People

Our club is run by a committee which is elected by our members and serves for 12 months from 1 July each year. Toastmasters specify the roles and responsibilities of each committee member.

This is our committee for 1 July 2018-30 June 2019:

samSam Warner, President

‘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.’

Jenny Gater VPE - Committee MemberJenny Gater, Vice-President Education (VPE)

‘Why did I join ?  I saw an ad in the paper in January 2012. I was curious and thought why not give it a go? I’m still here making progress in all sorts of skills: listening, speaking, leadership so much and all in 2 hours 15 minutes.  Amazing what you can achieve when you have structure and you practice at keeping to time.  A really supportive friendly group willing to share tips to help you realise and evaluate goals.’

 Jonathan Quin, Vice President Membership (VPM)

‘I joined Shropshire Speakers to help build my confidence not only in the work environment, but also at a personal level. It continues to improve along with my leadership and presentation skills. It is a really friendly club and somewhere I have enjoyed attending from day one.’

 

Matt Hegarty Treasurer - Committee Member

Matt Hegarty, Club 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.  Shropshire Speakers is a very friendly and welcoming club and I’m sure that all members improve and learn from others, not matter what level they are currently at.’

 

Kay Heald Vice-President Public Relations - Committee MemberKay Heald, Vice-President Public Relations (VPPR)

‘Public speaking has always been something outside my comfort zone, but at the start of 2017, I decided it was about time I conquer my fears. Shropshire Speakers was recommended to me as a public speaking club that was friendly, supportive and great value for money – it’s exactly that!’

 

Kyle Heath, Sergeant-at-Arms

‘Public speaking has enabled me to be a better communicator, business owner and above all father.  Finally you can learn to speak in public and actually enjoy it! No more dreading what others might think, no more soggy palms. Toastmasters is the best place to learn to become a better speaker.’

 

Jane Vaughan, Secretary

Chris Ryder, Immediate Past President

Chris Ryder Shropshire Speakers President

Mags O’Brien, Immediate Past President

Mags O'Brian Shropshire Speakers Committee