People

Our club is run by a voluntary 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 2019-30 June 2020:

Roger Wilson, President

“I joined Toastmasters to improve my speaking skills (I need more help than I realised!). I have stayed for a number of years as this is such a great place of continual learning; both about speaking and leadership, but also for hearing talks on so many interesting subjects. It’s a great bunch of people!”

Jill Ming, Vice-President Education

‘’My motivation for joining Shropshire Speakers seven years ago was to help me in my business. I wanted to speak more clearly and fluently to clients and be able to answer all questions with ease and confidence. I’m amazed at what I’ve achieved in that time with so much help and support from my fellow members. I never would have dreamt that public speaking could be so enjoyable!”

 Sam Warner, Vice President Membership (VPM) 1st 6 months and Immediate Past 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.”

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.  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.”

Kay Heald Vice-President Public Relations - Committee MemberKay Heald, Vice-President Public Relations (VPPR) with help from Sam Warner

“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.”

Craig Letheren, Secretary

“I joined Toastmasters to improve my speaking skills as I frequently present to customers as part of a sales process. In my role as a Technical Sales Engineer, I need to present to customers confidently and in an influential manner, and I was able to find a Toastmasters Pathway that aligned perfectly with my professional development goals”.