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Governance

Learn more about how we are governed and meet our trustees.

Girls’ Brigade Ministries is the operating name of Girls’ Brigade England & Wales.

Girls’ Brigade Ministries is led by our Trustee Board who set the strategic direction of the charity, oversee the finances, and make decisions about all our initiatives. You can meet our trustees below.

The Network Executive of Girls’ Brigade England & Wales represent our community groups and the group is consulted on matters which would impact these. This group is made up of representatives from across England & Wales regions to ensure it reflects the voices of our members. The Network Executive feeds back to the GB England & Wales’ Council who meet 3 times a year at our conferences.

Our constitution

This is GB Ministries’ governing document setting out the rules for how the charity must be governed. For example, it states how many trustees we must have and how many meetings of the Council must take place a year.

The constitution was updated in 2017 to reflect Girls’ Brigade Ministries becoming the operating name of Girls’ Brigade England & Wales.

Download the constitution

Download the articles of association

Life to the Full

Life to the Full is GB Ministries’ policy document containing details on topics like safeguarding, dealing with complaints, GDPR, social media, and appointing new leaders.

It’s part of the compulsory training for all GB leaders and helpers and this, together with our mission to be relational, relevant and responsive to the young people with whom we work, provides a framework of good practice for use by all volunteers and staff working in GBM and is intended to ensure the safe nurture of all the children and young people in our care.

Life to the Full was updated and relaunched in April 2018. All new GB leaders need to be trained in Life to the Full. Existing leaders need refresher training every 5 years unless their church denomination specifies this to be sooner.

Download Life to the Full
Read our safeguarding guidance
Read our complaints procedure

Annual report

We submit a report on all our activities and finances to the Charity Commission every year, and the latest one is below. The 2019 annual report won’t be available until the accounts are signed off in June 2020.

Download the latest annual report

Pastoral care principles

Check out our six pastoral care principles as we seek to ensure that every GB community group is a place of belonging for all of God’s people.

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Meet the Trustee Board

Jo Greengrass

Chair: Jo Greengrass

I’ve been in GB since the age of 5 and have many happy memories as well as long-term friendships through GB. I’ve had a number of roles in GB and still am a Leader in 2 groups and a District Team Leader. I feel very privileged to now be the Trustee Board Chair. I’m also very active in my local URC.

I’ve worked in the NHS as a nurse all my working career and, at present, I’m the Associate Director of Nursing in my local Clinical Commissioning Group. I have 2 grown-up children – my son is working in computer animation and my daughter is in the care sector. I’m married and my husband and I enjoy playing sport together and the opera; we’ve also just recently been able to travel more. I also enjoy gardening and cooking.

Sally Claydon

Sally Claydon

I live in Rochford, Essex, with my family and I work as a community worker at my church, where I am also the Team Leader for 1st Hawkwell GB group.

I’ve been in GB since the age of 8, becoming an adult leader and then Team Leader in my late 20s. Currently, I’m also the Team Leader for my local district and also a representative on the Network Executive for Girls’ Brigade England & Wales who I represent on the GB Ministries Board. Girls’ Brigade has given me some great opportunities over the years and it’s great to be able to give back by being a trustee.

Hazel Hepworth

Hazel Hepworth

I’ve been the GB England & Wales’ Network Executive Chair since 2018. Having been a Team Leader and District Team Leader previously. Although I’m no longer involved in a group I have a real passion for Girls’ Brigade.

I worship at a Methodist church and am a Circuit Steward in the Doncaster Circuit and also a Church Steward and Church Secretary.

I work part time as a mediator. I’m married to Eric, who is a Scout leader, and we have 1 daughter, Abigail, who has been a GB member too.

Millie Hogg

Amelia Heaford

I grew up in Essex but I’m now based in London where I work as a doctor and met my husband! In my spare time, I play goal keeper for a successful social netball team and enjoy exploiting the advantages of London life such as the museums and theatre.

In addition to my commitments to GB England & Wales, I’ve attended ICGB twice and I’m the current GB Europe Vice-Chair. I’ve also previously been involved with leading on Scripture Union Beach Missions and attended a HistoryMakers course in Spain.

Elizabeth Insley

Elizabeth Insley

I live in Macclesfield and have worked as an NHS Accountant for over 25 years.

My daughter has been in GB since she was 4 and it has helped her grow and flourish so much. It’s a privilege to serve the board and give back.

My family and I are members of the Lay Community of St Benedict, trying to apply St. Benedict’s spirituality of balance between prayer, work and community to chaotic family life.
In the community, I’m part of the music team and co-ordinate our youth programme. I’m part of the music ministry in my own church and at my husband’s.

I’m also a Scout leader and have worked with ages from 6 to 25. Currently, I’m an Assistant Group Scout Leader in a group of 150 young people and 27 adults. A large part of my role is managing other leaders. We’ve recently begun outreach into less affluent areas of our town opening new sections.

I also act as a mentor on a police partnership scheme working with schools to support troubled teenagers, which is a different kind of youth service and immensely rewarding.

Carol de-Beger trustee of GBM

Carol de-Beger

Girls’ Brigade has been an important part of life for me since the age of 6, when I became a member of 4th Hamilton in New Zealand.  I came to the UK for a gap year after leaving school and as I travelled I enjoyed visiting GB groups in England, Ireland and Scotland.  I met my husband during this time and after we married we moved to Bristol where I became an adult GB leader.  Over the years I’ve been a group team leader, district chaplain, district team leader and am currently part of a district leadership team. I am a local church leader, working with families within the church and community. My involvement with Girls’ Brigade has been instrumental in preparing me for the work I do.

I enjoy spending time with family (I have 3 sons and a daughter-in-law), travelling to see family and friends, reading and  walking.

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Complaints

We hope you don't, but should you have any issues with any of our services, groups, leaders or staff, please view our complaints procedure.

Complaints
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Impact

Check out some of our statistics showcasing the difference our work is making to the lives of thousands of girls, young women and women.

Our impact