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County Team

County Team 2016


County Commissioner

 Jill Elborn County Commissioner

I have recently taken over as Girlguiding Glasgow’s County Commissioner which is an enormous privilege to lead the organisation that I am so passionate about.

I do think the title sounds very official and is probably better described to anyone outside of Guiding as the lead volunteer! My role within our organisation is to ensure that all of our 3,000 members have the best possible opportunities and experiences. The great news is I don’t have to do that all on my own. Girlguiding Glasgow is exceptionally lucky to have a very dedicated and talented team of Division Commissioners and Advisers to ensure that I am on track!

My role does involve a lot of admin and meetings, however, on the upside, I get to visit lots of Guiding events and units – which is the best part. I love visiting unit meetings, learning new games and activities and meeting the volunteers that make it all happen!  As your County Commissioner I am here to help and support you so please never hesitate to contact me with any questions, queries or suggestions. If I cannot help directly I will know someone that will!

Random fact: I have shown a dog at Crufts

Assistant County Commissioner

 Evelyn  Assistant County Commissioner

I have been a Brownie Leader with 224th Brownies West Division for 26 years. I thoroughly enjoy watching the girls grow and mature during their time in Brownies before they move on to Guides and beyond.  I was also the West Division Commissioner for a challenging (but enjoyable and fun) four years.

Jill (The County Commissioner) then appointed me as one of her Assistant Commissioners within the County. I am responsible for business finance and management (covering property at our HQ and all things finance related), membership services – looking at our databases such as Join Us and GO, adult leadership and growing Guiding across four Divisions: North, West, North West and North East.

Random fact: I can tie fishing flies and at one point was the only female member of the West of Scotland Fly Dressers Guild.

North East Commissioner

Carolyn McGrath North East Commissioner

I have been involved in Guiding since becoming a Brownie aged 7 – which was a very long time ago. Over the years, I have been a Brownie, Guide and Ranger Guider, and now run the 278th Senior Section Unit in Carntyne as well as being Division Commissioner for North East Glasgow.

Outside Guiding I am Executive Director of YDance (Scottish Youth Dance), the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland, a member of Carntyne parish Church Kirk Session, and Chair of the physical theatre company Conflux.

Random fact: I have a dog named Mattie and an inexplicable passion for American Football.

South East Commissioner

Ann Short South East Commissioner

I joined Guiding as a 7 year old Brownie in Dalkeith Midlothian, I then became a Guide, a Young Leader and then started on my Adult Leadership. At age 18, University took me to Galashiels for 3 years where I became a Brownie Guider and continued to work with Brownies before coming to Glasgow.

Over the next few years I took over a Brownie unit and started a Rainbow unit, both of which I continue to work with today – the reason why I still do Guiding. Over the years I have had many additional roles, including – Assistant Division Commissioner, District Commissioner, and Indoor Adviser.

My aim is to support all volunteers who are helping to deliver Guiding, support our existing units and to grow the number of adults and girls involved. I am looking forward to working with my Division Team to achieve this.

Random fact: Guiding is one of the 3 main parts of my life, the other 2 being my family (Levi and Graham) and work (just because the lottery has not come up yet!)

South Division Commissioner

Karen McClounie South Division Commissioner

I have been a Guider for over 30 years, initially with Brownies but mainly Guides and Senior section although I currently run all three. I’ve never been a Rainbow Guider – Rainbows scare me!

I have held many guiding positions over the years- District Commissioner, Camp Adviser and Baden Powell Adviser.  I have always loved camps and my units have fund raised for and travelled abroad on many occasions. I am looking forward to the challenges my Division Commissioner role will bring!

Random fact: As a teenager, I won both the Miss Happy Smile and Junior Princess competitions at Butlins in Skegness

South West Division Commissioner

Lynn MacDonald & Karen Fraser
South West Division Commissioners

Karen Fraser and Lynn MacDonald have been involved in Guiding in various forms for over 60 years between them, with experience in Rainbows, Brownies, and Guides. As well as being the Commissioners for the South West of Glasgow, they both also run units within the Division and have a passion for helping girls grow into strong, confident, community-minded women.

The South West Division comprises of 5 Rainbow units, 7 Brownie units, 5 Guide units and 2 Senior Section units and stretches from Pollokshields to Penilee. It contains some wonderful parks which come in very useful for outdoor meetings, and is also home to the Science Centre, the Climbing Centre and the Burrell Collection.

