A SHOREHAM Guider has been appointed to run Girlguiding in West Sussex. Annabel Gray has taken up the post of County Commissioner for Sussex West with oversight of Guiding divisions in Adur, Worthing, Arun, Bognor, Chichester and Petworth.
She follows in the footsteps of Olave Baden-Powell, wife of the founder of Girlguiding, who became the first Commissioner for Sussex in 1916.
Mrs Gray was born in Brighton and it was there that she first joined Girlguiding and moved through Brownies to Guides and became a Young Leader. She returned to Guiding after volunteering to help with Brownies, soon after her daughter joined, in 2002.
From there she completed her Adult Leadership Qualification and in 2004 became District Commissioner for Shoreham, Southwick & Kingston Buci. In 2007 she took over as Guider in Charge of 1st Shoreham Guides, encouraging the membership to grow from seven girls to 29 in just over a year. The girls enjoy a variety of activities including windsurfing, dinghy sailing, theatre visits, camping and badge work. In 2008 she became Division Commissioner for Adur Valley which covers Lancing, Sompting, Shoreham, Southwick, Kingston Buci, Steyning, Beeding and Bramber.
Mrs Gray said: “I’m looking forward to the challenges of the next few years. One of my main aims as Commissioner will be Leader recruitment as Girlguiding is growing rapidly across the county. I also want to get younger people involved in the Leadership process.”