Sonya Burrows – President
I originally joined Speak Easy at Martlesham in order to practice speaking in front of an audience and help reduce my nerves, as I had started being asked to give talks on plants and garden related subjects to groups in the local area. Speak Easy has delivered on both aims! I continue to be a member not only for the educational value and speaking practice it provides but also the opportunity to share experience gained with other members and because it is such an enjoyable, friendly and supportive club.
Paul Graham – Immediate Past President
I originally joined a Dutch Toastmasters club, in Utrecht in 2013, to develop my public speaking skills. It was an opportunity to gain international speaking experience in an organisation with a global presence. On returning to the UK I joined Speak Easy, as it provided a high standard of mentorship to take my skills to the next level. The club has provided the necessary support to develop both my public speaking and leadership skills and has helped me to deliver speeches to a high level at various conferences and events.
John Duller – Secretary
I joined Speak Easy in 2014 after going along to a couple of meetings. Like a lot of members, I wish I had joined years before. I had a speech to do in Germany, which I agreed to do but was beginning to wish I hadn’t. Speak Easy helped me deliver a successful speech and I’ve been hooked ever since. Public speaking is useful in all areas of life, not just at work. Our meetings provide a safe environment to practice public speaking, to help others develop and be entertained by some great speeches. https://vimeo.com/332913999/6b7f17bd53
Ann Nunn – Treasurer
I joined Speak Easy at Martlesham in 2005. From day one I was made to feel very welcome and within a few weeks I was on the committee! I’ve worked my way through various committee roles, my current role is Treasurer. I’ve made many friends and have received and given support and encouragement to members throughout. Every meeting has the ingredients of fun and friendship. I’ve been an Area Director and Division Director for Toastmasters International. In 2010 I gained my Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM), the highest TI award. I stay in this world-wide organisation because I cannot imagine life without it.
Andrew Nunn – Vice President Education (VPE)
I joined Speak Easy at Martlesham, part of Toastmasters International (TI), in 2014. I enjoyed the role of Vice President of Education (VPE) for two years. I then won the election for Area Director and at the end of my year, I became President of Speak Easy. I’m currently Immediate Past President and working towards completing my Advanced Communicator Gold award. I’m thoroughly enjoying the 5th year of my Toastmasters’ journey and looking forward to further challenges with the new Pathways Education Programme. My only regret is that I didn’t join earlier!
Adam Green – Vice President Public Relations (VPPR)
I joined Speak Easy Martlesham in 2018, to help me improve my public speaking skills for my career, voluntary roles and hobbies and interests. Speak Easy provides a supportive and friendly environment to progress, and has quickly opened up new opportunities for me that I hadn’t expected. Whether you’re clear on how you want to improve, or want to try something new and see where it takes you, you will find Speak Easy and Toastmasters International both fun and helpful!
Ian Read – Sergeant at Arms
I joined Speak Easy at Martlesham when it was first formed, at the end of 2004. Since then I’ve enjoyed (and still enjoy) being a member of the club, both speaking and as a Committee member, having been Treasurer, President, VP Public Relations and SAA. I’ve benefited from Toastmasters International’s well-established methods and educational pathways, working my way through speaking, evaluation and other assignments. I’ve become one of the Club’s de-facto technical support people and I’ve been pleased to help the club hold ‘hybrid’ meetings recently – joint face-to-face and Zoom meetings.