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RTPI Chartered Planner appointed Girlguiding’s new Chief Guide

27 May 2016

2016-05-03_ICANDO_Valerie _Chief GuideRTPI Chartered Town Planner, Valerie Le Vaillant has been appointed Chief Guide of Girlguiding, the UK’s largest charity dedicated to girls and young women.

As Chief Guide, the charity’s most senior volunteer and Chair of its Board of Trustees, Valerie has committed to ramping up the fun and adventure on offer for Girlguiding’s members and widening access and diversity to give opportunities to more girls from all backgrounds. She also aims to encourage more girls into careers in the built environment.  

 Valerie Le Vaillant said:

“I firmly believe that girls can do anything - given the right confidence, self-belief and support and the opportunity to have amazing fun and incredible adventures along the way. Being Chief Guide of the leading charity for girls and women, provides the perfect opportunity to encourage more girls into careers in the built environment, in collaboration with the RTPI."

2016-05-03_ICANDO_Valerie _Chief Guide -18Valerie has had a successful career in the construction and property sectors. In 2001 she was awarded an OBE for service to ‘architecture, and the community in East London’. In December 2009 she was made a Cabinet Office Ambassador to help champion equality and diversity in Ministerial/Public Appointments, and in 2015, she won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in the National Women in Construction Awards.


Valerie has championed diversity throughout her guiding career. The majority of her guiding leadership roles have involved running outreach programmes in socially disadvantaged and ethnically diverse areas across East London.


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