Volunteer communications panel

In order to ensure all our communications truly deliver what our members want and need, we’ve formed a volunteer communications panel

The volunteer communications panel is working to improve Girlguiding’s member communications.

The volunteer communications panel is a group of volunteers who provide ongoing feedback on our membership communications, contributing ideas, views from local guiding, and their own volunteering expertise.

Chaired by the lead volunteer for membership communications.

Meet some of the volunteer communications panel

Sue Rees, district commissioner

'Having spent the last few years working with Girlguiding’s Programme team, developing the section handbooks and badge books, I was really keen to use my skills to support Girlguiding’s strategic communications team,' says Sue. 'I’m really enjoying chairing the volunteer communications panel and helping to ensure that we’re influencing communications that we send members. 

'Outside of guiding I have three fairly grown-up daughters and work full time in the pharmaceutical industry. As a family we enjoy travelling the world, eating good food and try to get to theatre when we can.'

Joanna Ward, division commissioner, Rainbow leader and mentor

'I believe passionately that good communication could solve all the world’s problems and wants to ensure that Girlguiding is the best it can be for all involved,' says Joanna. 'When I’m not guiding I work as a transport planner encouraging people to cycle and walk more.

'I love paddle boarding, singing in a choir and doing yoga in strange places!'

Sarah French, deputy region chief commissioner and Guide leader

'I am really keen for local volunteers to receive Girlguiding's information in its best form, knowing that the volunteers are all doing it for the girls,' says Sarah. 'I am a secondary school teaching assistant supporting the maths department.'

Holly Garbett, Brownie leader and working on her Queen's Guide Award

'I am particularly interested in enhancing communications between young adult members and Girlguiding, ensuring that we feel supported and acknowledged,' says Holly. 'Outside of guiding, I am training to be a coastal flood engineer and particularly love reading and iced tea!'

Hanna Maurice, young leader at a Rainbow and Brownie unit and a peer educator

'I am the representative for the youth editors panel,' says Hanna. 'I want to make communications with younger members stronger, so they each feel supported and get the most out of an amazing guiding experience. I also love travelling and playing sports. I take my roller skates on my adventures.'

Charlotte Armstrong, leader at a Ranger unit

'I want to help make sure everyone has the information they need to do their role so that our girls have the best experience of guiding possible,' says Charlotte. 'I’m also the representative for the readership panel.'

Suzanne Young, Guide leader, training advisor and trainer

'Coming later in life to guiding, I am keen to make sure all members voices are heard, regardless of age and experience,' says Suzanne. 'Outside of Guides I am a professional project manager and I am keen to bring my organisational, change and communications skills to the panel. Other interests include sewing, baking, reading and gardening.'

Sarah Hunter, Brownie leader and divisional PR adviser

'I’m happy to be part of the panel so I can wear my two hats – as a communications professional and a volunteer – to help Girlguiding shape its national communications,' says Sarah. 'Outside guiding, I work as an editor and love hanging out with my children, running and reading (not at the same time).'

Rosalind Morcombe, trainer, 1st Response coordinator and district supporting leader

'Having been a member of Girlguiding for many years, I am very aware that good communication is vital and it has to be two way ensuring we all understand what is needed to deliver good guiding,' says Rosalind. 'My roles give me the oppurtunity to listen to all the adults who give so much to guiding making us such a successful movement. 

'Guiding is a big part of my none working life alongside my family, horses, travel and line dancing.'