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.

Jill Longhurst

Division Commissioner

My name’s Jill, the commissioner role was one I never thought I’d do as my preference is spending time with the youngsters in my Rainbow and Brownie Units.

I am enjoying the role which I couldn’t do without the fantastic team of volunteers who work alongside and support me.

Girlguiding has opened my eyes to a whole world of adventure, I’ve met some amazing people and made lifelong friends on my journey.

Hayley

Assistant Division Commissioner

My name is Hayley, as Assistant Division Commissioner I aim to support Jill with the running of our units in Tamworth, and with a keen interest in travel I also hold the role of International Adviser, supporting our young members on their overseas adventures.
As a Rainbow and Brownie leader, I love to see the girls develop their confidence and challenge themselves, and I appreciate the new skills and opportunities I’ve gained from being part of Guiding.
Lisa Hames

Treasurer / Rainbow Advisor

My name’s Lisa,
I’m the Division Accountant 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

District Commissioner, Vincent

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

District Commissioner, Watling

My Guiding name is Archie, I’m enjoying being Commissioner for such a lively and active District! 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.

Sean O’ Connor

Outdoor Activities Advisor

My name is Sean (aka Shrek) I have been part of the exec team for approx. 1 year as Outdoor Activities Advisor for Girlguiding Tamworth. I enjoy the role and am always available to assist or offer support to adult leaders in outdoor issues, or even assist in activities if needed. My background is from scouting and I also work as a group scout leader looking after a group in Tamworth.  I am here to help you in your outdoor activity needs.

Rachel

Brownie Advisor

My name is Rachel and as the Brownie Advisor I’m involved with organising exciting events for the Brownies.

I really enjoy spending time with the girls in my Brownie unit and within the division and there’s no greater reward than seeing the girls learning new life skills, sharing time with their friends and having fun whilst all the time growing in confidence and belief in what they can achieve no matter how big or small.

Personally, Girlguiding has given me the opportunity to experience so many new challenges, in particular, getting back on a bicycle and training to cycle 500k from Vietnam to Cambodia in 2016 to raise funds for Girlguiding – something I would never have dreamed of doing before!! I am continually learning new skills; making new friends and having lots of fun and sharing so many opportunities that I would never have had before and I feel very privileged to part of the Girlguiding community in Tamworth.

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.