Club Committee

Meet the ladies who are making City Women Speakers the most inclusive, diverse and friendly public speaking club for women. 

President – Eve Parmiter

Welcome to City Women Speakers. I’m very pleased you’re here. Whether the thought of public speaking seems frightening or enlivening, this website will help you decide if our club’s a good match for you.


The members of City Women Speakers are highly skilled, hugely supportive, and professionally driven. And what’s true of the club is true of the committee. This year’s team is brimming with knowledge and enthusiasm for what we can achieve collectively and what we can help you achieve individually.


It’s my goal to support you in pursuing your goals. Be that through networking, speaking, leading, competing, or simply turning up and taking on roles within the club meetings to build your skills and confidence step by step.

Immediate Past President – Carrie Gow

I was the President of City Women Speakers for the 12 months from 1 July to 30 June. This was my 4th committee role on the club but my first role ever as a Team Leader, which tied in perfectly with the Dynamic Leadership path I have chosen in the Toastmasters education programme.  

Secretary – Jo Zhou

She took on Sergeant at Arms role for committee Year 2019-2020. She says that the role makes her committed to regularly attending the club meetings, setting up events and making the meetings happen on time for members and guests.

She likes the club diversity as the members are of all backgrounds, ages, professions and years of experience. Also, because the club is all about helping members to achieve personal growth.  

Vice President Education – Katie Overton 

I have been with the club for a couple of years and it’s been a great mix of learning and loving the energy of the regular meetings and being surrounded by a diverse group of women. This is my 2nd year on the committee, this time moving into a joint role with Aga as VPE support for our club as we look for new ways to help our members get the most out of their experience with Toastmasters. 
If you have palpatations just at the thought of speaking in groups please come along and join us as a guest. It is the best thing I’ve ever done to grapple with the anxiety!

Vice President EducationAgnieska Rzesniowiecka

I am a recent member of the City Women Speakers Club, but I already feel like part of a family! It’s an excellent opportunity to meet wonderful people who inspire and go out of their way to assist others.

Vice President Membership – Laura Kane

I have been a member of City Women Speakers for one year, and already I have learnt so much.

Before I joined Toastmasters, I lacked confidence and avoided giving speeches. Coming from a maths/IT background, public speaking was a new skill to me. Through Toastmasters, I have had the opportunity to learn and develop that skill. I now enjoy presenting and getting up on stage. The club has been amazing at supporting me and helping to build my confidence.

Through the VPM role, I look forward to helping out and meeting new members, as well as supporting the experience for our existing members.

Vice President Public Relations – Veronica Bogdacenco

Even though I joined City Women Speakers only a year ago, I quickly realised the fantastic development opportunities it offers, so I decided to join the committee.

My primary role as a VP of Public Relations is to improve and promote the club’s online presence. I am the geek of the team, the one-man band that built this website. 

Treasurer – Rowena Griffiths

Rowena joined the precursor to CWS in 2013 (WIBF Speakers City Club) and was appointed as SAA in her first year. She then became Treasurer and has been enjoying the post ever since. Rowena joined in order to improve her speaking skills prior to delivering a series of seminars on Financial Planning.

However, she now gets more out of the social and networking side of things. She says this is a great club to develop skills in a supportive and fun environment.