Toastmasters UK North & Ireland

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Aaron Day

Adrian Herbert

Adrian Lapuste

Akshara Chandrashekar

Alex Knibbs

Alun Rees

Andra Popovici

Andrew O’Connell

Angela Afieghe

Angela embarked on her Toastmasters journey in 2021 at Kildare Toastmasters, marking a rewarding three-year commitment to personal and professional growth. A year later, she extended her Toastmasters experience by joining Toastmasters4Golf. In tandem with her journey towards effective communication, Angela has assumed leadership roles within the Toastmasters community, both at the club and division levels. Impressively, on just her second meeting, she took on the role of Vice President Public Relations (VPPR) in 2021, demonstrating her dedication to enhancing the club's communication and outreach. She was elected as President in 2022. A significant highlight in Angela's Toastmasters journey came in June 2023 when she was appointed as the Division Director of Division D - Ireland. Angela views this appointment as an immense privilege, as she has the honour of serving the members within this distinct division. She is deeply committed to preserving and advancing the legacy left by those who paved the way before her. Angela's academic background is rooted in Electronics and Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Project Management, and Business, holding both a BSc and MBA. Her professional journey has spanned diverse sectors, including Business, Telecommunications, Healthcare, Banking, and Retail in various capacities, such as IT project management, portfolio and program management, business development, change management, and training. Her altruistic spirit shines through her volunteer work with Portarlington CoderDojo. Beyond her professional pursuits, Angela derives great fulfilment from collaborating with new business owners, aiding them in establishing solid foundations for success. Outside of her professional and Toastmasters pursuits, Angela's hobbies include graphic design, travel exploration, meticulous party planning, and indulging in the pleasure of reading.

Ann Gibson

Anne Brady

Anthony Phelan

Anthony joined Toastmasters in 2015 as he was looking for a new hobby in his local community. He works as a physiotherapist. He lives in Waterford, Ireland. He loves road trips, particularly in Scotland, Wales and the USA.  He has driven route 101 on the California coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco three times and has also driven coast-to-coast across Canada, covering 8000 in 32 days.  

Asma Riaz

Bhupen Sahu

Bob Ferguson

Brenda Lannon

Callum Gillett

Catherine Ryan

Celine Pulikkal

Charles Malone

Cian Doorley

Claire Downie

Danny Banks

Darren Walton

David Clinton

David joined Toastmasters in November 2016 after watching and listening to a Toastmaster friend deliver a humorous speech at a club meeting. He was looking for a new interest in his local community relating to creative writing opportunities and saw that Toastmasters might be interesting. He works in a variety of capacities as a children's entertainer, children’s events Manager, Manual Handling Trainer, and guest speaker. He lives in Athgarvan in Newbridge Co Kildare, “a stone's throw” as they say from The Curragh plains with his wife Mary and two sons Josh and Oliver.  

David Ryan

Declan Brophy

Derek Walsh

Derval Duggan

Dolores Brady

Dominic Bascombe

Donie Dee

Eamon McPartland

Eileen O’Neill

Eileen is a senior leader in Enterprise Ireland, an Irish semi state body which supports Irish owned enterprises to start, develop and innovate in Global Markets. She was one of the founding members of EI Toastmasters in 2016. She likes to keep fit with running and regular visits to the gym and completed the Dublin City Marathon in 2024. Eileen is married in Dublin with three adult children. Originally from Monaghan, Eileen noticed that her home county was one of only a few in Ireland that did not have a Toastmasters club so she linked up with some other Toastmasters with a Monaghan background and together they chartered Monaghan Toastmasters, the only community club to charter in the first Covid year, 20/21. She was Division C Director in 2019/20 and managed the transition to online meetings for clubs in the Division and a very successful end of year Divisional Recognition Event. In 2020/21 Eileen joined the District 71 Leadership Team as Finance Manager and continued this role for a second year. During this time she introduced a new process for claiming incentives and opened a District store based in Northern Ireland where members could easily spend incentives earned and buy Toastmasters shop items with a fast turnaround time. During her time as Finance Manager Eileen project managed the production of Ted Corcoran's book "The History of Toastmasters in the UK and Ireland" and hosted a high profile launch of the book in Dublin in 2022. She says that she hasn't yet discounted the possibility of a wider launch at a future date! Eileen was awarded Toastmaster of the Year in 2021/22 in recognition of the many projects she managed during that year. Eileen strongly believes that Toastmasters is a powerful program for helping people to overcome their fear of speaking and believes that organisations could very successfully establish a club in support of their employee development program and this will be a key focus for her as leader of the Bright Sparks team in 2024/25.

Elizabeth Jordan

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.

Eric Downey

I have been a member since 2002 and have served all the committee roles during that time as well as Area Director and Division Director.

