Profiles - District 72 Executive

This page has profiles of the District 72 Executive, along with photos and email addresses.  For the 2017/18 year there are two Program Quality Directors, and two Club Growth Directors.  This is in preparation for the splitting of the District into two separate Districts on 1 July 2018.

District Director 2017/18
Sarah Bate DTM

Sarah Bate DTM.

As a passionate and experienced Toastmaster, Sarah looks forward to bringing her vision to Toastmasters New Zealand (District 72) in the role of District Director 2017/18.  Sarah's goal is for the District to achieve Distinguished level, while also establishing strong club prospects in the pipeline to give the continuing District 72 and the new District 112 the best start possible. 

With a strong focus on servant leadership and working for the members, Sarah believes the key elements to ensuring the success of District 72 Clubs and Leaders revolve around focusing on the critical success factors, as specified by the district educational and membership goals; ensuring that each club effectively fulfills its responsibilities to its members; and providing effective training and leadership development opportunities for club and district officers.


Program Quality Director 2017/18
Toni Sharp QSM, DTM

Toni Sharp QSM DTM.   

Toni is a self employed Office Manager/Company Director working in a kitchen manufacturing company based in her home town of Taupo.  A proud mother of two, and very proud grandmother of two, Toni dedicates a great deal of voluntary time to the Blind Foundation and Guide Dog Services, outside of Toastmasters.  She is self-driven and passionate about the Toastmasters programme and has witnessed the incredible confidence that the communication and leadership programme has given to so many in a relatively short time frame.  Toni is committed to serving you and excited about the year ahead with the pending changes before us.


Program Quality Director 2017/18
Celina Templeman, DTM


Celina joined Toastmasters for the second time in 2011, looking to improve her listening and communication skills, and to grow in self-confidence.  She started off on the Leadership Track taking on Club Leadership Roles within only a few months of joining.  Within her second year with Toastmasters, she became an Area Governor, when her husband became Division G Governor, and was fortunate to be awarded Area Governor of the Year 2012/2013 for her efforts.

Her biggest mentor is her husband David, with whom they have four boys together, ranging in ages 11-14.  Celina loves what Toastmasters can do for people, enjoys helping them grow from nervous people to accomplished speakers and leaders.  "Now, my journey is to help others reach their goals, and assist with their growth in areas that they would not have believed possible".


Club Growth Director 2017/18
Fiona Hodge

Fiona joined Motueka Toastmasters in 2006 and became a charter member in 2007.   Since then she has held most club roles, Assistant Director Education and Training G5, Area Governor G5, and last year she held the role of District 72 Administration Manager.  Fiona is looking forward to the challenge of continuing to strengthen and build District 72 this year as Club Growth Director, and truly believes that Toastmasters provides the skills we need to be open to opportunities.


Club Growth Director 2017/18
Neil Stichbury DTM

Since joining Toastmasters in 2005, Neil has discovered the benefits of membership himself in both the communication and leadership fields.  In 2016/17 Neil held the position of Division Director in Division A.  This year he is looking forward to the many projects that are on his plate as Club Growth Director, including growing the membership and clubs in the District and doing the groundwork to launch the reformed Districts on a solid platform next year.


Public Relations Manager 2017/18
Stephen Preston DTM

Stephen joined Toastmasters in Auckland in 2007 with the aim of delivering a best man speech to knock them down.  Since then he has discovered the immense range of benefits the Toastmasters programme offers and, on moving to Wellington in 2009, expanded into the leadership field.  Since then he has been Area Governor/Director on three occasions, Presidents Distinguished Division Governor and TI Region 12 Learning Master for the Revitalised Education Programme/Toastmasters Pathways Learning Experience since 2013.  Stephen is looking forward to supporting the District and member clubs in raising the profile of Toastmasters at national and club level in 2017-18 to encourage more people to gain the wide-ranging benefits and opportunities that are inherent in the Toastmasters educational programme.

Finance Manager 2017/18
Tania Fraser DTM

A Toastmaster since 2010, Tania is not new to the role of Finance Manager for the District, having held the role in 2015/16.  In the Intervening year Tania steered Division J to Presidents Distinguished Division level as Division Director 2016/17. Along with her husband, Craig, Tania was instrumental in chartering Silverstream Toastmasters Club in Upper Hutt and she has been a Charter member in several other clubs along her Toastmasters journey.


Administration Manager  2017/18
Michelle Gerwitz

A Toastmaster since 2001, Michelle has developed her skills as an effective communicator and leader in many clubs in both Wellington and Dunedin, where she now resides.  In the process she has taken leadership roles in the organisation in a variety of positions both at club level and outside the club, including being involved in organizing District Conventions.


District Parliamentarian  2016/17
Chrissy Meyer DTM

District Parliamentarian Chrissy Meyer DTM.

Chrissy joined Toastmasters in 1994 in Hamilton before moving to Tauranga in 1996, where she continued her Toastmasters journey.  Having held most club executive roles, Chrissy has been an Area and Division Governor before moving through the ranks to become District Governor in 2008-2009, taking the District to Distinguished status.  Opening doors of opportunity is her motto for everyone who joins Toastmasters. 


Immediate Past District Director 
David Templeman DTM

David first joined Toastmasters in 1995 and has enjoyed success in both the communication track, where he was the District 72 International Speech Champion in 2000, and in the Leadership Track where he has taken many roles.  David's primary role in 2017/18 is to provide support to the District team, having spent the past three years as an elected officer, culminating in the role of District Director in the 2016/17 Toastmasters year