Top female execs inspire Dollar girl to aim for the top at Girlguiding’s Camp CEO

A Dollar girl has been given expert advice from by a host of the UK’s top female executives at Girlguiding’s first ever Camp CEO.

Emma Rattray, 16, a Senior Section member with Girlguiding Clackmannanshire, was one of 20 girls mentored by leading female executives during the unique girl-only camp held at Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire from 27 – 31 October 2014.

The ground-breaking new project, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, was launched by Girlguiding to encourage more girls and young women to aim for the top.
According to Girlguiding research, two in three girls aged 11-21 think there are not enough women in leadership positions.

During Camp CEO, Emma was coached by senior female executives on all aspects of building a successful career – from interview and networking skills to overcoming challenges and building confidence.

She was also given one-to-one mentoring by Kirsty Brodley, CEO of STEMNET, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Network.

There was also time for the professionals to experience a taste of the Girlguiding adventure – as they joined Emma for adrenalin-fuelled activities such as archery and raft-building.

Emma said: “My highlight of Camp CEO was having one-to-one mentoring with my mentor Kirsty Bodley, the CEO of STEMNET.

“The best piece of advice I was given was that no matter what you do at university, your path isn’t set in stone and you can always change your mind later.”

Emma is currently is currently working towards her grade 6 exams. She has been doing ballet for the past 10 years and as well as being a member of Girlguiding Scotland Emma is also member of the Cadets where she takes part in national first aid and signals competitions. Emma hopes to pursue a career in chemical engineering.

She said: “Girlguiding has given me so many opportunities to further my leadership skills as I am currently working towards becoming a Young Leader. I have also completed my Baden Powell award and I am currently working on Look Wider – Girlguiding’s programme for Senior Section members.

“Guiding opens up so many doors that you would have been blind to otherwise. It allows you to develop your personal qualities, build unique friendships and gives you unforgettable experiences. No matter what you do at Guides – you always have fun.”

Camp CEO was able to go ahead thanks to a generous boost of £100,000 from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery – which supports charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally.

Jo Bucci, Managing Director of People’s Postcode Lottery and Camp CEO mentor, said: “I’m thrilled that players of Peoples Postcode Lottery have supported this inspiring programme, enabling these ambitious young women to boost their skills and confidence as they take their first steps on the career ladder.”


Notes for editors

  1. Women in Leadership figures taken from Girlguiding’s 2013 Girls Attitudes Survey.
  2. Full list of CEOs:
    • Jo Bucci, Managing Director, People’s Postcode Lottery
    • Jennifer McGachie, HR Director, People’s Postcode Lottery
    • Viki Cooke, co-founder of BritainThinks
    • Jaki Booth, CEO of Sheffield Students Union
    • Tracey Bleakley, CEO of Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
    • Kirsten Bodley, CEO of STEMNET
    • Liz Bingham, Managing Partner for Talent Ernst and Young
    • Caroline White, CEO of the Youth Hostel Association
    • Denise Wilson, CEO of Women on Boards
    • Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE, CEO of Royal National Institute for Blind People
    • Natasha Adams, Tesco UK Support Office Director
    • Julie Bentley, CEO of Girlguiding