Ernold van Bueren

Femi Olulaja

Fungai Mtisi

Gareth Roberts

Gearoid Murphy

Ged Byrne

George Moroiu

Georgina Hodgkinson

Gerry Dunn

Helen Orlandich

Igoe Brendan

Imma Ndey

Jackie Hill

James Finnegan

James is a Husband, Father and Grandfather, Writer, Actor and Community Activist. He has a background in Coach, Tutor and Referee Education, Training and Development with UEFA, the Football Associations of England and Ireland and Coaching Ireland at all levels from Grassroots to Elite International levels. He joined Tralee Toastmasters in October2019 and has covered all Club Officer Roles. He was Club President and Area B36 Director in 2022/23 and Division B Director in 2023/24. In 2021 he was a member of the Conference PR Team. As a member of the Growth Academy in 2022, he was Club Coach Education Chair. In 20/23 he was Corporate Club Education Chair and in 2023 he was Conference Program Chair. He has completed the Motivational Strategies (2022) and Leadership Development (2023) Pathways. He was District 71 VPPR of the Year in 2020/21 and in 2024 he was awarded the District 71 “Above and Beyond Award”

James Hurford

James O’Dowd

Jamie O’Shea

Jennifer Doyle

Jennifer Elevique

Jillian Geraghty

John Allsop

John Cox

John Kelly

John Kendall

Jolanta Drygas

Julia Martineau

Julie Kenny

Julie is a member of Ipswich Electrifiers Speakers' Club  

Katuta Lumpa

Kevin Lee

Kevin O’Reilly

Kevin is a mindset and communications coach that specialises in interview coaching.  He uses advanced coaching techniques from his training as a behavioural analyst, an NLP practitioner and Hypnotist to give people hope for the future, courage to overcome their fears now and build confidence beyond what the client believes possible.  He works with individuals on a one-to-one basis and provides workshops for schools and colleges.  In addition, he also works closely with organisations both public and private, who have employees going through efficiency and redundancy processes prepare for the future.  His motivation is to help as many people as he can get the career they want, because he passionately believes that “on the other side of a successful interview is the life you deserve!" He worked for over 20 years as a manager and area manager for a large sports retailer across the UK.  Where he achieved the accolade of achieving a Chartered Manager status for his services and experience in leadership and management through the Chartered Manager Institute. The pandemic gave him an opportunity to do something new.  He re-trained and started his own business ( which focuses improving clients lives through mindset coaching and communication and presentation mastery.  He now also hosts and produces his own podcast “The Interview Jobcast”, where he interviews individuals and organisations around the topic of interviews.

Kevin Walsh

Kishore Goshikonda

Kit Barritt

Larry Lyons

Larry Power

Linda Crofton

Liz Welch

Lou Burchall

Mairead Dillon

Mairead joined Toastmasters in 2008 to develop her skills as an accountancy lecturer. From the moment Mairead joined Toastmasters, she knew she had found her tribe! Toastmasters has opened up many doors for Mairead and she is currently working in the HSE as an SAP trainer. Prior to that, she worked in the Finance Services industry. Mairead lives in Wicklow, Ireland with her husband, 3 children and the world's best dog, Cooper. She enjoys the outdoor life and loves to swim in the sea every day. She also participates in triathlons and charity runs and loves driving. She achieved a truck and bus licence in 2022, along with an advanced driver qualification.

Mari Manning

Mario Hundertajlo

Mark Bastow

Mary Conlon

Matty Behan

Maura Meaney

Michael McCann

Michele Barad

Michelle Lewis

Mike Keenan

Mike Maunsell

Moira O’Brien

Nicholas O’Neill

Nicholas joined Toastmasters in 2019 and he has loved it ever since performing a variety of roles from Vice President Education, Vice president PR and Club President for Powdermills Toastmasters Ballincollig Ireland. Toastmasters has allowed Nicholas to grow and develop his skills as well as providing an outlet for personal growth. Nicholas is married with 2 children and works in surgical sales full time. Undoubtedly Toastmasters helped in the development of the wedding speech in 2020 as well as for professional presentations and events. In fact there is no aspect of my life that hasn't benefited from being a member of Toastmasters

Nick Collins

Nigel Smith

Olga Byrne

Paige Skelton

I joined Toastmasters 7 years ago because my dad thought I needed to gain confidence (and of course, dads are always right!) In my professional life, I work in Recruitment. I have been in the position for 2 years now and I really enjoy it. Orlando travel is my passion. I love anything Disney world and Universal Orlando - so if anyone would like help planning a trip….. call me. ✌🏼

