Hall of Fame 2022/23

People of the Year

Area Director of the Year  Alistair DriscollAlastair Driscoll J10 (P)
  • Voice of Wales Speakers (S)
  • Cardiff Toastmasters (P)
  • Valleys and Vale Speakers (P)
  • Wye Knot Speakers (P)
  • Toast Titans (Chartered 23rd June 2023)

Division Director of the Year Emily McQuillenEmily McQuillen (Division C) (S)

  • Area 2 (S)
  • Area 5
  • Area 34
  • Area 58 (P)

Toastmaster of the Year – Chris Boden

  • Maidenhead Speakers (D21)
  • Sustainable Speakers (B9)

District Director Award Amy Jones Amy Jones, DTM


Communication & Leadership award – Dr. Samantha Tross


District Mission Award – Bonnie Wong


Club Growth Awards

New Clubs (Pioneer Award)

  • Dr Martens Toastmasters
  • PA Consulting London
  • LHH Toastmasters
  • KPMG Kommunicators
  • Wealth CDIO Toastmasters
  • Toast Titans

Phoenix Award

  • Winchmore Hill Speakers
  • Bank Street Speakers (now named JPMC – London-Glasgow Toastmasters Club)

PR Awards

  • Christina Plamadeala
  • Marijana Bosnjak

New Member Recognition

  • Laura Autumn Cox (Best Newcomer)
  • Stephen Saunders
  • Gabriel Cedismondi
  • Maud D’Agostini

Club Excellence

  • Bloomberg London Toastmasters (Corporate Club of the Year)
  • City of London Toastmasters (Community Club of the Year)
  • The Speakers of Croydon
  • Kent Speakers

Corporate Club Officers Training November 2021

Winter Corporate Club Officer Sprint1st – 12th November 2021 Doors will open for all sessions at 11:50am UK time. Sessions start promptly at 12:05 and will finish by 13:00. Agenda Week 1 Monday 1st November 2021: Chairing a Business Meeting with Sarah Beckwith. Learn how to lead meetings effectively and make decisions. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMucu-vqTosE91IDa33tnzEEYQXdBDMpYDo Tuesday 2nd November … Read more

Hall of Fame 2020/21

The Most Glorious Moment of The Year

Our members and clubs received Appreciation and Exceptional Contribution Awards, District Awards (Toastmaster, Area Director, Division Director of the year), Club of the Year and other recognition!

Key District Achievements

  • Member engagement: #1 in Europe (L1 completion)
  • Membership strength: Diverse membership from over 30 countries
  • New members:#1 in Europe with 1,774 members joining us this past year
  • New Clubs: 6 new and a pipeline being rebuilt
  • Education: 1952 awards – 0.5 per member
  • Distinguished Clubs: 116 (Smedley Distinguished)

People of the Year

Area Director of the YearAmy Jones, H32 (S)
  • Arun Speakers (S)
  • County Communicators (P)
  • Worthing Speaker’s Club (P)
  • Gatwick Communicators (P)
  • Clever Communicators (Pre-Charter)
  • Sussex Online Speakers (Pre-Charter)
  • Leading by example throughout the year

Division Director of the YearDiane Richardson (Division D)

  • Led newest Division
  • President Distinguished Division
  • Supported District Marketing
  • Supported District PR

Toastmaster of the YearHarminder Dhillon

  • Kings Speakers (B52), Est 2012
  • Visionary
  • Continues to inspire
  • Since Charter, over 200 lives have been transformed

District Director AwardJanet Alkema, DTM

  • Selfless District Alignment Committee Chair
  • Training Support
  • Webinar series
  • Past Division Director
  • Past Area Director

PR Manager of the Year – Ellie Henderson, Worthing Speakers

  • Attracted guests from around the world and motivated current and past members with the outstanding blog
  • Shared numerous #MyWhy stories on Facebook page
  • Helped the club gain 19 new members

Best PR Campaign of the Year – Tim Patmore, Oxford Speakers

  • Lead an exceptional PR campaign for the club’s 60th Anniversary
  • Invited >400 people, incl. Oxford VIPs and politicians
  • ave 2 radio interviews, incl. with BBC radio Oxford
  • Improved reach in social media and YouTube channel

Lead Generation – Varun Sharma

  • Club Sponsor – KBR Toastmasters
  • NHS/Other corporate opportunities
  • On the 2021/22 Club Growth Team

Club Coordinator of the Year – Jim Benn

  • Project Plan
  • Ownership of milestones
  • Worked to a firm timescale

Club Sponsor of the Year – Melanie Edward

  • Professionalism throughout
  • Passionate about developing others (24)
  • Engaged key stakeholders
  • Opportunity for further clubs in the business
  • Seamless charter

