Executive Team


The President

The President of Girl Guides Victoria is the Honourable Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria. On 1 July 2015, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM was sworn in as Victoria’s 29th Governor, the first female in the role. Immediately before her appointment as Governor, she was President of the Melbourne Festival, Chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Victorian Regional Committee and a national Board member of the Trust, a Commissioner of the Australian Football League, a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, a Board member and former Chair of AFL Sportsready and Artsready, a Board member of the Unicorn Foundation, and a Patron of Sports Connect. In 2010 the Governor was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to family law, and the community.



Executive Committee

Michèle Stokes, PHD GAICD

Position: Chair
Occupation: Executive Consultant
Executive Member Since: 2018
Experience: Leadership, Business development, pharmaceutical development and manufacturing. Supporting Girl Guiding in Australia and the UK. 
E: michele.stokes@guidesvic.org.au   

Julie Humphrey

Position: Deputy Chair
Occupation: Director
Executive Member Since: 2020
Experience: Leadership, governance, consulting, management, strategic planning and development. 

Helen Reid

Position: GGV Nominated Director for GGA
Occupation: Librarian
Executive Member Since: 2019
Experience: Management, research, Guiding experience.



Janelle Howell

Position: State Commissioner
Occupation: Chief Risk Officer
Executive Member Since: 2016
Experience: Volunteering, Risk, Non For Profit sector, Guiding experience.
E: janelle.howell@guidesvic.org.au

Claire Bickell

Position: Executive Member
Occupation: Director, Financial Framework
Executive Member Since: 2021
Experience: Public policy, statistics, financial management, strategic thinking, change implementation, policy reform Guiding experience.


Ann Cook

Position: Executive Member
Occupation: Retired Manager, Research and Writing 
Executive Member Since: 2015
Experience: Administration, extensive Guiding knowledge, personnel management.

Sarah Hill

Position: Executive Member
Occupation: Senior Manager
Executive Member Since: 2020
Experience: Advocacy, senior management, strategy development, governance .


Lynda Sanders

Position: Executive Member
Occupation: Lawyer
Executive Member Since: 2018
Experience: Property and commercial law, advocacy for girls and women, community leadership and development, child and family protection


Members of the State Patrol Team

Members of the Joyce Price Centre Staff Team (JPC)


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