Club Committee

Didsbury Speakers is run by a committee of members elected annually in June by the club members, and any member of the club (it doesn't matter how long you have been a member) can stand for election for any position.

The current officers for the 2020-21 year are:

  • President

    Kate Bargery

    Kate Bargery

    The President opens and closes meetings, welcomes guests, fills in for other roles when vacant/absent, liases with Area Governor on office training, chairs committee meetings.

  • VPE - Vice-President of Education

    Achille Ramambason

    Achille Ramambason

    Encourages members to book speeches and schedule them, assigns mentors and encourages members to attend meetings and progress within Pathways.

  • VPM - Vice-President Membership (shared role)

    Deborah Beresford

    Deborah Beresford

    Welcomes guests to the room and collect their details, sends an e-mail follow up encouraging them to come back or join. Enters membership details on D71.

  • VPM - Vice President Membership (shared role)

    Pam Rowley

    Pam Rowley

  • VPPR - Vice-President Public Relations

    Karen Lee Turner

    Karen Lee Turner

    As VPPR, it's my role to get the club's profile out into the world by updating the club website, and managing all our social media platforms - (facebook, twitter, meetup & more), and if there are extra events planned to promote the club, that's my job too.

    I don't normally wear the outfit in this photo at Toastmasters, but have been known to do a speech or two on why I do. If you want to have a chat, just message me on our facebook page - www.facebook.com/didsburyspkrs

  • Immediate Past President

    Simon Calderbank

    Simon Calderbank

    Supports new committee in their roles and helps out wherever required.

  • Treasurer

    Colin M

    Colin M

    Manages the cash, registering members on TI and paying dues, completing accounts return to TI.

  • Secretary (shared role)

    Natalie Kay

    Natalie Kay

    Records minutes of club meetings and helps to engage members who have not attended for a while.

  • Secretary (shared role)

    Geoff Hodge

    Geoff Hodge

    Records minutes of club meetings and helps to engage members who have not attended for a while. 

  • Sergeant at Arms

    Colm Copeland

    Colm Copeland

    My role involves welcoming guests and fellow members as they arrive, opening the meeting and also organising all the equipment.

  • Training Trailblazer

    Susan

    Susan

  • Mentor Master (shared role)

    Mystery Member

    Mystery Member

  • Mentor Master (shared role)

    John Champion

    John Champion

  • General Committee

    Peter Hirst

    Peter Hirst

  • Webmaster

    Karen Lee Turner

    Karen Lee Turner

    I, along with Colin & Geoff, manage, update and generally keep on top of issues with the Didsbury Speakers' website.