Club Coach of the Year – Ruth Ribeiro

  • BMS Uxbridge – 16 > 11 > 24
  • Engagement with the wider D91 community
  • Membership Growth
  • Use of DCP as KPIs
  • Contribution to monthly support sessions
  • Continued support of the club into the new year

Club Growth Awards

Smedley Award

Legacy Speakers Brixton

Shilling Speakers

West London Speakers

Society Speakers

The Speakers of Croydon

Moody’s London

Central London Toastmasters

Solent Speakers

London Business School Public Speaking Club

Spirited Speakers

Talk up Toastmasters

Kings Speakers

Cardiff Toastmasters

London Public Speakers

North Oxford Speakers

1st London Toastmasters

The Speakers of Croydon

London Victorians

Kent Speakers

Manor House Speakers

Clapham Communicators

Holborn Speakers

City Of London Toastmasters

Central London Toastmasters

Covent Garden Speakers

Ace of Clubs

London Business School Public Speaking Club

Beat the Clock

Connected Speakers London

BMS Uxbridge

Shilling Speakers

Kent Speakers

Bristol Central Speakers

Mole Valley

Holborn Speakers

Net Growth +10 (Zeus Award)

Shilling Speakers

104 Debaters

Kings Speakers

GSK House Toastmasters

Mole Valley Speakers

Cardiff Toastmasters

London Business School Public Speaking Club

Membership Resiliency

Berkeley Square Speakers

Holborn Speakers

Kent Speakers

Society Speakers

1st London

City of London

The Speakers of Croydon

Corporate Recognition Awards

GSK House Toastmasters
  • Resilience during turbulent times
  • Helped a new club within GSK to charter
  • Outstanding membership growth

Reading Verizon
  • Sponsoring Club for Verizon EMEA Online Toastmasters
  • Growth within the company – identify opportunities
  • Outstanding member contributions – wider D91 community

New Clubs

  • Wye Knot Speakers
  • KBR Toastmasters
  • Verizon EMEA Online Toastmasters
  • Liberty Speakers
  • BT Enterprise Corporate Toastmasters
  • Lockton Toastmasters

Special Mention – Verizon EMEA Online Toastmasters

  • D91’s first official ‘online only’ club
  • Example of embracing opportunity in a turbulent times
  • Growth within an existing corporate partner

Program Quality Awards

Educational Awards

  • 95 Paths completed in 2020/21, and seven members completed multiple paths. Among them:
    • Roz Etwaria
    • Allan Darter-Bragg
    • Chris Lloyd-Davison
    • Liza Hooks
  • 190 Members achieved the Triple Crown award in 2020/21
  • 59 Members that completed a path or paths and achieved the Triple Crown Award

First Class Award

  • Harrovian Speakers
  • Data Science Speakers

Club Commendation

  • Hamwic Speakers (for the Courtroom Chaos event)
  • Kings Speakers (for the Meet David Seidler event)
  • Cardiff Toastmasters (Highest net growth)

7/7 Club Officers Trained

1st London

Ace of Clubs


Ascot and Bracknell


Berkeley Square


BMS Uxbridge



Canary Wharf Communicators

Canterbury Communicators Club

Citi Criers Club

City of London

Connected Speakers Bromley

Connected Speakers London

County Communicators

Croydon Communicators Club

Data Science







Kings Cross

KPMG Kommunicators

London Corinthians


Milton Park

MLP London Bridge

Moody’s London


Oracle NetSuite




Riverside Communicators


Stratford London


Speakers of Croydon


Toasted Sandwich


Voice of Wales

West London



Woodford Green

Worthing Speakers

Special Mentions

Program Quality Team 2020/21
Liz Hobbs
Andy Hessey
Sam Warner
Neil Coleman
Guler Cortis
Alistair Barton
Chris Boden

Club Growth Team 2020/21
Jacqui Rosser
Mike Burrows DTM
Seema Menon DTM
Janet Alkema DTM
Monika Swiderska DTM
Gagan Singh
Duncan Hammett
Julian Ward
Irina Ursu
Jean Gamester DTM

PR Support
Diane Richardson
Susan Rayner
Adrian Lane
John Drinkwater

Corporate Club Officers Training July 2021

Summer Corporate Club Officer Sprint 5th – 16th July 2021 Doors will open for all sessions at 12:05pm UK time. Sessions start promptly at 12:15 and will finish by 13:15. Agenda Week 1 Monday 5th July 2021: Super Teams with Clinton Wingrove https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtduuurDovHNBqsYynSoEQdE3xq27cKOQt Tuesday 6th July 2021: Pathways with Samir Malak https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtduuppzMoG9PRdoVdVY8KVSObXkaPBvsP Wednesday 7th July 2021: … Read more

What did I learn as VP Membership

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