A great big thank you to our Deputy Chief Guide

Saying thank you to the brilliant Sally Illsley

Val Elliott, Interim Chair of the Board of Trustees
28 February 2018

I wanted to take a moment to say a huge thank you to Sally Illsley

Sally’s been our Deputy Chief Guide since June 2016 – and stepped into the shoes of Chief Guide in 2017 when we needed her. With over 30 years’ Guiding experience, Sally’s brought incredible knowledge, energy and humour to the role.

Her achievements touch nearly every corner of guiding. Sally’s given great support to chief commissioners, helping to develop guiding across the UK. She's also has stayed close to the development of the new programme and has been a great support to Lead Volunteer Jess and the staff team.

Sally has been a motivational and inspiring role model whenever she takes to the stage. Her ability to deliver the important messages but always make time for humour has been hugely engaging. It is impossible to leave a room when Sally has been on the stage and not feel ready to take on the world. Sally says it how it is, and we have valued this hugely because it is always done in the very best interest of Girlguiding.

Somehow she’s also found time to fit in a few adventures - from having fun at Flamingo Fling to taking on the low ropes at Midlands Cosmos Brownie camp. Across the volunter and staff teams everyone has loved working alongside Sally and we're going to miss her. We wish her many more adventures to come. Especially with her gift from Girlguiding – a chainsaw!

Val Elliott

Val is our Interim Chair of the Board of Trustees.