Club Officers

The executive committee of a Toastmasters club consists of seven elected club officers, the Immediate Past President, and a Mentoring Co-Ordinator. In Waverly Communicators, we are fortunate to cover all these roles, with a member who has even taken two: all this to manage smoothly the club’s administrative affairs.

Meet the club officers of  Waverley Communicators 2018-2019:

img_8747.jpgJohanne Burns – President 

The President is the CEO of the club and is responsible for fulfilling the mission of the club. The President chairs the committee meetings; provides helpful, supportive leadership; and is the club’s representative at District and International level.

Prior to joining Toastmaster’s in April 2011, Johanne completed a public speaking course through the University of Edinburgh evening class and wanted to continue using the skills she had gained and increase skills and experience.

Most surprising and challenging were Table Topics. Quite a skill to give a structured speech in two minutes on unknown topic!

Fun fact: I love handbags – especially high street designer!


Jacek Lasota ACS, ALB – Vice President Education & Immediate Past President

The VPE is responsible for planning, organising and directing club meetings and programmes; scheduling speeches and roles; and monitoring member progress.

The Immediate Past President is a non-executive member of the committee; their role is to advise the current President.

Jacek joined Toastmasters in November 2011 in Warsaw, Poland – his hometow -, and after moving to Edinburgh four years ago, one of the first things on his list was to find a new Toastmaster club. This is how he got to Waverley Communicators. Toastmasters has helped him a lot to improve his communication skills and he is grateful for the opportunity of meeting so many interesting and positive people. He has severed the club as Vice President of education and President and he is an active member in the local Toastmaster community. Every meeting is a possibility to learn something new and he applies his skills at work.


Debbie Zima – Vice President Membership

The VPM ensures individual member retention; makes guests feel welcome and provides them with the information they need to join.

As a very sociable and outgoing person and a master at small talk – it amazed many people to know I lacked confidence in presenting and speaking in a professional environment – so I decided to confront my fear – and I have not looked back. The warm and supportive environment has provided the perfect platform – and in a short few months I feel a belief in my ability building.  Toastmasters also feeds the sociable me – and in my new role I hope to encourage many more people to join us.

Fun fact: I am a lifelong Elvis fan and absolutely besotted with Border Terrier dogs.


Omar_Martini2Omar Martini – Vice President Public Relations

The VPPR publicises the club and its activities to members and to the outside world; updates the blog; promotes club events; and safeguards the Toastmasters brand.

Omar heard about Toastmasters through an Italian-Australian newsletter while he was in Italy, organising their relocation to Edinburgh, and decided that it was worth a try.

I thought the atmosphere was wonderful, and the format was great not only for public speaking but also to organize speeches in general – either written or oral – and to improve one’s communication skills.

Fun fact about Omar:  ‘I have been always fascinated by stories, and I am unable to say ‘no’ to any book, movie, graphic novel or whatever form the storytelling will embody in the future!’


Irina Antonenko – Treasurer

The Treasurer manages the club’s funds and bank account; submits members’ dues to TMI headquarters; and keeps up-to-date records of the club’s finances.

I joined Waverley Communicators in September 2017 with the aim of gaining confidence in speaking and developing my own unique voice. The atmosphere in the club is very friendly and supportive. I am learning not only how to write and perform speeches, but also how to motivate and encourage others to achieve their own speaking goals.
Fun fact: I am a mathematician by training and a philosopher at heart. I love Pembroke Welsh Corgis, science and cooking elaborate meals.

Oliver Hoskins – Secretary

The Secretary manages the club’s records and files; takes the minutes at committee meetings; and has custody of the club’s charter, constitution and byelaws.

I joined Toastmasters in 2017 and have since noticed a marked improvement in my public speaking, presentation skills and general level of comfort in front of an audience. The club provides a great atmosphere for those wishing to develop these skills in a friendly and educational environment. The international Toastmasters model also offers an excellent framework for allowing both new and existing members to identify their individual speech and personal development objectives as well as the opportunity to encourage others to reflect on this as well. I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!

Fun fact: I am also a pianist and regularly perform as an accompanist for concerts, events and sometimes weddings.


Andrew Grant – Seargent At Arms

The SAA is responsible for the management of the club’s property, meeting room preparation and hospitality.

I joined Toastmasters in 2014 as I recognised how beneficial it was to my partner’s development both personally and professionally and she encouraged me to come along to a few meetings to see what it was like. I could see it was a friendly and yet formal atmosphere that enhanced learning in a safe environment for members. I think I have learned as much from doing the different roles at the club meetings as I have with the speeches on the pathway. It was also good fun and I have met and made friends with many interesting people from all over the world!

Fun fact : I love playing board-games and have a collection of around 200, Some games take a few minutes to play and some that can take a few days to finish.


 Rachael Mfoafo – Mentoring Co-Ordinator

The Mentoring Co-Ordinator is a non-executive member of the committee and is responsible for matching mentors with mentees and managing the club’s mentoring process.