A Garstang volunteer who has dedicated over 30 years to supporting girl guides has been appointed as the new region chief commissioner for the north west.
Julie Bell, the leader for Garstang’s Girl Guides, said she was honoured to take on the role, which will see her take charge of the organisation’s 68,000 members.
She said: “With our new Region Headquarters in Preston, we have a perfect base from which to develop the charity over the next five years.
“It is going to be a period of celebration and of change as Girlguiding moves forward as a whole.”
The full-time county library manager was selected for the position after being recognised for her work as Girlguiding Lancashire North West’s County Commissioner – a guiding county that covers an area stretching from Chorley up to Lancaster.
And she has already started with changes to the organisation’s set-up by appointing two assistant chief commissioners to support her.
Mel Price, Girlguiding Manchester County Commissioner, and Bekky Ashmore, 23-year-old PhD student and Brownie leader, have joined Julie to form a region team and the trio have lots in store.
She added: “I am delighted that Mel and Bekky agreed to become my assistants. We all come from different parts of the North West and we hope our collective range of interests and guiding experience will be of great benefit to the region.
“It’s been great for us to start our new roles in such an exciting year as we celebrate the Big Brownie Birthday – 100 years of Brownies!
“Together, we hope to develop opportunities for our girls and young women so they can voice their ideas and help shape the future of guiding across the region.”
As well as her committments as commissioner Julie will continue to lead the guide group in Garstang.