Meet Your Committee

Ifeoma

Ifeoma Okafor

President

The boss

  • Toastmaster since June 2017.
  • Why did you join? – To become more confident at public speaking.
  • Biggest Learning – I’ve learnt and still learning how to calm my nerves when speaking in public. I have also learnt that public speaking is not only about being confident but also about the message (the structure and delivery).

Carl Bradley

Carl Bradley

Deputy President

The boss no 2

  • Toastmaster since [TBC].
  • Why did you join? – [TBC].
  • Biggest Learning – [TBC].

Seamus Crilly

Vice President – Membership

Helps guests and supports our members

  • Toastmaster since April 2018.
  • Why did you join? – To become a more confident public speaker.
  • Biggest Learning – Getting up to speak over and over again is the only way to improve – it’s an incremental process.

Gbemi Akojenu

Vice President – Education

Assigns club meeting roles and speeches

  • Toastmaster since October 2019.
  • Why did you join? – To learn how to connect with audiences and improve public speaking skills.
  • Biggest Learning – Growth happens through feedback, observation and practice.

David Wilkinson

Deputy Vice President – Education

Assigns club meeting roles and speeches

  • Toastmaster since October 2017.
  • Why did you join? – I joined Toastmasters as I had a huge fear of public speaking, bordering almost on a phobia. I knew I required help. Toastmasters was the answer.
  • Biggest Learning – For me, the biggest learning is being able to manage fear and stressful moments. I know what I am able to do, so when the stress / fear kicks in I have learnt to push through and still perform. It’s a huge revelation and has instilled a new level of confidence throughout all parts of my life.

Figo Ulger

Vice President Public Relations

Promoting the club

  • Toastmaster since April 2017.
  • Why did you join? – To overcome my fear of speaking in front of people.
  • Biggest Learning – Understanding that being vulnerable is not a weakness but actually your greatest asset. That’s when the greatest connections and growth will appear.

Lizzie Gull

Sergeant at Arms

Logistics for meetings

  • Toastmaster since August 2019.
  • Why did you join? – To become a confident, engaging and energetic speaker.
  • Biggest Learning – My best learning is from listening. From speech structures to engagement techniques – you can pick up incredible skills from other’s speeches and evaluations.

Michelle Senior

Secretary & Immediate Past President

Manages the club files and the last boss

  • Toastmaster since October 2016.
  • Why did you join? – To hone my public speaking, develop and portray confidence, and to widen my network.
  • Biggest Learning – Effective public speaking is a skill and to master it you must practice, practice, and then practice some more. I used to believe that impactful public speakers had a gift but now I realise that anyone can have that ‘gift’ if they’re willing to apply the tools and techniques we learn at Toastmasters.

Rose Nakibirango

Treasurer

Take care of the money

  • Toastmaster since October 2017.
  • Why did you join? – To learn to remember what I plan to say and to say it effectively.
  • Biggest Learning – Getting to a point in my life where I look forward to giving a speech once I’ve developed the structure.