Random fact: In their spare time, Lynn is a keen clay pigeon shooter and is ever so slightly obsessed with Formula One, while Karen loves touring Scotland and all things crafty.

West Division Commissioner

Fiona Sommerville West Division Commissioner

I have been a Guide Leader in West Division for over twenty-six years. Alongside the Rainbow Unit, I run the Guide Unit which I attended as Guide. What I really enjoy about Guiding is giving the girls a variety of opportunities: whether they run the unit for a night doing a Go for It, to giving them opportunities to camp, travel abroad, or sail on a Tall Ship!

Whilst being a Leader for a couple of Units, a Division Commissioner, the Assistant Co-ordinator for the girls on Join Us at County Level, I am also an ID Verifier for my Division and County.

Random fact:  I volunteer to drive our Church Mini Bus to help our older parishioners get to Church on a Sunday.  I have been doing this for about 15 years. This is very much appreciated by the parishioners as if we did not give them this service they would not get to church.


Senior Section Adviser

 Judith McGilvray Senior Section Adviser

My role as Senior Section Adviser for Glasgow is to give advice and information on all aspects of the exciting and varied programme for all our members aged 14-26. I’m here to answer questions on Look Wider Octants and the Chief Guide’s Challenge, Commonwealth Award, Young Leader Qualification, Senior Section Permit, Peer Education, Polaris and lots more!

I help members aged 14-26, plus their Unit Leaders and Commissioners, with questions about all the opportunities open to Senior Section members as well as arranging activity days and events for this age group.

Random fact: I’m also a Brownie and Guide leader, and recently gained the Girlguiding Trainer qualification.

Baden Powell Co-Ordinators

Rachael Rowbottom / Annie Husband Baden Powell Co-Ordinators

As the County Baden-Powell Co-ordinators, we help organise the BP Award Adventures. The adventure allows the girls to challenge themselves, celebrate their achievements and complete the final element of the award.

Rachael is also a Guide Leader, an Assistant Rainbow Leader, a Peer Educator and a Senior Section Member.

Annie is also a Guide leader and Senior Section member.

Random fact: Rachael’s favourite book is ‘The Shining’ by Stephen King and Annie spent two winters teaching skiing at Big White Ski Resort in B.C., Canada.

International Adviser

Claire Flynn International Adviser

As the International Adviser I have the responsibility of giving Guides and adults the opportunities to experience Girlguiding abroad.

In the last few years, we have sent girls on the Tall Ship voyage to Ireland, international camps in Norway and had a group of 6 women go to Ghana to help build the Girlguiding movement there.

There are lots of international opportunities out there and I love the idea of making people aware of the endless possibilities.

I am very keen to ensure that all safety measures are adhered to when travelling abroad, so I do like to hear of all the trips that are going away to be able to make sure we are all safe and happy on our trips.

Random fact: I am one of 3 in my division to achieve my Queens Guide Award in 50 years.

Leadership Co-ordinator

May Madden Leadership Co-ordinator
The role of the Membership Co-ordinator involves working closely with Leaders in training, their Commissioners, Mentors and the LQ Training Team. Ensuring that they are aware of the necessary requirements, are given suitable opportunities to complete the qualification and their records/qualifications are updated on County Go (our membership database).
Random fact: I have 3 grandaughters – one in Rainbows, one in Brownies and one in Guides

Marketing & Communication

Nicola Wheeldon Marketing & Communications
My role is to help support members to spread the news about the great things we do in Guiding in Glasgow. I love all things digital (I work in IT so it’s a good thing!) and love to shout about Guiding.
Random fact: I was in the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

DofE Coordinator

 Lisa Millar DofE Coordinator

As Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Coordinator for Girlguiding Glasgow I am responsible for the DofE program across the County. Along with a team of volunteers, I plan and run trainings, expeditions and eDofE jam sessions (we go through eDofE and eat cake…what is there not to love!).

This year we are running walking expeditions for Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. As a special, we have teamed up with SportScotland to offer a Gold sailing expedition in 2018.

We aim to keep the costs of our expeditions to an absolute minimum which allows for more girls across Glasgow to achieve their DofE award.

Random fact: Despite being one of the youngest in the county team I have now been a guide leader in 3 different counties!