President’s Welcome Message

President 2018- 2019

Welcome to City Women Speakers (formerly WIBF Speakers – City Club).  We are based in the heart of the City, near Moorgate Station.  Toastmasters International (TMI) is a global organisation founded in California in 1924; it now has a presence in more than 140 countries, at least 16,000 clubs and over 350,000 members.

We received our Club Charter in March 2006 and have been supporting women in the development of communication and leadership skills ever since and continue to celebrate the many and various achievements realised by our members past and present.  It’s my privilege to lead the club as we continue our journey as an independent club, and seek to build on our strong foundations whilst continuing to deliver on the key aims of our founder:

to provide a supportive learning environment for all our members, in order to empower them to develop and grow their public speaking and presentation skills as well as their leadership capabilities.


We have a thriving and diverse membership base with a wide spread of promising newcomers, through to several highly talented, experienced speakers who are working towards, or have achieved their Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award; and we are always delighted to welcome visitors to our meetings.

I have a great team supporting me on the committee covering key areas including the members’ education and membership programmes, club PR and treasury, as well as important administration issues such as meeting management and record keeping.  Together we will strive to strengthen and nurture our community spirit this year, so that all our members feel engaged, supported and valued at every stage of their Toastmasters experience.  We have gained a reputation as one of the highest achieving clubs in our area, and we will aim to enhance it this year by improving our teamwork and membership experience. It is by operating effectively as a team that we can set out our individual and club goals for the year, and by helping and encouraging each other that we will accomplish them.

I look forward to working with all of you during my presidency, and wish you a thrilling and successful year ahead.

Esmé van Herwijnen

President – City Women Speakers

Toastmasters International