Adele Cooney

  • What does the role of Trainer Qualification Coordinator involve?

    The main focus of the role is supporting all the prospective trainers in the region. From their first tentative steps of expressing an interest in training, to matching them up with a tutor and working with the partnership so that they can achieve their qualification and become fantastic, inspirational region trainers. 

    What do you hope to achieve as part of this role?

    Guiding is all about team work and I'm passionate about supporting leaders throughout the region deliver great guiding to the girls in their units. Through this role I hope to be able to increase the number of trainers in the region so more leaders can access the training that suits them most, and ultimately girls benefit from the best guiding on offer.

    What other roles do you have in guiding?

    I’m a guide leader in Brackley, Northamptonshire - we had lots of fun celebrating our unit's 100th Birthday in 2018, I'm also a region trainer and tutor and have county roles as chair of adult support and assistant county commissioner. 

    What relevant previous experiences have you had which led you to this Region role?

    I've been a trainer for several years, and as a tutor for the training qualification I understand the support and guidance prospective trainers would like to achieve their qualification. 

    What is your favourite thing you have done, or your greatest achievement, as a member of Girlguiding?

    I've had so many, but as a guide I did my commonwealth badge, one of the clauses was about India and I've always wanted to go. In 2011 I had the chance to go on an adult county trip and in 2017 we returned with our Guide unit, seeing the impact it had on the girls was a humbling experience. It made them appreciate their own education and how important a simple pencil is.


    What do you enjoy outside guiding?

    A few years ago, my daughter persuaded us to keep chickens, so now I have plenty of eggs to bake cakes and biscuits with, so having cooked and eaten I enjoy going out for walks to burn off those calories.

    What is your favourite biscuit and why?

    It's got to be homemade ginger biscuits - one of the first biscuits I learnt to cook as a child - I still use mum's recipe.   

    What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

    Organised, focused and adventurous.