Girls' Brigade Northern Ireland, GBNI

Structure of GBNI

Company

Company membership includes teams of voluntary leaders, selected by the local Church, and girls of all ages, from 3 - 18 years old.

As GBNI works in partnership with local churches, we follow a Common Protocol for Churches that relates to Independent Organisations working with children and young people. Click here to see the latest policy

District

Companies are grouped together in local areas to form Districts. Officers from local Companies are appointed to run the District, providing activities and events for girls and leaders where they can meet, have fun, compete and share friendship.

There are 15 Districts in Northern Ireland:

  • 1. Castlewood
  • 2. Shaftesbury
  • 3. Cavehill
  • 4. Ards
  • 5. Strangford & Mourne
  • 6. Lagan
  • 7. Mid-Ulster
  • 8. Glenabbey
  • 9. East Antrim
  • 10. North Antrim
  • 11. North West
  • 12. West Ulster
  • 13. Riada
  • 14. Bann
  • 15. Lough Neagh

Each District is co-ordinated by an officer in charge called a Commissioner, supported by others including an Assistant Commissioner, Secretary and Treasurer. Districts elect officers to represent the views of members in that District on NI level decision making teams.

Northern Ireland Level

Girls' Brigade NI is run by volunteers for volunteers. A number of local representatives are elected to a NI level council, called 'Brigade Council', to lead the organisation in terms of its vision and direction. Brigade Council meets 3 or 4 times each year to discuss and debate issues regarding the ministry and strategic direction of GBNI. As the Council is made up of representatives from each Girls' Brigade District, the views and opinions of local members are channelled directly to the decision makers in the organisation.
While the Brigade Council provide leadership and vision for the organisation, it is the role of the GBNI Executive Team to govern the organisation and to lead the organisation along the path that Council have set. The Executive meets every six weeks, making decisions about the strategic operation of the organisation. The day-to-day running of the organisation will be delegated to HQ staff.
For practical reasons, the Executive works with sub-groups that are set up to focus on various aspects of Girls' Brigade work. These include Queen's Award, Spiritual, Training, Activities, PE, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and Programme Teams. These Teams meet regularly throughout the year providing a valuable service to all GB Companies. GB leaders are nominated onto these subgroups by their Districts.

GBNI Executive Team Members

Vice President : Lyn Campbell
Latifa McCullagh
President
Latifa McCullagh
Maghergall Presbyterian GB
Vice President
Alison Stevenson
St Paul's Parish, Lisburn GB
 
Linda Buchanan
Chairperson
Deborah McMahon
Downshire Presbyterian GB
Chaplain
Doreen Draffin
Deaconess, Whitehouse Presbyterian
 
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Honorary Treasurer
Alec McCullagh
Designated Child Protection Officer
Carolyn Pauley
Hazelbank Presbyterian GB
 
Fiona Skelly
Audrey Godfrey
Fiona Skelly
Fisherwick Presbyterian GB
Audrey Godfrey
Kilmakee Presbyterian GB
 
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Heather Sweet
Cregagh Methodist GB

Tracey Weir
Loughbrickland Presbyterian GB

Helen Weatherald
Ballygomartin Presbyterian GB
 
Danielle McAllister
Danielle McAllister
Executive Youth Representative
Danielle McAllister
Joymount Presbyterian
Executive Youth Representative
Nicola Watson
Hillsborough Presbyterian GB
  • GBNI President: Latifa McCullagh, Maghergall Presbyterian GB
  • GBNI Vice-President: Alison Stevenson, St Paul's Parish, Lisburn GB
  • GBNI Chairperson: Deborah McMahon, Downshire Presbyterian GB
  • GBNI Chaplain: Doreen Draffin, Deaconess, Whitehouse Presbyterian
  • Treasurer: Alec McCullagh
  • Designated Child Protection Officer: Carolyn Pauley, Hazelbank Presbyterian GB
  • Fiona Skelly, Fisherwick Presbyterian
  • Audrey Godfrey, Kilmakee Presbyterian GB
  • Heather Sweet, Cregagh Methodist GB
  • Tracey Weir, Loughbrickland Presbyterian GB
  • Helen Weatherald, Ballygomartin Presbyterian GB

Youth Representatives on Executive Committee

  • Danielle McAllister, Joymount Presbyterian GB
  • Nicola Watson, Hillsborough Presbyterian GB

You can email your youth reps with your views on any GB issues which they can then feed into the GBNI Executive Committee: gems@gbni.co.uk

GBNI Headquarters

Staff at Headquarters provide a range of services to members including resources and information for leaders, administrative support, co-ordination of training, events and other activities. Through our Supplies department uniforms, awards, resource materials and various gifts are sold.

Girls' Brigade Europe

Girls' Brigade NI belongs to the GB Europe Fellowship, along with England & Wales, Ireland, Palestine, Romania and Scotland.

GB Europe Executive Reps

  • Latifa McCullagh, GBNI President
  • Gail Ferguson, GBNI National Secretary
  • Danielle McAllister, GBNI Europe Youth Rep
  • Megan Noble, GBNI Europe Youth Rep

Girls' Brigade International

Worldwide there are now over 3,000 GB companies with over 126,000 girls and young women meeting and discovering Jesus week by week through the work of The Girls' Brigade.

Girls' Brigade is working in 48 countries and islands around the world, each working towards the same aim. Girls' Brigade around the world is organised into groupings called 'Fellowships'. There are 5 Fellowships:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Americas/Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Pacific

Representatives from each fellowship, together with the International President and Treasurer form 'The International Presidents Committee', who have the responsibility of the work of The Girls' Brigade at an International level. International Council Meetings known as ICGB are held every four years.

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