Introducing our Region Awards Committee Chair

We caught up with Lesley Knighton, to find out about her role as Region Awards Committe Chair. This is what she told us about herself.

What does the role of Region Awards Committe Chair involve?

The role of Chair of the Region Awards Committee has two major strands to it. Firstly to support the Chair of Awards in each of our 11 counties to promote and raise awareness of Awards available within their area, Regionally and Nationally and to actively seek out suitable nominees.            

Secondly, I chair the Region Awards Committee which meets regularly to receive nominations for Region and National Awards and to regularly review the criteria for our Region Awards.

What do you hope to achieve as part of this role?

Midlands Region has a really good record of gaining Girlguiding's Silver Fish, Laurel, and Guiding Star Awards but not all of our counties are represented. Wouldn't it be amazing if each year every county in the Midlands had at least one member receiving a Girlguiding or National Award? I am hoping to support counties in order to achieve this. I would also like to encourage more nominations for our Chief Commissioner's Award. We have amazing leaders in the Midlands, we should be recognising their commitment and achievements and shouting about it!

What other roles do you have in guiding?

I am President for Lichfield Division and I also look after the leaders in the Division who are undertaking their LQ. I help out locally when needed. I am also a Trainer.      

What relevant previous experiences have you had which led you to this Region role?

I have had the privilege of being County Commissioner for Staffordshire, Midlands Region Chief Commissioner and Chief Commissioner for British Guiding Overseas and was actively involved in putting forward many successful nominations, both in Guiding and Nationally. I am also a Deputy Lieutenant for Staffordshire and in that role I promote National honours and assess local voluntary organisations for the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services. 

What is your favourite thing you have done, or your greatest achievement, as a member of Girlguiding?

This is so difficult because I have enjoyed every minute of almost forty years in Guiding, but being Chief Commissioner of Midlands and a member of the Chief Guide's Team during Girlguiding's Centenary was truly amazing with so many "Mountain Top Moments".

What do you enjoy outside guiding?

Travel, Trefoil Guild, reading, amd most of all being with my granddaughters, the eldest of whom has just become a Rainbow! 

What is your favourite biscuit and why?

Sadly I like ALL biscuits, but my very favourite one has to be a Bourbon because I like dunking it! 

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

Friendly, passionate (about Guiding!), gregarious.