Guiding Development Committee Chairs

Anne Mack and Sarah MacNeil

Anne and Sarah share responsibility for heading up our Guiding Development Committee, which coordinates the volunteer team that delivers Girlguiding Scotland activities and events for our members and ensures we have a thriving membership.

This includes everything from our popular pop concert for Guides, Tartan Gig, to parties for thousands of Brownies or training volunteers to take girls camping.

It’s a big role – and one they prepared for amply by leading guiding in Edinburgh as the Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner for the city.

Anne and Sarah got involved in guiding as Brownies in different parts of the UK, rejoining as adults and taking on roles as Leaders and local Commissioners.


They both say the most valuable thing guiding has taught them is never say no to an adventure.

Sarah says:

“Guiding has challenged me to try new things. I never thought I would zip wire or jump into the Firth of Forth on New Year’s Day!”

Anne adds:

“It’s taught me that it’s OK to go out of your comfort zone – take a chance!”

Their favourite guiding memories are from the Big Brownie Birthday centenary events staged by Girlguiding Edinburgh. Anne says:

“We had 3,000 Brownies take over the National Museum of Scotland for a night – there were drummers, acrobats and a silent disco.

“We had a huge projection with the Brownie logo and ballet dancers in sparkly outfits at the top of the escalators where the girls came in – their faces just lit up!”