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
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!