Jean Weir

County Communications and PR Advisor

How long have you been in Girlguiding?

I joined at 7 years of age as a Brownie, and then a Guide until 16 years of age.  I had a short break whilst I did my A Levels and was at university.  Then I was invited back to help run a BBQ at the church fete and have been back volunteering with 5th Stopsley Guides since autumn 1992, so I guess that’s almost 30 years.  I have been in this role since 2017, but part of the Marketing & Communications county team since 2011.

What does your role entail?

I am responsible for the marketing and communication activity for the county.  This covers both internal communications and more importantly external facing communications and marketing activities. Activity is to stakeholders and the general public, advertising what Girlguiding offers both to girls and volunteers.  I have a team, communicating through email, face-to-face PR events, printed press and our own newsletters (Go Guiding) and all the major social media channels.

What do you enjoy most in your role?

I enjoy being part of the Bedfordshire county team, offering support to other county roles.  I also like hearing and sharing ideas with other county reps like myself throughout the Anglia region.  I am responsible for shouting out about a great organisation that I believe in.  


Are there any stand out moments/any proud achievements?

I was interviewed on local radio during the pandemic about how Girlguiding were adapting by offering ‘Adventures At Home’.  I also loved working with Keech Hospice and Wild In Art as part of Luton’s Big Trunk Trail, bringing Olivia, our baby elephant, ‘alive’.