Working Groups and Committees

Learn about the Working Groups and Committees of WAGGGS, 2014 - September 2017

WAGGGS World Board delegates some of its functions to Committees and Working Groups. Working Groups and Committees are chaired by Board members.


Audit and Risk Committee

Purpose:

  • To oversee the annual financial audit process, including reviewing the draft Trustee’s Report and Financial Statements and recommending their approval by the World Board.
  • To oversee WAGGGS’ policies and processes for managing risk.
  • To maintain an overview of WAGGGS’ systems of internal control and compliance with them.
  • To investigate instances of material non-compliance and any instance of fraud or financial misdemeanour discovered within or affecting WAGGGS.
  • To ensure that adequate insurance cover is held in relation to property, personnel and activities.
  • The Committee acts on behalf of the whole of the WAGGGS group, including entities registered outside of England and Wales.

Accountability:

The Committee is accountable to the World Board.

The Chair of the Committee shall make periodic reports to the World Board on the work of the Committee.

Members:

  • Fiona Bennett (Australia) (Chair) 
  • Anne Guyaz (Switzerland) 
  • Katrina Evans (UK)
  • Fiona Harnett (New-Zealand) (ex-officio) 
  • Nicola Grinstead (UK) (ex-officio) 
  • David Coe (ex-officio)
  • Staff lead: Rui Domingues


Finance Committee

Purpose:

  • To oversee WAGGGS’ financial planning and make appropriate recommendations to the Chair's Team and to the World Board.
  • To maintain an overview of WAGGGS’ financial position, including in relation to approved budgets, and agree and monitor the implementation of actions required to bring financial matters back on track.
  • To review, approve and ensure compliance with WAGGGS’ financial policies (seeking approval from the World Board for any significant changes or additions to policy).
  • To monitor and oversee the financial and general property management of the World Centres.
  • To monitor and oversee the management of WAGGGS’ investments, banking arrangements and any borrowings.
  • The Committee acts on behalf of the whole of the WAGGGS group, including entities registered outside of England and Wales.

Accountability:

The Committee is accountable to the World Board.

The Chair of the Committee shall make periodic reports to the Chair's Team and the World Board on the work of the Committee.

The Chair of the Finance Committee shall be an ex-officio (non-voting) member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Members:

  • Fiona Harnett (New-Zealand) (Chair) 
  • Elina Liippola (Finland)
  • Tashia Batstone (Canada)
  • Jayne Wachira (Kenya)
  • Stevie Jepson (UK)  (co-opted)
  • Nicola Grinstead (UK) (ex-officio) 
  • David Coe (ex-officio)
  • Staff lead: Rui Domingues


Fund Development Committee

Purpose:

  • To consider, formulate and review the WAGGGS Fund Development Strategy and its implementation.
  • To act in an advisory role to the Fund Development department and Chief Executive in matters of Fund Development.
  • Where appropriate to play an active role in championing WAGGGS with major donors and corporate partners, and representing WAGGGS to external bodies and strategic partners.

Accountability:

Reporting to the World Board.

The Committee will provide, at a minimum, a written report once a year to the World Board.

The Committee will advise and make recommendations to the World Board as may be deemed necessary under the Sponsorship, Corporate Partnership and Major Donor Policy approved by the World Board in September 2012.

Members:

  • Amee Chande (Chair) 
  • Connie Matsui (USA) 
  • Marlies Allen (Nigeria)
  • Laura Walsh (Canada) 
  • Ruma Bose (USA)
  • Dr Sudha Prakesh (India)
  • Fiona Harnett (New Zealand)
  • Nicola Grinstead (UK) (ex-officio) 
  • David Coe (ex-officio)
  • Staff lead: Adam Heuman


Global Engagement Working Group 

Purpose:

  • To develop a framework and a set of principles to guide the work of WAGGGS in relation to our global engagement and external profile.
  • To lead on the development of our approach to having a pro-active communications public relations strategy and capacity.

Maintain oversight and advise the World Board on matters relating to:

  • the global profile of WAGGGS and of the Girl Guide and Girl Scout Movement, with a focus on brand recognition and image across all media;
  • key global communications, messages and marketing strategies, ensuring that WAGGGS is presenting and integrated and cohesive profile both to our own Member Organisations and to the wider global community;
  • global actions and campaigns, including advocacy campaigns, World Thinking Day and all new and emerging areas of global engagement;
  • strategic partnerships and external relations, including with the United Nations and other major global partners, liaising closely with the Chair's Team and with the Fund Development as appropriate.

Accountability:

The Working Group reports to the World Board and advises the Chair's Team as required.

The Working Group should report on an annual basis as a minimum.

In addition once the Working Group has developed a work programme it may decide to set out key actions which warrant additional reports to the World Board, or Chair’s Team, including decisions to put to the World Board.

