Division B: Lynne Cantor Gayer

Candidate’s Name:

Lynne Gayer (Formerly Cantor)

Candidate’s Office:

Division B Director

Toastmasters member since:



Strategic Relationships (L4 current pathway). Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM). Advanced Leader and Communicator Gold, Silver & Bronze. Competent Communicator and Leader.

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service:

Evaluation Trainer D71 & D91 – 2012-to date.

Pathways Ambassador – 2015-16.

Club President – Excalibur – 2016-17.

Area Governor – D71 – 2009-10.

Club Mentor – Angel – 2011.

Club President – WIBF 2008-09.

VPPR – WIBF – 2007-08.

Toastmasters honors and recognition:

D91 Master of Ceremonies District Contest Distinquished Toastmaster (DTM)

Triple Crown

D71 UK & Ireland District Evaluation Champion

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District leader:

Manager in a charity supporting 60+ volunteers who support people back into work with a focus on building confidence. Previously:- Helping people to have the confidence to look and speak the part. Successfully leading remote teams.

Delivering quality projects to time. In summary; leading staff and volunteers, supporting people to develop confidence and deliver excellence in whatever they do, relates to the District role.

What experience do you have in strategic planning?

A four year term as Interim Chair, Vice Chair and Non Executive Director of a Hospital Trust where the role was all about Strategy, Governance and Risk.

Managing my own business & franchise from a start up to a successful concern, providing clients with the tools and knowledge to be their authentic selves.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

Managing my own business & franchise finances Managing P&L’s and cost centres £8m

Responsible for revenue recognition £2b (1/3 of company’s revenue)

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

Developing procedures are a key part of my role in supporting volunteers to do their role. Part of the franchise team achieving Gold Standard Investors in People.

Led the team that achieved ISO9000.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

Listen more and speak less, the team on the ground may have good or better ideas on how to get things done. Accept that not everyone will always agree with you and that’s ok as long as you can justify your reasoning.

Why do you want to serve as a District leader?

I have gained so much from TMI, I got the job I have now because of it. Throughout my toastmasters journey I have built up knowledge, skills and experience through trial, error and success. I get real pleasure from passing that onto others as I have through 12 years of evaluation training. Being a DD is another opportunity to give back and help others develop and grow.

In your opinion, what are the District mission’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

Increase membership & Excellence. Forging a Divison of Excellence and ensuring we operate by the four key values. Creating a cycle of success where all clubs achieve excellence by planning well organised meetings and celebrating all achievements. People will develop and grow, become leaders, reinforcing the cycle of success as well as encouraging more people to join.

Additional information about yourself:

I have the skills and knowledge to lead, based on experience. I have proven energy and enthusiasm to motivate and inspire. I am constantly inspired and motivated by other members, I get great enjoyment from being a Toastmaster and I want to be able to help others feel the same.

Last Updated on 27th April 2024 by Rupa Datta