World Board and its Committees

WAGGGS is governed by a World Board made up of 17 active Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting members from around the world.

World Board 2013

Twelve of them are democratically elected by all Member Organizations at the World Conference and the five Regional Chairs are elected by each Region at their Regional Conference every three years.

The World Board appoints its own Committees, and ratifies the Regional Committees. It also allocates specific duties to Work, Task and ad hoc groups, and individuals. An important part of the World Board's remit is to develop policy papers, in line with the Strategic Plan, and as agreed at World Conference.

Fund Development Committee Chair Elaine Paterson serves in an ex officio capacity. The Chair, the Deputy Chairs and the Chief Executive are entitled to sit on any of the WAGGGS Committees and groups in an ex officio capacity.

The substitute World Board members are Heidi Jokinen and Lara Tonna.

World Board member profiles


Nicola Grinstead (UK)Nicola Grinstead (UK)

World Board Chair, World Board, 2011-present

Nicola was a Girlguiding UK Board member from 2005-2011 where she was active in the development of advocacy, external recognition, youth participation and global issues programme initiatives.

Professionally, Nicola works for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) where she is currently Director of Operational Performance for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

I passionately believe in the WAGGGS mission and the empowerment of girls internationally.

Nicola Grinstead

Connie Matsui (USA)Connie Matsui

Deputy Chair, World Board, 2014-Present

Connie is an Emeritus Member of the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board, and is the Vice President of the World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Inc. Board. She was previously the National President of GSUSA 2000-2002, and has been a member of the National Board in various capacities from 1984-1999.

Connie is now retired from full time employment, and was previously the Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank, Executive Vice President Biogen Idec / IDEC Pharmaceuticals.


Since I attended my first World Conference in Tarrytown, New York, I have been awed and humbled by the life changing work of the World Association’s member organizations and the extraordinary women and girls I’ve met through Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.  This pivotal experience in 1984 inspired me to accept positions of increasing responsibility within Girl Scouts of the USA as well as to serve the World Association in various volunteer positions over the past ten years.

Natasha Hendrick Natasha Hendrick

Deputy World Board Chair, World Board, 2014-Present

Natasha is a Member of the Girl Guides Australia, and has previously held the positions of Assistant Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Australian Management Team. Natasha has been a part of the WAGGGS membership development strategy working group, giving her insight into WAGGGS’ strategies and priorities. Outside of the movement she is a Staff Geophysist at Santos Ltd.

I am a scientist, volunteer, adventurer, mentor and friend ... and Guiding has positively influenced every aspect of my life. I am committed to helping WAGGGS achieve its mission so that girls and young women can share in the incredible experiences of Girl Guiding / Girl Scouting. 


Fiona Harnett (New Zealand)

Fiona Harnett (New Zealand)

World Board member and Treasurer, World Association, 2011-present

Fiona is a member of GirlGuiding New Zealand where she holds several roles. She is Member of the National Board, Chair of Audit and Finance and a National Trainer. She is also a member of the Olave Baden-Powell Society. In a professional capacity she is the General Manager of Finance Operations for Vodafone New Zealand Ltd.

My experience of WAGGGS to date has created a desire to support its work so that as many girls and young women as possible can experience the same benefits I have gained from being both a girl and adult member.

Fiona Harnett

Shaleeka Abeygunasekera (Sri Lanka)Shaleeka Abeygunasekera (Sri Lanka)

World Board member, 2011-present

Shaleeka is a member of the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association. At present, she is a Guide Leader of the 5th Colombo Guide Company. She has previously held the posts of Director, Relationship to Society and Director, Communications within her Member Organization.

Outside of Girl Guiding, Shaleeka is a senior school teacher and school administrator of an international school in Colombo. She is also a partner of a management consultancy firm in Sri Lanka, specialising in strategic planning and resource optimisation. Shaleeka holds a Masters Degree in Decision Sciences from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

'Zest' is the key to a volunteer’s life. With passion comes dedication, and the grit and enthusiasm to keep working for the cause despite the invariable obstacles, and the drive to keep looking for fresh solutions. My zest for the spirit of Guiding has enabled me to serve the Movement as an adult volunteer for over 10 years.

