to encourage members to look at the international aspect of guiding as part of their programme and run events abroad such as the ‘Adventures in…’ trips.

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Emma Hamilton

Emma Hamilton

Region Duke of Edinburgh's Award Adviser

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Adviser offers support to County Advisers and Leaders who are supporting young members working on their DofE Award. The Adviser is supported by the Region Headquarters Team who help to register DofE groups and approve completed Bronze and Silver Awards. Region Trainings are coordinated throughout the year to encourage Leaders to become DofE Expedition Supervisors and Assessors and to help them train their girls in expedition skills.

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Emma Maudsley

Emma Maudsley

Region Arts Adviser

The Arts Adviser is responsible for increasing access to the arts for all our members. They specifically offer support to members who are working towards their Arts Award.

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Laura Watson

Laura Watson

Region Rainbow Section Adviser

The role of the Region Rainbow Adviser is to organise and develop Rainbow activities and identify training needs for Rainbow Leaders.

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Jenny Long

Jenny Long

Action for Change Lead Volunteer

The Action for Change Lead Volunteer is responsible for supporting Action for Change within the North West Region. They work closely with members of the Region and Girlguiding to ensure that the project is a success.

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Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown

Region Membership Systems Adviser (Designate)

The Region Membership Systems Coordinator provides support to the Region Office Team, Region Advisers and County Lead Volunteers for Membership Systems and works proactively with them on projects involving membership systems and processes.

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Sharon Weaver

Sharon Weaver

Region Guide Section Adviser

The Guide Adviser is here to support Guide Leaders with a wide range of queries such as queries around the programme, permission, activities and qualifications etc. The role will also work with country advisors to successfully introduce the new and exciting Guiding programme; to ensure all our members get the best experience to grow on their Guiding journey.

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Gillian Rees

Gillian Rees

Region Residential Adviser

The Region Residential Adviser is responsible for coordinating all activity relating to residentials, and encourages Leaders to take their girls away as part of their unit's programme. They provide support to members undertaking residentials.

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Louise Cope

Louise Cope

Louise Cope

The PR Adviser is here to coordinate and organise the PR and Communications for the Region. They support Leaders with any media queries and help promote our brand through marketing opportunities.

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