Team SteelHaven

Anthony Day

Anthony Day

Series Director
Nearly 20 years a Toastmaster, I was Division Governor of the Year when Division E was the largest in the UK, covering northern England and the whole of Scotland. I directed the 2017 Steel City Conference and I've been closely involved in every SteelHaven event since. A member of only three clubs at the moment, I also spend time podcasting about the climate crisis and keeping bees.
Helen Tait

Helen Tait

Show Director
I’m a trained funeral celebrant and a (red-coated) Toastmaster. I’m a member of two Toastmaster International clubs, York EbOrators since 2007 and Online Orators in 2020. I was part of the Steel City team and attended the Safe Haven Conference, so it was a natural step to be part of the amazing SteelHaven team.
Sue McQueen

Sue McQueen

Visual Effects
As Toastmaster of many years, from my first involvement in the Steel City Toastmaster Conference, I have loved being involved in the development and growth of Public Speaking Conferences and particularly SteelHaven. I now live on the very North Coast of Scotland and love that I can still stay connected with everyone through this conference.
Binal Sawjani

Binal Sawjani

Technical Director
As a distinguished toastmaster Binal has been involved in many projects during her time with Toastmasters including being part of the Safe Haven conference team. Binal is a founder member of both ‘Confident Speakers’, a lunchtime group, and ’Online Orators’ a speaking group that enable members to communicate confidently, especially within a professional, corporate environment. Binal is delighted to be part of the SteelHaven team.
Michael J Clarke

Michael J Clarke

Executive Producer
I'm a retired chartered accountant who spends a lot of his time doing voluntary work. I'm a member of three Toastmasters International clubs, York EbOrators, Doncaster Speakers and Hull Speakers. I have been a member of TMI since 2002 when along with Anthony Day I founded Leeds City Toastmasters. I was a member of the conference team for the White Rose District 71 conference in 2009 and the Steel City District 71 conference in Sheffield in 2017. I have been a committee member in all four previous SteelHaven events and I am looking forward to our up and coming conference in November 2021.
Jane Craggs

Jane Craggs

Property Acquisition
I’m a translator-interpreter and teacher so speaking has always been a part of my life. I was a founder member of Valencia Toastmasters in 2007 and, after serving in a number of roles, am now a member of three clubs in the UK. As part of the Steel City team it was irresistible to continue to Cork and York as part of SteelHaven in Onloneland. I have taken part in conferences all over the UK and Europe and am proud to fly the SteelHaven flag.
James McGinty

James McGinty

Location Scout
I joined the Association of Speakers Clubs in 1991 and then joined Toastmasters International in 2003. I have served in every club committee role and as Area and Division Director. I was part of the organising team for the Boadicea conference in Colchester and was delighted to join in helping with the SteelHaven events.
Gilli Caldicott

Gilli Caldicott

Cast Director
I’ve been involved in public speaking since I could talk, thanks to my English teaching Mum’s desire to show off her only child! I’ve been a member of Toastmasters International since 2002 and am a founder member of York EbOrators. I was involved in organising both White Rose and Steel City conferences for Toastmasters in UK and am a serial conference attender. With speaking being part of my DNA it was a logical step to become part of the SteelHaven conference team.
Avril Stringer

Avril Stringer

Programme Director
I was a Toastmaster for over 18 years and have a “new” and an “old” DTM. My favourite part of Toastmasters is attending events – training, contests and especially, conferences. Preferably in person but by zoom is a good compromise. I run 2 small businesses. At Safeglass (Europe) Limited, we manufacture a safety product for trains and buses. At 3D Print Works, we offer 3D printing services and we manufacture 3D printing filament. When not Toastmastering, I like to walk (and pick up rubbish along the way!). I also swim outdoors all year round in just a bathing suit (skins). I read science fiction and am a member of the Glasgow Sci Fi & Fantasy Book Discussion Group. Other than that, I like to go on nice holidays and spend time with my husband. I have a cat called Lewis, who turns up at zoom meetings a lot.
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