I was a member of the Guide Association from Brownies, through to being an adult leader, but I did not complete my warrant as I went off to Brazil, and then university, but I have every intention of taking up Guiding again in the future (but first came the PhD, then the travelling, then the job-hunting…!)
Six of us started the Baden-Powell Trefoil, the highest award in Guiding, but I was the only one in the 1st Wolstonbury Rural Company to finish it, and even got my picture in the local paper.
I had to do many different tasks for the award, including first aid, community work, learning about Europe, etc., but after a couple of years the mission was achieved!
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.