Shaleeka Abeygunasekera

Sharifa Al HarrasiSharifa Al Harrasi (Oman)

Arab Region Committee Chair, 2013-present

World Board member 2013-present







Michelle February (South Africa)

World Board member, 2011-present

Michelle holds many roles with the Girl Guides Association of South Africa. She is International Commissioner (National and Cape West Region), National Council Member, Peer Educator and Adult Trainer, Member of the Education and Marketing Committee, Member of the Education and Programme Committee and a Ranger Guider. Beyond Girl Guiding she is a KidsOnly Organizer and Assistant Manager at the One and Only Cape Town Resort, Kerzner International.

I would like to share my passion for Guiding and positively influence the lives of more young women around the world and so contribute to building a better world.

Michelle February

Low Lih Jeng (Singapore)

Asia Pacific Region Committee Chair, 2010-present

World Board member, 2010-present

Jeng has been with the Movement since her days as a Brownie with Girl Guides Singapore. A lawyer by training, Jeng is a District Judge/Deputy Registrar of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore and Referee of the Small Claims Tribunal. She is a member of her Association's Trefoil Guild.



Grace-Anne CrichlowGrace-Anne Crichlow (Barbados)

Western Hemisphere Region Committee Chair, 2013-present

World Board member, 2013-present






Rose Kioko 2Rose Kioko (Kenya)

Africa Region Committee Chair, 2013-present

World Board member, 2013-present

Rose joined guiding as a brownie and has remained involved with Kenya Girl Guides ever since. She has held various positions within the Kenya Girl Guides and has been a part of the National Board and was anInternational Commisioner. She was Vice Chair of the Africa Region Committee for the triennium 2010-2013 and is very keen on leadership development.  She works for the EU Somalia Programme, dealing with development grants, supporting livelihoods, employment generation and the delivery of sustainable services. 

Corrina HauriCorinna Hauri (Switzerland)

Europe Region Committee Chair, 2013-present

World Board member, 2013-present

Corinna is a member of the Swiss Guide and Scout Movement, where she has held various roles including International Commissioner, member of the National Board, as well as leading the development of a strategy for growth. She was a member of the Europe Region Committee in the past triennium which she is now Chairing.

Outside of Girl Guiding she is a lawyer and a journalist.


Teruko Wada (Japan)

World Board member, 2011-present

Teruko is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Japan, where she has held various positions including: President, Board Member, Chairman of the Committee on Corporate Reform, Chairman of the Budget Committee and Chairman of the Human Resource Committee.

Outside of Girl Guiding she is a Manager in the Business Infrastructure Bureau, Japan Business Federation, and an Attorney in New York, USA.

WAGGGS is a global organization in which various stakeholders including the members worldwide have diverse interests. In order for WAGGGS to efficiently pursue its Missions and Goals, it has to have a healthy and effective governance system that reflects stakeholders' views and effective ways of reciprocal communication through which the Mission and Goals are shared among its Member Organizations and member individuals.

Teruko Wada

Jill Zelmanovits (Canada)

World Board member, 2011-present

Jill is a member of the Girl Guides of Canada and a lawyer practicing at a government-funded Community Legal Clinic. She has also volunteered at Pax Lodge and Sangam, and has worked as Development Executive/Field Trainer for the WAGGGS Europe Region.

I am passionately committed to the Mission of WAGGGS and believe that WAGGGS needs a responsive governing body to value, support and inspire its Member Organizations. This is an exciting time for WAGGGS to change the world for girls and young women.

Jill Zelmanovits

Haifa Ourir (Tunisia)Haifa Ourir

World Board member 2014 - present 

Haifa is currently the Deputy Chief Comissioner of the Scouts of Tunisia, and was previously the  International Commissioner, a Member of National Bureau responsible for Guides and online communication and a Member of the National Council. She works as an Information Technology Project Leader with Linedata Tunisia.

