Olave Baden-Powell Society Board of Directors

Olave Baden-Powell Society Board of Directors

The Olave Baden-Powell Society Board of Directors are dedicated supporters of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, who volunteer their time and expertise to the Society

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What does the Board of Directors do?

The Board helps direct and deliver the OB-PS strategy and ensure that the Society continues to grow and develop.  They work throughout the year to help the Society achieves its objectives and are actively involved in recruiting new OB-PS supporters.

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How does the Board work?

Members of the Board of Directors are nominated by supporters of OB-PS and serve for a period of four years. The Board has up to 15 members who meet twice a year to discuss the strategy and objectives for the Society.

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Our Royal Patron

The Patron of the Society is HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark, an active participant in Board matters who attends each meeting, providing valuable input and guidance.

The Board Members


HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark (Patron) 


Marlies Allan, President/Chair of the Board, (Nigeria)

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Marlies is a talented and dedicated lawyer, specializing in intellectual property law. A managing partner of the law offices Allan & Ogunkeye, Marlies mainly divides her time between Lagos, Nigeria (where her offices are based) and London, UK. Along with her busy law practice, Marlies has held several prominent voluntary and charitable positions including the presidency of the International Women’s Society, and participating in the International Federation of Women Lawyers. Most notably, Marlies has served as an Honorary Consul of Switzerland. 

Marlies joined OB-PS in January 2013 and has since been an active supporter of the Society. She became a Board Member in 2014, and is also a Global Supporter. Marlies’ vision for the next five years is for OB-PS to become a little more modern and a little more business-minded in its approach to fundraising. She believes that it is also vital to raise the visibility and to make known the impact of WAGGGS at global, regional, and national levels. Most importantly, Marlies will continue to raise funds for WAGGGS and build and improve on the solid foundation already in place. She hopes this will inspire financial support from individuals from all over the world, adding more countries to those that already support OB-PS.


Janette Gibson, Vice-President (Australia)


HRH Princess Azizah (Malaysia)


Margaret Devlin (Australia)


Miriam Herzberg (Netherlands)


Reiko Suzuki (Japan)


Christine Thorsen (Denmark)


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Lynne LaMacchia (USA)

From Cincinnati, USA, Lynne is a certified accountant and a committee member for the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

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Chris Burton (Canada)

From Lethbridge, Canada, Chris is a former science teacher, athletics coach, and a lifelong Girl Guide, having held numerous positions in Girl Guides of Canada.

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Lena Mitts (Finland)

From Helsinki, Finland, Lena is a lawyer and an active member of both the Finnish and the international Guiding and Scouting world.

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Kyungwon Choi (South Korea)

From Seoul, Korea, Kyungwon is an avid educator and philanthropist, devoting her time to several committees and charitable causes.

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Charmayne Platt (USA)

From Lynnfield, USA, Charmayne is an investor and owner in several restaurant businesses, and has volunteered for both Girl Scouts USA and Girl Guides of Canada.

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