Meet our advisers

Get to know who our county advisers are and what they can do to help you

Programme Team

Programme team lead

I look after the advisers for each section and some other specialities and events.


I support, encourage and guide my team to organise events for the various sections or for our quadrennial sectional competitions. I ensure that they have completed the relevant paperwork and held task and finish groups to plan for their events. 


I prepare a report for each Executive meeting on the activities of the team and I am part of the county finance and executive meetings.

Paula Volkner


Rainbow adviser


As County Rainbow adviser I organise events for the Rainbow section. Every year we have a Pot of Gold day, which is an event for girls aged 6+ who are in their last year of Rainbows. The day is all about getting together to find out a bit more about moving onto Brownies.

If you have any Rainbow related questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Sue Brennan


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As Brownie adviser I co-ordinate the county Brownie events.

At the end of October half term week we host our annual Sixers and Seconders Day at Nine Ashes, Bodmin.

Then every 4 years I organise the Brownie section competition for the Halford Trophy. 

Any enquires about Brownies, please do get in touch!

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Brownie adviser

Penny Congdon

Beth Martin & Michelle Tuckwell

As Guide advisers we offer support to leaders and organise events for Guides in the county.

Some of the events we organise are the annual Guide Activity Days and the Bolitho Shield competition. We also provide Gold, Silver & Bronze section awards to support the programme.

If needed, we can organise final adventure weekends, where we can award certificates and badges. 


Please contact us if you have any enquires. 

We are always here to answer questions how ever big or small! And we have also got some good listening ears! 


A very rewarding role! 

Joint Guide advisers


Ranger adviser

As the Rangers adviser, I am the person for GirlGuiding Cornwall members to turn to for leader support, and information about Rangers; both pastoral and in line with the Programme.​

I will help nurture inter-Unit relations, especially to enhance opportunities for the Lead Away Permit, as well as organising annual county-wide events, including Ranger Activity Days, and the Margot Rogers competition. I hope to strengthen the transitions with Guides, and with Inspire 18-30, and will also be working closely with the D of E Adviser, and the QGA Adviser.

If you are a Ranger leader, please consider joining our GirlGuiding CORNWALL - Ranger Leaders Support Group.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries, I will be a friendly face offering guidance for anything Ranger-related, aiming to keep our wonderful Ranger community thriving.

Laura Miucci


Jess Adams & Sarah Cotton

The 18 - 30's group is Girlguidings newest offer.


This is not the latest section after Rangers, but instead, it is a group that offers a vast range of opportunities that women aged between 18 and 30 can take part in through guiding.

These opportunities include gaining new skills and qualifications, having adventures both locally and abroad, as well as the opportunity to meet up with other young women in guiding. There are also opportunities to volunteer within Girlguiding such as Peer Educator, leader, and an assortment of county opportunities, such as photographer, social media takeovers and much more!

Joint Inspire (18-30) coordinator


Queen's Guide Award coordinator

 My role is to support young women working towards the Queen’s Guide award, assist mentors to provide encouragement to their mentees and promote the award.

I provide support creating networking opportunities, sharing information and expertise, assisting with challenges, sign posting to people with relevant skills and knowledge, and attending events to provide platforms for discussion.


Ready to start your Queen’s Guide adventure? Send me an email!

Amy Peach


Duke of Edinburgh Award adviser

I'm a leader at 7th Camborne Guides as well as the DofE adviser for the county.


Whether you're just interested in starting your DofE at bronze level or are keen to continue with either silver or old, I would be more than happy to help you get started. Or if you're working on your Queens Guide Award you should consider doing DofE Gold alongside, as there's often some crossover in the clauses. 


There's a long list of exciting activities you could embark on! If you'd like more information then please get in touch!

Karin Saunders




As a County we have lots of STEM resources to borrow. Please click on the document below for a full list of resources.

If you would like to borrow these or require any help with STEM activities then please email me.

