State Commissioner

Joanne Folder

My love for Guiding first began many years ago when I joined Brownies and continued through the movement from there. I also spent some time in the Scouts as a Rover before returning to Guides as a State Representative on the GGT Board.

My career experience is in events, marketing and the childcare sectors. I have a passion for choral singing and enjoy reading, travel and tentative gardening.

I have a lifelong love of Guides and believe it is incredibly beneficial for women from childhood to adulthood. A worldwide movement, Girl Guides has benefited me and many thousands of others and my role as Commissioner is an opportunity to support and develop this outstanding organisation.  To learn and fail in a safe environment, to make great friendships and acquire extraordinary memories.  My own journey and experiences gained through childhood and leadership roles continues to motivate me to pass on these opportunities to others.


Previous State Commissioners

2017 Ms Joanne Folder
2017-2017 Mrs Jane Dent
2013-2017 Mrs Mary Laing
2011-2013 Mrs Jane Dent
2007-2010 Ms Helen Geard
2007 Mrs Beatrice Lawrence OAM
2006-2007 Mrs Joan Bunker
2001-2006 Mrs Kaye Johnson OAM
2000-2001 Mrs Cheryl Wilson OAM
1998-2000 Mrs Jan Allan
1993-1998 Mrs Diane Truskett
1988-1993 Ms Anne Browne OAM
1983-1988 Mrs Mollie Campbell-Smith
1978-1983 Mrs Margaret Elliston MBE
1973-1978 Mrs Sheila Howe
1968-1973 Lady Lloyd
1962-1968 Mrs Ray Gabriel ARRC
1956-1962 Ms Gwen Hesketh MBE
1951-1956 Ms Dorothy Wyly
1949-1951 Ms Mary Fisher
1940-1949 Mrs Margaret McIntyre OBE
1940 Mrs Stella Thirkell
1935-1940 Mrs Keva Butler
1924-1935 Mrs Mary Shadforth
1921-1924 Lady Allardyce
1911-1921 Mrs Emily Dobson