Meet the Committee!

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Club President: Tom Hostetler

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATom Hostetler: I used to speak regularly to groups of work colleagues in the UK, as well as earlier in my career in Mexico and Australia, but I always felt that I could do much better if only I practiced. Then as working from my home office became the norm over the past 10 years, I lost the opportunity to speak in front of groups, to the point where I was no longer comfortable speaking in front of a group.

Since joining the Maidenhead Speakers Club in 2015, I once again have the chance to speak in front of groups, have regained my confidence, and now hope to take my public speaking skills to a completely new level. The mentoring and camaraderie that the club offers has been a fantastic experience for me.

VP Education: Clayton Baxter


Clayton Baxter: I joined Toastmasters in March 2017 & it’s been an incredible experience to date. The program is well structured & the support/coaching I have received has been second to none.

My work takes me all over the world speaking at many customer events & the whole Toastmasters experience has been invaluable in developing my skills.

For anyone considering joining my advice would be don’t delay & sign-up now. You won’t regret it!

VP Public Relations: Riccardo Gozzi


Riccardo Gozzi : I joined in 2015 after a period of time where I hadn’t been in front of an audience for a few years. I was looking for somewhere to not only learn but practice speaking techniques. Before joining Maidenhead speakers I visited a few of the neighbouring clubs and at first was quite impressed by the level of speaking I heard. This really inspired me to join and make that first steps.

The toastmasters programme is well structured and each project builds on the previous. No matter if you just looking to dust off some rusty skills or learn new ones, I would highly recommend it to anyone serious about learning how to get your message across.

Sergeant at Arms: Doreen Gowing


Doreen Gowing : I joined Toastmasters in Jan 2012 it has become an integral part of my self-discovery journey. I’m looking forward to what Pathways has in store. I see it as a way for all of us to make a positive difference in our communities. Helping to create the kind of society, world we want to live in and to pass on to generations to come. Over the years I have had various roles on the committee, all of which stretched me.

This year I grabbed the S@A role, as my nephew has asked me to be Master of Ceremonies at their very unique Open Air Multi Activity Wedding in Australia next year. I want to help make it a day everyone will remember for all the right reason.

Treasurer: Alan Grayly

Secretary: Lorraine Hamilton

MSC Lorraine Hamilton

Lorraine :  I’ve been a member of Maidenhead Speakers club for a number of years and continue to enjoy club activities. Not only has it given me a confidence to speak in public but I’ve made some good friends at Maidenhead Speakers Club but also in the wider Toastmasters community.

Toastmasters is a simple idea that works so well, I’ve seen many new members transform into very strong and powerful speakers.


Club Membership Officer: Nick Bailey


Nick Bailey :  I joined Maidenhead Speakers in 2005 and have enjoyed every minute since. I have stayed with the club as I enjoy being part of a friendly, supportive and inspiring group of people, some of them having become my friends.

Listening to people’s speeches I often find I go home having learnt something new about a subject I was not aware of. Not only have my speaking skills improved but I have practiced my leadership skills too.

I have completed a number of roles on the committee including VP Education, Club President and Area Director. I also enjoy passing on my knowledge and experience to the new members and became the club’s mentoring officer for two years.

Now, I am looking forward to greeting you as the club’s Membership Officer.

Immediate Past President: Chris Boden

Chris Boden : tbc







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