About me

Simon Shirley

I am a modern Toastmaster, a safe pair of hands, not one of those rather stiff, formal and bland Toastmasters that you may have experienced before.

'People person'

I love what I do! This helps me blend in and add personality, as well as a little touch of flair and fun, to each event in which I am involved.

Reliable and flexible

I will adapt to your own specific needs and aspirations, and totally tailor my approach to your event, be it a formal function, a more relaxed wedding or a fun party.

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What will you do?

My role

As your Toastmaster, my duties will include…

Are you qualified?

My certification

Several years ago I took two exams and qualified as a member of the National Association of Toastmasters, which means you can be assured that I am not only able, but also qualified, to manage your day or evening, whether it’s a banquet at a top London venue or a family event in a village hall. I love being involved in all types and size of event. You can also rest assured that, in the unlikely event that I am unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, I will be able to provide a qualified replacement, ensuring you are not left without a Toastmaster at your event.

How else can you help?

It's the things you don't see...

Although as a Toastmaster I will make announcements and guide people through your event, it is actually the things you don’t really see me do that are the most important. By coordinating the people involved, and ensuring continuity throughout, you can be sure that a relaxed and enjoyable day will be had by all!

Simon Shirley Carrying Flowers

Common questions


Here are the answers to some of the questions people most commonly ask me:

As your Toastmaster, I can cover:

  • Weddings
  • Charity fundraisers
  • Private parties
  • Award ceremonies
  • Banquets
  • Product launches
  • Conferences
  • Annual dinners
  • Cocktail parties
  • Sporting events
  • Masonic festivals

If your event isn’t listed here, please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your specific requirements.

Here are some of the many venues where I’ve worked as a Toastmaster:

My fee will vary depending on the event, location and the duration. However it is often only equivalent to the cost of hiring a couple of morning suits or an entertainer.

Yes, but I may have to make a charge for travel time if your event is over 100 miles or 2 hours travelling time for me. Anything under that I consider to be a ‘local’ job.

Absolutely! From the moment you book me, I am your Toastmaster. I am always available and encourage you to ask me anything I may be able to help with, including tradition, timings and organisation. I will contact you to discuss your hopes and plans for your event in more detail well before the big day actually arrives.

Of course! I have dressed as an Arabian for an ‘East meets West’-themed party and as Prince Charming for a ‘Princess and the Frog’ wedding. I also regularly wear my black tailcoat instead of red if that fits in better with what’s required.

This depends entirely on you and on the event. I will always arrive in good time to meet venue staff, learn a new venue’s layout and make any other preparations. Often, at an event, I will be there to greet guests, and at a wedding I will stay to introduce the first dance. For some functions, if I have a role to play, I will be there until ‘carriages’ at midnight or 1am.

I prefer not to get involved in recommending suppliers, however there are several photographers that I work alongside regularly whose style and photographs I like and with whom I work well.

If your question isn’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.