Sally Berne

STEM adviser


Girlguiding Cornwall runs the Messenger Service each year at the county agricultural show and has provided this service for over 60 years.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the Guides, Rangers and leaders to volunteer and serve the community and as organiser I oversee all the arrangements from the initial booking forms to the logistics of each days messenger service.   This could not be achieve without a team effort, which includes the front of house, catering and flower tent teams. 

Duties include running the flower crèche, grandstand assistance, secretary’s office, collecting results from the animal classes or acting as show hosts at the entrances. 

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Messenger Service adviser

Paula Volkner

Outdoors Activities Team


In my role as residential holiday adviser I endeavour to offer encouragement, opportunity and support to leaders working towards their Going Away With scheme. Due to this I am often privileged to visit holidays, which is always a pleasure.


I receive a copy of all of the 'indoor' REN forms for the County. I am always looking forward to seeing when & where the next holidays are taking place.


Finally I  am available to offer advice or help as and when required and if I don’t know the answer myself I will do my best to find someone who does!

Val Chapman

Residential adviser for holidays

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Hello everyone! We at the Outdoor Team aim to be your “one stop shop” for trainings, taster days, information, events, and activities in the great outdoors. 

As the County Outdoor Activity Team Lead, I aim to support and encourage our wonderful team of Advisers and experts in bringing you the best of our skills and knowledge to enrich your unit Guiding. We aim to introduce you to new skills and qualifications to enable you to broaden your horizons and LOOK WIDER.

If an activity, training, or event that you would like to try has not yet appeared on our programme, please do get in touch. We will do our very best to provide you with the inspiration and confidence to take yourself and your unit out of doors to enjoy our wonderful county.

Karen Easton

Outdoor Activities Team Lead

In my role I try to;

* Encourage outdoor events.

* Advise Leaders and Commissioners on Licences, sites and resources.

* Assist Leaders and support them whilst they work towards G.A.W. by finding mentors and running fireside meetings.

* Oversee outdoor sections of Queens Guide Award and assessments in the Ranger section.

* Issue Badges and certificates on completion of qualifications, and then update Go.

Any help or advise I can give, please don't hesitate to email me.

Residential adviser for camping


Barbara Attwood

Walking adviser

If you have any walking matters you'd like advice on, them I'm the person to speak to.

I attend a biennial South West Region Advisers’ meeting where  I meet with advisers from across the South West to share news, information, trainings and upcoming walks. 

A large part of my role as walking adviser is to organise walks around Cornwall (checkout our latest edition of Kerensa to find out when and where our next walk will take place!)


If you have training queries or have s suggestion for a walk, I would love to hear from you.  

Corina Clement


Water adviser for water safety

If you want to take your girls in or near water, whether to a swimming pool or a beach trip,  contact me if you need any advice on keeping safe. 

Sharon Dinnie


Boating adviser 

Hi! I’m your point of contact for any query about going on the water.  


We have 14 kayaks at our Condurro campsite and I would love to get you and your girls out on the beautiful River Fal!


I’m also happy to advise on all things boating, including but not limited to dinghy Sailing, yacht Sailing, power-boating and narrowboating. 


I can even suggest ideas for a great adventure on the water whether you're a group or an individual looking for a challenge!​

Carol Avery


International adviser

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Service camp coordinator

Cheryl Smith


I am the lead organiser for our annual service camp, which offers a much needed weeks' break for 24 children selected by Cornwall's Social Services.

To help run the camp we have 24 'big people' who volunteer their time. These volunteers become positive role models, and are always on hand to help and have fun. 

Service camp is jam-packed with day trips to the beach, swimming pool and local attractions, plus we partake in many of our favourite guiding activities.

Children and volunteers alike gain new skills, friendships and a lifetime of memories. This is by far my favourite week of the year.

Learning and development team
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Learning & development adviser

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Meet the Cornwall Trainers!

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Meet the Cornwall Trainers

The cornwall training team offer all of our County Trainings. Our current trainings that are on offer are all listed on the Book on line page.

