National Personel

Girls' Brigade New Zealand is led by our National Board

Charlotte Saunders

National Commissioner (Elected 2017)T



National Commissioner (elected in 2017)

Tena koutou katoa, greetings to you all. I have been a member of Girls’ Brigade since 1990. Since this time I have achieved my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Queen’s Award. I have held various positions including Area Commissioner and Programmes Team Convenor, and have been involved in GB in Hawkes Bay, West Auckland, and presently in the Waiariki / Bay of Plenty area.


Professionally, I am a registered Architect for Babbage Consultants, based in Taupo. Outside of work and GBNZ, my interests are running, weight lifting, road trips, classic minis and drag racing.


I came to faith in Christ at age 16, during an international GB trip in Singapore. I have a hope that more girls will come to experience God through real relationships with our leaders, that they will feel valued, loved, equal, and have a hope for their futures.



National Chaplain (elected 2020)

Having been in Girls’ Brigade since the age of 6 I have learnt so much and been greatly enriched by leaders – old and new – and girls.

I have held all company positions and many of the Area positions and am currently Area Chaplain.

Although my paid employment is with Westpac NZ Limited, I hold voluntary positions in the Methodist Church of NZ – on the National Strategy committee, as Co-Synod Superintendent for Otago Southland, and as an accredited Lay Preacher.


I am also a Guide with Achilles NZ International – an organization that enables athletes with disabilities to participate in able-bodied events.  While I was really proud of running my first marathon in 2016, I was just as proud when I guided Michael – an athlete who is blind – in his first 10km walking event in 2019.

I am a licensed Marriage Celebrant and a trained Funeral Celebrant.

I have a passion for helping others.  I love ministering to people, getting alongside them, listening and praying with them.

1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”



Board member (elected 2018)

Bio coming soon



National Youth Rep (Elected 2020)

My first memory of Girls’ Brigade was going with my Mum and sitting colouring Winnie the Pooh while she was a leader. I think I was around 3 or 4 then. 


I have been part of Girls’ Brigade for 18 years and continue to love it.  I love that Girl’s Brigade is a Christian organisation that we are able to help young girls know God’s love, learn about crafts and life skills that are so important. 


Through Girls’ Brigade we are able to have an impact on everyone that is a part of our companies and units. You never know how something so little can have such life time effect. 


I’m excited to be able to get to know more of the youth through being the National Youth Rep Elect.