The secretariat of WAGGGS, the World Bureau, was first set up in 1928 and has moved to its current location, the Olave Centre in north London, UK, in 1984.
Originally a residential building built in 1810, it was named after the First Earl of Rosslyn, Rosslyn Lodge, who became Lord Chancellor in 1793. During the First World War, the building was used as a hospital, a hotel, a nurses' home and a hostel.
Today Rosslyn Lodge is part of the Olave Centre, home of both the World Bureau and Pax Lodge World Centre, which completed Olave Baden-Powell's dream of uniting the World Bureau with the World Centre in London.
You can find the World Bureau in north London:
12c Lyndhurst Road
The work of the World Bureau
The World Bureau provides services to, and a link between, WAGGGS' Member Organisations, and to National Organisations Working Towards Membership; supports National Organisations in their preparations for Associate and Full Membership; assists with the overall planning and coordination of World Conferences and World Board meetings; and implements decisions taken at World Conferences, World Board and Committee meetings.
The work of WAGGGS is conducted in four official languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
WAGGGS staff structure
A Chief Executive - who is responsible to the World Board - heads the World Bureau made up of a multi-national staff team of around 100 professionals. The World Bureau is divided internally into the below departments:
- Global Programmes
- Corporate Services
Meet the Leadership Team members
Chief Executive Officer
David Coe is Interim Chief Executive Officer for WAGGGS, the global movement for girls, where his key priority is increasing the reach and relevance of the life changing experience that Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting provides by building stronger connections amongst the 150 country members, delivering innovative services, and having a stronger voice and influence on issues affecting girls and young women.
David has extensive experience working with membership organisations, having been Executive Director of Abbeyfield International, Director General of the International Psychoanalytical Association, Marketing Director at Amnesty International, Head of Development at the World Development Movement, Director of the Soil Association and Head of Marketing at Age Concern.
Previously, he was Executive Director of ORBIS, the blindness prevention organisation, where he led the organisational transition from ‘Flying Eye Hospital’ to land-based blindness prevention programmes.
He has also worked extensively as a Consultant and latterly executive coach working with many charities and for profit organisations on major change programmes.
David lives in London and is passionate about human rights, development and organisational development.
Cristal de Saldanha
Director of Global Programmes
Cristal is Director of Global Programmes and responsible for the team providing quality programmes for 10 million girls and young women. This arm of the organisation aims to fulfil WAGGGS’ strategy and respond directly to the priorities of Member Organisations.
Before joining WAGGGS Cristal was a consultant for the Commonwealth Youth Programme. This role included researching youth policies, case studies, metrics and national-level initiatives for the Framework for Youth Mainstreaming. As Adviser for Youth Development at the Commonwealth Secretariat for over ten years, she led the ‘Youth Work Education and Training’ strategy.
She has also worked as the Executive Director of International Programmes at the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People. This included oversight of programme expansion, innovation and quality assurance. She was required to work with government and civil society partners to develop enabling environments, incentives and recognition mechanisms for evidence-based youth programmes.
She was the Executive Director of the Southern African Association of Youth Clubs, a member organisation which focused on capacity building and good governance in youth organisations. Passionate about social justice, human rights and equality, she worked with several NGOs and volunteered with 20 organisations in her home country and in the UK, including the Quaker Centre in London. She’s a world cinema enthusiast, particularly work by Wong Kar-Wei, Pedro Almodóvar and Park Chan-wook.
Director of Membership
Director of Engagement
Director of Corporate Services
Despite holding a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Urban (Civil) Engineering, Rui turned to accountancy during the recession in the 1990s and hasn’t looked back!
After several years training in commerce, he made a conscious decision to pursue a career in the not-for-profit sector. He has been in the sector all millennium, and brings membership, interim director and umbrella body experience, as he heads up the finance, IT, risk, HR and world centres side of WAGGGS’s work.
Professionally, Rui is an FCCA, is Chair of the CFG’s Technical Accounting Forum and is a member of the ACCA’s Charity Panel.
As well as being a husband and father of four children, he is also a deacon, church secretary, youth worker, webmaster and preacher at his local Baptist church.