Lauren Rosevear & Sophie Morcom

In our shared role, we offer support to girls aged 14-18 to complete their Young leader qualification as well as making them aware of the many opportunities that are available to them in Girlguiding.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Joint Young leader coordinators

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Peer Educator coordinator

In Girlguiding we give all girls the same chance by creating a safe environment where girls feel an equal sense of belonging and receive tailored support to reach their maximum potential.

We can do this by being open to all girls, challenging perceptions and reaching more girls, encouraging others, and adjusting our activities.

Get in touch to find out how I can help you with Care Plans, residential events and with funding & grants.

Kim Collett


Inclusion for members with additional needs adviser

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Mentor Coordinator

As Mentor Coordinator I welcome potential Mentors and signpost them to e-learning and training sessions available. We then have a chat about Mentoring in Cornwall specifically, and if they are keen to go ahead, I introduce them to the Area Leadership Coordinator who will link them to Leaders in Training to support. I endeavour to help Mentors with any queries or concerns they may have and generally support them with their role.

I keep Mentors updated with information as needed, arrange socials and liaise with the Mentor Trainer to arrange training sessions specifically tailored for Mentors’ needs.

Any leader interested in finding out more about becoming a Mentor please contact me on the email below. 

Karen Leaity


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Commissioner Mentor Coordinator

My role is to support the County Commissioner(s) with administration relating to the appointment of District and Division Commissioners.

Once appoints have been made I allocate a mentor to guide and support the new appointee.  I keep the mentors up-to-date with information from County, Region and Girlguiding UK.  I am available to support both the Commissioners and the Commissioner mentors.

Pam Goudge


Communications and PR Team

Communications and PR

Team Lead

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Eve Scott

Jessica Rush

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Kerensa editor

Agatha Hodge

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Heather Walker

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Lindsay Whittaker


Membership team
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Chris Grint & Maureen Vickers

We’re the GO coordinators for Cornwall and we look after the membership database for all our members in the county. We both work closely together but each have our own areas of the database that we’re more familiar with, but our main aim is to keep the information held correct and as up to date.

Chris: I particularly look after recording Awards, First Response, Safe Space trainings, Outdoor Qualifications and anything else similar. I also produce the postal lists for Kerensa (County newsletter), and any other reports that are required. In addition to this I monitor the opening/ closing of units and the annual subscriptions process. I often liaise with the Membership Team at HQ when necessary.

Maureen: I monitor entries made on GO, particularly in regards to volunteer enquiries, where I try to ensure that recruitment checks are satisfactorily completed and all new volunteer’s enquiries are processed smoothly.

Please do contact us if you need our help with GO!

County GO coordinators


Enquiry coordinator

As County Enquiry Coordinator I keep an eye on our Go system to make sure that new girl and volunteer enquiries are dealt with by the local leader or commissioner.  I am available to assist the process where necessary.

Jen Burnett


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As Membership Growth and Retention Coordinator, I’m here to assist with everything connected to looking after our current members and recruiting new ones.  I work closely with the Learning and Development Team to provide assistance with welcoming, training and supporting our existing volunteers; as well as the Communications and PR Team to promote Girlguiding and recruit new girls and leaders.  Please feel free to contact me directly if you need support with your own leadership journey, or within your unit team.

Emma Forrest

Membership, growth & retention coordinator


ID Verifier Coordinator

As County ID Verifier Coordinator I am responsible for making sure that DBS checks are carried out in the county.  I have a team of verifiers around the county to make sure there is always someone available to carry out the check.  If you have any queries regarding DBS checks then please contact me and I'll do my best to help.

Jen Burnett


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Leadership Qualification coordinator lead 

The County Leadership Qualification Coordinator, with a team of Area Leadership Coordinators, supports Leaders undertaking modules in the Leadership Qualification.  Monitoring Go for new volunteers, or role changes for current volunteers, allows the Coordinator to predict numbers of Leaders planning to qualify and the process begins.


When the happy day arrives, and a Mentor reports completion of a qualification, the LQ Coordinator marks the modules as complete, and this allows a change of role and recognition of the achievement by the presentation of a certificate and badge.

Karen Leaity