Ruth Lowe - UK
World Centre Manager
Hi my name is Ruth and I am the World Centre Manager for Pax Lodge. I have been involved in youth work since I set up my own girls group the “Amazons” at aged 16. I have a degree in European Law and a post graduate degree in Youth and Community Development and I am just completing my Executive MBA.
I have most recently managed a women’s centre in London working with disadvantaged girls and women, such as offenders, girls excluded form school and young parents. I am passionate about young women’s participation and gender equality and enjoy seeing young women realise their true potential and find belief in themselves and their voice to speak out about issues close to their hearts.
I was born in Glasgow and grew up in Berlin, Germany and am a dual UK and German national. I now live in Kent with my daughter Léa and son Jordan. In my spare time I enjoy reading, travelling, playing handball, singing and learning to play the guitar. I look forward to bringing my skills and experience to Pax Lodge and working with an international team of staff and volunteers.
Susan Newton - UK
Deputy World Centre Manager: Guest Services
Susan is from Nottingham in the UK and has been involved in Guiding for what seems like forever. She loves the international aspect of Guiding and has acted as a unit leader for Brownies, Guides, and Senior Section. Previously, she worked in a Private Day Nursery as the Deputy Manager. Her favorite part of this job was the ability to use her outdoor Guiding skills of lighting fires and climbing tree’s during Forest school sessions
Susan is looking forward to the challenges she will face as the Deputy World Centre Manager: Guest Services. In addition, she is excited by the prospect meeting, interacting, and working with people from all over the world. And hope’s that each and every guest has an amazing time here at our World Centre.
Tirian Eynon - Canada
Deputy World Centre Manager: Programme
Tirian has been involved in Guiding since she was a child living in Norway. Over the years she has held many positions from unit Guider, Commissioner, Area International Advisor, trainer, Provincial committee member and much more. She has also volunteered her time for other community events and agencies such as The Steven Lewis Foundation and Unicef.
She has worked in Calgary, Alberta Canada for the past 10 years in the non-profit community, focusing on youth and youth volunteerism, and Youth Justice. For the past six years she has worked for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Canada and is a Gold Award achiever.
She enjoys singing, camping/hiking in the Rocky Mountains near her home town, and she also has a huge passion for travelling and meeting people from over the world!
Máire McInerney - Ireland
Guest Services Co-ordinator: Events
Hi, my name is Máire (Sounds like Laura but with and M). I'm from Cork in the south of Ireland. I've been involved in the Guiding movement since before I was born. My parents met at a Scout camp in their teens so it was only natural that I would grow up to become a Ladybird, a Brownie, a Guide, a Senior Brancher and then become a Leader of the Carrigdhoun Guide Unit in my town of Carrigaline.
In college I first studied Multimedia before graduating and moving on to study Advertising, PR and Event Management. I was lucky enough to have opportunities while being involved in the Irish Girl Guides to find and strengthen my passion for PR and Event Management. As well as being involved in Guiding, I love to watch and play Ireland's National Games, Camogie and Gaelic Football. I also like Gymnastics and have been coaching at The Rock Gymnastics Club for eight years. I have been bitten with the travelling bug since I worked for GSUSA in Minnesota four years ago and I love to visit the amazing cities around the world while meeting new friends.
Laura Hadland - UK
Guest Services Co-ordinator: Office
Laura comes from Gosport on the South Coast of the UK. She was a Brownie before moving abroad to Norway. It was while attending secondary school in Scotland that she obtained her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award – after enduring many a night in a rain soaked tent.
After deciding to study French at Bangor University in North Wales Laura was required to spend a year abroad working as an English assistant in a secondary school which she loved so much she extended it to two years.
She is looking forward to her time at Pax and learning more about WAGGGS and the great work it does around the world supporting girls and young women.
Libby Reid- UK
Volunteer and Training Co-ordinator
Libby is from Essex in the UK. She was a Brownie, Guide, Ranger, and is now a Ranger Leader and Assistant Guide Leader. She has also held several other roles including Division Senior Section Advisor and County Awards Committee member. In 2010 she completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and has since become a Duke of Edinburgh Award leader. She studied BA(Hons) Geography at the University of Plymouth and loves hiking, travelling, and learning about different places and cultures. Her adventures in Guiding have taken her on a 100 miles hike around the Isle of Man and spending the summer in Switzerland as a volunteer at Our Chalet. She is looking forward to working in another of the World Centres and meeting many more people from around the world.
Amy Graham - UK
Programme Co-ordinator: Events
Amy is 23 and from Hastings on the South East coast of England, but she moved to Northampton in 2008 to complete her BA (Hons) Acting degree at The University of Northampton. Since graduating in July 2011 Amy has travelled around Central and Mediterranean Europe and also worked for a graduate theatre company in Northampton called Act Out, performing educational theatre to secondary schools and running workshops for primary school children.
Amy has been involved in Guiding since she was 4 and a half years old, after throwing enough tantrums to persuade her Mum to take her to Rainbows six months early! She worked her way through Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers, while also becoming a Brownie Leader. In the summer of 2010 she worked as a Programme Volunteer in Sangam World Centre, India for four months while also completing her Queen's Guide award, the highest award in Girl Guiding UK. Both her Mum and Grandmother are also Queen's Guides so it was always going to happen! Amy is so excited to be continuing her journey through the World Centres by joining the Pax Lodge family, and can't wait to meet and experience all the different cultures and languages while making lots of new friends.
Kiu Ho - Hong Kong
Guest Services Co-ordinator: Conference
Hello I am Kiu from Hong Kong. I am a Guest Services Intern at Pax Lodge and it’s so exciting to be here! It’s a lot of fun working with such an international team because I can always learn something new about the world every day by talking to staff from different parts of the world. There is so much to learn I am never bored here!
I was once a Brownie, a Guide and also a staff at the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association. Being involved in Guiding outside of Hong Kong now will definitely give me the best opportunity to meet Guiding friends from all around the globe and share with each other cultures and personal stories. I think this will be one of the best experiences Pax Lodge can offer me.
My journey with Pax Lodge has just begun and there is so much to look forward to! It’s going to be challenging working abroad but I know this is the best way to grow and become a better person! I’m also very grateful for all the wonderful people and experiences that Guiding have brought into my life.
Garry Poon - Phillipines
Garry, from the Philippines, is a chef at Pax Lodge working on weekends. After working for 15 years in his home country, he now finds it very nice to have people, with different cultures and nationalities by his side, assisting him in the kitchen.