Meet Our New President!

We’re excited to introduce our new President Linda Urquhart!

Linda Urquhart

 

A former Guide and Leader herself, Linda went onto become the first female managing partner of a major Scottish law firm and receive an OBE for her services to business!

Linda can’t wait to come back to Girlguiding Scotland in this new role and took some time to share her words of wisdom when we caught up with her for a quick-fire Q&A.

How would you describe yourself in 5 words?

Proud to be a Guide!

What is your favourite memory from when you were a Guide?

Going to a Patrol Leaders’ weekend at Netherurd where I met lots of new friends from all over Scotland and had great fun doing lots of activities.

In university you were a rally car navigator so are you still a bit of a thrill seeker?

I’m maybe not as much of a thrill seeker as I was in my student days and I don’t think of myself as particularly brave; I hate roller coasters, but love sailing, skiing and new experiences.

I am just back from volunteering as a teaching assistant in a school in Southern India. For me, this was a great adventure, working in a completely different culture. It was great fun and very rewarding.

As someone who has enjoyed a brilliant career and broken down barriers – what advice would you give to girls?

Try to take every opportunity that you are offered and have confidence in your own abilities.  Other people may seem more confident or capable but you’ve got your own unique contribution to make.

I often thought ‘I don’t think I could do that’, when I was asked to do something, but I learned that by being brave and giving new things a try, I got the opportunity to learn and do even more interesting things.

Finally, what’s one thing you’d like to achieve while President of Girlguiding Scotland? 

I’d like to make sure that employers know about the great skills which girls and Leaders develop through being part of Girlguiding. I’m also really looking forward to getting out and about and meeting as many of our amazing girls and volunteers as possible.