Our Committee

The new Wessex Speakers committee assumed office on 1st July 2017. You can find out about their roles below

Having a number of people involved in the running of the Club helps to ensure that no-one ends up doing everything and that no individual role is too onerous.

Chris ReesChris Rees – President

The president, as the chair of our club is responsible for providing the supportive club environment members need to fulfill their self-development goals, for making sure that members benefit from the Toastmasters educational programme and that the club recruits new members and retains current ones.

Steve VearSteve Vear – Immediate Past President

The President from the previous year also sits on the new committee for a further year.

The reason for this is quite straight forward; having had the experience of being President, it’s generally seen as good practice to be there to help, advise and support the incoming President.

The President role was filled by Steve Vear.  Known affectionally as El Presidente, Steve did a fabulous job as President and is a great asset to the team.

Janet Butler – Vice President Education

The Vice President education, is responsible for providing and maintaining the positive environment and the educational programmes through which members can learn and grow.

This year Ravi will be arranging for several guest speakers to visit the club and focus on all of the educational goals of our members

Jessie MugfordJessie Mugford – Vice Present Membership

The Vice President Membership, has overall responsibility for membership growth, maging the process of bringing in guests and transforming them into members.  By initiating contact with guests, making them feel welcome and providing them with the information they need to join, they help maintain a constant influx of new members to the club.

Craig NewmanCraig Newman – Vice President PR

The Vice President public relations, is the Club’s link to the outside world.  The Vice President is responsible for coordinating an active public relations and publicity program and fulfil the roles of Webmaster, Social Media Specialist and Brand Manager for the club. Efforts that we hope help to attract new members. This job is vital to the growth and success of the club

Awaiting PhotoElisabeth Bruetschy – Secretary

The club secretary handles club correspondence and takes the minutes of each club meeting, which are then passed on to the President for checked and then circulated to the committee.

They are responsible for keeping clear and accurate records of club business, including membership records and correspondence with Toastmasters International’s World Headquarters and others.  

Dan Gangai - Committee MemberDan Gangai – Treasurer

The Treasurer, is responsible for keeping clear and accurate financial records of club business and for seeing that the club remains financially stable.  They manage the club’s bank account and ensure that members dues are paid to World Headquarters in a timely fashion.  

Craig NewmanCraig Newman – Sergeant at Arms

The Sergeant at Arms is responsible for club property management, meeting room preparation and hospitality.

He chairs the Social and Reception Committee and fulfills various roles and duties in Club Competitions.