Guiding Leadership

At our heart, we have a leadership team that embodies warmth, empowerment and an unwavering commitment to creating spaces where girls can shine.

Guided by a collective vision of friendship, community and adventure, our Leaders are devoted to fostering environments that inspire girls to embrace challenges, discover their strengths and forge connections that last a lifetime.

Our State Team

Meet the Girl Guides Western Australia State Team, led by our State Commissioner, Sharon O’Brien.

State Commissioner: Sharon O’Brien

Sharon brings an impressive 37+ years of Girl Guiding experience. Sharon has organised a multitude of events, including state and international camps, environmental projects, and leadership development programs. Her background as an Assistant State Commissioner further underscores her familiarity with the role’s requirements. Sharon’s vision includes a keen awareness of the challenges families face, promoting growth, and exploring innovative ideas to support our members such as alternative program delivery and flexibility.

Assistant State Commissioner: Erin Farley

With extensive Guiding experience, Erin possesses a wealth of communication skills and excels in leadership. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Wildlife Biology, her profound love for the outdoors is seen in her active contributions to the water team and hiking activities. Erin provides support to Units in the Joondalup region.

Assistant State Commissioner: Lauren Goodheart

With a robust Guiding background since the age of 6, Lauren shares a vision to make Guiding highly relevant and enjoyable for girls and young women. This perfectly aligns with Girl Guides Western Australia’s goals, ensuring a fun experience for both Guides and Leaders. Lauren currently leads the Hampton Park Girl Guides in the North Metro region.

Our Region Managers

In our commitment to effective management and leadership, each region is structured to suit the unique geography and population density of WA. Region Managers play a pivotal role in empowering Adult Leaders and managers, ensuring the delivery of a high-quality Australian Guide Program.

Our Region Managers undertake additional management training, making their role a valuable and senior leadership position within our organisation. They lead their respective region teams, providing crucial support to Unit Leaders, Volunteers, and offering feedback to enhance the overall effectiveness of operations at Guide House.

Introducing Our Region Managers:

Megan Futcher (Joondalup Region)
Elizabeth Hewitt (North Metro Region)
Tammy Flett (Greater Southern Region)
Cassie Pethrick (Whitfords Coastal Region)
Julie Townsend (Seaward Region)
Michelle Manning (Darling Swan Region)

Emma Strong (Southwood Region)
Tracey Slattery (Southern Foothills Region)
Kate Walker (Capricorn/Country North Region)
Ashley Swetman & Hannah Ireland (Peel Region)
Aileen Steele & Julia Hancy (Three Rivers Region)

Our National Positions

We have key roles within our organisation that align with the Girl Guides Australia National structure. Individuals in these positions play a crucial role in supporting our organisation and serve as the voice for their respective portfolios at a national level.

Currently, Aileen Steele holds the role of State Trefoil Advisor; Mandie Cuevas oversees the Youth Program; Colleen Grant is a state International Affairs Manager; Carmel Stefanoff is a National Awards Coordinator; Bobbi Ralls is our Olave Manager, and Kim Richardson is our National Adult Liaison Coordinator.

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