Farewell to Robinette, GGA Chief Commissioner


Robinette Emonson

We are sad to announce the resignation of Robinette Emonson who has held the role of Chief Commissioner, Girl Guides Australia for the last three years. Robinette, together with her team, has been instrumental in moving guiding forward in a compassionate and strategic way that has delivered the platform upon which we can build.

Robinette recently made the decision to step down from the roles and in her own words, ...

"It is with deep regret that at the GGA Board meeting on 27 November 2016 I advised of my intention to resign from the role of Chief Commissioner, effective 31 December 2016.

Recently, as a result of personal matters, it has become increasingly difficult for me to carry out this role.  I believe that this decision is in the best interests of the organisation to which I am deeply committed, and I know that Girl Guides Australia is in a strong position to move forward.

The three years I have had the honour of being the Chief Commissioner have provided me with remarkable opportunities.  I have been humbled to lead the national team supporting the empowerment of girls and young women, and I wish to thank all the members of the Guiding community who I have met and worked with over this period. 

I appreciate and acknowledge the support provided to me during my term by people too numerous to mention.  In particular, I want to thank my Assistant Chief Commissioners, Susan Campbell and Miranda Cummings, and the staff of GGA.  Their support has been immeasurable.

In the meantime I am delighted to announce that Helen Geard, immediate past CC, has accepted the role in an Acting capacity until the Board is ready to seek nominations for a new Chief Commissioner.  I’m sure Helen’s vast experience and skill will hold her in good stead during this time."

Robinette Emonson


Robinette’s invaluable contribution has included reforms to the governance structure of Girl Guides Australia, driving implementation of the AGP review, being a fierce advocate for delivering WAGGGS programme initiatives, building the strong relationships with the Federal Government and promoting guiding in the community.

Robinette is wished the very best for all her future endeavours and it is hoped she continues her strong relationship with all of the Guiding community.