10 yearsMeridian Speakers is a friendly bunch of Toastmasters from all walks of life. We are 30+ approachable individuals gathering in a pub twice a month to help each other grow and improve.

When many of us first came to the club we were terrified of public speaking or at least felt apprehensive about it. A few of us already had some experience but wanted to extend our skills. Now we stay not only because we gain confidence and develop useful skills, but we also meet interesting people and enjoy our evenings. Why not come and see for yourself?

The Committee

Our Committee consists of volunteers helping run the club and assist its members. Whether you’re a member or a guest, feel free to ask questions, make suggestions and share ideas with:

Jenny Laney,
Club President
Presides at meetings, has general supervision of the operations of the club, and represents Meridian Speakers within Toastmasters and externally.

Manickam Meyyappan ,
VP Education
Plans and directs club programmes meeting the educational needs of the club members, tracks progress towards communication goals, helps schedule speeches and other assignments at the club.

Edmund Ibhadiyi
VP Membership
Promotes the club and manages the process of bringing in guests and transforming them into members.

Dan Jeal,
VP Public Relations
Promotes the club to the local community and online, interacts with media, safeguards the Toastmasters brand identity; manages communications within the club, including newsletters and social media profiles.

Ruth-Ellen Henry-Ovid,
Membership Development
Assists club members in developing their leadership and communication skills within the club; devises development programmes, monitors speech progress and functionary role uptake.

Susanne Kubik ,
Mentoring Coordinator
Plans and directs programs to connect mentors and mentees, thus assisting new members in navigating Toastmasters and making the most of their club membership. Delivers skills development workshops, with the aim to support our members to develop effective mentorship and interpersonal skills in line with our values of respect, integrity, service and excellence.

Simon Maggs,
Manages club financial policies, procedures and controls, collects subscriptions and maintains records.

Julia Mundy,
Independent auditor
Provides financial audit to maintain integrity.

Mai Peterson
Prepares the meeting room for club nights, enforces safety procedures and order, and maintains club property.


Social and Contests Coordinator
Organizes social gatherings and contests within the club, including venue and catering, as well as content and functionary role take-up.

Helen Jinadu,
Manages club records and correspondence, keeps an accurate record of the Committee and club activities.