The History of the Federation of Professional Toastmasters
The Federation was founded in 1985 by two like-minded and enthusiastic professionals, Noel Hampton and Alan Yates (both deceased), to promote the art of the toastmaster.
Over the years membership has extended from Norfolk and Suffolk and now includes members from Cornwall to Scotland.
Every member is a trained professional, fully conversant with the variety of functions requiring a high standard of knowledge, accuracy, dignity and control, presented with quintessential British traditional style and elegance.
Membership is made up of professional toastmasters throughout the United Kingdom with a member officiating in Cyprus. Application for membership is open to both experienced toastmasters and those wishing to enter the profession, subject to examination and interview. (please see link to joining).
Noel Hampton - Founder Member
The picture to the left, shows the Past President Martin Wynne welcoming the new President Derrick Thomas at the AGM on 26th October, 2017
The Picture below, shows Past President Martin Wynne’s Retirement gift presented by the Members after 19 years of loyal service to the Federation serving as President (2 occasions) and Secretary.
The 30th Anniversary Luncheon held on Sunday,12th June 2016 at the Hotel Victoria, Lowestoft
Retired and current members are seen from left to right: Don Watt (retired), Stephen Williams, Mike Wabe (Secretary),
Robin Twigge, Derrick Thomas, Eric Cook (retired), Brian Day, Martin Wynne (President),
Gerry Rhodes and Rodger Oatley (Treasurer).
25th Anniversary Weekend
The Federation of Professional Toastmasters celebrated its 25th Anniversary at a weekend get together at
The Cliff Hotel, Gorleston on Sea on 25th April 2010.
Pictured left to right (back row) Robin Twigge, Paul Grant, Derrick Thomas, Les Hizzett, Graham Kinnersley,
Martin Wynne (Past President), Chris Watt, Gerry Rhodes
Left to Right (Front row) Noel Hampton (Founder and Past President rtd) Rodger Oatley (President 2008-2010)
and Eric Cook (Past President retd)
The Original Members of the Federation 1985