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Meet the Team

Please find below a list of volunteers within county who are in advisory or coordinator roles. We hope that this list helps you to find the contact details (and know the friendly face!) of the main volunteers you may need to speak to. The table at the bottom of the page gives a complete list of all county roles and contact details. Division commissioner contact details can be found here.

We would welcome contributions to the news section of this website as well as the annual county review booklet – we love seeing and hearing about all the exciting things units in South Yorkshire get up to. Please send photos (ensuring correct permissions) and news stories to:

Janet Cain – County Commissioner

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK and I am proud to be the County Commissioner for South Yorkshire! South Yorkshire covers the metropolitan boroughs of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham where nearly 200 units are run by over 600 amazing volunteers to give over 2600 girls a wide range of activities and opportunities through Girlguiding. You are welcome to get in touch with me at any time and I would love to hear your suggestions and ideas of ways that as a County we can continue to support volunteers or provide additional opportunities for girls to enhance their experience of Girlguiding.


Helen Cook – Assistant County Commissioner

“Hi I’m Helen and I began my term as Assistant County Commissioner in March 2020. I am a Brownie, Guide & Ranger leader in Doncaster and have been involved in guiding since I joined as a rainbow aged 5! I am passionate about international guiding as well as giving girls as many opportunities as possible to explore the outdoors, learn new skills, gain new experiences and have lots of fun!”


Moira Johnson – County Trading

I have 2 linked roles at County Trading:
As County Badge Secretary, I am the person through whom all Restricted Badges, including Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards must be purchased.
As Volunteer Shop Manager, I can order ANY item available in the catalogue or online shop rather than you buying direct from Girlguiding. The benefit to units is that County pays the postage costs, and we still manage to make a profit due to discounts we receive. Units who spend more than £100 in any given year receive a rebate to unit funds as well. Find out how to place an order here.


Jocelyn Sanderson- Residential Adviser (Rainbows & Brownies)

My name is Jocelyn and I am South Yorkshire County Residential Advisor for Rainbows & Brownies.  I have been involved with Girlguiding for 38 years – that isn’t including my time as a Brownie and a Guide myself! I gained my holiday licence 37 years ago and I have taken Brownies on Pack Holiday every year since then, sometimes twice a year.  If you are considering taking your Going Away With Qualification and would like any help or advice please get in touch. I am also the Booking Secretary for Hesley Wood Guide House.


Genaya Smales – Residential Adviser (Guides & Rangers)

Hi, my name is Gen and I’ve loved being a part of Guiding since being a Brownie myself. Many of my fondest and earliest Guiding memories involve pack holidays – I still see ‘my’ Brown Owl now and we reminisce about the fun (and mischief) of those adventures. As a Guide leader, it’s been a pleasure to be a part of girls developing new skills and facilitating their growth through a range of residential activities whether that’s a night under canvas or a weekend in a cottage with a log burner! As an educator with twenty years experience in the primary age range, I equally am passionate about residential opportunities for school-aged pupils as the benefits on their social and emotional development is second to none. I’m more than happy to support leaders in ensuring that they are able to offer high-quality residential experiences. Don’t hesitate to get in touch! 


Claire Morley – International Adviser

Taking girls abroad is an amazing experience for both leaders and girls. You have so many options and the world is literally your oyster! Being responsible for a group abroad can feel daunting, but with proper planning and preparation you can lead a trip that will give everyone involved special memories that they will remember forever. As a county we run annual INTOPS weekends and trips abroad that leaders and girls can get involved in and you can also run your own international trips. I have been lucky enough to travel abroad with guides on several occasions and in 2018 led a group of 20 girls and adults on an international trip to South Africa and Lesotho. If you would like some advice or guidance on a trip you hope to plan or you would like more information on what you need to do to be able to take girls abroad, I am here to help! Please feel free to get in touch.


Janet Cain – Walking Adviser

Walking is a great way to get your girls out and about, from exploring your local area with Rainbows to a more adventurous walk in remote countryside with Rangers. As the County Walking Adviser I can provide advice, support and training for planning a walk, along with ideas of activities the girls could complete along the walk. No walking qualifications are needed for taking your girls on a walk in your local area, so it is a great way to get outside with very little cost! You just need to follow guidance for going out of the meeting place avaialbe on the Girlguiding website. If you would like to take your girls further afield then walking qualifications are required depending on the classification of the countryside you would like to visit. Please get in touch with me for any support and ideas, to check the classification of countryside or to find out how you can complete a walking qualification.


Helen Cook – DofE Coordinator

“Hi I’m Helen and I have been the county Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator since 2014. I completed the bronze, silver and gold awards myself as a teenager and have continued my passion for the award by facilitating expeditions and opportunities to complete the award within South Yorkshire County. As a county we run bronze, silver and gold expeditions every year and have seen almost 100 awards being achieved in the last 5 years. More information about DofE can be found on the wider opportunities page of this website”


Nicola Wrazen – Queen’s Guide Award Coordinator

Hi! My name is Nicola and my role is to guide and support members to work towards and achieve the Queens Guide Award. It is the highest award members can work towards in Girlguiding and I love that it not only prompts members to reach out at all the amazing opportunities available in Girlguiding, but also to create new opportunities for themselves. I provide information and support to mentors and mentees and send off completed awards to HQ to be signed off. I’m always happy to help in anyway I can so don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions at all.


Toni Paxford – Peer Educator Coordinator

“Hi I’m Toni, and I’m the County Peer Educator Coordinator. I have been in guiding since I was a brownie and loved the sessions I have received from peer educators over the years, this inspired me to train to become one! This means I have the privilege of traveling around South Yorkshire delivering sessions to units on a variety of topics. This is something I really enjoy so please get in touch with me if you would like to find out more about Peer Educator sessions in your unit or becoming a Peer Educator yourself.


Patricia WaistnidgeCounty
Tracy MaherCounty First Response
Sue MilnesCounty GO
Mandy GaleCounty Enquiry
Stacey StandrinCounty Membership Growth
Jocelyn SandersonHesley Wood Guide House Booking
Vicky SpibyCounty Diversity & Inclusion
Ann HarrimanCounty Leadership Qualification
Tracy MaherCounty Leadership Qualification Verifier (Rotherham)
Janet BrummittCounty Leadership Qualification Verifier (Rotherham)
Diane AddyCounty
Sharon LotyszCounty Communications and PR
Sharon Thornton-HurdCounty
Zoë StewartCounty Communications & Engagement
Judith StaniforthCounty
Judith StaniforthCounty Thanks & Recognition
Daphne WoffindenCounty
VACANTCounty Training
Pamela StevensonCounty