Meet Your Committee

Gosia Syta

President

The boss

  • Toastmaster since February 2016.
  • Why did you join? – To dust off my public speaking skills, increase my confidence and meet inspiring people.
  • Biggest Learning – I learnt how to “murder my darlings”, by which I mean leave out inessential parts of the speech, a very painful process. I learnt how to embrace pause. I learnt how to slow down. But most importantly I learnt to be scared and do it anyway..

Michelle Senior

Vice President – Education

Assigns club meeting roles and speeches

  • 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.

Alfredo Iorio

Vice President – Education (External)

Allocates General Evaluators both for our club, and our members to other clubs

  • Toastmaster since April 2016.
  • Why did you join? – To improve my spoken English and acquire confidence when communicating.
  • Biggest Learning – Effective communication as a skill set you can learn and improve by practicing.

EUGENIO GONCALVES-PINTO

Vice President – Membership

Helps guests and supports our members

  • Joined Young Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club (Lisbon – Portugal) back in 2011. Joined the London Public Speakers in 2017 to continue my toastmasters’ journey..
  • Why did you join? – To meet like-minded people while improving my speaking skills in a truly supportive environment.
  • Biggest Learning – During my journey at Toastmasters, I’ve learned I can be a very passionate, ambitious and diligent leader, inspiring people to achieve great things! (which is something I haven’t realized before, and fulfills my soul).

CONROY PRETORIUS

Treasurer

Takes care of the money

  • Toastmaster since 2013.
  • Why did you join? – Had a group of friends joining, like the idea of what it had to offer, and joined.
  • Biggest Learning – Besides my speaking improving immensely there are a couple of experiences and learnings.
    i. People are always better at speaking than they think
    ii. There are a couple of people that come to mind, who I have seen grow over the years, with great confidence, growing from fear and procrastination to delivering ground moving speeches.

JOANNA SZOSKA

Vice President Mentoring

Helps new members find a mentor

  • Toastmaster since 2014.
  • Why did you join? – Initially I came to TM meeting out of curiosity, to see how being a member of a public speaking club could help me to overcome nervousness when meeting new people. I felt intimidated at first and hesitated for a long time. I probably became the longest hesitating guest that joined LPS. I joined when I recognized that I was receiving enough help, motivation and support to allow me to work on the areas that needed improvement.
  • Biggest Learning – The main thing, which I learnt from being a toastmaster is that you learn even when you are thinking that you are not doing very well – practise is what helps you grow.

ANDY O’SULLIVAN

Vice President – Public Relations

Promoting the club

  • Toastmaster since 2006 and a DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster – the highest award).
  • Why did you join? – To have more confidence in Business meetings so I could convey my ideas and also have courage to volunteer for delivering presentations.
  • Biggest Learning – When I’m feeling nervous or uncomfortable is the time that I’m growing.

MARK WILTSHIRE

Immediate Past President &
Club Secretary &
IT Support

The last boss & manages website and IT Support

  • Toastmaster since January 2015.
  • Why did you join? – To improve my public speaking and help sell my own business.
  • Biggest Learning – By actually doing I am much better than I thought I was, and I am learning new skills every meeting, while having fun. It is also inspiring to hear everyone speak and learn new perspectives from every new member.