Could you be the next Chief Guide?

We’re looking for someone with the skills, energy and passion to shape the future of Girlguiding

Lead Girlguiding to be our best

The search for our next amazing Chief Guide is officially on. As our most senior volunteer this is a chance to shape the future of Girlguiding. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about Girlguiding and who wants to see us become even better at helping girls learn, discover, lead and have fun.

We’re looking for someone to lead and inspire our members, support the CEO, meet our girls and volunteers all over the country, represent us at external events and work to make Girlguiding the best it can be.

We’re excited to tell you that we’ve made some changes to the role of Chief Guide.

In the past our Chief Guide has also been the Chair of the Board of Trustees. With Girlguiding growing as an organisation and with the increasing importance of good charity governance and regulation, this role has become too big for one person. So our Council, who are responsible under the Royal Charter for managing the regulations for the appointment of our Chief Guide, have voted to make them two separate roles: 

  • A Chief Guide to focus on our members
  • A Chair of the Board of Trustees to focus on governance leadership

Both the Chief Guide and Chair will be members of the Board and together with the other trustees will set and develop the strategic direction of Girlguiding. We will also still have a Deputy Chief Guide to work as part of this team to support the Chief Guide.

We believe these changes will widen the pool of applicants with the desired skills who feel able to apply, making each role more achievable within the busy lives our adult members lead in the 21st century.

What does the Chief Guide do?

The Chief Guide should help us to do BIG things we can’t do on our own - Verity, 7, 1st Lee South Brownies

This is a five year appointment and the wide-ranging responsibilities are divided between the Chief Guide and the Deputy Chief Guide. This means that both can play to their strengths and get more involved in the aspects of Girlguiding that matter most to them.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Leading our volunteers and supporting them so that they feel inspired to create amazing guiding experiences for our young members
  • Being a member of the Board of Trustees, setting our future strategy and working in partnership with the Chair and CEO to ensure it is delivered effectively
  • Chairing the Operational Board and supporting the Chief Commissioners and key lead volunteers
  • Representing Girlguiding at external and internal events
  • Seeking out the opinions of our young members and going to events to meet with them
  • Maintaining a strong link with guiding organisations around the world, including the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)

You can find more details of the role requirements in the application pack.

Who can apply?

I’d love our Chief Guide to share how adventurous we are - Caroline Storey, Leader of the 1st Havant Guides

Most of all, this role is for someone who is passionate about leading Girlguiding to help more girls grow, discover and have fun.

We also want the Chief Guide to be someone who is an inspirational leader, with a good and up to date knowledge of guiding, and who is hard-working and approachable.

Applicants need to be a female member of Girlguiding aged 18 or over and have experience in a senior guiding role preferably at country, region or national level.

You can find a more detailed person specification in the application pack.

How to apply

To apply, complete an application form and diversity monitoring form and email them to [email protected]

The closing date is Sunday 26 November 2017 at 5pm

There will be two stages of interviews and a presentation to Council members. A shortlisting panel drawn from our Council and Trustee Board, along with a youth panel, will help to ensure we find the right person for the job.

Everything you need to apply:

Application pack
Application form 
Diversity monitoring form