Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jobs for the Girls; Pamela Townsend Meets a Woman Who Deals with Tigger and Tinkerbell Every Day PA Profile

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jobs for the Girls; Pamela Townsend Meets a Woman Who Deals with Tigger and Tinkerbell Every Day PA Profile

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Byline: PAMELA TOWNSEND

IT is the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (Wagggs) conference in the Philippines next week, but, if you're a former Tigger, Daffodil or even a Pyramid, you might already know that. For Ann Cuthbertson, it means the pressure is off. As delegates of the Wagggs, representing 10 million Rainbows, Brownies and Guides worldwide, gather round the proverbial campfire for some serious powwow, life at London's Guiding HQ is getting back to normal.

"The run-up to the world conference is always busy, and this year it coincided with preparations for our May AGM. Life over the past few months has been hectic," says Cuthbertson, 34, who joined the organisation 10 years ago when it was called the Girl Guides.

She is now PA to Denise King, chief executive of the recently renamed Girlguiding UK.

"Denise is part of a sevenstrong delegation to Manila, and as well as making the usual travel and hotel arrangements and collating and distributing conference papers, I have been ensuring the workshops our delegation wants to run will go smoothly.

That has meant making sure venues are OK and projectors and computers are available."

Powerpoint presentations are a speciality. "For the AGM I prepared 135 slides with animation and commentary," she says. Such skills were gathered on a Guides-sponsored one-day course two years ago and are a valuable addition to a CV that includes nine CSEs, certificates in secretarial and administration skills, RSAs in business English and typing and an NVQ in admin.

Cuthbertson joined the Guides as a secretary in the training and development section after seven years as a clerk in a Gillingham engineering firm.

"Denise joined my department about four years later and we hit if off straight away," says Cuthbertson.

"Denise was made deputy chief executive in 1998, and when her PA left last year she encouraged me to apply. …

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