Shropshire Speakers is run by a voluntary committee, elected by our members.

Committee members serve for 12 months, from 1 July each year. Toastmasters International specifies the roles and responsibilities of each committee member, and we all work together to support the development of the club and its members.  It’s a great way to try your hand at a leadership role with lots of support, guidance and opportunites.

This is our committee for 1 July 2022-30 June 2023:

Sam Warner, Vice President Education (VPE)

“I would never describe myself as a shrinking violet, and used to wear the mask of an actor when on stage performing or presenting. I wanted to learn how to be authentic and the real me when presenting to others. Shropshire Speakers has given me the space to practise in front of a warm friendly audience and now I’ve found a natural delivery style that I feel confident with and that helps me to convey my message clearly. The most useful thing for me has been the evaluations which encourage me to try new things out.”

Matt Hegarty, Vice President Membership & Treasurer

“I wanted to improve my public speaking and leadership skills, and after attending Shropshire Speakers as a guest, I found that the Toastmasters meetings were a great informal way to improve these skills.  Ours is a very friendly and welcoming club and I’m sure that all members improve and learn from others, no matter what level they are currently at.”


Neil Smith, Sergeant at Arms (Assets Manager)

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Jenny Harris, Immediate Past President

“I joined Shropshire Speakers several years ago and like many others it was to improve my confidence with public speaking such as delivering presentations. However, this is also my second time being President of the club and I have also filled other roles on the committee all gaining valuable and transferrable leadership skills along the way.

Stepping up to take on roles in the club has given me opportunity to chair meetings (amongst other things) and as a support worker in the NHS this has enabled me to develop skills, I wouldn’t necessarily get in my work role.

And of course, we have fun and occasionally cake.”