Meet the Chief Guide

Introducing our new Chief Guide

Our new Chief Guide will focus on giving girls and young women the very best experiences through guiding

Chief Guide Amanda MedlerAmanda Medler has been elected as our new Chief Guide.

As Chief Guide, our most senior volunteer, Amanda has committed to helping unit leaders give girls and young women the very best experiences through guiding.

She’ll work alongside Julie Bentley, Chief Executive and Val Elliott, Interim Chair of the Board of Trustees, to deliver our ambitious strategy – ‘Being our best’.

Meet Amanda

Amanda, who will serve a five year term, has been involved in guiding her whole life. She qualified as a Brownie leader whilst studying at Loughborough University. She became a Guide leader in London and South East England Region in 1989, which she continues to this day.

In Middlesex North West County, Amanda created a Young Guiders forum and was chair of programme and training before serving as assistant and then county commissioner.

Amanda has been a Girlguiding qualified trainer since 2003, and over the years has progressed from being chair of the British Youth Council delegation to being elected as a member of Council and the Executive committee. She led significant change as UK Guide adviser (lead volunteer 1995-2000), delivering the renewal of the Guide programme.

On the global stage Amanda has been a member of Girlguiding’s delegation to a Europe Conference as well as other European events and conferences. In 2010, she was elected to the WAGGGS Europe Committee and in 2013 served a second three-year term as vice chair.

In her professional life Amanda has worked in corporate IT for over 20 years, moving into the not-for-profit sector eight years ago, first as a senior project manager for Citizens Advice and now as a senior consultant with Adapta Consulting.

I am passionate about local guiding and the role of the commissioner in helping unit leaders give girls and young women the very best experiences through guiding. I am delighted the Council has put their trust in me to lead the membership over the next five years. - Amanda, Chief Guide

Amanda becomes Chief Guide at a very exciting time in our development as we face lots of opportunities and challenges to reach as many girls as we can with an exciting new programme delivered by our incredible members.

Amanda was appointed following an extensive recruitment process that involved both young members and leaders.

What's next

Amanda’s term of office will officially start on World Thinking Day, 22 February 2018. Over her first month in the role Amanda will work with a short listing panel of members to appoint the new Deputy Chief Guide. She will also work with trustees and some Council members, to appoint the new chair of the board of trustees. Watch out for these exciting opportunities being advertised soon.