Introducing our new Walking Adviser

" What does the role of Walking Adviser involve?

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

The role of Region Walking Adviser involves encouraging girls, young women and leaders to enjoy walking! I love walking, so this is something close to my heart. I'm also a point of contact for leaders, commissioners and advisers who may need guidance on safety, training and qualification requirements. I'd really like to see more girls going out walking - whether it is to the local park, exploring the nearby countryside, or going further afield up hills and mountains. With the start of the new term, it would be great if as many units as possible could take the opportunity to meet in person outdoors; this could include going walking!   Click on these links for more details  keeping-safe/starting-to-meet-in-person-again  or badges-and-activities/activity-finder/walking/

Please contact county walking or outdoor advisers for further advice or I'd be happy to help, especially if you don't have a county walking adviser. The Midlands walking email (click link) I look forward to hearing from you!  For details of the Girlguiding Walking Scheme, click here   

   " What other roles do you have in guiding?

 I am a Guide leader, Division Camp Adviser, President of Girlguiding Birmingham, plus I'm a trainer, assessor and moderator for the Girlguiding Walking Scheme.

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

I was previously County Walking Adviser in Birmingham. Since then I have kept involved with the Walking Scheme (WS), gaining my Summer Mountain Leader Award, and training and assessing for Levels 2 and 3. A few years ago I was invited to become a national moderator for the WS - this means I have travelled across the UK to support trainers and assessors in carrying out their role, helping to maintain standards.

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

As a leader, my favourite thing is being outside with girls and young women, for example, taking Guides camping, leading Rangers up Snowdon, encouraging young women to learn to navigate and enjoy the great outdoors. Last year I was a leader on a trip to the Swedish wilderness, north of the arctic circle, with three Rangers from the Midlands. Personally, through Girlguiding, I've walked on the Great Wall of China and climbed Mera Peak in Nepal. All amazing experiences!

" What do you enjoy outside guiding?

Outside guiding, I enjoy choral singing, and my work as a geotechnical engineer. I've recently become a hedgehog champion for our road and made "hedgehog highway" holes in our fences.

" What is your favourite biscuit and why?

Really difficult question - I like so many! Probably a bourbon cream. Just enough chocolatey taste, and they hold together well when you dunk them.

" What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

Kind, fun and practical.