Toastmasters UK North & Ireland

Elizabeth Jordan

Immediate Past District Director & DLC Chair

Elizabeth Jordan

Immediate Past District Director & DLC Chair

Elizabeth joined Toastmasters 13 years ago as a member of Hertfordshire Speakers in the UK. She remains a proud member of this warm, friendly and successful club. She is often heard to say that she was ‘made at Hertfordshire Speakers’.

Alongside her communication journey, Elizabeth has stepped up and undertaken leadership roles at club, area, division and District level. She joined the District 71 leadership team as Public Relations Manager (PRM) in 2020. She continued to serve as Club Growth Director and Program Quality Director.

In May 2023, she was elected Director of District 71 – UK North and Ireland. She feels hugely privileged to be of service to the members of this wonderful district and to continue to build on the legacy of those who came before her.

Elizabeth’s academic background is in research chemistry (BSc, PhD). She and has worked in Fortune 500 companies in research, product development, marketing, change management and project and program management. She has served in her local community including as a  volunteer for the Samaritans, as Chair of Trustees for a London-based educational charity and a Churchill Travelling Fellow.

She enjoys many hobbies including reading, walking, socialising and bootcamp classes.

How I have benefited from my Toastmasters experience
Toastmasters has been a hugely beneficial and empowering experience, both personally and professionally. I have grown in confidence as a communicator. Where I once avoided public speaking, I now embrace it whether it’s a celebratory social speech to a small audience or a presentation to a large audience. I have also benefited in unexpected ways. I joined Toastmasters to become a more confident public speaker and ended up discovering a myriad of leadership opportunities, a global network and the opportunity for life-long learning. The journey from nervous guest thirteen years ago to Distinguished Toastmaster and District Director has been a life-changing experience.

What most excites me about my District role
It’s an opportunity to give back to an organisation that has helped me to grow in so many ways. I am always excited to meet members and see them grow on their Toastmasters journey. I am especially excited at the prospect of leading the District 71 to distinguished status, especially in Toastmasters' 100th year.

What I would say to someone considering a Toastmasters leadership position is....
Stand up, step up and put your hands up. You will give a lot and you gain twice as much. You gain skills, you gain access to a wider network, and you grow as a person. Most importantly, you have the opportunity to help build a legacy for future Toastmasters to enjoy the benefits that we enjoy today.

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