I would like to make our world association a place that not only uses the voices of its 10 million members to advocate for causes that are important to all of us as citizens of the world, but also, that allows some more noise in those 10 million voices, more divergence and more action and initiative on a local level. 


Ana Maria Mideros (Peru)Ana Maria Mideros

World Board member, 2014-Present

Ana is a member of Nacional De Guias Scouts Del Peru, and currently holds the positions of National Advisor, Legal Advisor, and is an International Committee member. She has previously been the National President and International Comissioner.

Outside of the movement Ana is a lawyer, technical trainer for the Youth Development Programme Peace Corps Peru, and a Director Global Partners Consultant S.A.C.

I put at WAGGGS service my competencies, dedication to Guiding, and my passion to empower girls and young women to grow, lead and change the world.

Nadine Kaze (Burundi)Nadine Kaze

World Board Member 2014-Present

Nadine is currently a member of the Guide Association of Burundi. She currently as as their local advisor, and previously held positions of the National Commissioner, International and Public Relations National Commissioner.

Nadine also works as the Human Resource Officer at UNICEF in Burundi.

I would like to bring my academic and professional experience to contribute to the development of Guiding / Girl Scouting in the areas of administration, leadership and advocacy.

Anne Guyaz (Switzerland)Anne Guyaz

World Board member 2014-Present

Anne is a member of the Swiss Guide and Scout Movement and holds the Membre d’Honneur position, and is an external representative to other organizations and foundations. She previously held the position as President of the Swiss Guide and Scout movement with 10 years on the National Board, was a member of the crisis management, Spirituality and Youth Political Committees, and was the Head of the External Relations team. Anne is also the Director of the Swiss NGO – Co-ordination Post Beijing.

There are different kinds of leadership. It is important to me that Guiding remains open to every young person, whatever their personality. Those who work in the shadows for the good of everyone are just as important as the others who are centre stage.


Heidi Jokinen (Finland)Heidi Jokinen

World Board Substitute 2014- Present

Heidi Member of the Board of the Scout and Guide Foundation of Finland. She is also a member of the Advocacy Team of the Scout District of South West Finland, and is Chief Commissioner Deputy Chief Commissioner.

Heidi worked previously as the International Commissioner, and is currently on maternity leave but was most recently the Church Minister and Post-Doctorial Researcher in Philosophy and Ethics.                                

As a global organization WAGGGS has excellent chances in enhancing its mission and vision for girls and young women.  I find this exciting.  Simultaneously WAGGGS makes a platform for its member organizations’ diverse needs.  This must be remembered when pursuing WAGGGS’ mission globally.

Lara Tonna (Malta)Lara Tonna

World Board Substitue 2014-Present

Lara is a member of the Malta Girl Guides Association, and serves as a Council Member and is the sitting Vice President. She has previously held the positions of Chief Commissioner and Training Commisioner. She currently works with University of Malta at their Institution for PE and Sport as a lecturer is Physical and Health Education.

I am a firm believer that WAGGGS is a high performing organization; an enterprise that over the years has produced outstanding and remarkable results, with high levels of commitment, from a multitude of women who fully dedicate their time and service to the success of the movement. 


Elaine Paterson (Canada)Elaine Paterson (Canada)

Chair of the Fund Development Committee and ex officio member, World Board (2010-present)

Elaine Paterson is the Chair of the WAGGGS Fund Development Committee, an Olave Baden-Powell Society Member and Honorary Associate of WAGGGS. She is a former Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides of Canada, where she is a life member and recipient of the Gold Maple Leaf Award. As former Vice-President of OB-PS she was instrumental in the creation of the current WAGGGS Fund Development department.

Amongst her other charitable activities, Elaine is currently Chair of the North York General Hospital Foundation Board of Governors and a member of the Hospital Board.