Members:

  • Fiona Harnett (New-Zealand) (Chair) 
  • Michelle February (South Africa) 
  • Shaleeka Abeygunasekera (Sri Lanka) 
  • Jill Zelmanovits (Canada) 
  • Nicola Grinstead (UK) (ex-officio) 
  • David Coe (ex-officio)
  • Lead staff: Adam Heuman


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Purpose:

The Governance Committee is established by the World Board and will integrate functions which were so far covered by separate committees, i.e. nominations process and constitutional oversight. Its purpose shall be:

  • To maintain oversight of the implementation of WAGGGS’ incorporation process in 2014-2017.
  • To scope out further the review of WAGGGS’ governance structure and practices for 2014-2017, including policies and procedures, and looking at best practice in engaging with volunteers across the global organisation.
  • To offer advice and support on board orientation and development.
  • To have oversight of all issues relating to Member Organisation constitutions and bye-laws and WAGGGS Constitution and Bye-Laws.
  • To lead the process for actively identifying and nominating qualified individuals for election to the World Board and Regional Committees.

Accountability:

The Committee is Accountable to the World Board and the Chairs Team.

Members:

  • Teruko Wada (Japan) (Chair)
  • Ana María Mideros (Peru) (Vice Chair)
  • Renee Bianchi (Australia)
  • Emilie Bassil (Lebanon)
  • Helene Gestrin (Sweden)
  • Barbara Bonifas (USA)
  • Margaret Treloar (Canada)
  • Camilla Lindquist  (Sweden)
  • Nicola Grinstead (UK) (ex-officio)
  • David Coe (ex-officio)
  • Staff lead: Clare Parry

Nominations sub-group

  • Grace-Anne Crichlow (Barbados) (Chair)
  • Pascaline Umulisa (Rwanda), Africa Region
  • Nesrin El Hadidi (Egypt), Arab Region
  • Susan Campbell (Australia), Asia Pacific Region
  • Barbara Calvi (Italy), Europe Region 
  • Kika Ramsay (Canada), WH Region
  • Clare Parry, WAGGGS Staff

Member Organisation Constitutions and Governance sub-group

  • Emilie Bassil (Lebanon) (Chair)
  • Ana María Mideros (Peru)
  • Stephanie Darmamin (Belgium)
  • Sarah Govan-Sisk (Canada)
  • Clare Parry, WAGGGS Staff

Task group - World Conference Rules of Procedure (work completed June 2017)

  • Jessica Dabbs (UK) (Chair)
  • Camilla Lindquist (Sweden)

Task group - Regional policy

  • Renee Bianchi (Australia) (Chair)
  • Barbara Bonifas (USA)
  • Jill Zelmanovits (Canada) (Contributing from Membership Development Working Group)

Task group - Membership policy

  • Helene Gestrin (Sweden) (Chair)
  • Teruko Wada (Japan) 
  • Pascale Vandermissen (Belgium) (Contributing from Membership Development Working Group)  


HR Committee

Purpose:

  • To provide strategic direction on human resources issues making recommendations to the Chair's Team and the World Board as required, in order to enable WAGGGS to achieve excellence as an employer across all of its locations.
  • To provide strategic direction and expertise in development and engagement of volunteers across the organisation, and promote effective working relationships between staff and volunteers.
  • To provide assurance and scrutiny in relation to WAGGGS meeting legal requirements and best practice as an employer, with respect to health and safety in all aspects of its work, and in working through volunteers.
  • To provide scrutiny and assurance on the annual review of employee salaries and benefits.

Accountability:

The Committee is accountable to the World Board and liaises as appropriate with the Chair's Team.

It was agreed during the Closed Session of the 97th World Board Meeting in October 2001, that the authority for decision on benefits and salaries be delegated to the Human Resources Committee and that regular reports on these decisions be brought to the World Board for their acceptance.

The Committee will report twice a year to the World Board – once on decisions on benefits and salaries and once on its broader range of responsibilities.

Members:

  • Nicola Grinstead (UK) (Chair) 
  • Fiona Harnett (New-Zealand) 
  • Nadine Kaze (Burundi) 
  • Natasha Hendrick (Australia) 
  • Liz Burnley (UK) (external expert)
  • Nick Aziz (UK) (external expert)
  • David Coe (ex-officio)
  • Staff lead: Kevin Noble 

Membership Growth Working Group

Purpose:

  • To provide the strategic direction for WAGGGS to achieve the membership growth goals outlined in Vision 2020.

Accountability:

To the World Board by providing, at minimum, an annual report.

The Working Group may advise, make recommendations to, and seek input from the World Board and engage with Regional Committees, other World Board Committees and Working Groups, and the Chair’s Team as necessary.

