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Girlguiding Scotland is a Scottish charity supporting 45,000 girls and young women and 11,000 amazing volunteers.

We’re part of the UK-wide charity, Girlguiding, with half a million members across Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English regions.

Through Girlguiding we belong to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), a huge movement of ten million girls and young women across the globe.

Local guiding

Girlguiding Scotland has six regions – Ayrshire & South West, Central, Grampian, Highlands & Islands, Lothian & Borders and Strathclyde.

Each region is divided into local areas known as counties, for example Perth & Kinross, Glasgow and Moray.

Each county has its own lead volunteer known as a county commissioner who runs guiding in the area, supported by Girlguiding Scotland and a team of local volunteers.

Some counties are formed of several divisions, for example Stirling and Elphinstone.

Counties or divisions are broken down into districts, for example Stenhouse and North Lorn.

Last but not least, each local guiding area is made up of units – groups of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers – for example the 53rd Glasgow Guides and the 1st Dingwall Rainbows.

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Find out more about how Girlguiding Scotland is structured by downloading a map of our counties and have a look at who’s part of our Scottish Executive – or trustee board – and on our staff team.

If you’d like to contact a county commissioner or a Scottish adviser about a particular topic, for example accessibility, then please get in touch.

If you’d like to raise something at trustee level speak to your district or division commissioner, or your county commissioner. They can raise issues with your area’s regional representative on our Scottish Executive (our trustee board), which meets four times a year.

Our Trustees

Girlguiding Scotland’s work is overseen by our Scottish Executive, a group of trustees appointed for their skills, expertise and commitment to our vision. Led by the Scottish chief commissioner, our most senior volunteer, Girlguiding Scotland’s Trustees make sure everything we do helps us achieve our mission to inspire and empower girls in every community in Scotland. The Scottish Chief Commissioner is supported by the chief executive and her team of staff.

Moira McKenna

Scottish Chief Commissioner

Moira is our lead volunteer in Scotland, with overall responsibility for making sure we deliver our aim of empowering and inspiring as many girls as possible to find their voice through Girlguiding across the country.

Gail Fox

Deputy Scottish Chief Commissioner

Gail Fox supports the Scottish chief commissioner and, along with the other Deputy Scottish Chief Commissioner Carol Morwood, provides individual support to Girlguiding Scotland counties.

Carol Morwood

Deputy Scottish Chief Commissioner

Carol supports the Scottish chief commissioner and, along with the other Deputy Scottish Chief Commissioner Gail Fox, provides individual support to Girlguiding Scotland counties.

Mr Brian Lawrie

Honorary treasurer

Brian is our honorary treasurer on our Scottish Executive. This role involves keeping the trustees informed about financial duties and responsibilities, as well as our performance, and supporting specific activities as required.

Emma Ritchie

Lead volunteer for guiding delivery

Emma is our new lead volunteer for guiding delivery – she will coordinate the volunteer team that delivers Girlguiding Scotland activities and events for our members and ensure we have a thriving membership.

Matilda Lomas

Lead volunteer for communications

Matilda is our lead volunteer for communications, supporting our network of PR volunteers to share the excitement of Girlguiding Scotland through the media, events and online.

Alison Coyle

Lead volunteer for growth

Alison Coyle is the new lead volunteer for growth. The growth team promotes Girlguiding Scotland and Girlguiding, and supports the Scottish growth strategy.

Linda Holden

Business management & finance committee chair

Linda Holden is the business management and finance chair on our Scottish Executive. She helps the Girlguiding Scotland staff team support members with property, governance and charity matters too.

Mike Winter

Adult member

Mike is part of our Scottish Executive. He’s one of three of our Adult Member trustees.

Helen Welsh

Adult member

Helen has joined our Scottish Executive as one of two trustees who represent our local volunteers and adult members across Scotland.

Eleanor Swift

Young member

The youth member on our Scottish Executive gives all of our young members a voice in important trustee decisions and discussions.

Liz Thompson

Lothian and Borders region

Liz is one of six regional representatives who sit on our Scottish Executive. She represents Lothian and Borders and is also the county commissioner for West Lothian.

Alison Irving

Central region

Alison is one of six regional representatives who sit on our Scottish Executive. She represents the central region and is also the county commissioner for Forth Valley.

Greer Litster

Strathclyde region

Greer is one of six regional representatives who sit on our Scottish Executive. She is also the county commissioner for West Lanarkshire.

Alison Williams

Grampian region

Alison represents the Grampian region on our Scottish Executive. She’s also the county commissioner for the Moray area.

Suzanne Docherty

Highlands & Islands region

Suzanne is one of six regional representatives who sit on our Scottish Executive. She represents the Highlands & Islands region and is also the county commissioner for Inverness-shire.

Fiona Robertson

Southwest region

Fiona is one of six regional representatives who sit on our Scottish Executive, representing the Southwest region. She has a wealth of experience in Girlguiding and is the county commissioner for Ayrshire South.

Our staff team

We also have a team of staff who work at our Scottish Headquarters and shop in Edinburgh – they support the work of the Executive Committee. Find out who our Chief Executive is and who our senior management team are below.

Denise Spence

Chief Executive

Denise is responsible for delivering Girlguiding Scotland’s strategy and managing our staff and finances. She works closely with the Scottish Chief Commissioner to ensure Girlguiding Scotland provides the best possible support for our members.

Carolyn Fox McKay

Head of Operations

Carolyn is our Head of Operations.

More info coming soon!

Louise Henderson

Membership Development Manager

Louise is our Head of Membership Development & Growth.

More info coming soon!

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