Biographies for Girlguiding Hampshire East

Girlguiding Hampshire East

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HAMPSHIRE EAST GUIDING OFFICERS


Pam Marsden
Pam Marsden

County President
I have been a leader since 1973 starting with Air Ranger Guides in Yorkshire. Then following my move to Gosport in 1979 I led Rangers and Young Leaders for many years alongside various District, Division and County appointments. Rainbows and Guides in Gosport North / South followed and I now assist with Guides at 1st Alverstoke. I have been on the Foxlease Management Group and currently enjoy being a Committee member for Friends of Foxlease.

Wendy Harrison
Wendy Harrison

County Vice President
I made my Brownie promise in 1952 and had no idea then what a fantastic organisation I was to be part of for the rest of my life, opening so many doors and putting colour and adventure into my life along with all the other values that Guiding enriches our life with. I was initially a leader in Horndean Division before moving to Bere Forest. I have been involved with all sections but Guides and Senior Section are my favourite and outdoors is where I like to be. I am now a member of the Trefoil Guild. Being asked to be Vice President of the County gives me the opportunity to be involved in future Guiding and experience some of the exciting challenges ahead. I have been married almost 50 years and have three Grandchildren who are involved in Scouting. My son is a Scout leader and my daughter was very involved in Guiding and took every opportunity WAGGGS had to offer.

Jacqui Dixon
Jacqui Dixon

Assistant County Commissioner - Excellence
I have been Guide leader at Whiteley Guides since we opened the unit in 2002. Before that I was a Brownie leader in seven different counties. I am a trainer and a trainer tutor, and have been County Commissioner (twice!), as well as holding various Region appointments, currently Chair of Compliance for Girlguiding South West England. I am also one of the Region reps on the national Quality Assurance board. In my 'spare' time, I am a member of the Tax Tribunal, love travelling and walking, and growing my own fruit and veg. AS ACC Excellence I have responsibility for Adult training and the Guiding Programme.

Kathy Davis
Kathy Davis

Assistant County Commissioner - Capacity
I have been an adult member in Guiding for over 40 years. I have worked with all sections but the Guide section was always my favourite as was the out of doors adventures until my health curtailed that side of Guiding for me. I have had many Adviser roles as well as being a Trainer, Tutor and Assessor/ Verifier for the Training Qualification. I enjoy supporting Leaders and the County and hope that I can continue to do so in my new role. As ACC Capacity I have responsibility for monitoring girl and adult waiting lists, DBS checks, our County Administrator, I chair the Awards Committee, I am the Trefoil Guild Rep and I attend the Finance Committee.

Liz Dunning
Liz Dunning

Assistant County Commissioner - Voice
I have been a leader with 1st Catisfield Guides for 14 years and enjoyed every minute! I was County Outdoor Activities Adviser until 2013 and helped manage the Guide Resource Centre and shop in Fareham until 2014. Currently I am Fareham Division Commissioner and the County Badge Secretary. I like adventures and am most happy to be outdoors (camping if possible) with the Guides. As ACC Voice I have responsibility for the County Website, the Fareham Resource Centre, the Grotto, liaising with the Scouts and PR and chairing the Recruitment and Retention Committee.

Vilma Cooke
Vilma Cooke

Assistant County Commissioner - Access
I wasn't a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide or a Member of the Senior Section – I was just asked to help – like many of you. That was in 1990 and I have been with 1st Portsdown Guides since. It has been great to help so many girls and to see them develop. I then went on to be District Commissioner and eventually Division Commissioner for Bere Forest. This position finishes in Feb 2017. I love crafting and cooking – especially over an open fire at camp. There is nothing better than the smell of wood smoke. As ACC Access I have responsibility for Commissioner support and induction programme, Leadership Qualification and our Development Worker.

Lyndsey Cook
Lyndsey

County Commissioner
I have been involved in Guiding since I became a Brownie at 7 (there were no Rainbows then) and have never left. Over that time I have been a Junior Council member, District and Division Commissioner, Chair of Adult support and Region Lead Volunteer for Training. I am still currently a trainer, LQ mentor and a Quality Board Member for the Quality Pilot. My day job is a Headteacher of an Infant School in Portsmouth. Interests for me include cooking, reading , travel and fast cars.

Heather Boosey
Heather Boosey

County Young Leader Adviser
I gained my warrant in Essex in 1977 age 21, although, I had unofficially been running a Unit since I was 16, due to my Guide Leader moving away and the Unit being threatened with closure. (I was merely required to have an adult present at my meeting!) I moved to Hampshire East in 1985 intending to move on from Guiding to try something new, but inevitably soon became involved again with 2nd Liphook Guides (initially just to help out for a couple of weeks until another leader could be found) but of course, I'm still here. In addition to being a Unit Guider, in 2000, I took on the role of District Young Leader Guider, (hence part of the then County Senior Section Team). This was followed by becoming a mentor when the LQ was first introduced and I subsequently agreed to be Petersfield Group Mentor Coordinator. I was Division Camp Adviser for 5 years and am currently County Young Leader Adviser. I am also responsible for bookings of the Liphook Scout and Guide Halls which are available for residentials. I particularly enjoy encouraging young people to achieve their potential, and camping is my favourite activity in Guiding.

Hannah Graves
Hannah Graves

Queen's Guide Advisor
I'm Hannah and I'm a Guide Leader with 3rd Cosham Guides and the Senior Section Advisor for Portsmouth North Division. I completed my Queen's Guide Award in December 2016 having faced some of my biggest fears and personal challenges, but I'm not ready for the adventure to end so I'm taking the next step and supporting the next generation of young women through their awards.

Sarah Clay
Sarah Clay

Senior Section Adviser
I have been in Guiding since the age of 7 being a Brownie, Guide, Ranger, Young leader and Guider. At University I continued my Guiding career as Assistant Guider in a Gloucestershire Brownie Unit. I returned to Petersfield and continued as Assistant Guider in 1st Petersfield Brownies. At this time I help start up Petersfield Senior Section and have since taken on the role of Leader in Charge. I have recently been awarded my Going Away Award with my Senior Section.

Carol Cleeve
Carol Cleeve

County Vice President
I was a Brownie leader in Portchester for several years but am now a leader in training with 3rd Portchester Rainbows. I have been Division Residential Advisor and County Residential Adviser. Currently I am Fareham Division's Brownie Adviser and a County Mentor. I was thrilled to be asked to be County Vice President.