Ruth Lowe - UK
World Centre Manager
Hi my name is Ruth and I am the World Centre Manager for Pax Lodge. I have been involved in youth work since I set up my own girls group the “Amazons” at aged 16. I have a degree in European Law and a post graduate degree in Youth and Community Development and I am just completing my Executive MBA.
I have most recently managed a women’s centre in London working with disadvantaged girls and women, such as offenders, girls excluded form school and young parents. I am passionate about young women’s participation and gender equality and enjoy seeing young women realise their true potential and find belief in themselves and their voice to speak out about issues close to their hearts.
I was born in Glasgow and grew up in Berlin, Germany and am a dual UK and German national. I now live in Kent with my daughter Léa and son Jordan. In my spare time I enjoy reading, travelling, playing handball, singing and learning to play the guitar. I look forward to bringing my skills and experience to Pax Lodge and working with an international team of staff and volunteers.
Rachel Swygart - UK
Deputy World Centre Manager
Hi, my name is Rachel and I am from Croydon which is in South London, UK. I have been involved in Guiding for a long time ever since I was a Brownie, right up to a Senior Section member and then a leader.
I have most recently been working at Our Cabana in Mexico as Deputy World Centre Manager; I was there for 6 years and fell in love with the country and the people. Before I went to Mexico I was working for Girlguiding UK and was lucky to be involved in many different projects. I am very excited for this opporunity to work at a second World Centre by joining the great team of staff and volunteers at Pax Lodge.
During my free time I love going to the theatre, horse racing, travelling and spending time with my friends and family.
Laura Hadland - UK
Hello I'm Laura originally from Gosport on the South Coast of the UK but I now call London (and Pax Lodge) home. I am currently working on my leadership qualification with Girlguiding and work with the Pax Lodge Rainbows and Senior Section units.
I have been at Pax for two years (so far) and had the pleasure of meeting people who come from all over the world and I have worked with many extraordinary young women who have volunteered their time and dedication to their London World Centre. I can't wait to meet even more people and learn what the World Centres mean to them.
Tirian Eynon - Canada
Bonjour! My name is Tirian, and I have been involved in Guiding since I was a child living in Norway. Over the years I have held many positions from unit Guider, Commissioner, Area International Advisor, trainer, Provincial committee member and much more in Girl Guides of Canada. I am now a Senior Section leader here as part of Girguiding UK. Throughout the years I have also volunteered my time for other community events and agencies such as The Steven Lewis Foundation and Unicef.
Before coming to Pax Lodge over 3 years ago I worked in Calgary, Alberta Canada in the non-profit community, focusing on youth and youth volunteerism, and Youth Justice and for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Canada (and am Gold Award achiever).
I enjoy singing, camping/hiking in the Rocky Mountains near my home town, and I also have a huge passion for travelling and meeting people from over the world.
Elaine Snow - UK
Assistant Guest Services Manager
Hello my name is Elaine and I am from Bournmouth originally but have spent the last four years getting to grips with Human Geography in Aberyswyth University (South Wales).
I am already enjoying working with the Pax Lodge Team and am looking forward to my time here.
In my spare time I like to watch my new favourite TV show 'Hollywood Me' and other guilty pleasure type TV. I also love farming (my family has a strong farming background) and also enjoy just hanging out with friends.
Louise Wendel - Sweden
Guest Services Co-ordinator: Events
My name is Louise Wendel and I´m from the south of Sweden. I’ve been in guiding/scouting since the age of 8 and I’ve enjoyed my time throughout the years, being a scout/guide myself, being a leader and being on the board in my unit and in the national rover scout board, and being a planning team member for the World Scout Jamboree in 2011. I love the Scouting and Guiding movement and all the opportunities it brings.
I have a bachelor degree Service Management, Tourism Management and love being a part of the Guest Services team at Pax Lodge. I’ve been a Guest Service Intern (both Office and Conference) at Pax Lodge before and I love being back for some more challenges and experiences.
I enjoy everything that has to do with music, being outdoors, travelling and meeting new people.
Tadeja Zajec - Slovenia
Guest Services Co-ordinator: Confrence
I'm Tadeja (friends would know me as Taja) and I come from Slovenia. I've been a Girl Scout since I was 13 and I see joining this wonderful movement as ongoing adventure of my life. In Guiding/Scouting I did so many wonderful things from learning the differences between calfs and deers, making a campfire without matches and surviving 5 days without a toothbrush to gaining life skills. These experiences have helped me in my personal and professional life like working in a team, planning and delivering diferent projects and also running my own company. It taught me how to organize my life, how to cherish every single moment and how to go throuh life with positive attitude.
In Guiding/Scouting in my Association I started my volunteering career as Brownie/Cub scout leader, than going on as a Rover/Ranger leader and finally finishing it as an International Commissioner (for last 6 years). I've also been a member of WAGGGS Europe Region Working groups for last two trienniums. All of these roles have helped me to see the broader picture of our movement and all the cultural similarities and diversities within it.
I love spring, ice-cream, science fiction, travelling, photography and puppets. Yes, puppets – they are, beside Guiding/Scouting, my passion as I was profesionally involved in puppet theatre for last decade.
Nanna F. Kjølholt - Denmark
I’m Nanna F. Kjølholt and I have flown in from Denmark. I joined the girl guides when I was six and i’s been part of my life ever since. I love how being a girl guide keeps providing me (and other girls and young women all over the world) with exciting oppertunities and challing adventures. Especially I enjoy creating exciting programmes, being a member of diverse and strong community, and the work we do to create a better world!
I’ve been a local leader, done different national and international projects and served as deputy chief commisioner of my association, focussing on programme. Now I represent the guides and scouts in the Danish Youth Council... AND get the change to work as a girl guide full time, putting my master degree in Educational Studies and Cultural Encouters into play!
My privelliged position here at Pax Lodge is to coordinate our events this summer, which means (among other things) going out and about in London with all the amazaing participants and our great volunteers – lucky me J
When not doing that, I like good stories (books, movies, tv, theatre), to ride my bike cycle, swim in the bathing ponds at Hampstead Heath and hang out with friends and family online or IRL.
Garry Poon - Phillipines
Hi I'm Garry from the Philippines, and I am Pax Lodge's weekend chef. After working for 15 years in my home country, I now find it very nice to work with people from all over the world and experience new cultures and cuisine!