Members:

  • Ana Maria Mideros Gadea de Burga (Peru) (Chair)
  • Anne Guyaz (Switzerland)
  • Ruchira Jayasinghe (Sri Lanka)
  • Sarah Boddey
  • Natasha Hendrick (Australia) (ex-officio)
  • Nicola Grinstead (UK) (ex-officio)
  • David Coe (ex-officio)
  • Staff lead: Helen Clark            

Task Group – Volunteerism

  • Heidi Jokinen (Finland) (Team Lead)
  • Cathy Proses (USA)
  • Sarah Boddey
  • Helen Welsh (UK)
  • Belinda Allen (Australia)

Task Group - Increasing Member Organisations

  • Anne Guyaz (Switzerland) (Team Lead)
  • Ruchira Jayasinghe (Sri Lanka)

Rapid Response Team               

  • Angela Dawson (Canada)
  • Angela Milln (UK)
  • Anna Bourne (UK)
  • Annette Lucrece Damango (Central African Republic)
  • Beatrice Omweri (Kenya)
  • Charlotte Makanga (UK)
  • Corinna Hauri (Switzerland)
  • Elaine Paterson (Canada)
  • Karen Chatto (Australia)
  • Melanie Ford (UK)
  • Rachel Tembo (Zambia)
  • Sabine Zigani (Burkina Faso)
  • Sandy Thomas (USA)

Task Group - Pathways to Organisational Membership

  • Pascale Vandermissen (Belgium) (Team Lead)
  • Zeina Jammal (Lebanon)

Membership Services Working Group 

Purpose:

  • To provide strategic direction of the type of services, and monitor quality and relevance of services, that WAGGGS delivers to its members to facilitate the delivery of high-quality Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting and promote membership growth. Such services include, but are not limited to, educational programmes, leadership development programmes, advocacy programmes, international experiences, and organisational capacity building.

Accountability:

The Working Group is accountable to the World Board.

The Working Group will provide, at a minimum, a written report to the World Board once a year.

The Working Group will advise, make recommendations to, and seek input from the World Board; and engage with Regional Committees, other World Board Committees and Working Groups, and the Chair’s Team as necessary.

Members:

  • Natasha Hendrick (Australia) (Chair)
  • Stine Frederiksen (Denmark)
  • Hayley Nicholls (UK, resident in France)
  • Annie Gilberte (Madagascar)
  • Donna Horn (USA)
  • Joey Rosenberg (USA, Western Hemisphere Region Chair) 
  • Ana Maria Mideros Gadea de Burga (Peru) (ex-officio)
  • Nicola Grinstead (UK) (ex-officio) 
  • Anita Tiessen (CEO) (ex-officio)
  • Staff Lead: Cristal de Saldanha

Task Group - Capacity Building Services:

  • Natasha Hendrick (Australia, Team Lead)
  • Linda Foreman (USA)
  • Heidi Deschenes (Canada)
  • Hayley Nicholls (UK, resident in France)
  • Annie Gilberte (Madagascar)
  • Staff Support: Camaro West, Maria Joao de Araujo Proenca, Cristal de Saldanha

Task Group - Innovative Delivery Models:

  • Sue Clough (UK, Team Lead)
  • Ana Maria Mideros Gadea de Burga (Peru)
  • Rae Ann Dougherty (USA)
  • Annie Gilberte (Madagascar)
  • Staff Support: Jane Baldwin, Zoe Carletide, Andii Verhoeven

Task Group - Leadership Content Review:

  • Donna Horn (USA, Team Lead)
  • Natasha Hendrick (Australia) 
  • Hayley Nicholls (UK, resident in France)
  • Josephine Wairumu Mwangi (Kenya)
  • Afshan Saleem (Pakistan)
  • Laura del Carmen Salvador Puig (Ecuador)
  • Maia Faulkner (New Zealand)
  • Joey Rosenberg (USA) 
  • Connie Matsui (USA)  
  • Nadine Kaze (Burundi, resident in Lebanon) 
  • Ana Maria Mideros Gadea de Burga (Peru)
  • Staff Support: Cristal de Saldanha, Lydia Mutare, Andii Verhoeven

Task Group - International Offer:

  • Stine Frederiksen (Denmark, Team Lead)
  • Emily Rodriguez (USA)
  • Alison Coyle (UK)
  • Hela Elhern Ourir (Tunisia)
  • Staff Lead: Jen Barron, Andii Verhoeven, Jane Baldwin

Task Group - Value Proposition (Work completed end 2016):

  • Natasha Hendrick (Australia, Team Lead) 
  • Jill Zelmanovits (Canada)
  • Ana Maria Mideros Gadea de Burga (Peru)
  • Paz Díaz (Philippines)
  • Staff Support: Elisa Chiodi

Leadership Offer Evaluation Task Group (work completed end 2015):

  • Hayley Nicolls (UK, resident Pakistan, Team Lead)
  • Linda Foreman (USA)
  • Ana Maria Mideros Gadea de Burga (Peru)
  • Jill Zelmanovits (Canada)
  • Haifa Ourir (Tunisia)
  • Staff Support: Lydia Mutare


Strategy and Planning Committee

Strategy and planning committeeMembers:

  • Connie Matsui (USA) (Chair) 
  • Haifa Ourir (Tunisia)
  • Amee Chande 
  • Catherine Irwin (UK)
  • Nicola Grinstead (UK) (ex-officio) 
  • Staff lead: David Coe (ex-officio)
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