In addition to our volunteers who organise and support the running of our units we have a team who are available to provide support for our leaders.

Division Commissioner

Hi, my name is Katie and I’m an Assistant Leader at 1st Stonydelph Brownies and Division Commissioner.

I absolutely loved being a Brownie and a Guide when I was younger, so when I moved to Tamworth and needed a way to make some new connections, Girlguiding came to mind straight away.           I started off as a Unit Helper and enjoyed the weekly meetings so I much I took on my Leadership Qualification, and now I’m excited to be in my first Division role getting to know other units and leaders in the Tamworth area.

I’ve had some great experiences with Girlguiding Tamworth so far, and there’s nothing better than seeing the girls get the most out the opportunities we can give them!

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Lisa Hames

Treasurer

My name’s Lisa,
I’m the Division Treasurer for Tamworth, I thrive to keep on track and look after our pennies, keeping all accounts up to date. I also enjoy time with both my Rainbow and Brownie Units.  We are always looking for our next adventure, giving the girls opportunities and supporting life long skills while challenging myself and having lots of fun as a volunteer.
Marie Hames

Brownie Advisor

My name is Marie and I’ve had several roles within the Division. I love being involved with Girlguiding and being involved with the girls.  I love to see the girls in my Rainbow & Brownie units gain confidence from the different things we do.  From just simple tasks to our big adventures, it doesn’t matter how big or small it’s the achievement for the individuals and the smiles it brings to the girls faces. For me personally it’s given me confidence and I challenge myself to do some things that I never thought I would do.
Ruth Jenkins

Trefoil Guild Chair

My name is Ruth and I have been part of Tamworth Trefoil Guild since it reformed in 2012. I love being part of this group that to me is like an older version of Rainbows/Brownies/Guides but an adult only group of like-minded people that does a variety of different things such as shows, meals out, sleepovers in different places, indoor & outdoor activities, fundraising, skills & challenges and having the opportunity to achieve Bronze, Silver & Gold Voyage Award as well as the new STARS Challenge Award.

I am also very committed to running active Brownie & Rainbow Units. It is very rewarding seeing the girls make new friends and thriving. I get a lot of pleasure seeing them having so much fun on sleepovers, pack holidays, camping trips (whatever the weather). I enjoy seeing them learning new life skills growing in confidence and ability, helping me & others, participating in activities, having fun on trips and earning badges whenever they can.

I am very grateful to Girlguiding for giving me the opportunities that I have had on a personal level, such as being selected to represent Midlands Region on a trip to one of the World Centres at Sangam, India. That was an experience and challenge that I will always remember and be very grateful for, something I’d never have dreamt I’d have done on my own especially as I’d never really been abroad far.

Gill Rogers

Division Guide Holiday Advisor

I’m Gill. As the Division Guide holiday advisor, I love supporting adult leaders to be able to take their units away safely to experience opportunities that they might otherwise not have.

Going away with Guides has lots of benefits. Individuals learn new skills, bond as a team, develop their confidence and get to visit new places and try new things. So from sleepovers in castles and cathedrals, to camping in the great outdoors or exploring a far away country we get to do it all.

Guiding always has something fun and exciting to do. I’m really grateful for the opportunities it’s given me and the friends I’ve made along the way.

Archie

Assistant Division Commissioner

My Guiding name is Archie, I’m enjoying being the Assistant Division Commissioner for such a lively and active Division! I also run a Brownie Unit and I’m part of the Trefoil Guild; Girlguiding gives me many opportunities to meet people and take on challenges with the help and support of the friends I’ve made. Watching girls discover and grow is a big part of the fun as well as being able to share activities that I enjoy such as outdoor walks, camping, craft and singing.

Heidi Williamson

Guide and Ranger Advisor

I’m Heidi Williamson. I am the Unit Guider for 1st Tamworth Guides but also wear the hats of Guide and Ranger Advisor.

I have been involved in Guiding since I was 7 years old. I have run Rainbow and Brownie Units in Germany and helped establish the first Guide Unit in the Falkland Islands whilst posted there.

I love the fact that I am Guiding in a really busy Division, being able to offer all our members a diverse range of activities – from weekly meetings to day trips, week long camps and international trips.

To see the change in girls from when they join us as young girls to becoming capable, independent young women is a privilege and I am proud to be part of that journey through Guiding.

I enjoy organising the trips and camps, trying to find different things to offer the girls – gaining many new experiences of my own along the way.

Alice Hopton

Young Leader Advisor

I’m Alice and I’m the Young Leader Advisor in Tamworth, helping the Young Leaders in the Division and supporting them in their roles.

As a Guide and Ranger leader, I love giving the girls so many different opportunities, seeing them grow into confident individuals and having fun with their friends.

Girlguiding has given me so many opportunities, from travelling the world and meeting so many different people to stargazing in the middle of a field at 1am and gorge walking in the middle of the Welsh mountains plunging into freezing cold waters.

Sharon Ward

District Commissioner, St Editha’s

My name is Sharon and I run a brownie unit. I love being involved in guiding and watching the girls develop with their time in guiding.

I am new to the role of district commissioner and I am loving throwing myself into the role. It is a great way to meet new people and learn more about guiding.

International Advisor

Hi! I’m Victoria and I’m the International Advisor for Tamworth Division. I help girls wanting to go on and attending an international trip! I started my Guiding journey as a Brownie and have moved up throughout each section up to an Assistant Leader at 1st Tamworth Guides. 

Girlguiding has taken me on many adventures. I represented Staffordshire on a Midlands Region trip to Taiwan in 2018. 

I have also volunteered as part of the service team at Staffordshire’s International camp, Unity 2018! These have both been valuable experiences that I hope every girl can have the opportunity to take part in on their own guiding journeys. 

I am very grateful for all the opportunities I have been offered through Girlguiding. I have made lifelong friends through my international adventures as well as those closer to home. I hope to help give every girl the chance to take up an international adventure!

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District Commissioner Watling and LQ Coordinator

My name is Nicola. I’ve been involved in Guiding leadership for nearly 20 years. Guiding has been my constant as I have moved to different areas of the country. It is a great way of meeting new people.
I hold my Brownie leadership qualification and I am currently an assistant guider of a Brownie unit. I am working on my Rainbow leadership qualification having recently taking on a group of “little reds”. I love meeting weekly with the girls and seeing them grow. I love giving them opportunities that they don’t get in school.
I’m looking forward to new challenges outside of the unit as I support other leaders in the District and also new leaders in the division.
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Brownie Advisor

Hi, my name is Lucy, I’m very excited to be joining the executive team in the role of joint Brownie Advisor.
I feel I’m still relatively new to Guiding as an adult, but I was (many moons ago) a Brownie, Guide and Young Leader, and I can honestly say some of my best childhood memories are from Guiding trips, camps, adventures and activities. So now to be able to help Brownies have the same amazing experiences that I had is just a fantastic feeling, and I also get to have fun and re-live my youth again joining in with all the amazing activities.
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