Paschal O’Leary

Pat Kenny

Pat Rooney

Patricia Gray

I joined Dunfermline Toastmasters in 2017, I was a mature student studying with the Open University and had been elected as Area Association Representative for Scotland, I was to be the voice of all the Scottish students at committee meetings in Scotland and in the UK, however I did not have a lot of confidence with public speaking, I was sitting at home one night and received an email telling me about a new club opening in Dunfermline and after receiving more information I decided I wanted to give it a try, went along to the next meeting, I remember feeling terrified as I walked into the room for the first time, however by the end of that meeting I had enjoyed it so much I decided I wanted to join the Club, I delivered my first speech after just six weeks, and received really good constructive feedback, that enabled me to learn and improve for delivering future speeches. Now seven years on I can speak to larger audiences, have gained a lot of new skills and those skills have enabled me to volunteer with others and help them to gain these experiences as well, I still enjoy learning new skills, I have held many of the  leadership roles in my club and now this year with the District as well as Area Director, and I want to continue my Toastmasters Experience for many more years to come, I believe you are never to old to learn and then you will have  a lot more experience to pass on to others in the future. My Toastmasters goals I still have to achieve are to complete my first path this year, which I am on track to do, and then in the next Toastmasters year to achieve my Distinguished Toastmaster Award. To be Successful in this Area Director role will assist me towards that goal.

Patricia Kelly

Patricia O’Reilly

Patricia Radley

Patricia has been a Toastmaster since 2018 when she initially joined Cork Toastmasters. As a member of Cork Toastmasters she served as SAA, VPM, VPE. She served as President during the 2020/21 season when the club was online due to the Covid 19 pandemic. That year the Club earned Presidents’ Distinguished Status. Patricia has also served as Assistant Area Director and Area Director for Area 23, Division A. She is currently a member of 3 clubs, Powdermills Toastmasters (currently service as President), Cornerstone Communicators (an online advanced club based in the UK and serving as VPM this year ) and Sunday Speakers a hybrid club in San Antonio Texas where she has served as secretary for the last 3 years. Patricia has been involved in delivering Club Officer Training and training sessions on Pathways and Marketing clubs. She has served on club growth committee and has been involved in providing assistance to members throughout the District on Pathways via one-to-one sessions, training sessions and via the Help Hub and monthly Saturday Trainings. Patricia was honoured to win Cork Toastmasters’ Toastmaster of the Year in 2019 as well as the Division A Toastmaster of the Year in 2022. Patricia loves being involved in Toastmasters and in helping fellow members and clubs to achieve their goals and reach their potential.

Patrick Hynes

Paul Graham

Paul Greenway

Paul McCarthy

Paul Walsh

Paul has been a member of Liverpool City Toastmasters since 2020.

Pauline McCabe

Peter Kieran

Peter McAuley

Phil Heath

Phil Sturgeon

Philip Cooper

Phillip O’Brien

Phillip Vesey

Prince Acquah

Randy Ekakitie

Richard Pilgrim

Rob Partridge

Ronnie Smith

Ross Donovan

Sam Ashby

Sam Warner

Sarinca Janga

Sarinca joined Toastmasters in 2016 as she was looking to improve her skillset in public speaking and build greater confidence in leadership roles. She works as an accounting specialist in the financial services industry. She lives in Glasgow, with husband David and her daughter Victoria. She originally hales from Bonaire in the Caribbean and enjoys an annual sojourn back home to family and friends during the Summer.  

Saurabh Gurgule

Sergey Udaltsov

I am from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. I moved to Ireland in 2000 as an IT professional. Joined Tralee Toastmasters in 2013.

Shirley Gallagher

Siobhan Phillips

Somesh Kumar

Stallone Samuel

Steve Campion

Professionally, Steve has a background in IT systems architecture and IT management. He now manages global HR systems for a large hospitality company. He spends a lot of time in Zoom meetings. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster and has served in a variety of roles, including club president, club sponsor and member of the District Leadership Team. He is currently the District's Club Growth Director  

Sudeepto Kushary

Sue Burnett

Sue Sander

Tanya Barad

I work as a project manager, mainly in IT. I'm very process oriented and I was sent to Toastmasters by my work because they knew it could help me in my work. It greatly helped me develop in my communication skills and confidence. My mum is also a member of Toastmasters, so we get to do fun things together. I was District Realignment Chair in 2018/19 and Area Director for area 39. I was awarded Toastmaster of the Year at the Toastmasters conference in Norwich in 2019.  

Tim Leech

Tina Norbury

TJ Ruredzo

Tom Flynn

I have been a member of Westport Toastmasters for 13 years. During that time I have filled all the Officer positions. Currently I am Area 27 Director in my second continuous year. Since becoming a member of Toastmasters I have overcome my shyness and progressed to being a competent communicator. I now visit schools in particular talking about and giving "Speechcraft" courses to Transition year students ages from 17 to 18 years of age. I hope this year to be awarded my DTM which would be icing on the cake for me.  

Venice Rowe

Venkatesh Gopalakrishnan

Vesko Petkov

Will Kearney