Division F News

This page contains news and information about Division F.

Your Division F Director for 2017/18 is Sharon Kerr-Phillips DTM, email division_f@toastmasters.org.nz. Sharon is supported by her team of assistant and Area Directors; to meet them, please keep reading.

Division F has 43 clubs (and growing) from north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Kaitaia. 

The purpose of the Division

Through the Area Directors, the division team supports each club help their members fulfill their individual potentials. Clubs and their members generally follow a Club Leadership Program. Division leaders assist with Club Leadership Training and organize two Division Conferences (competitions) per year.

Division F Events


Meet the Division F Team

We would like to introduce you to the incredible Division F Team:

 Assistant Division Director Stephen Lindsay


I joined Toastmasters in 2010 because I wanted to meet people from my community. Since becoming a member I have met many interesting and stimulating people. I joined Silverdale-Orewa Toastmasters in 2013. I am a past Area Governor, Area Director and Division Director I am looking forward to 2017-18 as Club President of Silverdale-Orewa Toastmasters and Hibiscus coast Toastmasters and Assistant Division F Director.


Assistant Division Director Allister Laurent


Allister joined Toastmasters in 2009, in Dunedin, he belongs to both Takapuna Midday Toastmasters and Review Toastmasters. Allister feels Toastmasters has really helped him improve his speaking and leadership skills and grew so much during his term as Area F4 Director last year. 

Area F2 Director Sian Killick


 A second time around Toastmaster who has returned for the friendship that can be found in TM along with opportunities to grow my leadership skills.

As a long time IT professional I make use of so many of my Toastmasters learned skills.  As a current business analyst I need to apply the following regularly 

  • Listening 
  • Negotiation
  • Workshop preparation and facilitation

I liken my job to being a translator, not of languages, but to help distil the key elements for business improvement.

Area F3 Director Francy Parfitt


I have been a Toastmaster for 3 ½ years joining in October 2013.  I am currently a member of two clubs.  I served one year as VP Membership (2015-2016) in my Albany Club and am now F3 Area Director for this coming year (2017-2018). 

Toastmasters has taught me a lot as the opportunity to learn many different skills is available.  Skills like communication and leadership which you can develop at your own pace with help from your fellow Club Members.  Personally it is has been great with helping me to build better self-confidence.

"I am passionate about mentoring and recognition and look forward to sharing this passion during my year as F3 Area Director".  

Area F4 Director Neela Lumanglas


Kia Ora! I am Neela, your Area F4 Director. I started with Toastmasters in 2012, with the encouragement of my son, who was with Toastmasters at the University of Auckland. 

At first, I was so shy and would prefer to be at the background than speaking in front. After a year, I was able to overcome my shyness and develop my confidence. Later, I started to understand the benefits of Toastmasters by doing roles and speeches. 

When I became the VP Education of our club, I gain a deeper understanding of how Toastmasters work. As this is the busiest role, it served as training tool for me to learn, lead and aspire to gain more Educational Awards. The following year, I was elected as President. In this role, I tried to lead the club in achieving the President's Distinguished Club Award, and we did. 

I worked as a Centre Manager in a Childcare in Mt Wellington. I am a fully registered Early Childhood teacher with eight years of experience in a wide range of centres. This allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of how such centres are set-up and organised. Toastmasters has helped me in doing my role as a Manager, as I gain confidence in performing my duties and leading my teachers in their practice. 

As a Manager, public speaking is an everyday task and Toastmasters helped me boost that skills in me. Years ago, I was a practising Architect and I have an extensive experience in designing and constructing residential and commercial buildings, and managing construction teams. I have managed my own construction company in the Philippines for 15 years. When I first came in New Zealand, I worked as a Construction Manager in a construction company here, where I have built 9 houses, all 4-5 Bedroom. I have a very supportive family, I have three adult children who are all working. 

My husband Ody and my son Nico are also in toastmasters. 


Area F5 Director Felicity Hopkins


Felicity has been a member of Toastmasters for a number of years and has a lot to offer her clubs.


Area F6 Director Murray Coutts


Murray's Toastmasters history speaks for itself:

  • HBC Club President 2006/2007 
  • Area Governor 2007/08 & 2009/10 
  • Division F Governor 2008/09 
  • District 72 Lt Governor Marketing 2010/11 
  • District 72 Lt Governor Education 2011/12 
  • District 72 Governor 2012/13 
  • HBC President 2013-2014

Also member of Auckland Advanced TM, Silverdale-Orewa TM Area Director F6 2017-2018


Area F7 Director Frank Phillips


Frank joined Toastmasters in 2003 in order to enhance his speechcraft and confidence in speaking.  Frank is currently a member of six clubs.  He has been an Area Governor three times previously and was Division H Director of the Year. 

After attaining his Distinguished Toastmasters award, Frank did not want to leave Toastmasters, he wanted to stay to help others along their Toastmasters journey. 

Frank says you never stop learning in Toastmasters.

Area F8 Rowena Foster


"Having been asked to a Toastmasters meeting by my new manager way back in 2004, I soon realised my love for public speaking and continued my journey with an early morning club until completing my CTM. During that time, I was a finalist in the District International Speech Contest and attended a few Area Conferences.

Due to many travel work commitments I left the Toastmaster family however re-joined in 2015 to be one the first members in the thriving Sunnynook Toastmasters Club.

Since then I have belonged for periods of time to Watch this Space Toastmasters and Auckland Advanced Toastmasters and have been VP Public Relations on a couple of committees. I am currently a member of Review Toastmasters and am involved in chartering Long Bay Toastmasters (in formation).

My pastimes include Geocaching, good wining and dining and anything to do with Christmas sets me in a good mood for the day!"

Area F9 Director Kingsley Moody

Kingsley is a passionate Toastmaster of ?20 years standing.

He is currently a member of 6 clubs and is Past Distinguished District Governor. 

Kingsley joined Toastmasters to improve his impromptu speaking and debating skills and he has stayed with Toastmasters as he appreciates the learning and enjoys passing on knowledge to and helping others.