2018 Acting Chief Commissioner – Rosemary Derwin
The Girl Guides Australia Board are pleased to to announce that Rosemary Derwin has been appointed as the Acting Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides Australia and Chair of the Girl Guides Australia Board from 1 January 2018 for a maximum term of 12 months. The GGA Board is reviewing the role of Chief Commissioner and this appointment provides stability as we identify the best way to structure the leadership of Girl Guides Australia into the future.
Since first making her Promise as a Brownie in rural NSW, Rosemary Derwin has enjoyed extensive Guiding opportunities and acknowledges these as being a major contributor to who she is today. Rosemary was a Queen’s Guide, a leader of youth, a leader of adults, a trainer, an Assistant Chief Commissioner, Treasurer of Girl Guides NSW&ACT and is currently a director on the Board of Girl Guides Australia. Rosemary was awarded the Red Kangaroo in 2005 for her service to Guiding. This year she was a member of the Girl Guides Australia delegation to the World Conference held in Delhi this year.
Rosemary has been a Director of UN Women (formally The National Committee for UNIFEM in Australia) and was a member of the UN Women delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women in 2007 and 2008. During her time working with UN Women, Rosemary contributed to the establishment of the White Ribbon Foundation.
Professionally, Rosemary has a background in business and financial management and until recently was a director of an award winning financial planning practice.
Rosemary has accepted the appointment of Acting Chief Commissioner of Girl Guides Australia as she is passionate about girls and young women (and not so young women) continuing to enjoy all that Guiding offers.
The Board would also like to take this opportunity to thank Helen Geard, Acting Chief Commissioner and Miranda Cummings, Assistant Chief Commissioner for their work during the year.