People and Leadership

There are over 15,000 thousand women involved in the mission work of GB around the world. Mostly they are unpaid volunteers. They are women from local churches in the community who, like our founders, have passion and a calling to love and empower girls to discover their identity, gifts and potential.

We also have a number of employed team too, in different parts of the world. They support or help lead the work in individual countries or areas.

Countries have freedom to lead locally

Each country has a board or council that leads and governs the work of Girls’ Brigade in their area, and amazing women from all walks of life are appointed onto these teams to bring God focused wisdom to the steps we take in mission. They take the lead to ensure that Girls’ Brigade in that country is continually moving forward to see our vision fulfilled!

Relationships matter

Networks and relationships are so important in GB, and we have organised ourselves into five Fellowships around the world to help us stay connected and supported. Each one has a team leader (Chairman), and together these five women form the International leadership team of The Girls’ Brigade (The President’s Committee)

International Leaders

The leadership team is called the President’s Committee simply because every four years the world-wide family of GB chooses an International leader to head up this important team – the International President.

The President’s Committee (IPC) communicates regularly to hear about and discuss GB’s development, ensuring that the vision of GB is being pursued by the various country teams. Because these group members lead the fellowships their awareness of GB needs, impact and opportunity is really valuable and relevant for more global discussions that take place at their formal gatherings

Generally, because of distance, the team gathers face to face once a year for this annual conference.

The President’s Committee is supported by GB international’s Administrator who is currently based in the UK.  Members of the international  team can be contacted by using the email home@gbworldwide.org , by telephone +44 (0)1246 582322 or by writing to our registered office Registered Office: Girls’ Brigade Ministries, Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley, S32 3XG, United Kingdom

GB’s International Conference

GB teams from around the world get together as a whole mission organization (every four years) at the International Conference of Girls’ Brigade (ICGB).

The conference is a really relational gathering, and networking, discussion, worship and learning together are priorities for this gathering of leaders.

GB’s International Council (GBIC) is convened during this conference, enabling delegates attending from the various country leadership teams to address any key international decisions needed for GB’s progress in mission around the world .

Each GB member country has a voice at the Council and may contribute to the agenda and the decision making process. ICGB is an important gathering for GB, not least as it is here that the International President is chosen and commissioned to lead us forward for the next four years.

The 2018 conference is being held in Zambia, Africa. As 2018 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Girls’ Brigade, the conference will be a place of real celebration and vision casting for the future.

Vivienne Aitchison – International President

Elected at the International Conference in Perth 2014, to be GB’s International President (2014 – 18). Vivienne Aitchison was previously VP for Europe for eight years and brings a wealth of experience to her new role in Girls’ Brigade.

Vivienne is based near to London in the UK, and works as an educational Consultant. Previously a Primary school head teacher, she is passionate about training and equipping those who work amongst children, and spends her working time mentoring trainee teachers and providing training for head teachers and school governors

Vivienne recently handed on the baton of overall leadership of her local GB group, but continues to enjoy being part of the team as they work amongst girls in her area.

In her opening address as President of Girls’ Brigade Vivienne highlighted a few verses from the Bible as a focus for her sense of what’s to come in GB as we continue to move forward as a mission around the world:

“The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house says the Lord Almighty” Haggai 2:9

She spoke too of how the International leadership team for GB will continue over the next four years to encourage the Fellowships and countries to ‘Grasp the Vision: Live the Mission’ of GB as part of God’s church by being Expectant, Courageous and Empowered to see Girls’ lives transformed and God’s world enriched!

Link with Vivienne via Facebook

Hazellann Boreland – Caribbean and Americas

IVP for the Caribbean and Americas Fellowship, Hazelann H Boreland lives in the beautiful setting of the British Virgin Islands. 2014 marks the beginning of her second term as IVP, and she brings great experience to the International team. Mum to the lovely Eric who has been the youngest ever attendee at IPC meetings, Hazelann juggles a busy life at home, in GB and as a lawyer.

Priscilla Penny – Africa

Priscilla is IVP for Africa. She lives in Harare, Zimbabwe with husband Claudio. As well as all that she does for GB, Priscilla and Claudio also have a busy family life, keeping abreast of all that’s happening in the lives of their four children and five grandchildren!

Mrs. Renelle Neale – Pacific

Renelle, from New South Wales, Australia, was appointed as IVP for Pacific in April 2016.  She is married to John who is now retired, has four grown up children and four grandchildren with whom she loves to share time. Her family in their turn are her biggest supporters and encouragers!

At a GB volunteer she has a long association with the Blacktown GB group where she now serves as Chaplain. Over many years she has been involved in training around her local region.  During her eight years as Deputy Chairperson of the Pacific Fellowship she assisted with a number of training sessions with leaders around the Pacific area.  In her working life too she has worked for GB, managing the GB shop and serving as National Administrator.

Outside of GB she likes to be creative, loves the challenge of a daily crossword and enjoys completing jigsaw puzzles.  She is also a keen stamp collector so watch out when she is on her travels.

Renelle recalls how , through the encouragement of her GB leaders, she became confident enough to show her faith to others. She believes that although she has seen seeds sown in young lives growing, there are still many more out there that are thirsting for the Lord. Her vision is for GB members in the Pacific to stay connected as together they transform girls’ lives for Christ.

Dr Claire Rush – Europe

Dr Claire Rush took over this four-year role from Vivienne Aitchison in June 2014. Claire, a local GB leader in Northern Ireland was previously the Youth Co-ordinator for the Fellowship.

She works as Participation and Advocacy for GB in England & Wales, is involved in a number of initiatives like the Sophia Network, and is passionate to see young women have and fulfil opportunities to be Christ-focused influencers in this generation. Married to Chris and always busy reading or writing, Claire is thrilled to be taking up this new role and as she would say, is privileged to be ‘Standing on the shoulders of giants – grateful for the amazing GB leaders who have gone before me’

Mrs Tay Poh Imm – Asia

Mrs Tay admits that the web and social media are a mystery to her, but that she LOVES working amongst children! She’s also great at communicating via ‘What’s App’!

Currently President of GB Singapore Mrs Tay brings tremendous experience to the role of IVP for Asia, and the International Leadership team is blessed to add her wisdom to the team as GB moves forward in this next phase of mission. As a teacher she brings a wealth of knowledge to the team, and has travelled around Asia supporting the extension of our mission into Thailand, Cambodia and more recently into Indonesia.

Lynne Rogers – Treasurer

Lynne is a local GB group team leader in Plymouth (on the South West Coast of England). She is also a trustee of GB England and Wales, a mum to two adult sons and wife to Simon – the local BB Captain! Lynne has a background and lots of experience in finance, and works for the Methodist Church in her area.

According to her Facebook page she really enjoyed her trip to ICGB in Perth via Raffles hotel in Singapore! Why not link up with her via Facebook?