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.

This is our committee for 1 July 2021-30 June 2022:

Jenny Harris, 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.”


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!”


Matt Hegarty, Vice President Membership

“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.”


Jacqui Pedley, Club Treasurer

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Emilia Copeland, Vice-President Public Relations (VPPR)

“I originally joined Shropshire Speakers to help develop the skills necessary to progress further along my career path, but I keep coming back because of the atmosphere – everyone is very supportive, even when giving feedback, and I am continuously impressed by the wit, intellect, and creativity exhibited by the members within the club.”


Sam Warner, Deputy Vice-President Public Relations (VPPR)

“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.”


Smitha Veluthedath Sankaran, Secretary

“My Toastmasters journey started for the very simple reason that my mother tongue is not English! Now, being a Toastmaster has definitely added more value to my personal and professional life and has immensely helped me to communicate confidently and clearly. Shropshire Speakers is a fantastic group of pleasant speakers who adhere to the very empowering principles of Toastmasters. One of the major lesson I have learned is that – what you say doesn’t matter much, but how you say it matters a lot!”