Countries and Regions

Girlguiding is broken down into ten Countries and Regions

The Countries and Regions

All countries and regions have equal status and responsibilities and unless it says otherwise the term 'country or region' also includes BGO and Branch Associations.

How countries and regions are run

The country and region team consists of the:

  • Chief commissioner
  • Deputy chief commissioner(s) where appointed
  • County commissioners within the country/region 
  • Treasurer
  • Advisers and/or coordinators
  • Chairmen of sub-committees
  • Trainers
  • Trefoil Guild chairman
  • President and vice-presidents.

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The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is responsible for guiding in their area and they report to the Board of Trustees of Girlguiding. They usually meet at least four times a year and are appointed according to the country or region constitution.

The Executive Committee appoints sub-committees to advise and assist it. The Executive Committee may in some circumstances delegate certain of its powers to its sub-committees or to individual members.

The country/region chief commissioner chairs her country/region Executive Committee and she is part of the national chief commissioners group.

From time to time the Girlguiding Board of Trustees appoints ad-hoc committees or groups from countries and regions to deal with specific tasks. These are normally dissolved when the task is completed.

Other governing bodies

Each country and region may also have a council or similar body appointed according to the terms of its constitution.

It may also have a Junior council, forum or panel with its own constitution or terms of reference.

Each country or region has an administrative office with a small number of professional staff.

British Girlguiding Overseas

Where a British community exists in another country, Girlguiding units may be formed with the permission of the local Association. British Girlguiding Overseas is an integral part of Girlguiding with its own commissioner and support structure. It is administered in a similar way to the other countries and regions in the United Kingdom.